And The 2008 Line Manager Of The Year Is.......

We've been looking for a line manager, in any area or location, who:

is a strong leader, mentor and coach

is open, honest and not afraid to take unpopular decisions

empowers his / her staff without abdicating responsibility

has a good strategic awareness and understands the priorities of his / her firm

We've stripped out the duplicate votes, disregarded the votes that didn't come from a proper work e-mail address, and here's the final Top 20 league table for the Martin Ward Anderson-sponsored 2008 Line Manager of the Year Poll:

1. Steve Sams - Change Manager, FX / Derviatives Operations, Bank of America, London

2. Rick Fish - ED, Wealth Management & Business Banking, UBS, London

3.  Christian Hobson - Head of Learning & Performance, Nomura International, London

4. Tom Hartnoll - AVP, UAT Testing Team, Bank of America, Bromley

5. Lisa Furphy - VP, Head of EMEA Equity Derivatives Documentation, Merrill Lynch, London

6. Judy Kawaguchi - Global Head SDU O&L Productional Support & MS Services, UBS Wealth Management & Business Banking, London

7. Alex Moir - European Data IT GSD Manager, UBS, London

8. Iain Paine - Head of America Operations Change Management, RBS Greenwich Capital

9. Ashok Sharma - Head of Equities Technology, Royal Bank of Scotland, India

10. Piers Varley - OTC Interest Rates Trade Support Manager, UBS Investment Bank, Stamford, USA

11. Neal Simmonds - VP, Fixed Income Support, Bank of America, London

12. Ge Drossaert - Head of Products & Service, Business Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland, Amsterdam

13. Michael Hawke - Manager, Client Services & Trade Support, UBS Securities Australia

14. Steve Teversham - Global Head of GKS Services, KeyLink Development, UBS Wealth Management & Business Banking, London

15. Andrew Scott - Head of Collateral Management, GCMM Operations, UBS, London

16. Mark Anderson, EMEA Deputy Head of Anti Money Laundering, UBS Investment Bank, London

17. Gregory Reaves - Director, Transactions & Settlements, North America RTB Regional Manager, UBS Investment Bank, Stamford, CT

18. Paul Costall - Global Lead, MS Services, UBS Wealth Management & Business Banking

19. Fernando Vicario - Head of EMEA Corporate Banking, Bank of America, London

20. Rebecca Horsley - VP, Credit Products, LaSalle Global Trust Services, London

Winner Steve Samms said: 'I was pleasantly surprised and flattered to win this award. I've worked for Bank of America for over 30 years, and the win is a result of good teamwork across multiple geographies. I would like to extend a big thank you to my colleagues who voted for me'.

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