The BR Awards jury had its second meeting this week and is ready to announce the shortlisted nominees for the 11 award categories.

In Business Leader of the Year category, the nominees are:

Dan Isai – Salad Box, Narcoffee and Donuteria- the young entrepreneur of Cluj who had a good business idea and good loyal friends to support it. Together they created the first 100% Romanian restaurant network to step abroad and face the challenge of international markets. Salad Box has become a point of reference for all Romanian entrepreneurs in terms of continuous innovation of brands and international franchise. In only one year since it started, Narcoffee coffee shop network, co-owned by Isai, had its first international opening in Prague, while Donuteria has open its first shop in France.

Iulian Stanciu – eMAG – Stanciu took over the executive management position within the company in 2009, after buying the majority stake of the online retailer. In 2012, he partnered with Naspers, one of the largest technology investors in the world, which took over 70% of eMAG’s shares, while he remained minority shareholder in the company and continued as CEO. He grew eMAG into one of the Romanian companies that succeeded in expanding its business to foreign countries, entering Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland.

Omer Tetik – Banca Transilvania- He has been the CEO for more than 5 years now and during this period the bank has recorded major progress across all business lines. He started his career with Ata Securities AS, in Izmir, and one year later he left to Istanbul to be part of the Treasury team of Finansbank. In 1997 he moved to Russia, as Head of Treasury and Capital Markets for Finansbank Moscow. In 2000, Finansbank decided to assign him another mission and he was appointed Deputy Vice-president in Romania.

Steven van Groningen – Raiffeisen Bank- He is an expert of the Central and Eastern Europe banking market and over the past 20 years he held top management positions in subsidiaries of Western-European banks in Romania, Hungary and Russia.  Over the years, van Groningen has become one of the most prominent figures in the Romanian business community. He is also involved in some major academic forums.

Vasileios Stavrou – Mega Image- His principle is to run a business and make each year a benchmark. To drive and inspire a team to remain competitive and become stronger each year. To turn a supermarket into an innovative brand built on unique indicators that is inspired by customers and inspires them further. Last year was the best year in the Mega Image’s history, with record results: reaching the 1 million customer threshold.

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