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.


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.


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. 


CIO of the Year – Europe (Deadline: 23 October 2020)

HR Leader of the Year – North America (Deadline: 23 October 2020)

Digital Leader of the Year – North America (Deadline: 30 October 2020)

Omnichannel Leader of the Year – North America (Deadline: 06 November 2020)

Banking Leader of the Year – North America (Deadline: 06 November 2020)

Digital Marketing Leader of the Year – North America (Deadline: 27 November 2020)

Healthcare Leader of the Year – North America (Deadline: 27 November 2020)

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.