Back for its fifth year, Compliance Week’s “Excellence in Compliance Awards” honor standout individuals and companies for their efforts in the areas of ethics and compliance.

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Nominations for this year’s awards recognized the following:

  • Chief Compliance Officer or Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of the Year
  • Compliance Program of the Year (Company)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Compliance
  • Compliance Innovator of the Year
  • Rising Star in Compliance
  • Compliance Mentor of the Year

The nomination deadline closed March 15. A CW panel will identify finalists in each of the categories besides Lifetime Achievement. For that category, no finalists will be selected—only a winner.

Finalists will be announced in early April. Each winner will be interviewed by CW. Winners will have their awards shipped to their address or presented to them at a future CW event.

Past winners include compliance practitioners from Juniper Networks, AT&T, U.S. Steel, FedEx, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and more. Check out our awards site for more information.

About each award

The CCO/CECO of the Year will be awarded to the practitioner who has best demonstrated the values of leadership, effectiveness, collaboration, communication, constructiveness, and vision at his or her organization. Special attention will be paid to CCOs/CECOs that have met the unique challenges posed by recent regulatory developments in areas including ESG, AML, data privacy, data analytics, cybersecurity, sanctions, supply chains, and more.

For Compliance Program of the Year, we’re looking for best-in-class programs that can show measurable successes, demonstrate cultural impact across the company, and tell a story that ethics and compliance are truly baked into the decision-making process for the organization.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement award will be a longtime compliance practitioner, educator, or commentator who has upheld the core principles of ethics and leadership throughout his or her career.

The Innovator of the Year recognition will go to an in-house practitioner who has taken an outside-the-box approach to solving a complex problem or made the most out of available resources.

Rising Star in Compliance will go to an up-and-comer in the business who has shown the skills and ethics-first leadership needed to be a next-generation CCO. Finalists for our Mentor of the Year honor will be people who have provided needed guidance and leadership to peers or subordinates for the betterment of a particular organization’s compliance program or the profession at large.

The fine print

Nominations must include the following information: Nominee’s name, nominee’s company, specific award the individual/company is nominated for, 500 words or less on why the person/company should win the award, and the nominator’s information.

Extra consideration will be paid to nominations that highlight accomplishments by the nominee in the past year.

Members of our “Top Minds” Classes from 2016-19 are eligible for “Excellence in Compliance Awards” as well.

People can be nominated in more than one category. There is no cost associated with submitting a nomination.

Questions regarding the “Excellence in Compliance Awards” can be directed to