CTO of the Year Europe award launched – who is the most innovative technology leader in Europe?
The open call for nominations for Europe’s most prominent technology leader was launched on Wednesday in Copenhagen by Spinverse and EIRMA, the European Industrial Research Management Association.
The winner will be selected by the high level jury, chaired by Yrjö Neuvo, former CTO of Nokia. He explains that “the CTO of the Year Award was launched to find a person who is both an inspiring leader and a competent technology developer. The winners will be awarded in two categories in order to highlight that both SMEs and large corporations are needed to support technology-based growth in Europe. “
The other jury members are Prof. Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg Breweries, Dr. Leopold Demiddeleer, Founder & Administrator of TechBridgeOne S.P.R.L. and Former New Business Development Director of SOLVAY S.A., Mrs. Carla Hilhorst, Vice President R&D Foods Europe and ad interim VP R&D for Nutrition of Unilever, Dr.-Ing. Carlos J. Härtel, EIRMA President and Managing Director GE Global Research Europe and Prof. Dame Julia King, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Materials Engineering in Aston University and Former Director of Engineering, Marine Business, Rolls-Royce plc. Mr. Pekka Koponen, the Spinverse CEO, acts as a secretary of the jury.
“Most importantly, this award was launched to create more awareness and respect for this highly important role in companies and in society”, highlights Hilhorst. “We look forward to broad participation and believe that this contest will play a role in strengthening cross-sectorial learning and cooperation across European industries”, continues Prof. Neuvo.
The call for nominations is open online until August 24th at
The CTO of the Year was first announced in Industrial Technologies Conference in June in Athens:
Spinverse has organized the corresponding award in Finland since 2010.
Michel Judkiewicz, Secretary General, EIRMA, +32 2233 1183
Pekka Koponen, CEO, Spinverse, +358 40 5450008