Press Release

ATD Announces 46 Winners in 12th Annual BEST Awards

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, honored 46 organizations from Canada, India, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States as winners in the 2014 BEST Awards. Cognizant Technology Solutions, headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, won the first place ranking for the second year in a row. The companies were recognized during a ceremony held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“These 46 companies excel in creating innovative, vibrant talent development cultures that clearly align with strategic business goals,” says Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO. “They get it. The leadership of these organizations values the impact learning and talent development achieves, and knows that having a knowledgeable and skilled workforce drives success. ”

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

The 2014 BEST Award winners shared their best practices at the Learn from the BEST conference preceding the ceremony and are recognized in a special section of the October issue of TD, ATD’s flagship magazine.

ATD received entries from nearly 100 organizations in 14 countries. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ATD about their learning and talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a rigorous blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a group of experts in the field.


 The 2014 BEST Award winners and rankings: 

  1. Cognizant Technology Solutions, Teaneck, New Jersey
  2. University Health System, San Antonio, Texas
  3. The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California
  4. Mindtree Limited, Bangalore, India
  5. Tech Mahindra, Mumbai, India
  6. Deloitte LLP, New York, New York
  7. Verizon, New York, New York
  8. IBM Corporation, Armonk, New York
  9. Walgreens, Deerfield, Illinois
  10. MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, Nevada
  11. Quanta Computer, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  12. FM Global, Johnston, Rhode Island
  13. Sutherland Global Services, Rochester, New York
  14. TELUS, British Columbia, Canada
  15. WNS Global Services (P), Mumbai, India
  16. WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina
  17. Lupin Limited, Mumbai, India
  18. Kaohsiung City Government, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  19. ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company, Mumbai, India
  20. Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Lexington, Kentucky
  21. Hilton Worldwide, McLean, Virginia
  22. Seattle Children’s, Seattle, Washington
  23. Sprint, Overland Park, Kansas
  24. Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
  25. Gables Residential, Atlanta, Georgia
  26. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc., Jupiter, Florida
  27. Ryan LLC, Dallas, Texas
  28. American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
  29. New York Community Bancorp, Westbury, New York
  30. OptumRx, Irvine, California
  31. Bridgepoint Education, San Diego, California
  32. TouchPoint Support Services, Atlanta, Georgia
  33. Türkiye ş Bankası A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey
  34. American Infrastructure, Worcester, Pennsylvania
  35. UPS, Atlanta, Georgia
  36. Teknosa Ic & Dis Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey
  37. Coca-Cola Sabco, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  38. Navy Federal Credit Union, Vienna, Virginia
  39. University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia
  40. BB&T Corporation, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  41. Bass & Associates, P.C., Tucson, Arizona
  42. Signature HealthCARE, Louisville, Kentucky
  43. Health Care Service Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
  44. ITU AbsorbTech, New Berlin, Wisconsin
  45. 45.McAfee. Part of Intel Security., Santa Clara, California
  46. USAA, San Antonio, Texas

In addition, 13 companies on this list have been BEST Award winners for three years or more. They are:  BB&T, Deloitte LLP, Gable Residential, Health Care Service Corporation, IBM Corporation, ICICI Lombard GIC, OptumRx, Ryan, TELUS, University Health System, UPS, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals.


More information about the 2014 BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2014 issue of TD magazine. Details about the 2015 program will be available in January 2014.

ATD thanks AchieveGlobal, GP Strategies, Ryan LLC, Skillsoft, and UL, our 2014 Emerald Sponsors.  

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. These professionals help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities. ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports the work of professionals locally in more than 125 chapters, international strategic partners, and global member networks.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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