New Judging panel sharpens the edge


With just a month to go before the Indian Executive Club opens for nominations towards the awards on November 21, all eyes are on the judging panel this year. It is a milestone year for the IEC as its signature awards event goes into its fifth year and the expectations are so much higher across the board.

IEC took into consideration as many views as possible that were voiced at the Feedback Forum regarding the judging panel and criteria. Therefore, in collaboration with the vision of IEC, it was time for a new perspective. The IEC have brought on board two new members to its judging panel this year, bringing to the table a multifaceted wealth of experience. IEC aims to add a profounder evaluation of the judging process with a panel that is rich in entrepreneurial and business development experience.

The newest members of the panel will be Sanjay Jain and Alice Wong. Sanjay holds to his name a successful company called ‘Texas Peak’, which employs to the tune of 200 employees.

“His entrepreneurial background is incredibly rich which spans from over 25 years worth of experience. Sanjay is renowned for being a market leader across Australia and New Zealand when it comes to sporting wear and apparel. His perspective will add great value to the panel of judges,” says Vinay Sharma, Chairman, IEC.

Alice Wong has the know-how of assisting many businesses and migrants at her fingertips because of her vast experience in the banking sector.

“Alice sits on various advisory committees like Asia Link and International House. She brings with her a skill that is unique to leadership development and therefore, as the head of Asian leadership with WestPac. Alice will play a key role in bringing to the forefront de crème de la crème of businesses and executives that are nominated for this year’s IEC awards,” says Natasha Doraiswamy, Vice Chairperson, IEC.

In a recently concluded meeting with the new panel of IEC judges on March 30, what took place was an analysis of the feedback for the judging criteria for 2015. Among some of the decisions was to have a crisp weighting system put in place that tightens the judging process with the aim of making sure the nomination entries not only understand the requirements but also to create a further transparency in the system.

Another key decision at the meeting revolved around creating a new award to recognise the business that showcased an exceptional contribution towards ‘Corporate social responsibility’. In 2015, all award categories are to have top three finalists announced on the night of the event as opposed to the previous top five finalists — a conclusion that stemmed from the need to highlight only the most deserving candidates.

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