Global Six Sigma Awards announce category finalists

RP news wires, Noria Corporation
Tags: lean manufacturing

WCBF announced the short list of finalists for the 2007 Global Six Sigma Awards program. A total of 27 entries have been selected by the independent judging panel from nine categories to go forward to the final stages of the judging process.


Listed by category, the finalists for the 2007 Global Six Sigma Awards program are:


Best Achievement of Design for Six Sigma and Innovation, sponsored by Air Academy Associates


Capital One Direct Banking

Raytheon Information Solutions


Best Achievement of Integrating Lean and Six Sigma

BMO Financial Group

Truman Medical Centers


Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Financial Services

BMO Financial Group

Capital One Direct Banking

Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation

OCBC Bank  


Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Healthcare

Providence Health and Services

Truman Medical Centers

Valley Baptist Health System


Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Manufacturing


Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.

Lonmin Plc



Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Outsourcing

Clayton State University Continuing Education


WNS Global Services Ltd.


Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Sales & Marketing



Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Service & Transactional Environments

BMO Financial Group

Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation

Firstsource Solutions Limited



Six Sigma Vice President of the Year Award

Aravind Immaneni, vice president, Strategic Analysis & Improvement, Capital One Direct Banking

Leslie Behnke, vice president, CIGNA Business Excellence, CIGNA

Dr. Tomas Gonzalez MD, senior vice president of Marketing, Strategy and Six Sigma Quality, Valley Baptist Medical Center


The winners for all categories and for The Platinum Award for the Most Outstanding Organizational Achievement through Six Sigma, sponsored by Genpact, will be announced at The Global Six Sigma Awards & Summit Gala Dinner on Wednesday October 24.  Special guest speaker will be Tim Solso, chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., who was announced in July by The Global Six Sigma Awards program as the winner of the Six Sigma CEO of the Year Award. He will address the audience on the business transformation at Cummins achieved through Six Sigma methodologies. The dinner is part of WCBF’s second annual Global Six Sigma Summit at The Rio All Suite Hotel in Las Vegas


The Global Six Sigma Awards program was established in 2006 to identify outstanding organizational success achieved through the application of Six Sigma methodologies. The 2007 program has received entries from organizations based in India, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.


The independent judging panel for The Global Six Sigma Awards includes: 

  • Richard Amori, R&A Six Sigma deployment director, Ford certified master black belt, Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Leslie Behnke, vice president of Business Excellence, Cigna Corporation
  • Georgette Belair, VP, Design Excellence, Cardinal Health, Clinical Technologies and Services
  • Andre Booyzen, director of Six Sigma and master black belt, Lonmin
  • John Colangelo, managing director of Operations and Customer Service, DTCC
  • Rodney Comegys, principal, Center for Excellence, The Vanguard Group
  • Edward Craven, director, Innovation Strategy, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Keith Holliday, director, Supply Chain, Sonoco Products Company
  • Venky Gopalaswamy, executive director, Process Excellence, Johnson & Johnson
  • Aravind Immaneni, VP, Strategic Analysis & Improvement, Capital One Direct Banking
  • Richard Lam, deployment leader, Bank of Montreal
  • Hung Le, lead master black belt, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Fabrizio Majorana, master black belt, Ferrari Racing
  • Tom McCarty, executive VP, Six Sigma practice leader, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
  • Paul Neri, VP Continuous Improvement, St. Jude Medical
  • Don Owen, senior director of Operational Excellence and Product Development, Mannington Mills
  • James Pearson, VP of Customer Advocacy, EMC
  • Mike Richman, chairman of the Judging Panel, publisher, Quality Digest
  • Nipesh Shah, executive VP, Six-Sigma, Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc
  • Gordon Ward, director of Quality and Raytheon Six Sigma, Raytheon
  • James Wasiloff, deployment leader, Strategic Planning and Transformation, Department of Defense, U.S. Army  
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