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How to Enter The 2017 Operational Excellence CEO of the Year Award

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results and business transformations.

Key Dates: 

October 16, 2016:   Awards Entries Open

December 31, 2016: Awards Entries Close

January 24, 2017:  Awards Shortlist & CEO of the Year Announced

March 22, 2017: Awards Ceremony & Winners Announced   

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit in the beautiful Palm Ballroom on March 22, 2017 at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort.

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Previous CEO of the Year Award Winner

Tom Farrell won the CEO Of the Year Award in 2009 with Dominion Resources. Dominion Resources is  one of the country's biggest utility companies, with greater than $13 billion in revenue, more than 15,000 employees and operations in well over a dozen states. 

Farrell joined Dominion in 1995 and has served as an officer of Dominion and many of its subsidiaries. He was executive vice president of Dominion from 1999 to 2003 and president and chief operating officer from January 2004 to December 2005. In January 2006, Farrell was named president and chief executive officer of Dominion and was elected chairman of Dominion’s board in April 2007.

The Operational Excellence CEO and Outstanding Leader Awards

These Awards will be given to a CEO or Leader who has embraced and championed Operational Excellence methodologies for organizational success. 

There will be two CEO of the Year awards. The guidelines and scoring will be the same for both. 

  • Operational Excellence CEO of the Year Award. (Overall Corporate CEO)
  • Operational Excellence Outstanding Leader of the Year Award

Previous CEO of the Year


Previous winner of the prestigious CEO of the Year Award, Mark Pigott (CEO, PACCAR, 1997-2013)  has been highlighted as one of the nation's leading CEOs by Forbes magazine, in their annual listing of the top ten CEOs in the country.

Under Mark Pigott's leadership as Chairman and CEO, Paccar  delivered a 1,700 percent total return to shareholders. Pigott's focus on quality and innovation resulted in Paccar receiving many J.D. Power and Associates Awards for highest customer satisfaction as well as International Truck of the Year Awards.

PACCAR has earned the distinction of being one of the nation's leading companies by ForbesBarron'sBusinessWeekIndustryweek, and InformationWeek magazine.

Entry Guidelines & Rules

Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4.

It should outline the following information on the individual’s performance

  • The history of Operational Excellence at the organization
  • The strategic position on Operational Excellence
  • Insight into the CEO’s role within the deployment of Operational Excellence initiatives
  • The CEO’s biography from an Operational Excellence perspective
  • Key Operational Excellence achievements during the CEO’s time in office


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Supporting Materials

Entrants may supply supporting materials. These materials must be no longer than two pages of A4 and should only contain sample material.


Judging Criteria

The judges will consider the following criteria when grading all entries for this category:

  1. Results Generated: How significant to the organization was the value generated from the Operational Excellence deployment
  2. CEO’s Involvement: The extent and effectiveness of the leadership role provided by the CEO
  3. Penetration of Operational Excellence within the Organization
  4. Strategic Position of Operational Excellence


The Scoring Matrix is as follows:

Results Generated


Score 1-3 - Results not that impressive


Score 4-6 - Results fairly impressive


Score 7-10 Results very to exceedingly Impressive



CEO's Involvement


Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of CEO involvement


Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable level of CEO involvement


Score 7-10- Evident that there has been heavy CEO involvement



Penetration of Operational Excellence


Score 1-3  - Operational Excellence has only moderately penetrated the organization


Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence has reasonable levels of penetration


Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has deep penetration throughout the organization



Strategic Position of Operational Excellence


Score 1-3 - Operational Excellence does not factor strongly within the organizational strategy


Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence plays a reasonable role within organizational strategy


Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has a key role within the organizational strategy


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Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4


Read the guidelines thoroughly

Ensure you are following the guidelines specifically based on the category you are applying for – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score. It’s absolutely crucial that you pay strict attention to detail here, as there are subtle differences that can easily be overlooked. 

Enlist the help of your Comms Department

It is so obvious when a good, trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries, and in many cases, a well-written entry is more likely to win as it drives interest, and reads easily. 

View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study

You have to impress the judges, and you will probably at the outset get 10 or so minutes of their attention - If you impress them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry, and be more considerate on their scoring – that’s human nature! Impress them, and they will fight your corner when it comes to debating the winners.

Keep it concise and relevant

Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrevelant information. Many awards wins come from entries with word counts well below the requirement. Blank space on a space can be very attractive to a judge working through dozens of applications! 

Let the results do the talking

This awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give us the facts. Litter your entries with facts, clear charts, and a clean presentation, and you are bound to do so much better for it.

Get a colleague to proof-read 

Make sure that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be. An employee may not tell you exactly like it is, and you need someone slightly removed to ensure this is the case. This will de-internalise your document, and make sure that it makes sense!

A clear structure

Ensure your document is clearly laid out for the judges to make short work of your case study - make images clear and informative, try to avoid rambling, keep the facts at the forefront. Ensure the document is neat, and the writing flows easily - no text boxes all over the place!

Information on Entering

How To Enter

Entries must be submitted through the online entry form.


Entry Deadline

The early bird deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday November 10, 2017.
The late deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday December, 1, 2017.


Price of Entry

$195.00 if received before Friday November 10, 2017.

$295 if received before Friday, December 1, 2017. 


Awards Presentation 

The winning Awards will be presented at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Gala Event on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Book

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Book will feature all the Award winners in each of the categories. It will provide insightful case-study materials, which the winning organisations have achieved through the application of Operational Excellence methodologies.  The Awards Book will be published shortly after the awards program. 

Previous Winning Case Studies

This awards program started back in 2006, as The Global Six Sigma Awards and took place in conjunction with the Global Lean Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit, and quickly became the industry’s most prestigious program. This was not only due to its size, but importantly due to the two-step scoring & judging ratification process, a strict policy to avoid no conflicts of interest, and a confidentiality agreement that judges sign-up to, which still exists in today awards.

BTOES17 has taken over this elite awards program and have taken it into the new age of Operational Excellence focused not just on Lean Six Sigma and incremental improvements at the operational level, but also strongly aligned with strategy execution, value creation, customer experience, and business transformation to create the future.

Please click here to view a list of previous winning case studies