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Nick Lane receives Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award

Article provided by Josh Stoffregen-Foye, Equitable’ s Head of Commercial Businesses + Brand Communications

Equitable President Nick Lane was honored with the Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award 19 October by the 2022 Marine Corps University Foundation (MCU Foundation) and Alumni Association. The award was presented at the Union League Club in New York City.

Left to right Gen Iiams, USMC, Mr. Nick Lane, Mr. Guy Wyser-Pratte, Vice Chairman MCU Foundation, and LtGen Richard Mills, USMC (Ret), Chairman, MCU Foundation


The award, named for Major General John H. Russell, the sixteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps, is presented annually at the Foundation’s luncheon to a distinguished American whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.

This year’s event was the first in-person luncheon in three years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Representing Equitable in attendance were CEO Mark Pearson, COO Jeff Hurd, José Ramón González, Dave Karr, Hector Martinez, Kevin Nallen, Krystina Novello, Steve Scanlon, Stephanie Shields, Josh Stoffregen and Connie Weaver, as well as past employees Manish Agarwal, Jaqueline Harris, Dave Hattem and Jim O’Boyle. Nick’s family also attended the event.

“All of us at Equitable extend our heartfelt congratulations to Nick on receiving the Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award,” said CEO Mark Pearson. “This honor reflects not only his exemplary service to the country, but also the great qualities he developed in the United States Marine Corps that he now carries every day in the stewardship of our company.”


“I am humbled to receive this recognition from an organization I deeply respect on behalf of the extraordinary men and women with whom I have served,” Nick said. “I applaud the important work MCU Foundation does on a daily basis. At Equitable, we remain committed to supporting the military community including wounded warriors, veterans through scholarships and support services for active-duty military personnel.”

For information about registering at a future event, please contact our Director of Special Events, MJ Hall at 703-640-6170. Reservations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.

To see a list of former recipients of the Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award, please click HERE.

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on tax deductible gifts, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. Special events, such as the Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Luncheon provide funding that supports Marine Leaders and their Professional Military Education worldwide.  The University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from our Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Luncheon, and those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!