There is an increasing awareness among companies that their responsibility to plan participants extends beyond the implementation of a share plan. Providing adequate financial education to participants is seen as one of the key features of successful global share plans. The award for Best in Financial Education is granted to companies who have implemented a financial education program that best meets the challenge of providing independent and objective information to employees without infringing on compliance or other regulatory constraints.


The 2023 winners are a testament to the diversity and excellence that can be found in the industry. They represent 16 companies across nine different sectors, ranging from small companies with 2,700 employees to large ones with over 180,000 employees, and headquartered in nine different countries and that partner with more than 25 expert service providers.

These winners demonstrate that successful equity plans are not limited by budget or geography, and each showcase the brilliance of the global share ownership industry.

Best Use of Technology

Best in Financial Education

Best Plan Communication

Best Plan Effectiveness

Most Creative Solution

Best Use of Employee Share Plans in a Private Company

Most Innovative Plan Design

Best Use of Employee Share Plans in a Corporate Action

GEO Pioneers

The Judges' Award

The GEO Chapter Awards

GEO Star Awards


GEO Awards are judged by a panel of industry leaders representing only issuer companies or members of academia, all of whom are considered experts in their respective fields.

In addition to meeting stringent criteria related to their experience, expertise and achievements, each judge agrees to dedicate their time to the rigorous judging process.

GEO is grateful to this accomplished group of professionals for the time and energy they dedicate to this process.


"As Chair of the GEO Awards, I'm honored to lead the judging panel and be part of an immersive experience. The exceptional nominations and remarkable accomplishments presented this year demonstrate the industry's continued innovation and positive change. With our expert judging panel made up of leaders across the equity and executive compensation industry, winning a GEO Award is a true recognition of excellence, judged by your toughest critics, your peers.

Our rigorous and objective judging process sets the GEO Awards apart, and I want to extend my congratulations to each of this year’s finalists and winners for their hard work and creativity in developing outstanding share ownership plans.

The true winners are their employees and families who benefit from their equity programs, as well as businesses that gain an engaged, driven, and high-performing workforce.

Please join us in congratulating the 2023 GEO Award winners.”

GEO Board Member
Vice President, Global Total Rewards, Gallagher (US)

Thomas J. Paleka, FGE

Vice President, Global Total Rewards Gallagher
United States

Tom Paleka joined Gallagher in September 2008 as Vice President of Global Compensation, a newly created role.  Promoted in 2016 to lead the global rewards function, he has overall responsibility for guiding the company’s equity, compensation, benefit, mobility and payroll organizations.  In 2018, he was named an officer of the company.  

He has been instrumental in designing the company’s short and long-term incentive plans, including securing shareholder approval of five equity plans. Other accomplishments include building a global team to centralize support of Total Rewards, automating many compensation and payroll processes, driving a global benefit philosophy, and integrating many acquisitions into Gallagher from a rewards perspective. 

Tom joined Gallagher from Tellabs, a telecommunications infrastructure manufacturer.  As Director of Global Compensation and Benefits, he was responsible for all broad-based and executive programs.  Prior to Tellabs, he had twenty years of extensive background in the telecommunications industry in sales compensation, direct sales, sales management, and sales operations.  

Tom has served on the GEO Board of Directors since 2017, and serves as Secretary of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Issuer Advisory Council, and as Lead Judge for the GEO Awards.  He also has been an active member of the Fidelity Stock Plan Services Client Advisory Board.  He has spoken at conferences for such organizations as GEO, NASPP, CEPI, Equilar, World at Work, and the Conference Board.  Tom has also been involved with Junior Achievement for nearly 40 years and has served on the Junior Achievement DuPage County Board of Directors for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Adie Leung, FGE

Regional Head of Executive Compensation and International Tax
Citi – Human Resources, Asia
Adie is responsible for the executive compensation, equity compensation, international/mobility tax and related governance, HR related accounting and financial issues operating, and the latest COVID Cross Border Work Remote initiative in the APAC Region. She sits in Citi’s global steering committees for equity compensation and global process owner projects for cross-border employees, mobility, and equity compensation. Adie has initiated the Citi Asia’s frequent business travellers, secondments travel tracking, and management system 18 years ago and currently serves at Citi’s global steering commitment for the project. Adie has also built a business strategic function with the business sectors for mobility talent planning and management. In addition, she has also been a key player of the HR involvement in Citi’s various M&A projects in the region. Adie has obtained her Doctorate of Business Administration in researching the factors influencing the effectiveness of share ownership schemes in relation voluntary turnover intention in China. Adie has twenty years of extensive background from a Certified Public Accountant to executive compensation. She has been an active member with GEO since 2005, is currently a GEO Board Member, The Greater China Chapter Committee member, and is a return GEO Awards Judge from 2019


The GEO Awards recognize excellence in share ownership structures across ten distinct categories, highlighting the diverse ways in which companies can create effective share plans and drive employee engagement.


GEO’s Excellence thought leadership program offers a unique way to learn from the best and gain insights into the best practices and strategies that drive successful share plan implementation.


Attend GEO's Annual Conference or purchase seats at the GEO Awards gala. The black-tie evening with industry leaders is your chance celebrate success in our industry.