The nominees for the 2009 Orange Leader of the Year award are: Ian Cheshire, Group CEO of Kingfisher Dr John Bird MBE, Editor in Chief and Founder of Big Issue Dame Marjorie Scardino, CEO of Pearson Group Peter Marks, CEO of The Cooperative Group Sir William Sargent, CEO of Framestore
Recognising and rewarding innovation and excellence in business leadership, The National Business Awards has created the Orange Leader of the Year Award. This award will be presented to the individual who best represents outstanding achievement and has demonstrated exceptional business acumen and vision over the last 12 months.
In previous years, awards of this nature had been decided upon by an expert panel of judges. This year, members of the public and wider business community are also invited to cast their vote on who they value as the Leader of the Year. Both the judging and public vote will carry equal weight in the final award decision.
To make casting a vote as straight forward as possible, the public can review nominee details and cast their vote online at www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk/voteOrange. The Leader of the Year is now open for public voting and will close this Friday - 23 October. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 10 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
There is no better way for a business to send a positive message to its customers, employees and community than through gaining recognition in The National Business Awards. Orange knows that business leadership emerges in many different ways and means different things to different people, which is why we made the decision to involve a wider business community this year through the expansion of the award category and introduction of public voting. The team at Orange are very impressed with the exceptional calibre of the 2009 nominees for the Leader of the Year category and we look forward to hearing the feedback from the wider business community as part of the public vote.
Robert Ainger, Director of Corporate Marketing, Orange UK
Orange is a key brand of the France Telecom Group, providing mobile, broadband, fixed, business and entertainment services across Europe. It is one of the worlds leading telecommunications operators with more than 170 million customers on five continents.
In June, 2006, Orange became the single brand for mobile, broadband and multi-play offers. In addition, Orange Business Services became the new banner for business communications solutions. Orange Business Services is present in 166 countries with network reach in 220.
In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population. At the end of September 2008, Orange had over 16.84 million customers in the UK 15.82 million active mobile customers and over one million fixed broadband customers.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited.
Further information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at www.orange.co.uk or the France Telecom group international website at www.orange.com and www.francetelecom.com
About The National Business Awards
The National Business Awards is the UKs most prestigious, independent business recognition programme which recognises success, innovation and ethics and identifies outstanding businesses of all sizes from all sectors across the UK. Each year, The Awards attract thousands of entries, from thriving entrepreneurial businesses to FTSE listed companies.
A leading of programme of United Business Media, The Awards also gain strong support from
government figureheads, business leaders and corporate sponsors including Orange, the Headline Sponsor, and The Daily Telegraph, the Principal Media Partner.
Over the next three years and as we approach London 2012, recognising business success becomes even more significant to encourage organisations to continue to innovate, grow and excel, further assisting to drive forward UK plc. Through its annual programme of business events, thought leadership and promotional activity, The Awards are uniquely positioned to support this important agenda. For further information on The National Business Awards, sponsored by Orange, visit: nationalbusinessawards.co.uk