Gold Winners of 2017 Excellence in Practice Awards

EFMD is delighted to announce the 2017 EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners.

“Once again, the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development. Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases clearly show that investing in human and organisational development is a key strategic asset for business success,” commented Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD.
The 2017 Gold Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Talent Development

Mars & Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
 “Filling the Senior Leadership Pipeline”

“Mars is thrilled to receive this award that recognises the mutually beneficial partnership we have had for 10+ year with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). People development is at the core of Mars, Inc.  By partnering with a world-class organisation such as CCL, we’re able to offer tangible evidence of our commitment to our Associates. And, at the same time, to develop leaders who deliver extraordinary results,” said Kristin Colber-Baker, Global Director, Leadership Development, and Mars University Leadership College Director.

“We at the Center for Creative Leadership are honoured to receive this award that recognises the amazing partnership we have had with the Mars Corporation for over a decade. Mars’s commitment to accelerating the development of their leaders and measuring the ROI of this development is unparalleled in organisations today and it was our shared values that allowed us to create such an impactful talent development experience,“ commented Phil Willburn, Senior Faculty at the CCL.

Organisational Development
Telenor & INSEAD
“Creating a Culture of Innovation”

Joakim Slørstad, SVP Group Learning & Development and Susanne Hoffmann, Head of Strategic Leadership Development, Telenor Group said jointly: “We are proud to receive this EFMD EIP Gold Award. It has been an unique and inspiring learning experience to collaborate with the INSEAD team and Assistant Professor Nathan Furr. Thanks to an innovative approach to learning and dedicated team work, the programme has exceeded all expectations. We appreciate the recognition from EFMD and the efforts that has made the programme such a success.”

“INSEAD is honored to receive the EFMD EiP Gold for the second consecutive year. This year, we embarked on an incredible journey with Telenor Group to jump start their digital transformation. We hope that our collaborative and innovative approach to programme design can provide a “proof-of-concept” for many more organisations to consider during their own transformation in this digital revolution,” added Chengyi Lin, Lecturer of Strategy at INSEAD, Director of Strategic Innovations & Online Programmes.

Professional Development
Cisco & LIW
“Cisco Global Technical Leader Programme”

Rob Dinsmore, Learning Delivery Program Manager at Cisco, commented on the award: “Cisco is very honored to be recognised by EFMD for the Global Technical Leader Program (GTLP). I have seen first-hand the leadership development growth of our many participants over the 3-month programme duration, as well as the benefits of their GTLP experience later in their careers to help advance Cisco’s business transformation.”

“I am so delighted that our wonderful partnership with Cisco has been recognised again in this way. This programme, the Global Technical Leaders Program (GTLP) has grown over 10 years to deliver measurable impact through the individual engineering leaders and also by acting as an incubator for complex projects,” added Pia Lee, CEO at LIW.

Executive Development
Nokia & Complex Adaptive Leadership & Abilitie
“Nokia Adaptable Leader Programme – Turning VUCA to Advantage – The ALP Journey”

Hans Jürgen Bill, Chief Human Resources Officer at NOKIA commented: “NOKIA has always continued its investment in Leadership Development. Today we are honoured to be awarded Gold Medal for our flagship programme Adaptable Leader which allows Nokia Leaders to create the technology to connect the world.”

“Working in partnership with Nokia over the years to develop this programme has been a great experience and we are very honoured by this award. Applying complexity science to leadership has got some great results and we look forward to exploring further with Nokia,” added Nick Obolensky, CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd.

“Partnering with the likes of Nokia and CAL to deliver effective leadership development has been an honour in its own right. Now it is an additional honour to have that partnership recognised by such a prestigious organisation as EFMD,” finally added Nathan Kracklauer, Principal Consultant, EMEA, Abilitie

Ecosystem Development
 (Special Category)
Diabetes UK & Novo Nordisk & Ashridge Executive Education
“Tackling the Diabetes Crisis”

“To receive this award is an immensely proud moment for us. This initiative began with the desire to make real improvements for people living with diabetes,” commented Amy Rylance, Head of Healthcare Professional Engagement, Diabetes UK

Guy Lubitsh, Client Director at Ashridge Executive Education, added: “We are immensely proud to be working with Diabetes UK and Novo Nordisk and that this unique, impactful approach has been recognised internationally.”

“This is a fantastic result for our team, demonstrating our belief and commitment to pushing forward the boundaries of leadership and organisation development, along with our focus on making a difference where it really matters,” complemented Bjorn Bengtsson, President, Ashridge Executive Education.

“It is wonderful that this ambitious initiative has been recognised with such a prestigious EFMD Gold Award. We are delighted to be part of this partnership, supporting change and quality improvement in diabetes care,” said Adam Burt, Director Market Access and Public Affairs at Novo Nordisk UK

“I am incredibly proud of our team at Diabetes UK. This began as a small idea which grew and the impact it is having is inspiring. For all involved there is the sense of being part of something bigger. A movement. Fighting for diabetes healthcare, tackling the underlying challenges and raising awareness of the condition,” added Chris Askew, CEO Diabetes UK

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Gold and Silver Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be held in Milan, Italy, on 18 – 20 October.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Gold Award winners there were Silver Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 1 March 2018

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact Florence Gregoire.