With corporate treasurers buffeted by huge technological and operational upheaval, it’s never been more important to celebrate their cutting-edge innovations. So it was that on Thursday 20th June the best and brightest among them gathered at the 12th Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards Gala Presentation Lunch in the City of London to be rewarded for their ground-breaking work.
With Microsoft, Roche, Solvay, Flex, Expedia and Republic of Seychelles amongst those honoured, it was a veritable who’s who of leading corporates.
Launched in 2008 by Treasury Today Group, the leading global provider of corporate treasury intelligence, the Adam Smith Awards programme is now universally recognised as the industry benchmark for achievement. Showcasing the very best work done by Treasurers, CFOs and Finance Directors, the Adam Smith Awards puts treasury firmly in the spotlight. As in preceding years of the programme, this year’s award nominations are illuminating examples of how corporate treasurers are responding to the many and varied evolving challenges with ingenuity and determination.
This year the programme attracted a record-breaking 244 submissions from 30 different countries ranging from Switzerland to Algeria, Canada to Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia to Nigeria – a truly international suite of agenda-setting solutions to savour, celebrate and reward.
Stepping into the spotlight
The Gala Presentation Lunch, held in the spectacular surroundings of Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London, began with a networking drinks reception, followed by an opening speech from Treasury Today Group’s Founder and Director, Angela Berry.
Reflecting on the scope and scale of success highlighted by the 12th Adam Smith Awards, Angela said: ‘Today is a fantastic opportunity for us to look back at the journey our industry has been on over the past twelve years. The rise of the strategic treasurer has been a key trend as you are all challenged to deliver better and more innovative solutions for your companies. It is also fantastic to see many of you prioritising sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The work we do at Treasury Today in objectively reporting on the various developments has never felt more important.’
Following lunch, the Awards Ceremony took place, with stunning, engraved crystal awards presented to each winner by Richard Parkinson, Chair, and Meg Coates, Joint Publisher & Head of Operations. Honeywell took home the highly coveted Top Treasury Team Award. It was a great year for treasury teams at many other companies, including Shell, Overall Winner of Best Foreign Exchange Solution; Harley-Davidson, Overall Winner of Best Card Solution; and Renewi, Overall Winner of Best Sustainable Finance Solution.
The full list of winners can be found here and you will be able to read case studies on all the winning solutions in the 2019 Adam Smith Awards Yearbook, published in July.
Make 2020 your time to shine
If you’d like to be recognised for your achievements in treasury, please note that nominations for next year’s Adam Smith Awards open on 31st January 2020.