The winners of the first ever LinkedIn European Business awards, in association with Cisco WebEx were announced last week focusing on leadership and innovation.
The nominees were voted for by LinkedIn members in conjunction with a panel of judges including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman; PY Gerbeau, the renowned French entrepreneur and business consultant; and James Campanini, managing director of Cisco WebEx, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“It’s been an inspiration to hear about the work of the winners and their successes,” said Kevin Eyres. “The awards have shown how we can all learn from the experiences of our peers to gain new expertise and insight in our own careers.” Let's meet the winners!
An online recruitment platform founded in February 2009, MyWorkSearch helps job seekers find work in a tough employment market. Headed up by Chief Executive Richard Alburg, the UK company was bringing in monthly revenues of over £100,000 after just 10 months and is now a major supplier to the UK government .
Business Leader of the Year: David Murray-Hundley
A self-described entrepreneur, David started in technology at a very early age, designing his first programme for the BBC Micro at the age of eleven. Since then he has been the driving force behind several start-up companies, including Intelisys, Commerce One, Adaro, Dione, UtilityOne and PodLoco.com. Now based in Oxford in the UK, he is currently MD of a company providing IT support services and consultancy to the NHS.
Rising Star of the Year: Paola Bonomo
At 31, Paola Bonomo was the second woman ever to be elected to the partnership at McKinsey in Italy. She went on to use her digital marketing and social media expertise to become one of the key architects of eBay Italy's rapid growth. Recently, she has switched gears and applied her web expertise to the media sector, joining Il Sole 24 Ore to head its online business unit. Her culture of innovation has made it one of the only media outlets where the editor-in-chief and several journalists communicate with readers via Twitter.
Best Business Innovation of the Year: Coert
van der Burg
In 2009, Coert van der Burg launched the beta version of portal4project, a web 2.0 platform designed to support international projects. The website-generating platform lets project managers build their own website that highlights the project and increases its visibility, while fostering better communication between existing and potential partners.
Grand Prix Winner: Paola Bonomo
Paola’s relentless networking has helped her identify the hot business opportunities and create value by bringing people, companies and ideas together. She is a well-known blogger and her all-around talents and successes make her our Grand Prix Winner.
“The winners of the LinkedIn
European Business Awards have shown the benefits that can be gained from
engaging with the right network of people, and using them to share and develop
business ideas," said James Campanini. "Each has used the
collaborative power of the web to maximum effect, driving success for
themselves and their employers.”