Here are the main reactions from the BR Awards winners

Newsroom 24/02/2016 | 18:05

Business Review outlines the key statements that were made by the winners of the 11th BR Awards Gala that was held on Tuesday evening in Bucharest.

Community Involvement

Madalina Marcu, resource development director of Asociatia pentru Relatii Comunitare, said: “We dedicate this award in the last 15 years, and to all the business people and the NGO people, and the individual donors, the corporate philanthropies, everybody who has decided to keep their business in Romania.”

Online Strategy for Business Development

Sorin Ionescu, vice-president, international business development director at eMAG, said: “I consider this award as a result of all the investments we did and all the hard work in the last years, in the business development of eMAG Marketplace and the international expansion.”

Business Leader of the Year

Omer Tetik, the CEO of Banca Transilvania, said that he thanked the strong team of the bank.

“I wish all companies in Romania to have their CEOs with the same chance that I do,” stated Tetik.

Best Startup Supporter

“We have to support this important category so our colleagues in BT Club supported last year more than 60 trainings and conferences. This club was founded 10 years ago so it was a great work and we have to share our success with this dynamic category,” said Andrei Dudoiu, deputy CEO of Banca Transilvania.

Distinction – HUBS

Recongnizes the positive impact of HUBS on the growth of Romanian start-up and entrepreneurial culture.


Innovation in Technology

Andrei Pitis, the CEO of Vector Watch, said: “When we launched, I was personally very surprised and very happy about the way that Romanians received this brand”, adding that he was hopeful on how the smartwatch would be perceived, but that he was not sure of the reactions.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Dan Isai, CEO of food company Salad Box: “We are proud to be a Romanian company which goes outside of the country from Romania.”

Honorary Award – Business person Ion Tiriac

“I am proud that I am working with such a great man, who represents one of the strongest brands that Romania has these days, which is also recognized across the border”, said Mircea Varga, CFO of Tiriac Holdings, who represented Tiriac at the Gala.

Best SMEs Financing Line Program

“We used to be an SME for the Romanian sector, now we are large. Our challenge is to keep small in terms of reactions to our clients as being an entrepreneurial bank,” stated Andrei Dudoiu, deputy CEO of Banca Transilvania.

Best Turnaround Strategy

Sergiu Manea, CEO of Banca Comerciala Romana: “I am going to say the same thing which I actually said four years ago. I was at a gathering like this one, and everybody before me was talking about the fact that the Romanian state needs reforming and restructuring, and about the fact that it becomes a barrier in front of the success of the private businesses. (…) They key for the success in Romania is the continuous reform of the private enterprises and I remained much attached to this. (…) We are here to compete, to stay, to have success, and we are here to remain very relevant for the future of this country.”

Manea said the bank currently has around 7,000 employees.

Best Employment Initiative

Ileana Stefan, HR manager at Lidl Romania, said: “Romania has a future through our employees, through us, through all. Through you all because you have to develop your employees, and I hope that next year there will be more nominations in this category”.

Honorary Award – Jean-Francois Fallacher, the outgoing CEO of Orange Romania

In a recorded message, the CEO thanked the Orange Romania team and the local clients of the French telecom operator.

Deal of the Year

Fady Chreih, CEO of Regina Maria: “I just want to thank the team that has been working for almost six months of our lives as we kind of put on hold our personal lives in order not only to deliver a great transaction for the Romanian market, but also to deliver growth in the meantime, while we were working on the transaction.”

Best International Expansion

“We proved we can be a company that can be started not in Bucharest, but in the country side, then launch in Bucharest and outside of the country.  We are so glad we can be the ambassadors of Romania across the borders,” said Radu Lupas, the managing partner of Salad Box.

Distinction – Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei

Daniel Anghel, coordinator of Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei, said: “I was astonished to see that this prize comes to us, which is a very important business platform and an important voice of the business environment.”

Excellence in Business

Theodora Popa, deputy director of Transavia, stated: “This year, our company is celebrating 25 years of existance on the Romanian poultry market. We are proud to be market leaders in our domain of activity.”

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