The Deming Cup for Operational Excellence

Awarded annually since 2010, the Deming Cup for Operational Excellence honors business leaders for outstanding merit in operations and for fostering a culture of continuous improvement within their organizations. Through this award, the center not only recognizes exemplary leaders for creating successful organizations by following W. Edwards Deming’s philosophy and principles, but also facilitates opportunities for their ongoing engagement with Columbia Business School’s academic community. The Deming Cup Judging Committee, comprising eminent figures in industry and academia, is co-chaired by Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO, Retired, of Macy’s, Inc., and Samuel Palmisano, Chairman, Center for Global Enterprise.

The 2021 Deming Cup will be awarded to Mary Barra, chair and CEO of General Motors, and Kenneth Frazier, executive chairman of Merck, at a virtual ceremony on October 19. For more information, please contact Kalpana Kanthan at [email protected].

2020

Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling
Northwell Health

Kevin Sowers

Kevin Sowers
Johns Hopkins Health System

Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson
Memorial Sloan Kettering

2019

David Abney

David Abney
UPS

Janet DiFiore

Janet DiFiore
Court of Appeals & The State of New York

Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly
Best Buy

2018

Juan Ramón Alaix

Juan Ramón Alaix
Zoetis

Douglas Baker

Douglas Baker
Ecolab

2017

Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt
GE

Arne M. Sorenson

Arne M. Sorenson
Marriott International

2016

David Cote

David Cote
Honeywell

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi
Pepsico

2015

Kenneth Chenault

Kenneth Chenault
American Express Company

Toby Cosgrove

Toby Cosgrove
Cleveland Clinic

2014

Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman
DuPont

Stef Wertheimer

Stef Wertheimer
Iscar

2013

Fisk Johnson

Fisk Johnson
SC Johnson & Son

Paolo Rocca

Paolo Rocca
Tenaris

2012

Terry Lundgren

Terry Lundgren
Macy's, Inc.

Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata
Tata Sons

2011

Brent James

Brent James
Intermountain Healthcare

Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

2010

Samuel Palmisano

Samuel Palmisano
IBM