Who are Romania’s business champions? Discover the winners of the 17th edition of Business Review Awards

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 02/03/2022 | 17:36

The curtains dropped last night on the 17th edition of the Business Review Awards Gala, BR’s headline event and an established landmark of the Romanian business scene, held at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. We’re happy to announce that, once again, BR’s signature gala has drawn many excellent nominations across its 11 categories, proving once again how coveted the established “angel wings” trophy really is. Romania’s business champions of 2021 were decided by the esteemed Business Review Awards jury committee, comprised of 13 top professionals from various business sectors, and, for the first time, through a Popular Vote, in which almost 3000 people took part.


This year’s Gala was an exclusive offline event attended by more than 100 top representatives of the Romanian business world, entrepreneurs, investors, public figures, and officials, confirming once again the high standing of the Business Review Awards on the Romanian business calendar.

A big thank you goes to the Business Review Awards Partners: Alexandrion Group, Hagag Development Europe, IMMOFINANZ, Fepra.

The event, which celebrated the business champions of 2021, received over 120 nominations across its 11 award categories. 47 nominations made it to the final shortlist of the event, including the 12 outstanding personalities nominated in the 3 individual categories. But only 15 took home the coveted Business Review Awards time-honored trophy. Discover the winners of the Business Review Awards Gala 2022, below:


1. Sustainability Project of the Year | Powered by Fepra

WINNER: Kaufland Romania

For developing the first national network of separate packaging collection automatic machines in the context of the implementation of the Deposit Return System in Romania, the Sustainability Project of the Year award went to Kaufland Romania.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • 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


2. Best Romanian Brand of the Year

WINNER: 5 to go

For reinventing itself and setting new strategic directions and concepts which translated in little less than 300 locations opened nationwide, a turnover of over EUR 13.5 million, and a stronger team, the Best Romanian Brand of the Year award went to 5 to go.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Gerovital
  • 5 to go
  • Autonom
  • Arctic
  • Elefant.ro


3. Employer of the Year | Working Romania Champion

WINNER: Majorel Romania

For focusing on its people, to improve their work experience, contribute to their professional and personal development and to assure all the security and wellbeing needs of them during the pandemic, the Employer of the Year award went to Majorel Romania.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • MAJOREL Romania
  • Zitec
  • Endava


4. Most Adaptive Business Model in 2021

WINNER: Philip Morris Romania

For being committed to deliver a smoke-free future and for the significant investments in the development of its portfolio of non-combustible tobacco products, the Most Adaptive Business Model in 2021 award went to Philip Morris Romania.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Philip Morris Romania
  • ROCA Investments
  • Carrefour Romania
  • Zitec
  • Endava


5. Innovator of the Year

WINNER: Smart Forest by Vodafone

For its solution that consists of a series of devices called “digital guardians” which have acoustic sensors that capture a wide range of sounds from the environment, such as the one made by chainsaws, the Innovator of the Year award went to Smart Forest by Vodafone.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Smart Forest (Vodafone)
  • Bright Spaces


6. Executive of the Year

WINNER: Constantin Sebeșanu, CEO Impact Developer & Contractor

For establishing a process of internal consolidation of the company he runs and for building a 6 years business strategy around the concept of sustainability, the Executive of the Year award went to Constantin Sebeșanu, CEO of Impact Developer & Contractor.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • Constantin Sebesanu, CEO Impact Developer & Contractor
  • Marco Hößl, CEO Kaufland România și Republica Moldova
  • Murat Büyükerk, CEO Arctic


7. Excellence in Business

WINNER: Microsoft Romania

For developing a digital healthcare solution that led to both a success story and a best practice that was replicated worldwide and for being now in course to be adapted and replicated in other industries depending on the specifics of their businesses, the Excellence in Business award went to Microsoft Romania.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • VTEX Romania
  • Microsoft Romania
  • Cosmopolis
  • Carrefour Romania
  • Mastercard


8. Most Dynamic Company of the Year


For its major transformation program which aims to consolidate its market position and implement a hybrid business model in which its products and services are available both online and offline, the Most Dynamic Company of the Year award went to CEC Bank.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • ROCA Investments
  • CEC Bank
  • 5 to go
  • NETOPIA Payments


9. Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER: Radu Savopol, Co-Founder 5 to go

For his strategic and complex vision which led to outstanding results last year, for finding the right business solutions and for his characteristic of being a trend setter, the award Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Radu Savopol, Co-Founder 5 to go.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • 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


10. Company with the Highest Social Impact in 2021 | Powered by IMMOFINANZ

WINNER: Carrefour Romania

For the “Act for Good” platform and the “Good Deeds” cover campaign which transform shopping into a unique experience with a social impact, the Company with the Highest Social Impact award went to Carrefour Romania.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • 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


11. Best Romanian Expat of the Year

WINNER: Diana Olar, Global Data & Tech Lead at Google

For helping Google’s largest and most complex advertisers to harness the power of data and technology in order to deliver on their sales and marketing objectives, making the most of the suite of Google’s Data and Technology products, the Best Romanian Expat of the Year award went  to Diana Olar, Global Data & Tech Lead at Google.

Shortlisted nominees:

  • 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


12. Best Turnaround of the Year

WINNER: Euroins Romania

For proving resilience and innovation, launching new products and attracting EBRD as its strategic partner and for a serial share capital increases of over RON 550 million in less than one year, the Best Turnaround of the Year award went to Euroins Romania.

13. Best Savings Solutions in the Market


For helping people motivate their savings and get more value for money, and for its significant potential for online savings services in the future, the Best Savings Solution in the Market award went to TBI Bank.

14. Outstanding Business Performance

WINNER: Hagag Development Europe

For being focused on delivering extraordinary real estate developments intended to raise the standard in the real estate industry and bring added value to the region it operates in, the Outstanding Business Performance award went to Hagag Development Europe.

15. Best Project Management of the Year

WINNER: Brisk Group

For its strong focus on reducing risks and helping clients deliver projects in a consistent and improved manner through its excellent Project & Cost Management services, the Best Project Management award goes to Brisk Group.



Congratulations to all winners and shortlisted nominees, you are all champions of Romanian business!

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