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Leadership Legacy Award

The Center for Executive Succession is proud to sponsor the Leadership Legacy Award, formerly known as the Sustaining Leadership Award. This distinguished award recognizes a CEO who has built a legacy of leadership talent in their organization while simultaneously delivering strong financial, reputational, and social performance. It is the only award of its kind that celebrates a CEO's profound commitment to developing future C-suite leaders.

2018 Call for Nominations

The Center for Executive Succession is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Leadership Legacy Award. Nominations should be submitted by the nominee's Chief HR Officer by May 1 to and should provide evidence of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in the focal CEO role
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to the C-suite succession
  • Exhibits organizational investment and personal involvement in
    developing leaders to create the pipeline for future C-suite talent
  • Delivers strong organizational performance in the eyes of
    shareholders, customers, suppliers, and employees
  • Has a reputation for personal integrity in relationships and decisions
  • Is a role model of effective leadership practices
  • Commitment to continuous personal learning and development

Download the criteria and nomination instructions [pdf].

Congratulations to the 2017 Winner

Ingersoll Rand Chairman and CEO Michael W. Lamach has been named the first recipient of the Sustaining Leadership Award. Lamach was chosen by a panel of executives who sit on the board of directors of publicly-traded companies. His selection was based in part on his personal commitment and success in building diversity at all levels at Ingersoll Rand – from the board of directors and senior executives to mid- and entry-level management. 

“The award sets a high bar for CEO performance,” said Patrick Wright, professor and director of Center for Executive Succession. “We were looking for CEOs who consistently deliver financial performance, cultivate strong organizational reputation and demonstrate a personal commitment to developing leaders throughout the organization – all while maintaining a personal reputation for integrity. Mike Lamach exemplifies all of that.” 

Lamach was honored at a formal ceremony in October at the Darla Moore School of Business, where he gave a keynote address on building effective leaders and received a $10,000 honorarium which he most generously gave back to USC to support MHR scholarships for minority students!  

For more information on the nomination and selection process for the Leadership Legacy Award, please contact