AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Blue Yonder.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.

Blue Yonder (formerly JDA)

Most Admired Company: 2016-2021

Top Arizona executive: Girish Rishi, CEO

What it does: Software company providing business planning, execution, delivery and labor and supply chain solutions.

Company profile: Born an ambitious start-up company more than 35 years ago, Blue Yonder is now a globally recognized supply chain innovator made up of proven, passionate game changers with 400 patents and 10,000 people years of expertise. Blue Yonder’s Core Values – Results, Relentless, Teamwork and Empathy – act as the heart of the company, uniting and engaging its 5,500+ associates; 331 of which reside in Arizona, where the company established its headquarters in 1987. With a culture based on collaboration and respect, Blue Yonder is dedicated to promoting an inclusive atmosphere that fosters innovation, encourages creativity and supports personal and professional growth.

Admirable trait: With 45 offices across 25 countries, Blue Yonder’s 5,500 associates represent a diverse global community. The organization is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and launched its DIVE initiative (Diversity, Inclusion, Value and Equality) in early 2020 centered around three key pillars: awareness and education, outreach and recruitment, engagement and empowerment. DIVE is Blue Yonder’s commitment to creating a diverse environment where associates can grow and thrive with the freedom to be unique and authentic.