ASQ Announces 2014 International Team Excellence

ASQ Announces 2014 International Team Excellence Award Process Finalists

Organizations saved millions by reducing costs, improving efficiency

For Immediate Release

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 11, 2014ASQ, the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts, has announced 40 global teams from 14 countries as finalists in the 29th annual International Team Excellence Awards.

The teams will be part of the quality impact sessions and live team case study presentations May 5-7, at ASQ’s Annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Teams representing a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, service, health care, and government will vie for the coveted ASQ Gold, Silver and Bronze level awards. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, and will serve as benchmarks of organizational excellence in all industries for years to come.

The finalists’ projects showcase creative, innovative solutions and organizational cost-savings. Conference attendees can observe team project presentations that demonstrate the real-life application of quality tools to achieve valuable business results. 

The following finalists have been invited to participate in the 2014 International Team Excellence Award Process.  More information can be found at Team Excellence.


  • Housing & Development Board — Singapore
  • Republic of Singapore Navy — Singapore


  • Baxter BioScience — Los Angeles, Calif
  • Bayer de México — Estado de México, Mexico
  • Humana Pharmacy Solutions RightSource — Louisville, Ky.
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals — St. Louis, Mo.


  • Airbus Helicopters Inc. — Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev — St. Louis, Mo.
  • The Coca-Cola Company — Madrid, Spain
  • Dubai Aluminium (2 teams) — Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Ford Motor Company — Dearborn, Mich.
  • Fresnillo  plc — Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Nexteer Automotive — Queretaro,  Mexico
  • Samarco Mining — Minas Gerais, Brazil (Three teams)
  • Shanghai Johnson Controls Yanfeng Seating Mechanisms Co. Ltd. — Shanghai, China
  • Stryker Neurovascular — West Valley City, Utah
  • Tenneco — Litchfield, Mich.
  • Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions — Skane, Sweden
  • Volkswagen Argentina — Córdoba, Argentina
  • Wipro Limited — New Delhi, India


  • Adecco — Melville, N.Y.
  • Avea Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. — Istanbul, Turkey
  • Firstsource Transaction Services LLC — Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Genpact — USA and Johannesburg, South Africa (two teams)
  • Khazanah Nasional Berhad — Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia (two teams)
  • Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd. — Haryana, India
  • Telefonica/tgestiona/Movistar — Buenos Aires, Argentina (three teams)
  • Nokia HERE — Chicago, Ill
  • Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited — Bangkok, Thailand
  • PTT Public Company Limited — Bangkok, Thailand
  • Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. — Maharashtra, India (two teams)
  • The Nielsen Company — Oldsmar, Fla.

Since 1985, more than 1,050 teams worldwide have participated in this team recognition process.  Organizations such as Alcoa, Anheuser-Busch, Bayer, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Ritz-Carlton and Telefonica, a major cell phone operator in Argentina, have showcased proven results with long-term implications, resulting in cost savings of billions of dollars. 

ASQ World Conference Keynotes

General Motors’ Senior Vice President of Global Quality and Global Customer Experience, Alicia Boler-Davis, is one of five keynote speakers who will present at ASQ’s 2014 World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

Boler-Davis will be joined by keynote speakers Erik Wahl, internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur; Robert F. Pence, president and CEO of Freese and Nichols Inc.; Mike Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold, and author; and Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst.

The World Conference on Quality and Improvement will feature more than 100 sessions that will cover topics critical to a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, government, financial services, and more.

About ASQ

ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, Mexico and a regional service center in the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at


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