Brandon Hall Group, the leading independent research and analyst organization focused on human capital management (HCM) practices, today announced winners of its coveted and prestigious 2016 Excellence Awards during an online event.

Brandon Hall Group executives announced Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in six divisions and more than 70 categories. Winners include organizations from throughout the world in almost every major industry. They include such iconic organizations as Accenture, Bank of America, Bridgestone, Bayer AG, Boeing, Cigna, Cisco Systems, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Dell, Deloitte, Emirates NBD, EY, General Electric, Genpact, GP Strategies, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, MasterCard, Microsoft, Merck, Noggin Labs, PepsiCo, Prudential, Royal Dutch Shell, SAP,  Sears Holdings, Tata Consultancy Services, UL, Verizon, Xerox, and Yum! Brands.

For a complete list of winners, please visit our website.

“Winning a Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award means an organization is an elite innovator within Human Capital Management. The award signifies that the organization’s work represents a leading practice in that HCM function,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “Their achievement is also notable because of the positive impact their work in HCM has on business results. All award winners have to demonstrate a measurable benefit to the business, not just the HCM operation. That’s an important distinction. Our HCM award winners are helping to transform the business.”

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference 17, January 24-27, 2017, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Selected winners also will serve as presenters in the more than 20 breakout sessions during the 2½-day conference.

“Every part of our conference – our workshops, general sessions, breakout sessions, as well as our sponsors and the technology solutions they offer – is focused on celebrating excellence from the previous year and helping all attendees gain new skills and insights to raise the bar for their organizations in the year ahead,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “This year we have put more effort than ever before in enabling attendees to share their experience and expertise with each other to optimize the learning and networking.”

Selected award-winning case studies from this year’s Excellence Awards Program will be available to Brandon Hall Group members in the coming weeks.

Brandon Hall Group also sponsors a fall awards program, the Excellence in Technology Awards, for corporations and solution providers who advance technologies in support of Human Capital management. Award entries are due Sept. 23 and awards are announced Dec. 15 in an online event.

For details on a Brandon Hall Group Membership or to learn more about our Awards Program, visit us at, or contact Mike Cooke at (561) 306-3576 or

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Our mission: Empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

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.