The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is an award given by the auditing and consulting company EY (Ernst & Young) in 60 countries for entrepreneurial excellence. The assessment criteria of the expert jury include growth, future potential, innovation, employee management and social responsibility. This prestigious award has also been presented in Austria since 2006.
The award was presented in the following categories
- Sustainability & Greentech
- Innovation & Hightech
- Trade & Services
- Social Entrepreneur
"The basis of Gerhard Luftensteiner's entrepreneurial activities is the creation of sustainable value for all stakeholders. Employees can fully develop their skills and talents by working in different roles across the whole company. The vision and strategy developed together with them provides orientation in dealing with customers and partners and is the basis for people's ability to act within the company," explains Erich Lehner, Managing Partner Markets at EY Austria and responsible for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Austria.
The jury's decision also highlighted Gerhard Luftensteiner's great entrepreneurial vision, as for example he already believed in the future of e-mobility in 2009 and decided together with his board colleague Franz Höller to establish a new business field in the area of charging solutions. KEBA's openness to new technologies, the continuous, sustainable growth of the company and its internationalization, as well as the transformation of the organization into a flat, agile organization based on personal responsibility were also mentioned.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is not only an award for myself as an entrepreneur, but also a recognition of the performance of the more than 2,000 KEBA employees who make our company successful together.
Gerhard Luftensteiner, CEO KEBA Group AG