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Former Corning chairman to get Award of Excellence

James R. Houghton

James R. Houghton, former chairman and CEO of Corning Inc., will receive The Business Council of New York State’s Corning Award for Excellence for 2010.

Houghton will be honored Sept. 30 at the council’s annual meeting at The Sagamore, Bolton Landing.

The Business Council presents the award annually to a New Yorker who has shown outstanding accomplishment and sustained commitment to New Yorkers. The first Corning Award was presented in 1979.

Houghton began his career at Corning in 1962 and through the years served in a variety of production, financial and sales positions, before rising to chairman of the board and CEO. He retired as chairman of the board emeritus in April.

Houghton also served as the chairman of the board of directors of The Business Council of New York State in 1988 and 1989. A recognized business leader, he has served on several boards of directors, including MetLife, Exxon Mobil and JP Morgan.

Houghton’s older brother, Amo Houghton, was a founder of The Business Council in 1980. He received The Corning Award in 2004.

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