MOSCOW, December 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Igor Borovikov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Softline, has been announced the winner of the national stage of the international competition 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in the 'IT service' category. This recognition of the achievements of Igor Borovikov by a respected jury and his victory have become a logical result of business success and ongoing development of the company that he created. IT services are one of the most significant development directions at Softline, and within the next five years it is planned to increase their share of total turnover by 50%.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is an international competition organized by Ernst & Young Company in 145 cities of 60 countries of the world. It was first held 29 years ago, and in Russia it started in 2003. This award is a token of recognition for the leading entrepreneurs in national and global economics, acknowledging their contribution to the business development and economic growth of the countries that are covered by the competition. During the last five years, more than 6500 businessmen have participated in the competition and become members of the international entrepreneur community. Among them, there are the CEOs of globally acclaimed companies. More than a half of them are included in the Nasdaq-100 rating.
At the award ceremony, which took place on 27th November 2014 in Moscow, it was announced that the winner of the 'Entrepreneur of the Year 2014' Award in the 'IT service category was Igor Borovikov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Softline.
When weighing up the contenders, the independent jury was guided by such criteria as the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovative approach, financial performance of their companies (growth dynamics), influence on their industry and corporate social responsibility. Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners are successful businessmen that have lot of creative potential and who are capable of sparking the interest of others in their ideas, transfuse employees with their enthusiasm and lead them on to new achievements.
The recognition of the merits of Igor Borovikov is the result of business success and the ongoing development of the company that he created. IT services are one of the main Softline development directions, and within the next five years it is planned to increase their share of total turnover up to 50%. At the present time, Softline offers a complete spectrum of IT services in 27 countries worldwide, works on rapidly developing markets, achieves leading positions and drives new IT trends.
Twelve years have passed since the Entrepreneur of the Year Award was first held in Russia. During this period, 450 successful Russian businessmen have participated in the competition, and this year we have beaten the record: it was the first time the number of participants surpassed 60. They represent 60 regions of our country. The total number of employees in the companies of all competition participants is over 52,000, and the net profit of participant companies exceeds 250 billion rubles. These figures speak for themselves: the role of entrepreneurship in society is vital. We hope that our Award will foster even further growth of commercial activities all over the world", - says Aleksandr Ivlev, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Company in Russia, head of the international programme 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in Russia.
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Softline Group is a leading global IT solution provider operating in different markets all around the world including Russia and former USSR countries, Latin America, India and South Eastern Asia. Our expertise includes end-to-end technological solutions, software licensing, hardware products and services. We have a strong cloud offering powered by our own cloud platform. Softline had a turnover of around $1 billion USD in 2013 FY and 40% compound aggregate sales growth rate (CAGR) over the last 10 years. Softline has branch offices in 27 countries and 80 cities worldwide. We serve over 60 000 Enterprises, Corporate and SMB clients, both from the private and public sectors. Over 1300 sales representatives and 600 engineers and technical specialists help our client to navigate sophisticated IT environments. We are a client centric company always at our customer's side and offering brand independent solutions which best serve our client's needs.
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