European CEO of the Year Awards 2024

EU Business News is delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the European CEO of the Year Awards. The European CEO of the Year Awards proudly acknowledge and honour top-tier CEOs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, strategic

IconEntries opened: Monday 25th March 2024 IconEntries closed: Friday 17th May 2024 IconWinners to be announced: July 2024

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EU Business News is delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the European CEO of the Year Awards.

The European CEO of the Year Awards proudly acknowledge and honour top-tier CEOs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, strategic vision, and a profound impact on their organisations and industries. These awards celebrate the exemplary corporate leadership, strategic foresight, and unparalleled contributions of these exceptional individuals.

The European region has encountered an array of financial challenges of varying degrees, which have had a significant impact on business policies and developments. Nevertheless, the current landscape is marked by a growing sense of optimism, as these challenges are gradually being surmounted. In 2024, it is anticipated that European businesses will shift their focus towards making significant investments through acquisitions and Venture Capital funding, to foster growth and attain a competitive advantage over their peers. Notably, a considerable proportion of European CEOs are optimistic about the financial outlook of their respective organisations in the upcoming year.

In a world where the role of a CEO extends far beyond boardroom decisions, these awards recognise the dynamic nature of modern leadership. The role of the CEO is evolving rapidly, and it is now more important than ever for them to lead rapid transformation. The CEO’s primary responsibility should be to assess market trends and adapt to new situations. However, this also means that the characteristics that define a successful CEO need to evolve as well. The trend of appointing individuals with non-traditional backgrounds as CEOs is on the rise, contributing to a more diverse business leadership landscape. To succeed as a CEO in today’s world, possessing the skills to conquer obstacles, navigate difficulties, and plan for the future is crucial.

Embracing technology and implementing AI into business operations is essential for a company’s success. With Italy and the UK leading the region in recognising the importance of AI, other European countries are also realising its significance. As a result, CEOs in Europe must find ways to incorporate technological advancements into their business strategies. AI is a crucial building block for the future and will shape policies at the business and national levels. Therefore, a successful CEO must confidently prioritise innovation and strategic planning to stay ahead of the game.

With today’s business landscape defined by innovation, resilience, and transformative leadership, the European CEO of the Year Awards emerges as a beacon, illuminating the extraordinary individuals who navigate the complex landscapes of business with unparalleled skill and vision. The awards reflect the ever-evolving nature of leadership, a catalyst for inspiration, and a driving force behind the continuous pursuit of excellence in the modern business era. Therefore, the European CEO of the Year Awards are not just a recognition ceremony; they represent a tribute to the leaders who, through their unwavering commitment, have become architects of success, shaping the trajectory of their organisations and inspiring others to reach new heights.

The European CEO of the Year Awards provide a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the exceptional leadership talent driving innovation and success across European businesses. We invite CEOs from across Europe to participate in this prestigious event, showcasing the best in leadership and contributing to the elevation of the European business community. Let the European CEO of the Year Awards be the platform where your achievements receive the recognition they truly deserve.

The European CEO of the Year Awards 2024 accepts nominations from individuals and third parties. Our experienced professionals evaluate all nominees based on their achievements and dedication. The selection process is fair and impartial, ensuring that all candidates are objectively evaluated based on merit. If you know of an individual worthy of recognition for their successes, please feel free to submit a nomination.

We wish all the nominees the best of luck!

How It's Done

All nominees are researched

The EU Business News team work hard in identifying great businesses, driving many of the nominations themselves. We also encourage external nominations from the subscribers of the magazine, online visitors, social media followers, clients and wider circulation. Nominating parties are invited to put forward either their own business or third-party companies whom they hold in high regard.

Creating the shortlist

All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination. Should any firm or individual decline at this point, they are simply taken out of the running. Those who formally accept are given the opportunity to submit additional supporting information to cement their nomination. Although there is no obligation to complete and supply material, we have found that many nominees value this stage, in the process, as much as our research team do.

