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Ponsse chairman wins entrepreneur award

Nov. 7, 2016 - Ponsse Chairman Juha Vidgrén has won Finland's EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2016.


November 7, 2016
By EY Entrepreneur of the Year

The winner and five category prices of this year’s Growth Entrepreneur competition were revealed at the national finals on the Nov. 4. Vidgrén was also selected as the winner of the Production category, and will represent Finland in the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Monte Carlo in June 2017.

“This award is recognition especially to all of us at Ponsse and my brothers Janne, Jarmo and Jukka. Together we have succeeded in driving forward the work that my father Einari started. The EY Entrepreneurship award is a recognition for the whole branch where forest machine entrepreneurs are doing a valuable job in challenging conditions,” Vidgrén said.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year is an international award for fast growing and responsible businesses among entrepreneurs. The annual competition looks for companies who all have profitable growing businesses and promising future prospects.

The story of Ponsse is an excellent example of how success has continued from one generation to the next. There is still a lot of potential in the international markets, and the story of Ponsse will undoubtedly continue to generations to come. Ponsse is an international success story that we Finns can be proud of, says the chair of the judging panel and EM Group owner Marjo Miettinen.

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The members of the jury each represent top expertise and experience in their respective fields. The nine members of the independent jury included e.g. the CEO of Supercell Ilkka Paananen, Piia-Noora Kauppi from Finance Finland, and Kone Group’s Vice Chairman of the Board Jussi Herlin.