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AmCham CEO Among Hungary’s Most Influential Businesswomen

Írisz Lippai-Nagy, the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham) has been named as the 19th most influential businesswoman in Hungary by business magazine Forbes Magyarország.

Írisz Lippai-Nagy, CEO of AmCham.

Forbes Hungary compiled the list for the third time this year. In addition to the top 50 businesswomen, there were also lists for the media, public life and culture sectors. 

“It is certainly an honor to be on the Forbes Hungary most influential business women’s top list this year,” said Lippai-Nagy in a statement emailed to the Budapest Business Journal. “However, it is an honor I share with many: my dear family, my amazing team, our members and all the wonderful role models on the list this year and before,” she added.

“More importantly, the pure existence of such a ranking means that there are also several hundred amazing women leaders off the list, who worked just as hard in 2016 and hopefully will be recognized for their work at one point in their careers. Also, I do not believe in a male-female divide; I believe in working together, enabling talents, enabling partnerships and not labeling or contra-selecting. Empowering female leaders can only happen with the right role models, and if we all believe in the importance of a more gender-equal world, including male leaders in our society.”

Top Trios 

The top three businesswomen, as selected by Forbes, were: Ilona Dávid, CEO-President of MÁV Zrt. (Hungarian State Railways); Ágnes Fábián, CEO of Henkel Magyarország Kft. (the chemical and consumer goods company); and Éva Hegedüs, CEO-President of Gránit Bank and member of the board of the Hungarian Banking Association.

The podium places for the public life category went to: Anikó Lévai (the wife of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán); Réka Szemerkényi (the recently recalled ambassador to the United States); and Mónika Karas, President of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH).

The media top three were: Gabriella Vidus, CEO of RTL Magyarország; Gabriella Halkó, economy and strategy director at TV2; and Fanny Kaminsky, editor of the prime minister’s Facebook page.

The three most influential women in the culture category were: Ágnes Havas, CEO of the Hungarian National Film Fund; Katalin Spengler, art collector and member of the London Tate Modernʼs acquisition committee and also the Pompidou Center in Paris; and Enikő Eszenyi, director of Budapest’s Vígszínház (Comedy Theater).