Debashis Sarkar joins the league of stalwarts, wins 2020 Simon Collier Award

Mumbai – Nov 13, 2020 – Quality and Organizational Improvement Expert Debashis Sarkar has been awarded the 2020 Simon Collier Award by the American Society for Quality – Los Angeles Section. He was felicitated in a virtual global event last month.  This is indeed a momentous occasion just not for Debashis Sarkar but also India as the nation strives to be a hub for quality products and services.  Debashis serves as the Managing Partner at Proliferator Advisory & Consulting.

Named after Simon Collier who made a significant impact on Quality in the American Commercial Industry in the 50s and 60s, the award is a recognition of the outstanding achievement of an individual in the field of quality. Sarkar has now joined the league of quality stalwarts such as Edward Coleman, Thomas Pyzdek, James Harrington, who have been some of the earlier winners.

The award was bestowed to Debashis Sarkar for his thought leadership and impact on Lean Management, Customer-Centricity and Operational Excellence, as evidenced by his multiple books, numerous articles and tools & strategies developed by him. The citation talks about his pioneering efforts to deploy Lean Management practices in service businesses in Asia in the early 2000s. It also mentions his contribution in creating quality leaders who are impacting Asia, the Middle-East, Europe & Africa.

Debashis Sarkar is today considered as one of the leading quality experts in the world. His ideas on customer-centricity and operational excellence have been adopted by companies widely. He has played a vital role in raising the bar of quality in the services sector in India. Although the manufacturing sector in India has been adopting quality improvement practices over the last five decades, it was leaders like Debashis Sarkar, whose immense contribution led to the adoption of quality practices by service businesses in India over the last 20 years.

Debashis achieved this through his writings, his idea of transplanting quality practices from manufacturing into the services sector, purposeful experimentation and creating successful deployment models for others to replicate. For example, in early 2000s he pioneered the implementation of Lean Management in Service Sector which was just not a first in India but Asia at large. Till then Lean Management practices were largely used in manufacturing companies. As a result, he was called Asia’s Lean Service Pioneer by Process Excellence Network. His passion for trying newer ideas for business improvement has not stopped. For example, over the last couple of years, he has been using principles of psychology & behavioral economics with traditional business improvement methods to solve organizational problems.

In 2019, in recognition of his contributions to the Indian services sector, the Quality Council of India honoured him with the highest quality award that an individual can get in India, the DL Shah Quality Champion – Platinum Award.

Of the many international positions Debashis Sarkar has held, a few have been with Standard Chartered Bank, ICICI Bank, and Unilever. As a Managing Partner at Proliferator Advisory & Consulting, he currently advises companies across Asia, the Middle-East, Africa and Europe.

Debashis Sarkar has also been honoured with many global awards and accolades. These include his recognition as a Fellow of American Society for Quality in 2013 and the Phil Crosby Medal in 2014 among many others.

The Simon Collier award is not just a commemoration of the work done by this leading practitioner but is also a global recognition of thought leadership of experts based in India. It confirms that India has some of the best minds, who are respected globally for what they can build and enable in terms of creating world-class organizations. The timing of this award and the recognition it bestows upon Indian thought leadership aligns with PM Modi’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

On being awarded the prestigious Simon Collier Quality Award, Sarkar said, “Receiving the Simon Collier Quality Award is a great honour. The award is a recognition of Indian expertise and what it can offer to the world”. He added, “I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me in my journey so far. This includes business leaders, mentors, colleagues and my mom (who passed away a few months back), my wife and daughter.”

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