Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak and Dieter Kasprzak have together with ECCO been given a prize of honour for family-owned companies.
On Thursday night, 28th November, the prize was presented by Ernst & Young at the annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year event in Copenhagen.
The prize of honour has been founded to create more awareness of family-owned companies and the concept of growth in generations.
The prize is a global award presented to family-owned companies worldwide. With the prize comes a trip to the EY World Entrepreneur Of the Year in Monaco 2014. The jury motivated its choice of Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak, Dieter Kasprzak and ECCO as the first recipients of the newly established prize:
“The jury has appointed you this prize of honour for your active role in the company and the impressive results achieved by ECCO throughout the years. The jury acknowledges the commitment and persistence that the family demonstrates to ensure a continuous development of ECCO; including investments made in new markets and products.”
The jury furthermore lauded the family and ECCO for believing in and investing in innovation.
“ECCO is a shining example of how innovation and commitment from a family can create a global growth company – a company that has created thousands of jobs worldwide.”
Carsten Collin, partner Ernst & Young, says about ECCO.
“ECCO has showed an impressive determination in both good times and bad. ECCO has become a global leader in their field and contributes to placing Danish design on the world map,“ says Carsten Collin.
People are important
The chairman of Danfoss A/S, Jørgen Mads Clausen, presented the award to Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak and Dieter Kasprzak.
“ECCO does not aim to be the biggest, but the best. This requires us to stay ahead of the game on technology, products and people,” says Dieter Kasprzak, CEO.
“Making shoes is a craft and for this you need people. People are the most important resource in ECCO. We have 19,500 loyal employees that each contribute to making ECCO the company that it is today. So we share this award with them,” says Dieter Kasprzak.
“Being a family-owned company means that we have the time and liberty to plan long-term, but we can also quickly turn words into action if needed,” says Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak.
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More than 350 million pairs of ECCO shoes have walked the earth since 1963, when Karl Toosbuy founded the company in Denmark. ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process – from leather production through manufacturing in its own factories and all the way to its stores. ECCO’s Scandinavian design philosophy, “The shoe must follow the foot”, is guiding the company. ECCO creates high-comfort, functional, stylish shoes and timeless bags, accessories, small leather goods and shoe care products. Still family owned, ECCO is headquartered in Denmark and employs more than 19,500 people of 50 nationalities worldwide. ECCO products can be found in the 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations in 85 countries.