May 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management will honor on Monday, May 23 Contrarian Group, Inc. Chairman Peter V. Ueberroth, who revolutionized the organization of Olympic Games in the United States and restored profitability to professional baseball, as the fourth recipient of the John Wooden Global Leadership Award.

Ueberroth, who will be honored at a dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was selected as this year's recipient for global achievements that continue to produce positive impacts and were conducted in the same high standards of performance, integrity and ethical virtues set by legendary Coach Wooden. 

"Throughout Mr. Ueberroth's career, in addition to his business accomplishments, he has responded to the call of public service to lead monumental city and national projects with remarkable success," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management.  "Time and again, he has demonstrated the ability to overcome enormously challenging circumstances, and to lead teams to soaring achievements.  To us, Mr. Ueberroth exemplifies Coach Wooden's ideals, and my guess is that the Coach would wholeheartedly agree."

Famed television sportscaster Al Michaels will be the emcee of this year's award event. Michaels, considered among the elite of his profession, is best known for his play-by-play announcing of National Football Games, his "Miracle on Ice" calling of the 1980 Olympics hockey games and his coverage of the 1984 Olympics, which were led by Ueberroth.

Each year, the John Wooden Global Leadership Award recognizes an individual in corporate America who personifies the extraordinary leadership style and community service as established by Coach John Wooden.  Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz received the inaugural award in 2008 and in his latest book, "Onward," cites the Wooden Leadership Award as one of his most notable distinctions. American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault was honored in 2009 and FedEx Corporation Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith received the award in 2010.
Ueberroth formerly served as President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, which was responsible for staging the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Under Ueberroth's innovative and inspiring guidance, the first privately financed Games resulted in a surplus of $238 million, which continues to support youth and amateur-related sports programs throughout the United States.

For his efforts, Ueberroth was selected as Time magazine's 1984 Person of the Year and his business model has been duplicated in many subsequent Olympics. In his Person of the Year profile, Time wrote that Ueberroth is "...a creative energizer of people, a man unafraid to make unpopular decisions, a natural teacher and leader."

Following the Olympics, Ueberroth became the sixth Commissioner of Major League Baseball.  As Commissioner, he is credited with increasing attendance, launching a strict anti-drug campaign, and helping clubs return to profitability.  Three years after leaving baseball, Ueberroth led RebuildLA, an extensive effort to restore the health and vitality of Los Angeles following the 1992 riots primarily through spurring commercial development in the hardest hit areas. Officials credit RebuildLA with providing the foundation for economic investments that continue to be active.

In addition to his role as Chairman of the Contrarian Group, Inc., Ueberroth is a third of the investment team that owns the Pebble Beach Company, which operates the Pebble Beach Golf Course.  Ueberroth also is on the board of directors of the Coca-Cola Company and until recently was chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The ceremony will feature an insightful discussion on leadership from Ueberroth after opening remarks by Michaels and Wooden's great-grandson - Tyler Trapani, a UCLA undergrad and basketball player.  The evening also will feature an entertaining discussion about Wooden's famed "pyramid of success" by Keith Erickson who played for Wooden in the mid-1960s, Valorie Kondos Field, head coach of UCLA Gymnastics and Rafer Johnson, who also played for Wooden and was a 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon.

About the John Wooden Global Leadership Award
As the most winning coach in men's college basketball, Wooden's legacy of leadership transcends athletics and spans generations. As a coach, prolific author and inspiring speaker, he dedicated his life to motivating individuals to achieve their highest potential. Wooden instilled in others a sense of pride, a commitment to ethics and a respect for teamwork.

UCLA Anderson extends these fundamental principles and Wooden's famous "Pyramid of Success" into the classroom through Wooden Global Leadership Program.  Proceeds from the annual award dinner fund the John Wooden Leadership Fellowships, awarded annually to two UCLA Anderson MBA students who have displayed value-based leadership.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual, UCLA Anderson School of Management is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 3,600 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 37,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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