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Deming Cup 2014

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2014 Deming Cup are Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO, DuPont and Stef Wertheimer, Founder and Honorary Chairman, ISCAR, Ltd.

The 2014 Deming Cup Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 28 at Columbia University.

Deming Cup 2014 

The Deming Cup is an annual prize presented by the Deming Center at Columbia Business School to recognize a world leader who has made outstanding contributions in the area of operational excellence and has fostered the culture of continuous improvement in an organization.

The Judging Committe was led this year by co-chairs Terry Lundgren (Chairman, President and CEO, Macy’s Inc., 2012 Deming Cup Winner), Sergio Marchionne (Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC; CEO, Fiat SpA, 2011 Deming Cup Winner) and Paul O’Neill (72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, former Chairman and CEO, Alcoa).

Judging Committee 2015:

1. Ali Doğramaci
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Bilkent University

2. Awi Federgruen
Columbia Business School

3. Bennett Nussbaum 
Executive Vice President & CFO
DFC Global Corporation

4. Beth Ford             
Chief Supply Chain & Operations Officer
Land O’Lakes, Inc.

5. Brent C. James
Chief Quality Officer
Intermountain Healthcare

6. Bruno Di Leo 
Senior VP, Sales & Distribution
IBM Corporation

7. César Alierta Izuel 
Chairman and CEO

8. Charles Sorenson
President & CEO
Intermountain Healthcare

9. David Niles ‘98
SSA & Co.

10. David Thurm
Chief Operating Officer
The Art Institute of Chicago

11. Garrett van Ryzin
Columbia Business School

12. George Stalk
Senior Advisor & BCG Fellow
Boston Consulting Group

13. H. Fisk Johnson
Chairman & CEO
S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

14. John Church
Senior VP, Supply Chain
General Mills

15. John Coatsworth
Columbia University

16. Jorge Morán
Senior Fellow
Harvard University

17. Keith Sherin 
Vice Chairman, General Electric
Chairman & CEO, GE Capital

18. Klaus Kleinfeld
Chairman & CEO

19. Lucien Arkas
Arkas Group

20. Lynne Greene
President of Clinique, Origins, & Ojon
Estée Lauder

21. Nelson Fraiman 
Columbia Business School

22. Nicolás Loaiza
Co-Founder & CEO

23. Paolo Rocca
Chairman & CEO
Tenaris S.A.

24. Paul O’Neill
72nd Secretary of The US Treasury

25. Peter Gibbons
Executive Vice President, Global Operations

26. Quentin Roach
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
Merck & Co., Inc.

27. R. Seshasayee
Executive Vice Chairman
Ashok Leyland Ltd.

28. Ratan Tata
Chairman Emeritus
Tata Sons Limited

29. Richard Jaffe 
Managing Director
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co

30. Rob Amen 
Columbia Business School

31. Román Blanco
President and CEO
Santander Bank & Santander Holding USA

32. Sang Wan Lee
Executive Advisor to the CEO
Samsung Electronics

33. Sergio Marchionne
Chief Executive Officer
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

34. Shelly Lazarus 
Chairman Emeritus
Ogilvy & Mather

35. Terry Lundgren
Chairman, President & CEO
Macy’s, Inc.

36. Wolfgang Bernhard 
Member of the Board of Management
Daimler AG


Criteria and Eligibility Requirements

The Deming Cup is seeking individuals who led initiatives in continuous improvement and helped change the culture within their company/organization.

Nomination Criteria

  1. Global leader who has applied and demonstrated the Deming principles
  2. Organization that exhibits multidimensional excellence (for instance excellence in safety, environmental responsibility and a view towards inclusion)
  3. Organization known for continuous improvement.
  4. An organization that has increased in shareholder value over a sustained period of time due to organic growth
  5. An organization where operational excellence has made a decisive impact on the competitive position of the firm
  6. Evidence of a culture in which all stakeholders in the organization are treated with dignity and respect
  7. Leader who requires data driven analysis and has clear commitment to impactful training and skill development


The nomination can be self or third-party recommendation. The nominee must demonstrate his/her contribution in the achievements of operational excellence, through specific and measurable outcomes.


Individuals can only receive the award once and the nominee must be alive at the time of nomination.


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