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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Natalie Mekelburger is Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017

It is an honour – and at the same time a huge acknowledgement of the commitment of our staff and the success of the Coroplast Group. Our chairwoman of the board of management has been named “Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017” in the category “Industry”. Furthermore, she will be representing Germany at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, where selected winners from 60 countries will take part. The award ceremony will be held in Monaco in June 2018.

Gala award ceremony in Berlin

The backdrop was perfect for the illustrious social occasion, as on 17 November some 700 guests from the worlds of business and politics celebrated Germany’s best entrepreneurs at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. This year, FDP party chairman Christian Lindner held a pithy, entertaining gala speech. For the 21st time, the auditing and consulting firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) selected the best entrepreneurs of owner-managed small and medium-sized enterprises – this year in the categories Digital Transformation, Industry, Services, Consumer Goods/Retail and Start-up. There were also honorary awards for outstanding social commitment as well as for family-run companies.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

The well-known television newsreader Judith Rakers moderated the evening with great charm and tongue-in-cheek humour and presented the award to our management board chairwoman Natalie Mekelburger. “I am delighted to receive this award. However, it is very important to me to point out that I have not personally earned this accolade – it really belongs to the employees of our company. Their commitment over the last years has now culminated in this award, which I am very happy to accept on behalf of the company.”

The happy winners at the award ceremony of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Left to right: Judith Rakers (presenter), Jörg-Uwe Goldbeck (GOLDBECK GmbH, Services category), Leonhard Wilhelm (on behalf of Joseph Wilhelm, Rapunzel Naturkost GmbH, Consumer Goods/Retail category), Philipp Adrian Pausier (Thermondo GmbH, Start-up category), Natalie Mekelburger (Coroplast Group, Industry category; nominated for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018), Joachim Goldbeck (GOLDBECK GmbH, Services category), Renate Pilz (Pilz GmbH & Co. KG, Digital Transformation category), Hubert Barth (CEO, EY), Julie Teigland (Regional Lead Partner Germany, Switzerland, Austria, EY), Ortwin Goldbeck (GOLDBECK GmbH, Services category), Michael Marbler (Middle Market Leader Germany, Switzerland, Austria, EY)

And the winner is . . . Judith Rakers presents the “Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017” award to Natalie Mekelburger

Prestigious award for entrepreneurs

The title “Entrepreneur Of The Year” is one of the most coveted awards an entrepreneur can ever hope to receive worldwide. Past winners include Professor Claus Hipp (HiPP), Götz W. Werner (dm drugstores) and Roland Mack (Europa Park). This time, 29 companies made it to the final. The qualities the high-ranking panel of judges were looking for included entrepreneurial courage, vision, future potential, social responsibility and leadership.

“Every employee should be an entrepreneur”

For Natalie Mekelburger, daughter of the nephew of company founder Fritz Müller, her motivation has always been entrepreneurship and pioneering spirit: “We are not simply satisfied with the existing status quo, but seek to differentiate ourselves in each of our fields of business by creating processes and products that are better than those of our competitors.” Natalie Mekelburger’s philosophy is not to be the only entrepreneur at Coroplast, but that every employee should think like one. “I am therefore providing them with a certain scope for action. If you visit our company you will clearly experience this spirit expressed through the openness and commitment of our employees.” This is the strategy that makes the “Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017” so successful.

Photos: Ernst & Young GmbH auditing firm