Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — August 29, 2012

Kirk Gregg to receive The Business Council's 2012 Corning Award for Excellence

ALBANY—Kirk P. Gregg, Executive Vice President and the Chief Administrative Officer at Corning Incorporated and past vice chairman and co-chairman of The Business Council, will receive the 2012 Corning Award for Excellence. This is the most prestigious award presented by The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Gregg will receive the award Wednesday evening, September 19, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY. The Business Council gives the award each year to a New Yorker who has shown outstanding accomplishment and a deep and sustained commitment to the people of New York. The first Corning Award was presented in 1979.

"Kirk Gregg is one of the finest business and civic leaders in New York. He has given a great deal to The Business Council and other institutions that are part of the fabric of our state. He has championed the push to create an innovation economy that provides a sustainable and balanced approach for growth in New York," said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council.

Kirk has served on The Business Council Board of Directors since September 2002. As a member of the Board's Executive Committee, he was vice chair of the Board in 2005 and 2006, and then served as co-chair from 2007 to 2008. Gregg led the search committee that named then Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Kenneth Adams to succeed Daniel Walsh as the third president of The Business Council. He also was a member of the search committee that named current Business Council president and CEO Heather Briccetti.

Kirk Gregg has served as Corning Incorporated's chief administrative officer since 2002. He has responsibility for human resources, information technology, procurement and transportation, aviation, community affairs, government affairs, business services, and corporate security.

Gregg joined Corning in 1993 as director of Executive Compensation. He was named vice president of Executive Resources and Employee Benefits in December 1994, and named senior vice president, Administration, in December 1997.

Prior to Corning, Gregg was with General Dynamics Corporation as corporate director, Key Management Programs, where he was responsible for executive compensation and benefits, executive development, and recruiting. He previously held positions at the operating unit level in labor relations, salaried compensation, human resource information systems, organizational training and development, and information technology.

Gregg holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and experimental psychology from Bemidji State University. He attended the University of Minnesota for a master's degree in industrial relations and is a Sloan Fellow from MIT's Sloan School of Management. Gregg serves as Director of PersonalPath Systems Inc. and he is chairman of the board of directors for the Three Rivers Development Corporation. Kirk also worked for many years on the LPGA Corning Classic charities board which raised millions of dollars for hospitals in New York's Southern Tier.

The first Corning Award was presented in 1979. Recipients have included corporate executives, statesmen in government, and leaders in the arts, education, and law.

Previous Corning Award recipients are: Linda S. Sanford (2011); James R. Houghton (2010); Paul Speranza Jr.(2009); Joseph L. Bruno (2008); Alair Townsend (2007); Robert Catell (2006); Daniel A. Carp (2005); Amo Houghton (2004)Lewis Golub (2003); Carl T. Hayden (2002); Roland W. Schmitt (2001); Richard P. Mills (2000); Erland E. Kailbourne (1999); Robert B. Wegman (1998); Judith S. Kaye (1997); John J. Phelan, Jr. (1996); Barber B. Conable, Jr., (1995); James W. Kinnear (1994); Muriel Siebert (1993); Hugh L. Carey (1992); David Harden (1991); Raymond T. Schuler (1990); Warren M. Anderson and Stanley Fink (1989); Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. (1988); James D. Robinson III (1987); Franklin A. Thomas (1986); Kitty Carlisle Hart (1985); Frank T. Cary (1984); Clifton Garvin (1983); David Rockefeller (1982); Richard R. Shinn (1981); Melvin C. Holm (1980); and Walter A. Fallon (1979).