Which are Australia’s winning SSOs?
As the 2012 SSON Awards move to Australia [the Awards for North America were announced in March] we are delighted to welcome the latest winners to the stage. At a star-spangled gala in Melbourne on Wednesday night (as part of the 15th Annual Australasian Shared Services & Outsourcing Week) four companies – and one individual! – received praise and accolades from the judging panels for the "excellence" they had achieved across different categories.
And the winners are::
Award for 'Excellence in Culture Creation'
Winner: BlueScope Steel
Coretta Bessi, the General Manager for Shared Services at BlueScope Steel who accepted the SSON Award for 'Excellence in Culture Creation' said this was a recognition for the BlueScope Steel team by the industry.
"This is a really great recognition in terms of the team, the new commercial arrangement we have, the collaboration with CapGemini being a very mature outsourcing provider - just great recognition by the industry."
Award for ‘People & Communication'
Winner: BP Elite Customer Solutions
Ken Jefferd, General Manager at BP Elite Customer Solutions who took home the Award for 'Excellence in People & Communication' said that the award means a lot to the team.
"I think it’s a wonderful recognition from an outstanding year. The team took on an enormous amount of change and absolutely smashed it. So I think everyone should feel really proud of what they've achieved. We did it well, and we enjoyed it – an outstanding achievement for the team."
Award for ‘Value Creation’
Mirijana Jovic, Group General Manager for Business Services at Tabcorp said winning the SSON 'Excellence in Value Creation' Award marked the end of a long journey.
"This is just the icing on the cake. This is truly the end of our demerger story. Given that we've just gone live in the last two weeks, I think this Award validates all the hard work that the whole team has put together in the past 18 months. So it feels fantastic, excellent, mega-great... I don't know any other words to describe it."
Award for ‘Improvement & Innovation'
Winner: Commonwealth Bank
Suzanne Young, the Executive General Manager, Group Corporate Services, at the Commonwealth Bank said that winning the SSON's 'Excellence in Improvement & Innovation' Award was a recognition of CBA's leading initiative.
"It's a fantastic recognition for all of the teams who have worked so hard over the number of years to pull off the largest activity-based working site in the world. They've done simply an outstanding job."
See Suzanne’s reaction
And "The People’s Choice: Personal Contribution to the Industry Award" went to Neil Padley, who said he was "surprised and honoured" to be receiving the award. [The "Personal Contribution" Award is based on nominations from the industry at large; individuals do not apply].
"It feels very good, I’m honoured and I'm very surprised! It's not just about me getting a personal award, it's about all the teams and number of organisations I've worked with over the years. So I'm very honoured and proud – and very surprised."