Press Release

Sixty-Six Organizations Honored With Prestigious ATD BEST Award


(Alexandria, VA), July 1, 2020—The Association for Talent Development (ATD) honored 66 organizations from Australia, Canada, India, Kenya, Macao, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States as winners in the 2020 BEST Awards. Valvoline Instant Oil Change, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, won the first-place ranking. IBM, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS, University Health System, and Wipro Limited received ATD’s Best of the BEST Award, which goes to organizations that have won the BEST Award 10 or more times. Companies were recognized during a virtual awards recognition celebration.

“These 66 organizations are driving impact and solving business challenges through talent development practices, and they are doing it in innovative ways,” said Tony Bingham, ATD president and chief executive officer. “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 2020 BEST Award winners are profiled in a special July issue of TD, ATD’s flagship magazine.

ATD received entries from more than 185 organizations. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ATD about their talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a rigorous blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee comprising a group of experts in the field.

The 2020 BEST Award winners:

Best of the BEST:

15-Year Winner: TELUS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

14-Year Winner: Wipro Limited, Bangalore, India

11-Year Winner: IBM, Armonk, New York

11-Year Winner: Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India

10-Year Winner: Infosys Limited, Bengaluru, India

10-Year Winner: University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

2020 Rankings – Top 20:

1. Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Lexington, Kentucky

2. KCB, Nairobi, Kenya

3. iCIMS, Holmdel, New Jersey

4. Cathay Life Insurance, Taipei City, Taiwan

5. The Krystal Company, Lawrenceville, Georgia

6. Total Quality Logistics, Cincinnati, Ohio

7. Procore Technologies, Carpinteria, California

8. NTT Limited, North Ryde, Australia

9. C&A Industries Inc., Omaha, Nebraska

10. Tech Mahindra Limited, Pune, India

11. Paycor, Cincinnati, Ohio

12. Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, Ohio

13. Rapid7, Boston, Massachusetts

14. Apple Federal Credit Union, Fairfax, Virginia

15. Providence St Joseph Health Nursing Institute, Renton, Washington


16. University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

17. Walmart, Bentonville, Arkansas

18. Roscoe Property Management, Austin, Texas

19. Genpact, Gurugram, India

20. Hitachi Vantara, Santa Clara, California

BEST Winners

Accenture Solutions Private Ltd., Bangalore, India

Aimco (Apartment Investment and Management Company), Denver, Colorado

Alamo Colleges District, San Antonio, Texas

Black Knight, Jacksonville, Florida

BMO Financial Group, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Busey, Champaign, Illinois

Choice Hotels International, Rockville, Maryland

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cognizant, Teaneck, New Jersey

Consumers Energy, Jackson, Michigan

Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

DISH, Englewood, Colorado

DPR Construction, Redwood City, California

Emaar Hospitality Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Erie Insurance, Erie, Pennsylvania

Fisher Investments, Camas, Washington

Florida Blue, Jacksonville, Florida

Gilbane Building Company, Providence, Rhode Island

Hilti, Tulsa, Oklahoma


Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio

ICICI Lombard GIC Ltd., Mumbai, India

Infosys Limited, Bengaluru, India

Isbank, Istanbul, Turkey

Lupin Limited, Mumbai, India

Mattress Firm, Houston, Texas

Memorial Health System, Springfield, Illinois

MGM China, Macao S.A.R

Navy Federal Credit Union, Vienna, Virginia

Nemours Children's Health System, Jacksonville, Florida

North Highland, Atlanta, Georgia

Novartis, Basel, Switzerland

NTPC Limited, Delhi, India

Oman Telecommunications Company, Muscat, Oman

Panda Restaurant Group, Rosemead, California

Persistent Systems, Pune, India

Plante Moran, Southfield, Michigan

Saudi Aramco, Training and Development, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Sutter Health, Sacramento, California

UL, Northbrook, Illinois

Verizon, New York, New York

WNS Global Services, Mumbai, India

YRC Worldwide Companies, Overland Park, Kansas

Twenty-seven companies on this list have been BEST Award winners for three years or more:

Aimco, Apple Federal Credit Union, Black Knight, BMO Financial Group, Busey, Cathay Life Insurance, Cognizant, Consumers Energy, Florida Blue, Genpact, Gilbane Building Company, Hitachi Vantara, ICICI Lombard GIC, Infosys Limited, Lupin, Memorial Health System, Navy Federal Credit Union, Nemours Children's Health System, North Highland, NTPC, Persistent Systems, Rapid7, UL, University Health System, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Verizon, and Walmart.

More information about the 2020 BEST Award winners may be found in the special best practices July issue of TD magazine. Details about the 2021 program will be available in August 2020.

About ATD
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Originally established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit

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Congratulations to this year's winners. Great to see the best of global talent development industry so well represented in the 2020 ATD Awards. I really appreciate the effort that went into pivoting to a virtual celebration. Thank you!
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