WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today the four recipients of its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards, to be presented on the evening of May 3 in Washington, DC: Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Commander of the United States Central Command General Joseph L. Votel; Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Henry Kravis; and Italian Operatic Tenor Vittorio Grigolo.
The Atlantic Council will recognize Robert Gates, former CIA Director and US Secretary of Defense under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, with the Distinguished International Leadership Award for his exceptional leadership and lifelong commitment to public service.
The Council will salute General Joseph L. Votel with the Distinguished Military Leadership Award for his public service record and his impressive command of US Special Operations. General Votel will accept the award on behalf of all the men and women of the US Special Operations who make the world a safer place.
Henry Kravis, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO and one of the Co-Founders of KKR & Co., will receive the Distinguished Business Leadership Award for his ground-breaking work in private equity and his far-reaching philanthropic leadership alongside his economist wife Marie-Josée Kravis.
The renowned Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo will receive the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for his globally acclaimed career – involving award-winning exceptional vocal and dramatic talents, record sales including a platinum selling debut album and countless performances in the world’s most prestigious opera houses from The Royal Opera House in London to New York’s Metropolitan Opera.