The winner and the other three finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Mr. Spyros Theodoropoulos, CEO of Chipita S.A. and Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 winner. Their decision was based on the following criteria: financial performance; entrepreneurial spirit; strategic direction and global impact; and the entrepreneur’s contribution to the society.
The winners of the individual categories are:
Mr. Nikolaos Goulis, CEO, e-Travel S.A. (pamediakopes.gr), received the "Self-made Entrepreneur" award.
Mr. Georgios Koutsolioutsos, CEO, FF Group, received the "International Entrepreneur" award.
Mr. Ioannis Tserepas, Chairman & CEO, Lariplast S.A., received the "Dynamic Entrepreneur" award.
Ms. Eleni Polychronopoulou, Vice President, Environmental Protection Engineering S.A., received the "Pioneer Entrepreneur" award.
Mr. Panos Papazoglou, Country Managing Partner, EY Greece, after thanking the participants and the members of the Judging Panel, noted:
“There is a clear mission for us here at EY and this is to help create a better world. Showing commitment to this mission, we organized this competition through which we aim to explain and highlight to Greek society the crucial role of entrepreneurship. The strong effort our country is making to overcome the financial crisis, can only be effective within a framework of principles and rules that enhance the rule of law, excellence and innovation at all levels, including entrepreneurship. At this point, and for all these reasons, we give our sincere congratulations to the Greek "Entrepreneur of the Year” 2015 and all of this evening’s winners.”
Mr. George Koutsolioutsos, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, while receiving his award, noted:
"I feel really honored and proud with this Award. I also feel great responsibility to continue to offer a high quality product and to set even higher goals. I would like to express my gratitude to my family who supports me and to my parents that still inspire me with their vision: if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today. I also dedicate this award to the 5,000 employees in the 30 countries working for the FF Group”.
Mr. George Koutsolioutsos will represent Greece in the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award on 7-12 June, in Monte Carlo, where over 60 of the world’s entrepreneurs will celebrate the energy and ideas they bring to advance world’s economies and generate positive change.