Diligent Corporation Honored With Three Stevie® Awards in 2016 American Business AwardsSM

Chief Customer Officer Jeff Hilk named Customer Service Executive of the Year


NEW YORK – May 3, 2016 – Diligent Corporation was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award for Customer Service Team of the Year and a Silver Stevie® Award for Customer Service Department of the Year in the 14th Annual American Business Awards yesterday. This marks the fourth consecutive Gold Stevie® win for its Customer Service Team by Diligent. Chief Customer Officer Jeff Hilk also won a Gold Stevie® Award for Customer Service Executive of the Year.


The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year and Marketing Campaign of the Year, among others. All organizations operating in the United States are eligible to submit nominations.


“Customer service is embedded in our culture at Diligent, and our continued recognition by the American Business Awards is a testament to our consistent approach to deliver world-class service,” said Jeff Hilk. “Personally, I am honored and humbled to be named Customer Service Executive of the Year. This accomplishment is really not reflective of my actions, but of my tremendous team, who will always go above and beyond for our customers.”


Hilk has been with Diligent since 2011 and in that time has grown out an award-winning customer service and support team of more than 75 employees. In 2015, Diligent grew to over 100,000 users in more than 45 countries and, as a result, its support call volume grew more than 20%. However, more than 99% of 74,000 calls received were immediately picked up by a support staff member and fewer than 90 required a call back.


More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.


“The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that has won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.


Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek name Stephen, meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.


About Diligent Corporation

Diligent is the leading provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 4,000 clients in more than 60 countries and on all seven continents rely on Diligent to provide secure, intuitive access to their most time-sensitive and confidential information, ultimately helping them make better decisions. The Diligent Boards (formerly Diligent Boardbooks) solution speeds and simplifies how board materials are produced, delivered and collaborated on via any device, removing the security concerns of doing this by courier, email and file sharing. Visit www.diligent.com or follow us on Twitter @diligentHQ to learn more.


About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.