Evaluating the shortlisted nominees

Our dedicated research team will assess all information presented to them. The team gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside any material supplied by a nominating party or the nominee themselves. The research team casts their final judgment, based on various criteria such as: business performance, longevity, business growth (either sustained or rapid), any significant innovations or feedback from stakeholders.

How winners are determined

Once winners are selected, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner; however, all who take part are encouraged to come back next year. Once the press embargo is lifted, details of our award winners will be made public via the website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.

Sharing the exciting news

We are prepared to offer a range of promotional packages and items to winners of a EU Business News award, which vary from inclusion in the free-of-charge winners’ directory, to trophies, content in our magazine and on our website.

We encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently in order to gain maximum exposure for their win. Announcements via company websites, social media, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such a great achievement. If you have need of further advice, on how to publicise your win, please feel free to get in touch. We are happy to assist our clients with their needs.

Frequently Asked Questions
How long has EU Business News been in circulation for?
EU Business News launched in 2016, during this time it has built up a fantastic reputation for itself. Our magazine aims to provide an absorbing overview of this exciting region and the businesses and individuals operating within the EU. Our readership of over 100,000 industry and business professionals have been drawn to the publication for its reporting on things such as the unique business innovators who strive to change the sector in this exciting region. EU Business News is one of the many publications by AI Global Media, a UK based publisher which has published several hundred publications since the business launched in 2010.
Where did the nomination come from?
We as publishers frequently nominate candidates ourselves. In terms of the votes received in the interest of maintaining high response rates, we do not ask nominees to reveal their personal identity, if you didn’t cast a vote by self-submission it is likely to have been cast via a colleague or client. The main ethos of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received, with the most pertinent belief behind this being that all awards will be received purely on merit. As a means of identifying spam votes and countering cyber-threats, we are constantly monitoring the site for unusual behaviour.
What happens if I agree to be on the shortlist?
As we look to keep maximum focus on relevant candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist. This also gives people complete control in their decision on whether they would like to move forward with the award. There is no cost for you to be added onto the shortlist and no obligatory costs for winners. Nominees who accept will then proceed to our rigorous internal vetting procedure. They are given an opportunity to present their own data which gets considered alongside the information collated by our research team. It can take up to 8 weeks for research to be completed.
Who makes the final decision?
We employ an entirely impartial panel of 5 individuals who conduct all their research in line with our high standards. At the helm of the panel we have a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience. The team are well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. We believe this method is the most efficient in determining which individuals and companies are most deserving in winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use. Our continued use of this panel plays a key part in enforcing EU Business News’ stance that winners are not determined by popularity of votes, but by their contributions to their industry.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner and if so, when does it take place?
We do not focus our efforts on a celebratory event. Despite being an enjoyable occasion, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. As well as the lack of cost efficiency, EU Business News is of course an establishment which runs across all EU countries and we believe it would be logistically difficult for some of our winners to attend an awards ceremony. We follow the belief that any of the optional costs involved with the award would be more beneficial in a year’s worth of online marketing for a winner, rather than spending it all on a ceremonial evening. All of our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to arm you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
What happens if I am deemed successful?
There is a short press embargo in place where we ask you not to make the news public, giving us the chance to prepare the different means of coverage we offer for companies. This means that during this period the program manager will liaise with you to agree on the most appropriate coverage for you. Our main feature takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted and digital certificates, web-based advertisements and press releases which are bespoke to you or your company. This variety of options are aimed to make the awards tailor made to each individual firm, regardless of which option you decide to go for.
Are there any costs involved?
As previously mentioned, there are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an award with EU Business News. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional and merely supplementary to your award rather than essential. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all of our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners. as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.
Why does your email domain differ from your website domain?
Because we send a large volume of emails, we separate our campaign email sends from our transactional ones. This structure helps to ensure a prompt and thorough response from one of our diligent team members. The sending email address will always be recognisable but please contact us via the address on this page if you have any concerns.
Previous Winners

This award program is in its inaugural year, and currently has no previous winners! Please check back soon to see the winners for this current year.

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