BBJ Expat CEO of the Year 2023 Shortlist Revealed
The Budapest Business Journal has officially revealed the three-person shortlist for its annual Expat CEO of the Year Award, one of the most anticipated events in the expat business calendar.
Nine years ago, an idea began to crystalize to launch an award recognizing the unique contribution expat CEOs make to the Hungarian economy. It sought to highlight the impact an outside perspective can make: viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, and skillsets that are not better but different. It aimed to draw attention to the benefits of inclusion and diversity.
We believe that, nine years later, we can call the award a genuine success. The Expat CEO of the Year Award has become genuinely prestigious. The black-tie gala at which we present the award is now a calendar highlight for our invited CEOs, their partners, leading diplomats, and top decision-makers. The next installment is just around the corner on Friday, March 24.
Last year saw our first Italian winner of the award, Giacomo Pedranzini, the CEO of Kometa 99 Zrt. After a COVID-induced delay to the gala of 18 months, Erik Slooten, CEO of Deutsche Telekom IT Solutions Hungary, was selected as the 2021 Expat CEO of the year. His immediate predecessor, albeit one named in January 2020, was BlackRock’s Melanie Seymour. Taira-Julia Lammi, CEO of ABB Hungary Kft., won the award in 2019, while in 2018, the title went to Marc de Bastos Eckstein, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Components Technology Hungary Kft. In 2017, it was Jörg Bauer, then of GE Hungary; in 2016, it was Jost Ernst Lammers of Budapest Airport Zrt., and the inaugural award was presented in 2015 to Javier González Pareja, of Bosch Magyarország.
The Expat CEO of the Year Award 2023 Shortlist
The Budapest Business Journal, Hungary’s leading business biweekly publication, founded the award in 2015 to recognize the efforts of expat CEOs in Hungary, both for their companies and the country. The title is awarded to the person living and working in Hungary who has done the most for this country’s development and international recognition through their professionalism and outstanding achievements last year.
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