The president and CEO of Flowserve Corp., Lewis Kling, received the 2006 Marco Polo Award in Beijing Thursday.
The award is considered the highest honor given by the Chinese government to a foreign business leader.Flowserve is a provider of fluid motion and control products and services to the power, oil and gas, chemical processing, and water sectors as well as other industries.
Presented annually by China's State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel, and the U.S.-China Foundation for International Exchanges, the award recognizes foreign business leaders who play a significant role in China's economic development and who demonstrate a commitment to improving Chinese society by sponsoring volunteer experts for humanitarian assignments.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized for Flowserve's contribution to the economic prosperity and development of China, particularly at a time when we are deepening our commitment," Kling said. "We believe strongly in supporting the local regions where we do business, and the exchange of American volunteer experts is one way we are helping support the increased growth in the region."