2023 Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners

2023 Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners

EFMD is delighted to announce the 2023 EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners.

Since 2007, the EFMD Excellence in Practice (EiP) Awards have recognised outstanding and impactful client-supplier partnerships in the domains of Organisational, Talent, Leadership and Professional Development.

The 2023 Gold Award Winners in the following four categories are:

Organisational Development

The Lego Group & IMD
“Building the leadership playground”

Loren I. Shuster, Chief People Officer & Head of Corporate Affairs, The Lego Group, had this to say about the award, ‘The Leadership Playground represents the essence of our core values at the LEGO Group – the power of playful learning to energise all colleagues, regardless of their role, and help them develop as leaders. We’re honoured to be recognised alongside IMD and thank them for their fantastic continued partnership.’

John R. Weeks, Program Co-director Workshops, Panorama and Catalyst and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, IMD, commented, ‘At IMD, we are inspired by the visionary idea in the LEGO Group that leaders are people at any level of the organization who create the space so that “everybody is energised every day.” It is a privilege to partner with them in so many different ways to bring their LEGO Leadership Playground to life.


Talent Development

Worldline & Hult EF Corporate Education
“One Worldline Academy – Reimagining the future”

Heidi Kopec, Global Head of People Development & Engagement, noted, ‘Receiving the EFMD gold medal for our One Worldline Academy talent development programme was a great success for us. The common programme development together with Hult EF started in 2020. Together we are on an intensive journey with a great partnership, constantly improving our programme. As Gilles Grapinet, CEO of Worldline, wrote in his quote, “We want to recognize and further develop talented managers, reward achievements and help them to grow to the next level”. We are looking forward to further developing together the programme to prepare Worldline talents to become better leaders.’

‘We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of Hult EF alongside our valued client Worldline. We are proud to play a part in this exciting and innovative academy project, which is helping to transform the organization for the future and is already uncovering new ideas to power sustainability and drive the business forward,’ stated Bjorn Bengtsson, President & Tanja Levine, Vice President, Hult EF Corporate Education.

Sona Sherratt, Professor of Practice, Hult EF Corporate Education, added, ‘We are thrilled to have been recognised with a gold award for this partnership between Worldline and Hult EF. As the Program Director, it is a privilege to work so closely with the talented employees at Worldline and support them on their leadership and innovation journey. The current Academy design and delivery is an outcome of many people’s efforts and has continually evolved based on Worldline’s purpose and transformation impact in this world.’


Leadership Development

Circle Health Group & Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University
“Senior leaders – Towards outstanding”

Jenny McKnight, Director of Learning and Circle Academy, Circle Health Group, observed, ‘Being recognised for the work we have done together, and more importantly, the impact it has had on the lives of our people, is remarkable. The award is a testament to the collaborative, committed teams of outstanding professionals we have and their determination to constantly innovate and provide strong, supportive leadership.

‘We couldn’t be more delighted to receive this Gold award, which recognizes the value and importance of partnerships and which challenges us to demonstrate impact. The shared responsibility developed through our close partnership with Circle Health Group has been pivotal to the success of the senior leader ‘Towards Outstanding’ programme.  Thank you, EFMD, for this recognition. Looking forward to joining you at the conference in October,’ said Dr Anthony Sturgess, Director of Corporate Development, Liverpool Business School.


Professional Development

Atos & ESCP Business School
“Co-create a pioneering Academy for Service Delivery Managers”

Gisela Jansen, Group Learning and Development Marketing Comms Manager – Global Programme Manager Atos SDM Academy, commented, ‘Atos is delighted that its partnership with ESCP Business School has been recognized by this award. It will increase demand for the program and help more participants deliver added value for our clients.  We look forward to seeing more of the positive business outcomes described in the case study in due course.’

‘While many complex features go into a successful development program, one decisive factor brings it together: seamless teamwork, at the heart of Atos and ESCP Business School partnership.  We are proud of this award which we see as a validation of our approach and an encouragement to other organizations, added Olga Alonso, Director of Executive Education & Digital Solutions, ESCP Business School, Madrid Campus.


Congratulations and thank you from EFMD

Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD, congratulated all the EiP Award winners, ‘I am delighted to congratulate the 2023 Excellence in Practice Award winners. These organisations exemplify the highest standards of partnership and collaboration in executive development. They have showcased effective approaches, measurable impact and a commitment to driving transformative change in organisations. We applaud their achievements and celebrate their invaluable contributions to shaping the future of management education.’

‘This year, again, applicants challenged the juries with their excellent and inspiring input in the respective clusters. The EiP mobilised a wide range of professionals to formalise, share and review impactful practices. Thanks to the engagement of many, we were able to provide the examples of these happy few as input for further reflection and debate. Congratulations to all, and as always, already looking forward to the exchanges at the next Executive Development Conference in St. Gallen.’ added Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor at EFMD Corporate Services.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference on 4-6 October 2023.

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

Next submission deadline: March 2024

For submission guidelines and expressions of interest, please visit our website. If you have any questions or would like further information on the EiP awards, you can find out more in the EiP Overview Brief, or please contact Florence Gregoire.