The New England Council, a local business and policy advocacy group, has named John Hancock CEO Marianne Harrison and other leaders in life sciences, higher education and government as its 2020 New Englanders of the Year.
The others include Udit Batra, incoming CEO of Waters Corp.; Ibram X. Kendi, founder and director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research; U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a Worcester Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee; and Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The New Englander of the Year Awards typically take place at an annual dinner in Boston. But the pandemic has forced the group to move to an online-only format. The event is expected to take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
“This year’s honorees have each made valuable and meaningful contributions to addressing some of the biggest challenges facing our region and our nation in 2020,” James T. Brett, President and CEO of the New England Council, said in a statement.
The event’s co-chairs are TD Garden President Amy Latimer and Pamela Everhart, senior vice president of regional public affairs and community relations at Fidelity Investments.
Harrison, John Hancock’s first female CEO, previously served as president and CEO of Manulife Canada. John Hancock is the U.S. division of Manulife Financial Corp.