Mayo Clinic president and garment industry giant to receive honorary degrees from Western

Dr. John Noseworthy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. John Cheh, Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of “the world’s biggest shirt maker” Esquel, will receive honorary degrees from Western University at the 2012 convocations for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program and the Richard Ivey School of Business’ Hong Kong campus, respectively.

The ceremonies are scheduled for the following days:

Dr. John Noseworthy
Friday, May 18
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)
Dr. Noseworthy, who completed a residency in neurology and neuropathology at Western from 1978 to 1979 and was a member of its Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences in the 1980s, joined the Mayo Clinic in 1990. Following a 10-year term as chair of its Department of Neurology and a three-year term as Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board and Medical Director for Development, Dr. Noseworthy was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2009. The American-based Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Dr. Noseworthy is also the former Editor-In-Chief of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. John Cheh
Sunday, May 27
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
An internationally recognized expert in trade, economics and labour issues, Dr. Cheh was named Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Esquel Group in 2007. Having previously served as the President (Asia) of Bell Canada International and the President of Bombardier China, Dr. Cheh now leads “the world’s biggest shirt maker.” Considered a pioneer in terms of corporate social responsibility and employing environmentally friendly technology, Esquel manufactures more than 100 million cotton shirts annually for brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Hugo Boss and Lacoste.

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