Please join us in celebrating the winners of the 2013 Best of European Business Awards:
"Italo-German Manager of the Year" Award:
Federico Ghizzoni, Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Group S.p.A.
Jury rationale: Federico Ghizzoni serves as an outstanding example of the connection between Italian and German corporate cultures, particularly because his company builds strategic bridges between German and Italian business. Ghizzoni's commitment to Germany as a location for investment is particularly important to the deep and long-standing economic relations between the two countries. As a European bank, UniCredit is committed to supporting the German and the Italian economies and helping companies from both countries internationalize, making use of the Group's extensive network in Central and Eastern Europe.
"Profitable growth – Large Companies" Award:
Jury rationale: BMW regularly sets new records in automotive sales: in the first nine months of 2013, the number of BMWs, Minis and Rolls Royces produced rose 7.6% year on year. For 2016, the Munich-based company has set a goal of two million vehicles per year. The BMW Group plans to use its solid financial base to further expand its competitive position and establish itself as the leading premium supplier.
"Profitable growth – Midsized Companies" Award:
Fuchs Petrolub SE
Jury rationale: Fuchs Petrolub SE is the world's leading independent supplier of lubricants for use in industry, transportation, construction and agriculture. The growth offensive the firm launched in 2008 has met with great success: sales have risen an average of nearly 6% each year, despite the financial and economic crisis. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) have seen even greater improvement, growing 7.5% per year.
You can find the full rationale of the jury for each of the winners in our press release on the BEB Awards ceremony.