The fourth edition of “European Executive Forum” is now over. This year, the event took place in Warsaw and was entitled “Age of innovations”. During 6 discussion panels, outstanding representatives of business and science, from Poland and abroad, debated on the direction for Polish enterprises in the age of technological revolution. The partners of the event included such companies as Totalizator Sportowy, BMW, PayU, Synthos, and Pfizer. For the first time, the prestigious “European Leadership Awards” were granted to honor the best enterprises, distinguished managers, and business leaders who exhibit exceptional involvement in the economic development of the country and uphold ethical standards in their business activity.
During panel discussions, the speakers debated on the future of the European economy, the methods of implementing innovations in enterprises, the features of a good leader, and the image of Polish companies in the decades to come. The Congress was enriched by speeches given by our special guests. The conference was opened by Chris Lowney, a writer, former Jesuit, and managing director of J.P. Morgan Bank, who presented the characteristics of a leader based on the example of a player holding the record for the highest number of missed shots. “I would never be the person I am now if I was afraid of missing some shots” – said Lowney. Paddy Miller, professor of the prestigious IESE Business School, pointed out the solutions that may be effective in the implementation of innovations and dealing with management problems. He also mentioned the disconnection between top managers, who talk about innovations, and lower level managers, who are supposed to implement them. Patrick Barwise (London Business School) gave a presentation on customer marketing.
The first day of the conference culminated in a formal European Leadership Awards Gala, during which awards were granted in 6 categories. The statuette in the Top Industry Leader category went to Elavon for their rich portfolio of the most innovative products on the market. The award was received by Rafał Gołębiewski.
Google Poland was chosen as the Innovation Leader for the implementation of an educational platform aimed at increasing the digital competences of Polish entrepreneurs. The award in the Global Success Leader category went to Karol Zarajczyk, President of the Management Board of URSUS, who received it from the hands of prof. Witold Orłowski. PKN Orlen received the Charity Leader statuette from a special guest of the event, prof. Patrick Barwise (London Business School).
The title of CEO Visionary, for outstanding achievements in company management, was received by, ex aequo – François Colombie, Chairman of Auchan Poland and Ukraine and Alex Remez, President of the Board of Xerox Polska. The last statuette, Visionary Entrepreneur, was granted by the Jury to Michał Sołowow. It was received by Tomasz Piec, Member of the Board of Synthos.