Executive Excellence Awards

Seattle Business magazine's Executive Excellence Awards program is the Pacific Northwest’s premier leadership recognition event.

Governing a company is different from running one, notes Alaska Air Group board member Phyllis J. Campbell. An effective board asks the right questions, and one that’s diverse makes that possibility more likely.

The Executive Excellence Awards recognize CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, executive directors and other inspirational leaders for modeling exemplary behavior in the day-to-day operation of complex corporate ecosystems as well as in the larger context of providing a moral compass.

By the time Roy Whitehead arrived at Washington Federal in the late 1990s as the prospective successor to the savings bank’s CEO, he knew a thing or two about steering a financial institution through tough times.

In Tucker Moodey’s view, it’s comfortable to collaborate among people who share the same skills but more successful when you work across fields.

T-mobile’s CEO doesn’t mince words, and when John Legere took the helm in 2012, he didn’t make a lot of friends. At an early press conference, he vowed to “redefine a stupid, broken and arrogant industry.”

When Scott Porad joined Rover.com to run the technical infrastructure that matched dog owners with providers of pet sitting and pet walking services, he thought it would be familiar.

By the time Scott Svenson and his wife Ally launched their fast-casual pizza chain, they had already started and exited two successful enterprises in London.

While most executives find success through building relationships, Darryl Rawlings prospers by redefining them.

Unlike many financial leaders after the banking crisis, incoming CEO Benson Porter had to manage expansion.