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H. James Harrington Awarded the Armand V. Feigenbaum Life Achievement Medal

‘Of the many reputable applicants for this medal, Harrington was the clear winner’

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 12:11

(APQO: Rizal, Philippines) -- The Armand V. Feigenbaum Life Achievement Medal, established by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) and the Walter L. Hurd Foundation, has been awarded to H. James Harrington for 2012.

“There were many reputable global applicants for this medal and without a doubt, Dr. Harrington was the clear winner of this medal,” says Shan Ruprai, chairman of the Armand V. Feigenbaum Life Achievement Award and president of APQO.

Harrington is a global leader, whose books, teachings, and advice are embraced by more and more business executives globally on the road to success. His books revolutionize the business world with proven business improvement models.

“Harrington is one of those very rare business leaders who combines outstanding inherent ability, effective management skills, broad technology background, and great effectiveness in producing results,” says Armand V. Feigenbaum, the father of “total quality control. “His record of accomplishment is a very long, broad, and deep one that is highly and favorably recognized.”

“I fervently hope that Harrington’s readers will not only benefit from the thoroughness of his effort but will also ‘smell’ the fundamental nature of the challenge for change that he mounts,” says business management practices author, Tom Peters. 

Former President Clinton appointed Harrington to serve as an Ambassador of Good Will.

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and General Chairman of American Solutions, has appointed Harrington to the Advisory Board of his Jobs and Prosperity Task Force. “Now it’s time for the people who know how to create jobs and prosperity, know what it means to stick to a budget and make payroll, [and] the business leaders of the country to come together and clean up this mess,” says Gingrich. “And we’re thrilled to have Dr. Harrington on board as we begin the work to get this economy back on track.”

In 2009 the editor of Quality Progress magazine published the following statement: “Among those recognized as gurus are W. Edwards Deming, Joseph Juran, Philip Crosby, H. James Harrington, Kaoru Ishikawa, Walter A. Shewhart, Shigeo Shingo, Frederick Taylor, and Genichi Taguchi.”

H. James Harrington is a prolific author, publishing hundreds of technical reports and magazine articles. He has authored 35 best-in-class books.

“I take the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Harrington and wish him the entire best and looking forward to his next book that will add value to the global business community,” says Ruprai.

Criteria for the Armand V. Feigenbaum Life Achievement Medal

This medal is given annually to an individual whose relentless pursuit of performance improvement over a minimum of 25 years has distinguished himself or herself for the candidate’s work in promoting the use of quality methodologies and principles within and outside of the organization he or she is part of. This person should have been active in driving quality improvements within the organization he or she is part of as well as being active in spreading the quality principles in other parts of the world. The candidate should be active in promoting quality principles through publications by publishing articles and books on quality as well as giving freely of their his or her personal time to publish and present papers at conferences and to serve as a volunteer leader in for nonprofit-making professional societies. The ideal candidate would have been active in promoting quality principles and methodologies internationally.

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