Business Review Awards Gala 2022
Celebrating Romania's Business Champions
March 7, 2022 | JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Welcome to the Business Review Awards Gala 2022 official page! Over the previous 16 editions of the event, Business Review sets the spotlight on the achievements of the business community, thus awarding and celebrating the companies, business leaders, and entrepreneurs that showed drive, initiative, and who achieved the best results in their class of business.

Facts & Figures from the previous editions

  • 16 Editions of Business Review Awards
  • Over 130 Honorable Jury Members
  • Over 550 of Romania’s most inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, companies, and initiatives in the spotlight
  • More than 2,000 representatives of Romania’s business elite
Why attend

Witness inspirational initiatives, programs and companies and meet the people behind these successful accomplishments


200+ influential top executives, active investors, successful entrepreneurs, officials and diplomats


A truly special evening in the company of like-minded individuals that aim to create value for businesses, for people, for Romania

Registration & Networking Drinks
Awards Ceremony
After-Dinner Networking
1. Sustainability Project of the Year | Powered by FEPRA
WINNER: Kaufland Romania
  • Farmec's "Take care of nature as you take care of yourself" recycling campaign
  • H VICTORIEI 139 by Hagag Development Europe
  • Endava "We Care Sustainability"
  • Zero Risipă (Zero Waste) by Auchan
  • Kaufland Romania - National Network of Automated Selective Collection of Packaging | "Schimba PET-ul cu biletul" (Exchange the PET for the ticket) campaign
This category aims to recognise companies' efforts towards sustainability and sustainable business development. It also highlights the innovative elements that companies bring to the table in order to have a positive impact on the environment, society in general and the local business environment.
  • A clear sustainability strategy already implemented in Romania ;
  • The sustainability strategy should include environmental and corporate governance aspects;
  • Projects and/or initiatives should cover 2 areas: environment and environmental protection (certifications, green financing, renewable energy projects, environmental projects implemented in different communities at local level, environmental initiatives to reduce pollution) and corporate governance;
  • The existence of an ESG department within the company is an advantage in judging;
  • Projects in the area of environment and corporate governance must have a real, measurable and significant impact on society, the business environment, or the company itself.
2. Best Romanian Brand of the Year
WINNER: 5 to go
  • Gerovital
  • 5 to go
  • Autonom
  • Arctic
This category aims to recognize those Romanian brands that have managed over time to remain in consumers' preferences, create a unique consumer experience and, through their local and/or regional development, have a significant impact in terms of recognition and sales volume.
  • Degree of internationalization;
  • Must be a Romanian brand, created in Romania by Romanian founders (regardless of the current form of shareholding);
  • The impact of the brand in question both in Romania and abroad, as well as the degree of recognition both among final consumers and in the industry to which it belongs;
  • The impact of the respective brand both in Romania and abroad, in terms of sales volume;
  • The financial value of the brand;
  • The degree of loyalty of the final consumer (in Romania or abroad) towards the brand in question;
  • Longevity on the market;
  • Orientation towards a sustainable strategy;
  • Ability to adapt to the current pandemic context, to offer a unique experience to the target consumer segment.
3. Employer of the Year | Working Romania Champion
WINNER: Majorel Romania
  • MAJOREL Romania
  • Zitec
  • Endava
The Working Romania Champion | Best Employer of the Year category awards the outstanding achievement of the companies active on the Romanian market – Romanian or multinational ones – when it comes to their HR strategy seen from different perspectives: work from home strategy, motivation and compensation plans, retention of their employees, non-financial benefits adapted to the specific of the pandemic (including measures taken to diminish the negative psychological pressure on their employees).
  • The main features of the HR strategy and its impact on the company’s workforce in the context of the pandemic;
  • The differentiator which makes the company stand out in the crowd, from the HR perspective, in the context of the pandemic;
