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Announcing the finalists of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Year Europe Awards 2019


23 Oct 2019


We are pleased to announce the finalists of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Year Europe Award. Now in its fifth year, this award recognises the technology leaders driving European growth and prosperity through technology and innovation in two categories: Large Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME).
Finalists CTO of the Year Europe 2019:
Large Enterprises
- Eike Böhm, CTO, KION Group AG
- Erik Ekudden, CTO, Ericsson
- Amina Hamidi-Calvo, CTO, ABB Electrification SMEs
- Samuel Myllykangas, Chief Strategy Officer, Blueprint Genetics
- Joeri Van Steen, CTO, Faktion
- Shahrouz Yousefi, CTO, ManoMotion AB
The finalists were selected from nominations submitted from all over Europe, based on their capacity to instigate positive change or make an impact on the growth and innovation of their company.
“The quality and experience of the candidates nominated this year is exceptional, and has made the jury’s decision particularly difficult. All finalists have shown to be outstanding role models who will inspire growth and strengthen European innovation and technology leadership", comments Tomas Hedenborg, Chairman of the Jury and President of Orgalim.
Award finalists will be recognised at the “Reinventing Europe’s Industrial Leadership” conference on 12 November 2019 in Brussels. During the event, they will take to the stage and discuss the role of CTOs and how they boost an organisation’s performance. The evening will draw to a close with the award ceremony for the winners.
On behalf of the Jury, Orgalim, EIRMA and Spinverse, we would like to congratulate all finalists. For more information about the awards, visit
Notes for Editors:
About Orgalim
Orgalim represents Europe’s technology industries: companies that innovate at the crossroads of digital and physical technology. Our industries develop and manufacture the products, systems and services that enable a prosperous and sustainable future. Ranging from large globally active corporations to regionally based small and medium-sized enterprises, the companies we represent directly employ 11 million people across Europe and generate an annual turnover of around €2,000 billion. Orgalim is registered under the European Union Transparency Register – ID number: 20210641335-88.
For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @Orgalim_EU and LinkedIn: Orgalim Orgalim Press Contact
Eugenia Forcat, Director of Communications Tel: +32 478 403032
About Spinverse
Spinverse is a leader in innovation consulting, specialised in driving open innovation ecosystems, arranging funding and commercialising emerging technologies. Since Spinverse was founded in 2004, we have coordinated over €2.3 billion of large scale innovation programs and helped our customers access more than Є420 million of EU funding. Our services include creating and coordinating innovation ecosystems, technology and business consulting.
Spinverse Press Contact
Pekka Koponen, Chairman of Spinverse Tel: +358 40 545 0008
EIRMA is an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides a European perspective on the global management of applied R&D and innovation. It engages 80+ major companies which are based in over 20 countries, operating in a wide range of sectors and gathering world-class R&D performers since 1966.
EIRMA Press Contact
Ernst Lutz, President of EIRMA



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