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A distinguished line-up of judges has been assembled for the Best of European Business Awards launched by the Financial Times and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the consultancy group.

The aim is to highlight the best-performing companies, encourage others to emulate their success and contribute to a climate of ambition and economic progress.

National competitions will be held in seven countries – the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Portugal – to judge companies on growth, value generation, innovation and “New Europe” strategy. Results will be announced in October.

At an international summit in Brussels on December 1, winners that have achieved the best performance across the Continent will be announced.

There is no need to apply: winners will be selected from the entire spectrum, based on shortlists drawn up by Roland Berger analysts.

The judges are:

The international summit

Lord Browne, chief executive of BP; Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, former president of the Polish National Bank; Klaus Kleinfeld, chief executive of ­Siemens; Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive of Areva; Kai-Uwe Ricke, chief executive of Deutsche Telekom; Paolo Scaroni, chief executive of ENI; Marco Tronchetti Provera, chairman of Telecom Italia; Daniel Vasella, chief executive of Novartis; Ben Verwaayen, chief executive of BT Group.


Donald Brydon, chairman of Smiths Group and Axa Investment Managers; Charles Dunstone, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse; Baroness Hogg, chairman of 3i Group and deputy chairman of GKN; Sir Digby Jones, director-general of the CBI; Professor John Kay, LSE, FT columnist; Sir Peter Middleton, chairman of Marsh UK and vice-chairman of United Utilities; Jeff Randall, BBC business editor; John Peace, chief executive of GUS; Sir Nigel Rudd, chairman of Boots and Pilkington.


Patrick Artus, chief economist, CDC Ixis; Philippe Lemoine, chief executive of LaSer-Cofinoga; François Lenglet, editor-in-chief, Enjeux - Les Echos; Didier Lombard, chief executive of France Telecom; Gilles Martin, chief executive of Eurofins Scientific; Baudouin Prot, chief executive of BNP Paribas; Jean-Cyril Spinetta, chief executive of Air France-KLM; Bernard Ramanantsoa, head of HEC Business School.


Dieter Ammer, chief executive of Tchibo Holding; Klaus Kleinfeld, chief executive of Siemens; Kai-Uwe Ricke, chief executive of Deutsche Telekom; Professor Klaus Spremann, ­University of St Gallen.


Fulvio Conti, chief executive of Enel; Professor ­Maurizio Dallocchio, dean of SDB Bocconi; Gianfranco Fabi, deputy director of Il Sole 24 Ore; Pierfrancesco Guarguaglini, chief executive of Finmeccanica; Francesco Mengozzi, joint general director of Poste Italiane and director of Banco Posta; Corrado Passera, chief ­executive of Banca Intesa; Umberto Quadrino, ­chairman of Edison.


Jacek Bartkiewicz, chief executive of Bank BGZ; Igor Chalupec, chief executive of PKN Orlen; Jacek Chwedoruk, chief executive of Rothschild-RCF Polska; Zdzislaw Ingielewicz, chief executive of Firma Chemiczna Dwory; Marek Józefiak, chief executive of Telekomunikacja Polska; Ludwik Klinkosz, chief executive of Ciech; Professor Andrzej Kozminski, president of Wyzsza Szkola Przedsiebiorczosci ­Zarzadzania; Karl Lippert, chief executive of Kompania Piwowarska; Professor Krysztof Oblój, Uniwersytet Warszawski; Krzysztof Pawinski, chief executive of Grupa Maspex Wadowice; Wieslaw Rozlucki, chief executive of Gielda Papierów Wartosciowych; Jacek Socha, Treasury ­minister.


Professor Luís Almeida Costa, Universidade Nova; Esmeralda Dourado, chief executive of Grupo SAG; Sérgio Figueiredo, director of Jornal de Negócios; José da Silva Lopes, chairman of Bank Montepio Geral; Murteira Nabo, chairman of Galp; Emílio Rui Vilar, president of Calouste ­Gulbenkian Foundation.


Pedro Ballvé, chairman of Campofrío; Jordi Canals, dean of IESE Business School; Jaime Castellanos, chairman of Recoletos; Ángel Corcóstegui, former chief executive of Banco Santander; Guillermo de la Dehesa, board member of Banco Santander, vice­chairman of Goldman Sachs Europe and chairman of Aviva Espana; Juan Ramón Quintás, president of CECA; Javier Gómez Navarro, chairman of the Chambers of Commerce of Spain.

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