As the 13th edition of Business Review Awards Gala, BR magazine’s flagship event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of the business community, will take place on March 5, we want to put the spotlight on the 11 categories from which the independent jury will select the winners for their exceptional performance in 2017.


This year, Business Review decided to rebrand the Best Employment Initiative category as the Best Employer Initiative.

In 2017, the award went to retail chain Mega Image, which employs more than 10,000 people.

“Profiling is not a fancy project, it’s an assessment project. Impressive by its size, because we assess 240 people of our store managers, some of them having their education inside our organization.  We have the mission of giving them the chance to become managers of the organization. We have a percent of 99.99 percent of people becoming store managers right from the shelves,” said Ileana Alexandru, VP HR department of Mega Image, during last year’s Gala.

Last year, Mega Image continued its expansion drive, operating stores in 585 localities and focusing more on proximity units.

In the second half of 2017, Mega Image opened its first store in Cluj-Napoca and quickly expanded its presence in the city to three units by the end of the year.

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More about the category

The award recognizes the HR endeavors of companies, multinational or local, made in an increasingly competitive Romanian market. Aspects of interest include the recruitment policies, training efforts, retention programs included in the project, benchmarked against the wider context of the company’s investment and presence in Romania.

How are the nominees judged?

The jury takes into account the following criteria before making a decision:

Innovation and effectiveness of the program

Impact on the company business or society overall

Look at the net personnel increase vs. the net of the industry (percentage also)

Look at the industry growth and its importance for the Romanian economy

Qualitative reviews: employees feedback, employer branding efforts, NPS scores, or any other internal KPIs (engagement, retention, personnel turnover)

This year’s jury

Marius Ghenea, Partner, 3TS Capital | Jury President

Florian Nițu, Managing Partner, Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații

Fady Chreih, CEO, Regina Maria

Serban Roman, Country Director Romania, Enterprise Investors

Anca Harasim, Executive Director, AmCham

Cristian Sporiș, Vice President, Raiffeisen Bank

Marius Ștefan, CEO, Autonom

Maria Tudor, Chief Media Officer and Business Development Lead, CEE, Publicis One

Dan Petre, Partner, D&D Research

Cătălina Rousseau, CEO, BDR Associates

Dan Nechita, Co-Founder & President, Smart Everything Everywhere



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