SMS Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is intended to honor the highest level of achievement in strategic management by a business leader. The honoree is invited to give a lecture at the SMS Annual Conference, discussing their achievements in strategy. This award is only presented when an appropriate honoree is nominated. 

Award Criteria

  • The honoree must have demonstrated sustained strategic leadership and innovation that significantly altered strategy practice.  In this regard, “sustained” means across business cycles.  It is hard to envision this period being shorter than a decade.
  • Furthermore, this leadership and innovation must be such that it significantly impacts strategy practice in industries beyond the home industry of the honoree, and is the subject of academic attention in major business schools.

The selection committee for the Lifetime Achievement Award is made up of the Annual Conference Program Chairs and the SMS Awards & Honors Committee. 

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Emmanuel Faber

Emmanuel Faber is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone SA. Emmanuel began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company before working as an investment banker at Baring Brothers. He joined Legris Industries and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Emmanuel joined Danone in 1997 to head the Finance, Strategies and Information Systems department, and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2008 he became Deputy General Manager of Danone, and in 2011 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. He became Chief Executive Officer of Danone in October 2014. Since December 1, 2017, he is Danone’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Emmanuel Faber is very engaged in the development of new, more inclusive business models. In 2005, he supervised the first social enterprise trials in Bangladesh with Grameen Bank, as well as the creation of Danone Communities, in close collaboration with Mohammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. With Martin Hirsch, Emmanuel Faber is also the founder and co-chairman of Action-Tank Entreprise et Pauvreté, an organization created in 2010 at the initiative of the HEC Paris Chair “Social Business - Enterprise and Poverty”. This organization brings businesses, community organizations and academia together around a shared objective: contribute to reducing poverty and exclusion in France by developing innovative economic models. At the request of the Deputy Minister of Development, he drafted a report with Jay Naidoo in 2013 titled: “Innover par la mobilisation des acteurs : 10 propositions pour une nouvelle approche de l’aide au développement” (Innovate by mobilizing stakeholders: 10 proposals for a new approach to development aid).

The SMS will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Emmanuel Faber at the 38th Annual SMS Conference in Paris during the Conference Opening | Lifetime Achievement Award held on Sunday, September 23rd.