Accenture, Bank of America and Hewlett Packard Win the Most Awards from the Prestigious Program Honoring the Best of the Best in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing. 

Delray Beach – September 26, 2013 – Brandon Hall Group, the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing learning, talent management, and business research to help drive organizational performance, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards.

Announcement of this year’s winners were presented in an online event held to honor recipients of the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.  Entrants have eagerly awaited the outcome of the Excellence Awards judging, now in its 19th year, since applying in April. The winners were announced by Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke, COO Rachel Cooke, and VP of Corporate and Product Development Claude Werder.

The awards program announcements today provided awards in 48 categories. Accenture, Bank of American and Hewlett Packard led the list of multiple award winners. Other multiple winners included Turkish retailer Migros Ticaret, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell Oil, American Express, Microsoft, KPMG, Bridgepoint Education, CareerBuilder, Capgemini and IBM.

Click on the links for winners of each division:  Learning, Talent, and Sales & Marketing.

The entries were evaluated by an international panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executive leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measureable benefits.

“We were thrilled to recognize this years’ winners in an online event sharing the results in real time with those who have  excelled in learning, talent management and sales and marketing efforts and have been so supportive of our program,” said COO Rachel Cooke.  “We are honored to receive submissions from all over the world.  This year’s submissions exemplified a high standard of performance in their organizations and demonstrated clear, measurable business results through these innovative programs.”

“Year after year we are amazed at the submissions that are placed before our judging panel.  In another record-breaking year for our awards program, we are proud to recognize organizations that are focused on developing and implementing world-class initiatives that show exemplary business performance and focus on best practices,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

Selected case studies of award-winning programs will be available to Brandon Hall Group members in the coming weeks.   For details on a Brandon Hall Group Membership or to learn more about the awards program, visit www.brandonhall.com or contact Mike Cooke at (561) 865-5017 or mike.cooke@brandonhall.com.

About Brandon Hall Group Inc.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership research and expertise in our primary research portfolios – Talent Management, Learning and Development, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing, and Executive Management. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Our members have access to research and connections that help them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with extensive advisory services tailored to help put the research into daily action. (www.brandonhall.com).

For additional information about our organization please contact Mike Cooke: (561) 865-5017 or mike.cooke@brandonhall.com, www.brandonhall.com.

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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