Welcome to the Leadership Excellence Awards

Recognizing excellence in senior leadership within large enterprises.  The Leadership Excellence Awards break down geographic boundaries to recognize the best in the world.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Leadership Excellence Awards are hosted at the globally respected GDS Summits, bringing together senior executives from the biggest global brands who are actively seeking to learn, engage, and find the best technology solutions. 

The events provide a forum for leaders to learn from peers about how they are approaching common challenges and opportunities. Each GDS Summit hosts a Leadership Excellence Awards with the ceremony held at the end of the conference agenda. This gives outstanding individuals the chance to be recognized for their achievements in front of the industry in which they serve.

CALLING OUTSTANDING SENIOR LEADERS

Are you, or do you work with, a senior leader that has delivered the greatest value to your businesses over the past year? 

This could be through innovation, inspiring colleagues, making excellent decisions, bravery, or achieving outstanding business growth. 

These awards are designed to recognized C-Suite (or equivalent) leaders who are the most deserving of recognition for delivering real value through innovation, doing the right thing and improving outcomes for their organizations.

Each award category is aligned to a Summit of the same theme. At the end of the Summit the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards winners will be announced. 

This process means that entry deadlines and awarding dates vary from category to category. See below:

UPCOMING ENTRY DEADLINES

Technology Leader of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 16 February)

HSE Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 23 February)

Brand Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 5 March)

Supply Chain Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 5 March)

Retail Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 17 March)

Technology Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 24 March)

Security Leader of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 24 March)

RevGen Leader of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 30 March)

Security Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 30 March)

Manufacturing Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 30 March)

Data & Analytics Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 14 May)

Oil & Gas/Energy Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 14 May)

This process means that entry deadlines and awarding dates vary from category to category, so please visit our awards portal for more information and to enter.

CATEGORIES

 

Technology Leader of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 16 February)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) information technology executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: CIO Summit Europe

HSE Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 23 February)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) health & safety executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved wellbeing and reduce harm to their workforce.

EVENT: HSE Summit North America

 

Brand Leader of the Year – USA  (Deadline: 5 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) marketing executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the applied creativity alongside innovative technologies and strategies over the last 12 months, which have led to improved business performance and reputational benefits.

EVENT: CMO Brand Summit USA

 

Supply Chain Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 5 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) Supply Chain executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Supply Chain Summit North America

 

Retail Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 17 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) retail executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Retail Summit North America

 

Technology Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 24 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) information technology executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: CIO Summit North America

 

Security Leader of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 24 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) Security executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance, reduced risk and improved operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Security Summit Europe

 

RevGen Leader of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 30 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) executives in revenue generation roles who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and customer experience.

EVENT: RevGen Summit Europe

 

Security  Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 30 March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) Security executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance, reduced risk and improved operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Security Summit North America

 

Manufacturing  Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 30March)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) Manufacturing executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Manufacturing Summit North America

 

Data & Analytics Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 14 May)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) executives with data-related roles, who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Data & Analytics Summit North America

 

Energy Leader of the Year – USA (Deadline: 14 May)

This award will recognise outstanding C-Suite (or equivalent) oil & gas industry executives who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Judges are particularly interested in seeing evidence of the application of innovative technologies or strategies over the last 12 months that have led to improved business performance and operational efficiencies.

EVENT: Energy Summit North America

HOW TO ENTER

 

Your entry must be uploaded as plain text only written/pasted into the awards portal. To maintain a level playing field, no additional supporting material is required or allowed. There is no option for hard copy or email submissions.

We recommend you draft your content in MS Word first. More details can be found on the live entry form itself, but in essence the content you need to prepare has the following structure:

1. Your goals and challenges for the past year: 100-250 words

2. Your achievements in terms of innovation and transformation: 100-250 words

3. Your achievements in terms of ‘doing the right thing’ (workplace, marketplace,

environment or community): 100-250 words.

4. Your achievements in terms of improving business performance: 100-250 words

Please visit the Enter Now page to view the entry form in full, or submit your entry.

If you would like to be considered, but are short on time then please contact us and we will put you in touch with people who can help you.

2020 WINNERS LIST

 

DIGITAL MARKETING

Mikio Fujitsuka, Head of Global Consumer Care, Johnson & Johnson (GOLD)
Lisa Gregorian & Blair Rich, Business Unit Leaders, Warner Bros. Entertainment (SILVER)
Michael Rardon, Head of Marketing, JackRabbit (BRONZE)
Itay Rahat, Warner Music Group (BRONZE)

 

HEALTHCARE

Jamie Walker,  UnitedHealth (GOLD)
Adrin Mammen, Associate Vice President, Patient Access Transformation Officer, Montefiore (SILVER)
Askshara Reddy, Head of Integrated Consumer Experience, Joint Ventures at Aetna (BRONZE)

 

BANKING

Dana Chaves, SVP Director of Specialty Banking, First Federal Bank (GOLD)
Alyce Reopelle, SVP, GCT NAM PMO Leader, Citi (SILVER )
Diego Blanco, BBVA USA (BRONZE)

 

CIO

Miao Song, VP, MARS (GOLD)
Stefan Latuski, CIO, Siemens Mobility (SILVER)
Nicolas Bogucki, CIO Head of Digital, L’Olivier Assurance (an Admiral Group company) (BRONZE)

 

OMNICHANNEL

Gustavo Roisinblit, VP of eCommerce, Invicta Stores (GOLD)
Praveen Moturu, VP, Chief Enterprise Architect, Mars Inc. (SILVER )
Luiz H. Gondim, Global CTO, Z-Tech/ABI (BRONZE)

 

HR

Diana Pacheco (GOLD)
Girish Ganesan, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, TD Bank (SILVER)
Bobbi Landreth, Director, Talent Acquisition & HR Systems, Fedex (BRONZE)
Tushar Trivedi, VP, People and Culture, BP (BRONZE)
John Ferguson, Head of Talent Planning, JPMorgan Chase (BRONZE)

 

DIGITAL INNOVATION

Rose Jia, Head of Paid Media, Amazon (GOLD)
Graeme Cochrane (SILVER)
Earl Newsome, Chief Information Officer, Linde (SILVER)
Michael Bodmer (BRONZE)

HOW THE WINNERS ARE SELECTED

 

Each award category will have three category winners (see below) and one overall winner.

 

What is the judging process?

The judging process is unique and externally audited by the Independent Awards Standards Council to ensure it is ethical, transparent and robust. The market insight team at GDS will gather the information necessary to invite the right people to participate, and then allow written evidence (supplied in the strictest confidence) into the awards platform to bolster the case of nominees.

Once as much information as possible has been gathered, external independent expert awards judges will review the nominees and select which are worthy of the awards, which will be given out at the associated summit events run by GDS.

 

The scoring system

Applications will be evaluated based on three key criteria:-

Delivering innovation and transformation Doing the right thing (workplace, marketplace, environment or community) Improving business performance.

An overall winner will be chosen from the judges’ evaluations, and three further awards will be given as follows:

 

Innovation & Transformation Award:

 This award goes to the applicant who demonstrates how they have successfully innovated and/or transformed their operations, team, technology, processes to improve outcomes for their organisation.

 

The Leading with Integrity Award: 

This award goes to the applicant who can demonstrate their achievements in terms of ‘doing the right thing’. For example, they might have improved ethics, improved the working lives of colleagues, supported marketplace change, or reduced environmental impact.

 

The Business Impact Award: 

This award goes to the applicant who has delivered outstanding business performance. This does not have to be purely in terms of tangible financial benefits, it can also be less tangible, such as reputational impacts or reduced risk.

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