Stefan Messer, Owner and CEO of Messer Group GmbH, has won ‘Family Entrepreneur of the Year’ award at this year’s INTES Business Success Forum.
The INTES Business Success Forum distributes the coveted title every year in coordination with the company’s magazine, ‘Impulse’. Professor Peter May, Head adjudicator and founder of INTES explained the judging decision, “When all seemed lost to this family-run company with its more than 100-year history, Stefan Messer succeeded in taking the business back in family ownership.”
The nine-strong judging panel, made up of business and media representatives as well as partners of the INTES Academy for Family Businesses, was particularly impressed with the strategic return of the company into family ownership and the practice of “good governance”.
The judging panel was made up of the following members: Professor Peter May, founder of INTES, Lutz Goebel, Vice-President of the ASU family business association, Angelika Frölich, Ernst & Young partner, Wilken Freiherr von Hodenberg, Spokesman for the Management Board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, André Knöll, Managing Director of Hauck & Aufhäuser Finance Management, Dr Nikolaus Förster, Editor-in-Chief of ‘impulse’ magazine, Dr Andreas Hack, Institute Director and professor at WHU, Frank Wieser, Spokesman for the Management Board of Vontobel Europe AG, and Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg, CEO of the INTES foundation.
Stefan Messer was lauded by Dr Nikolaus Förster and presented with the award in recognition of his lifetime achievement as an entrepreneur. The award ceremony took place before an audience of some 200 guests at the 2010 INTES Business Success Forum’s evening function, which was held on 4th November at the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg.