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Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to be Honored with Westphal Award

PHILADELPHIA, April 26, 2012

Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts
Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is the recipient of the inaugural Westphal Award, one of Drexel University’s highest honors.
Drexel University has named Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, as the recipient of the inaugural Westphal Award, one of the University’s highest honors, for her leadership at Burberry and for her humanitarian work through the Burberry Foundation. Ahrendts will be presented with the award on Wednesday, May 2, as part of an all-day program at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design where she will also be the 2012 Distinguished Speaker of the Year. 

During her visit, Ahrendts will meet with faculty and students, attend design critiques and visit the site of the College’s new home, The URBN Center.  The day will conclude with a public event at the Bossone Research Center (33rd and Market Streets) where Ahrendts will participate in an interview with 2011 Distinguished Alumni award winner Judith E. Glaser at 6 p.m.  

At the presentation, Glaser will speak with Ahrendts about her career, her time at Burberry and the company’s strategy. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer session with the audience.

“I am thrilled to have the chance to spend time at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design,” said Ahrendts. “Speaking with students is a continued source of inspiration for me and for Burberry, and I am looking forward to meeting and sharing what I have learned with the future leaders of this dynamic industry."

The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited and granted on a first come-first served basis. For more information, please visit www.drexel.edu/westphal.

About Burberry:
Burberry is a global luxury brand distinguished by its British heritage, core outerwear and large leather goods base and one of the most recognized icons in the world.  In 2011, Burberry was named the 4th fastest-growing brand in the world by both Interbrand and WPP/BrandZ, and the 13th most innovative company globally by Fast Company magazine. It has been recognized in Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands for the past three consecutive years, and was named 2011 Retailer of the Year at the Oracle World Retail Awards. In 2012, Burberry was named the International Retailer of the Year by the National Retail Federation of America.  Burberry, which is headquartered in London, was founded in 1856. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BRBY.L) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index.

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