LONDON, September 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-Five of the UK'S best business leaders shortlisted for prestigious award -
Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO Nestlé UK & Ireland, Dame Barbara Stocking, CEO of Oxfam, Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland, Paul Drechsler, CEO & Chairman of Wates Group and Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management, are the five exemplary leaders that have been nominated and shortlisted for the Orange Leader of the Year Award at this year's National Business Awards in partnership with Orange.
The ultimate winner of the award will be decided by a public vote, which opens today, as well as a judging panel of senior executives who will review video interviews of the candidates at a screening on 18th October where they will vote in a secret ballot. Judges include James Leigh-Pemberton, UK CEO of Credit Suisse, Sir William Sargent, CEO of Framestore, Kanya King, CEO of the MOBO Organisation and Clare Parsons, Chairman of Lansons Communications. The winner will be revealed at the National Business Awards ceremony in London on 13th November 2012.
This award recognises the personal imprint of the UK's most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisations - with five high profile CEOs invited to participate as champions of their respective industries. Focusing on their achievements as business leaders over the last 18 months, and what they have achieved in the course of their career, this year's finalists are also respected thought leaders. Previous winners of the award have included Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO, MITIE Group (2011), Martin McCourt, former CEO, Dyson (2010), and Peter Marks, CEO of the Cooperative Group (2009).
The National Business Awards in partnership with Orange has revealed over 150 of Britain's leading businesses and business leaders as finalists across all categories. Organisations shortlisted include a range of private, public and third sector companies, including National Grid, Marks & Spencer and London Early Years Foundation.
Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: "Presenting five inspirational styles of leadership that have driven exceptional performance, each of the five CEOs shortlisted for Orange Leader of the Year have also demonstrated impact beyond their organisation - whether it's as a champion of innovation, responsible business or diversity."
Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at Orange, said: "The finalists for the Orange Leader of the Year all demonstrate the outstanding qualities of British business leaders running organisations in the UK today. All are shining examples of innovative, original leadership in their respective fields and we offer them our warm congratulations."
To vote for your favourite Orange Leader finalist visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk
The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.
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Awards categories 2012
Categories open to enter:
- The Orange Innovation Award
- The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
- The ICAEW Sustainability Award
- The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
- The Huawei Customer Focus Award
- The Croner Employer of the Year
- Transformational Change of the Year
- Start-up Business of the Year
- Small Online Business of the Year
- E-Commerce Strategy of the Year
- Business Enabler of the Year
- The Entrepreneur of the Year
Categories run by nomination only:
- The Orange Leader of the Year
- The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence
- The 3i International Growth Business of the Year
- The Leadership Diversity Award
- The Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year
The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the National Business Awards.
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
About Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families.
About Orange UK Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited. On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK's biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161.
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