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March 17, 2017

World News

Mary Kay China Earns Prestigious Marco Polo Award

Photo: Chinese official Lu Ming (right) presents the award to KK Chua, President of Mary Kay Asia Pacific.


Mary Kay and its Asia Pacific chief have garnered recognition for contributing to ongoing talent exchange between China and the U.S.

KK Chua, Mary Kay Asia Pacific Region President, recently collected the Marco Polo Award, which is presented by China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel and the U.S.-China Foundation for International Exchange. The award honors Mary Kay’s contribution to information exchange and communication between China and the U.S., where the beauty company is based.

Mary Kay is a top five global skincare brand, with China as one of its largest markets. The country also is home to Mary Kay’s only manufacturing facility outside the U.S., a 195,000-square-foot plant located in Hangzhou, China. Outside its business operations, Mary Kay helps empower women across the country through its Pink Changing Lives philanthropy initiative. The broad scope of Mary Kay’s operations in China allow it to facilitate trans-Pacific partnerships at a number of levels.

Lu Ming, Deputy Administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, presented the Marco Polo Award to Chua during a March 6 ceremony. Since the award’s inception in 1987, more than 30 executives, entrepreneurs and politicians have received the Marco Polo Award, one of them being former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.