On the back of a grand awards night in November 2014, the Indian Executive Club conducted a highly engaging and interactive feedback forum on 17 March at Pitcher Partners, where it was announced that IEC will be conducting its fifth milestone awards on 21 November 2015.
The key objective of the forum was to create a platform for the winners, major sponsors and finalists of the 2014 awards to come forth and voice their concerns and suggestions on the event.
Some of the other key announcements from the Feedback Forum were that the IEC awards 2015 will feature a set of purely Business and Executive categories; the People’s Choice Awards will be conducted exclusively at IEC’s mid-year annual hospitality event “Spice Out”; there will be an increase in the number of members on the judging panel for the awards – the total number will now be six, inclusive of two new members; nominations for the awards will be closed two months in advance (1 September); and there will be an increased flexibility for the judges to personally take the time to interact with the top five finalists before a final decision is made on the winner.
The forum was divided into two sessions that included a presentation on IEC’s vision for 2015 and an open discussion that encompassed the judging criteria for the awards as well as elements from the night of the awards. Micro Business winner Manu Mathews of Advent Consulting and Executive of the Year winner Dolly Cutinho from National Australia Bank were among a few of the winners that attended the Feedback Forum. Rohini Kappadath, Director of Cross Border Business, and Frank Russo, partner of the accounting firm Pitcher Partners, were also in attendance to provide their suggestions towards a better IEC awards this November.
A highlight from the feedback forum was the suggestion to possibly include an additional award for exceptional “Corporate social responsibility”. The participants also suggested each nominee provide at least two referees as part of their nomination application.