Bill Owens, who took over as chief executive officer of Nortel in April, received the 2004 Intrepid Salute Award on Wednesday in New York City.

Owens, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US Department of Defense, was recognized for his efforts on behalf of philanthropic activities. He received the honor aboard the retired US Navy aircraft carrier Intrepid which is berthed in new York and is home to the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum.

Owens is involved in such groups as the Carnegie Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

On the business front, Nortel has won a contract with $5 million to provide Internet Protocol telephony and contact center solutions for British Telecom.

Nortel gear will link 124 centers across the United Kingdom.