  • The importance of the following aspects from the company’s HR strategy considering the negative impact of the pandemic: non-financial benefits adapted to the specific of the pandemic; recruitment; inducting new employees; compensating and rewarding its employees; career development pathways; rewarding employee success; internal communications systems; the work from home environment; leadership structures and styles, including promotion opportunities.
4. Most Adaptive Business Model in 2021
WINNER: Philip Morris Romania
  • Philip Morris Romania
  • ROCA Investments
  • Carrefour Romania
  • Zitec
  • Endava
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic disrupted the normal course of the global economy, including the local one. Flexibility and adaptability of the business models were the most important characteristics of a company in such a difficult year. This category recognizes the most innovative companies which managed to adapt their business model last year and became a role model for their sector or other industries.
  • The capacity to adapt in short, real time the business strategy in order to keep the business afloat in 2020;
  • The flexibility of the business model proven in the context of the new normal;
  • The impact of the adaptation/turnaround for the sector the company is part of;
  • The innovative aspect of its adaptation;
  • The importance of its adaptation for the next developments of the company in the coming years.
5. Innovator of the Year
WINNER: Smart Forest by Vodafone
  • Smart Forest by Vodafone
  • Bright Spaces
This award recognizes novel, innovative and research-driven strategies, developed in/for Romania. The category is meant to cover the many developments related to the introduction of new products, services or campaigns, as well as the roll-out of R&D oriented investments in order to bring their contribution to a better life.
  • Clear element/elements of innovation of the business/service;
  • The potential of the smart technology / solution to support the smart development of the society (including cities);
  • Financial support received for implementing the idea (which demonstrates its innovative potential);
  • The outcome/impact on the economy/society;
  • The potential to be scalable / to multiply to other communities / cities.
6. Executive of the Year
WINNER: Constantin Sebesanu, CEO Impact Developer & Contractor
  • Constantin Sebesanu, CEO Impact Developer & Contractor
  • Marco Hößl, CEO Kaufland România și Republica Moldova
  • Murat Büyükerk, CEO Arctic
This award has been developed to recognize innovation, excellence and results in a corporate setting. Our key goal is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated tangible successes across a number of industries and sectors. Plus, the award seeks to recognize remarkable achievements of business people that go above and beyond their daily roles and responsibilities as head of companies, local or international.
  • The company's growth in revenue and profit;
  • Innovation and transformational changes;
  • Impactful strategies;
  • Contribution to the nation's growth;
  • Activities / successes in the last 12 months when compared to industry peers;
  • Recognized industry expertise;
  • Innovation in company turnaround (where applicable);
  • Examples of company’s innovations that have ‘disrupted’ the industry status quo could be an advantage.
7. Excellence in Business
WINNER: Microsoft Romania
  • VTEX Romania
  • Microsoft Romania
  • Cosmopolis
  • Carrefour Romania
  • Mastercard
This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a local business over a longer period of time, looking at aspects such as innovative character, development achievements, market share and the overall relevance for the local business environment. In today’s hyper-fast world, excellence requires building flexible, nimble organizations that can quickly adapt to rapidly changing markets without losing sight of their vision of winning.
  • A bias for action;
  • Staying close to the customer;
  • Autonomy and entrepreneurship;
  • Clear and compelling organizational values;
  • Focusing on what they do best;
  • The strategy for development in the past years;
  • Unique endeavors to support the local business community;
  • Sustainable development strategy;
  • Top market position;
  • Exceptional business growth compared with peers;
  • Good retention of its personnel;
  • An ongoing employment processes;
  • A low level of the turnover of its workforce.
8. Most Dynamic Company of the Year
  • ROCA Investments
  • CEC Bank
  • 5 to go
  • NETOPIA Payments
This award recognizes the most dynamic company in 2021, a challenging year for the local and global economy, by highlighting the growth of the business and the pace to which this growth has been registered. It also acknowledges the importance of the company for the increase of the sector and its impact on the economy and society as a whole in such a difficult year.
