Hans Ouwendijk finalist Master Entrepreneur of the Year

CEO Hans Ouwendijk (1954) is one of the three finalists in the category ‘Master Entrepreneurs’ of the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2013’ award on Saturday, the 5th of October.

The Entrepreneur of the Year organization [EOY] brings trendsetters of the Dutch economy into the limelight: Entrepreneurs who inspire and motivate others with their vision, passion, conviction and excellent leadership.

Ernst & Young, the company behind this prestigious award, will help to develop the winning business further by encouraging the entrepreneur with coaching.

Hans Ouwendijk
Hans Ouwendijk (1954) is the CEO of Vlisco Group. In 1982, he graduated in Business Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. After his graduation, Hans Ouwendijk continued his career at Laura Ashley (1984 – 1995), and at Mexx (1995 – 2006). In both companies, Change Management was his main focus.
Under the direction of Hans Ouwendijk, among others, the Vlisco Group has grown into a company with over 2.700 employees. His strategic plan is paying off. For Hans Ouwendijk, bringing back the entrepreneurial spirit within the Vlisco Group is key. The transition from product driven to brand driven is the enormous success behind the tremendous growth.

An independent panel, of former winners, managers and business experts, nominated Hans Ouwendijk for this prestigious award. The most important criterion: how does the entrepreneur make his company successful: What is the strategy, the company performance and the entrepreneur’s vision.

Award Night
The winner will be announced on 5 October during a gala finale in the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.

International recognition
The Entrepreneur Of The Year award is the most prestigious business award in the world and is awarded annually in more than fifty countries around the world. Each year, the Masters Entrepreneur Of The Year represents his country during the battle for the title ‘EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year’ in Monaco.

Read more on the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and the other Nominees.

We will keep you updated about the winner on Twitter (@Vlisco). You can join the conversation via #EOYNL.