JOHN C. WHITEHEAD HONORED AT ASIA SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER

-- Kazarian Foundation Allocates US$2 Million in Honor of Whitehead --

Dateline: New York, NY, January 12, 2012

John C. Whitehead, former CEO of the private partnership bank Goldman, Sachs & Co., and former United States Deputy Secretary of State, was honored at the Asia Society Annual Dinner on January 11, 2012. Distinguished guests from the business, arts, policy and diplomatic communities gathered at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to celebrate his accomplishments.

Dinner Chairs were Paul B. Kazarian, Chairman and CEO of Japonica Partners; J. Michael Evans, Vice Chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and Maurice Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Dinner Chair Paul B. Kazarian, Chairman and CEO of Japonica Partners, commented:

“As we have with our other most trusted friends and advisors, we will allocate two million dollars to a global benchmark charitable initiative in John's honor. We and global leaders who are our mutual friends value John's passion for good judgment.”

Dinner Chair J. Michael Evans, Vice Chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co., told a legendary anecdote about Whitehead offering a ride to Henry Ford in his Chevy. Evans, 54, also commented:

“I hope to have half the energy Whitehead has at his age… My wife says that’s impossible because I don’t have that much energy now.”

At the dinner, Chair Maurice “Hank” Greenberg joined Mr. Whitehead and Ronnie Chan (Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd.) in sharing views on several of the most significant issues facing our global economy today.

John C. Whitehead earned his M.B.A. from Harvard, and soon after, joined the prestigious investment bank Goldman, Sachs & Co. Over a total of 38 years at the firm, he rose to become Chairman and retired as Co-Chairman and Co-Senior Partner. Appointed by President Reagan, Mr. Whitehead then served as US Deputy Secretary of State.

The Charles & Agnes Kazarian Foundation is a US$170+ million private operating foundation established in 1998 by Paul B. Kazarian. The Foundation’s mission is to empower great aspirations in the whole human family.

Asia Society is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering theunderstanding of the countries and cultures of Asia. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in New York, Asia Society is an international organization with 11 centers in the U.S. and Asia.

  The Charles & Agnes Kazarian Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3)