  • Profitability Growth ratio registered by the company;
  • The impact of the company in the sector it operates;
  • The impact of the company in the economy and society as a whole;
  • Number of employees.
9. Entrepreneur of the Year
WINNER: Radu Savopol, Co-Founder 5 to go
  • Radu Savopol, Co-Founder 5 to go
  • Alexandru Lăpușan, CEO & Co-Founder ZITEC
  • Bogdan Nicoară, CEO & Co-Founder Bright Spaces
  • Ștefan Vuza, President at Chimcomplex
  • Victor Capitanu & Andrei Diaconescu, co-founders and co-CEOs of One United Properties
This award recognizes the entrepreneurial efforts and achievements of a local business person who has managed to develop a successful regional or national business, looking either at the innovative nature of the business started or at the growth parameters and the created value.
  • Development of the business over the past two years;
  • Unique characteristics of the business;
  • Innovative approach;
  • Results achieved against investment and the overall industry;
  • Look at the ethics and values exemplified in the business;
  • The added value of his/her business on the market;
  • The capacity to scale up the business.
10. Company with the Highest Social Impact in 2021 | Powered by IMMOFINANZ
WINNER: Carrefour Romania
  • ROMSLOT, for the only private pro-vaccination campaign
  • Carrefour Romania, for „Fapte Bune” (“Good Deeds”) campaign, running on Carrefour’s Act For Good platform Doing good when shopping!
  • Kaufland România, for multiple projects
  • ANIS (Software and Services Industry Employers Association), for multiple projects
  • Endava, for multiple projects
The Company with the Highest Social Impact in 2021 award acknowledges the social impact of the companies on the Romanian market. It also looks to the companies that have powerful initiatives to drive social change and are committed to making a difference alongside their business goals.
  • Proven social impact of the business/initiative (community impact) in terms of number of direct beneficiaries, the impact on the community it is implemented in, the added value for the local CSR market/civil society scene;
  • Developing long term CSR programs or projects for local communities (long term commitment to the local community);
  • The initiatives must address a real need of the community (e.g. education, social intervention, health) or equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I);
  • ED&I internal strategy must prove a real, measurable and positive impact for the company and society as a whole;
  • Being transparent to the local community by publishing annual sustainability reports (GRI 4) is an advantage;
  • The initiative is part of a wider CSR strategy focused on the social sector.
11. Best Romanian Expat of the Year
WINNER: Diana Olar, Global Data & Tech Lead at Google
  • Violeta Luca, General Manager Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Delia Mihailă, CEO Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
  • Diana Olar, Global Data & Tech Lead at Google
This category recognizes the achievements of Romanian expatriates in the top management of multinational companies with international operations as well as their professional efforts to climb the corporate ladder to this level.
  • Must be a Romanian national (executive) who works abroad;
  • Main achievements in the top management position held (in terms of sales, market position, market share gained, number of customers attracted) in the last year;
  • Longevity as a Romanian expat in a management position is an advantage;
  • Unique leadership skills and techniques as they operate in a market with a different culture from the local one;
  • Number of employees managed (of the branch they lead).
12. Best Turnaround of the Year
WINNER: Euroins Romania
This catgegory celebrates resilience and innovation and the ability to achieve an impressive positive turnaround.
13. Best Savings Solutions in the Market
This category recognizes the significant potential for online savings services and also the ability to help and motivate customers to get more value for their money.
14. Outstanding Business Performance
WINNER: Hagag Development Europe
This category awards those focused on delivering extraordinary business performance, raising the standard in their industry and bringing added value to the region it operates in.
15. Best Project Management of the Year
WINNER: Brisk Group
This category recognizes the ability to deliver high standard Project, Cost and Construction management services, tailored to client needs and with a strong outlook to the future, promoting and implementing innovations and digitalization.
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Nominations period has ended. Thank you for entering the competition by February 28, 2022. Good luck to all nominees!

