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ATD Announces 40 Winners in 15th Annual BEST Awards


Fri Oct 06 2017


The Association for Talent Development honored 40 organizations from Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States as winners in the 2017 BEST Awards. Western Union, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado won the first place ranking. TELUS and Wipro Limited received ATD’s Best of the BEST Award. The Best of the BEST Award goes to organizations that win the BEST Award 10 or more times. Companies were recognized during a ceremony held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center outside of Washington, D.C.

“These 40 organizations are solving business challenges through talent development practices, and they are doing it in innovative ways,” said Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO. “Senior leaders in these organizations understand the critical strategic role learning has, and they are committed to investing in the growth and development of their people.”


ATD’s BEST Award is the talent development industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition. The global program recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development.

The 2017 BEST Award winners shared their winning strategies at the Learn from the BEST conference preceding the awards ceremony and are profiled in a special section of the October issue of TD, ATD’s flagship magazine.

ATD received entries from 175 organizations in 11 countries. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information about their talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a rigorous blind review by 41 members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a group of experts in the field.

The 2017 BEST Award winners:

Best of the BEST: 


    TELUS – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

    Wipro Limited – Bangalore, India

    2017 Rankings: 

1.    Western Union, Englewood, Colorado 

2.    Valvoline Instant Oil Change, A Business of Valvoline, Lexington, Kentucky 


3.    Hitachi Data Systems, Santa Clara, California 

4.    Turkcell İletisim Hizmetleri A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey 

5.    IBM, Armonk, New York 

6.    Florida Blue, Jacksonville, Florida 

7.    Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India 

8.    Infosys BPO, Bangalore, India 

9.    The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong 

10.    ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd., Mumbai, India 

11.    OptumRx, Eden Prarie, Minnesota 

12.    Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited, Sadiqbad, Pakistan 

13.    Moneris, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

14.    Signature Consultants, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

15.    Genpact, Delhi, India 

16.    Miami Children’s Health System, Miami, Florida 

17.    Emirates NBD, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

18.    NTPC Ltd., New Delhi, India 

19.    U.S. Security Associates, Inc., Roswell, Georgia 

20.    ITU AbsorbTech, New Berlin, Wisconsin 

21.    University Health System, San Antonio, Texas 

22.    Hayat Varlık Yönetim A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey 

23.    Ryan LLC, Dallas, Texas 

24.    Lupin Limited, Mumbai, India 

25.    JTH Group, Hong Kong 

26.    Persistent Systems Ltd., Pune, India 

27.    Busey, Champaign, Illinois 

28.    Verizon, New York, New York 

29.    Apple Federal Credit Union, Fairfax, Virginia 

30.    G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Jupiter, Florida 

31.    N2 Publishing, Wilmington, North Carolina 

32.    HireRight LLC, Irvine, California 

33.    United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, Texas 

34.    Haier Group, Qingdao, China 

35.    Aditya Birla Capital Limited, Mumbai, India 

36.    iProspect, New York, New York 

37.    Cigna Corporation, Bloomfield, Connecticut 

38.    Cathay United Bank Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan

In addition, 20 companies on this list have been BEST Award winners for three years or more. They are: 

Cigna Corporation, Florida Blue, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Genpact, IBM, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd., Infosys BPO, ITU Absorbtech, Lupin Limited, OptumRx, Ryan LLC, Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS, United Services Automobile Association (USAA), University Health System, U.S. Security Associates, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Verizon, Western Union, and Wipro Limited.

More information about the 2017 BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2017 issue of TD magazine. Details about the 2018 program will be available in January 2018.

ATD thanks program sponsors Box of Crayons, GP Strategies, LUMA Institute, and Omnikron Systems for supporting excellence in talent development.

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