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Plantronics Named 2013 Winner of Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

by Sara Isenberg
Publisher, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Ken Kannappan, Plantronics president and CEO, accepts award from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ken Kannappan, Plantronics president and CEO, accepts award from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Plantronics was honored Wednesday, January 29, 2014 for corporate citizenship, exemplary employment practices, environmental stewardship and innovative business practices. The 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence was presented to Ken Kannappan, Plantronics president and CEO, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes the company’s achievement in advancing best practices in employment, environmental stewardship, support of host-country technology and corporate citizenship at Plantronics’ operations in Tijuana, Mexico.

In selecting Plantronics as an ACE winner, an interagency committee chaired by the State Department noted the company’s sophisticated 120-employee design center, partnerships with local colleges and trade schools to provide work-school collaboration assistance and health care initiatives. Approximately 2,200 of Plantronics’ 3,500 global employees work in Mexico.

View video of the award ceremony.

Read the announcement from Plantronics.


Sara Isenberg curates and publishes Santa Cruz Tech Beat for the benefit of the extended business and technology community. When she is not volunteering her time for the tech scene, Sara makes her living by managing software projects, web strategy planning, and providing development team services (including account management, vendor management, strategic partner management, beta project management, referrals to qualified technical team members, and more). Please visit her website: Sara Isenberg Web Consulting & Project Management, or contact Sara by email if you have any project management, account management, or Development Team leadership or service needs.

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