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Popular Vote

Voting period has ended. Thank you for being part of the #BRAwards2022 experience! The winners will be announced on March 7, 2022, at the Business Review Awards Gala! See you there and good luck to all shortlisted nominees!

Jury Members

Stay tuned, more Jury Members to be announced soon!

Andrei Cionca
CEO and Co-founder of Impetum Group
Fulga Dinu
Country Manager at IMMOFINANZ Romania
Rucsandra Hurezeanu
CEO and Founder of Ivatherm
George Mucibabici
Chairman, Deloitte Romania
Andreea Negru
President of ADAA (Asociatia pentru Dezvoltarea Antreprenoriatului Autohton)
Sergiu Negut
Co-Founder, EVP, Board Member of FintechOS
Sergiu Oprescu
Executive President, Alpha Bank Romania & General Manager of International Network, Alpha Bank
Sînziana Pardhan
Claudiu Pandaru
Journalist & Owner at
Nawaf Salameh
Founding President of Alexandrion Group
Ionut Simion
Partner at PwC Romania
Camelia Șucu
Co-Founder & CEO of ClassIN
Catalin Alistari
Journalist & General Manager at Business Review

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    Judging Procedure

    The Jury

    • Consists of top senior professionals representing the business community;
    • Is to apply qualitative & quantitative assessments for each candidate based on the information they are given;
    • Is assembled to nominate and vote the best representative for each category.

    Judging process

    Will consist of three steps that include both online activities and one Online Jury Meeting, as follows:

    • a nomination stage – done via our nominations form or email
    • a review stage (shortlisting the top 3-5 nominations in each category)
    • the Jury Meeting when the final vote is cast and the winners of the Business Review Awards 2022 are decided

    Each member of the jury is responsible for their proposals and should nominate candidates which meet the eligibility requirements.

    The nomination stage:

    • Via the online nominations form or email | The jury receives the nominations of the Newsroom. For each category, every member of the jury can propose up to 3 candidates;
    • In case a jury member is representing a company that has been nominated for one or more categories he will not take part in the vote for that specific category (categories);
    • Any company that fits the eligibility requirements can submit an application (self-nomination) on the Business Review Awards event page or at until February 28, 2022.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Have at least one-year performance history through to December 31st, 2021;
    • Have consistent and positive investment objectives over the past year in accordance with the judging criteria of the specific category they are applying for.

    Shortlisting and final voting stage

    All candidates will fill in and submit a standard online form. These standard forms will be the support for the decision taken by the jury during the online vote and the Jury Meeting. If there are more than 5 nominees in one category, the top 3-5 nominations will be shortlisted by using qualitative assessments.

    NEW! The Popular Vote

    This year, you - the BR readers - have a say! Business Review will shortly release the popular vote form, where you will get to decide also who will become Romania's new business champions. The popular vote will be available for all 11 main categories and will count for 50 percent of the final scoring system, the other 50 percent being represented by the votes of the Jury Members.


    All information regarding the nominees is confidential and shall not be disclosed by the jury to the public or any other third party.

    Nomination process

    Step 1: Choose the category that best fit's your achievements or the company’s accomplishments. Submit your nomination/nominations, in English or Romanian, and enter the competition by February 28, 2022!
    *you can fill-in multiple online forms in different categories and the nomination process is free of charge

    Step 2: The BR team reviews all nominations. If all requirements are met, your nomination will be shortlisted and submitted to the Business Review Awards jury members.

    Step 3: All submitted forms are evaluated using qualitative assessments based on their respective award category criteria. 3-5 nominees that are the most successful in complying with the requirements are shortlisted and submitted to the Business Review Awards jury members. The shortlist for each category will be announced on the BR website.

    Step 4: The final vote of the jury and the popular vote will decide the winners in each category of the Business Review Awards.

    Step 5: The winners are announced and awarded their prizes at the Gala on March 7, 2022.

    At its 17th edition, the Awards will celebrate 2021’s pacesetters in an intense competition evaluated by an independent jury which ensures the integrity and transparency of the judging process, while the popular vote will give a voice to the BR readership and the general public in choosing Romania's business champions of 2021. The nominees for each category will undergo a judging process and the winners will be publicly announced and presented with their awards during the Gala ceremony.

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