This year belongs to Tesco and Leahy, as they do the double (winning both Most Admired Company and Most Admired Leader awards respectively) for the second time in three years. Tesco also wins outright two of the nine new judging criteria prizes (see right) - for Capacity to Innovate and Use of Corporate Assets - and is joint winner of a third, the Quality of Management award, cementing its place as the undisputed king of BMAC.
PATRICK CESCAU CHAIRMAN, UNILEVER
Rarely to be found outside the top 10 since BMAC began, Unilever drops only a couple of places to fourth this year, and wins the category award for its Ability to Attract, Retain & Develop Top Talent. Chairman Cescau can take heart that his company's great reputation for hiring - and keeping - la creme de la creme is still strong among its peers, despite recent dips in financial performance.