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Athena CEO Robert Hayes Wins Gold Stevie® Award for Thought Leadership in 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (April 10, 2024) – Athena CEO Robert Hayes was named the winner of a prestigious Gold Stevie® Award in the “Thought Leader of the Year” category at the 11th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, recognizing his innovation and leadership in the business world.

Hayes' visionary leadership, with its focus on innovative initiatives like the deferred bonus program, groundbreaking employee benefits that include pet support and flexible reimbursements, and a revolutionary performance appraisal system, has propelled Athena to the forefront of the industry. His commitment to employee well-being has led to an exceptional 4.4/5 Glassdoor rating for employee satisfaction.

Hayes attributes the company's success to its unique culture: “We have a very transparent culture where we share a lot of information. When we do our all-hands call, all questions are on the table. I love that we're not scared to make mistakes and that we're able to do tremendous accomplishments just because we're not scared.”

About the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards is the only business awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace across all 29 markets of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered the pinnacle of global business recognition, honoring excellence across programs like The International Business Awards® for more than 20 years.

This year's Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards winners will be celebrated during a gala awards ceremony on Friday, 24 May in Manila, the Philippines.

More than 1,000 nominations from organizations across the Asia-Pacific region were considered this year in categories such as the Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, the Award for Innovative Management, and the Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 executives around the world acting as judges in February and March.

“The 11th edition of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards attracted many remarkable nominations,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Miller. “The organizations that won this year have demonstrated that they have a continued commitment to innovation. We applaud their perseverance and creativity, and look forward to celebrating many of this year’s winners during our awards banquet on 24 May.”

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the 24 May awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, are available at

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