November 15, 2010
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Rainer Gläß Distinguished as “Entrepreneur of the Year 2010”

Schöneck, Frankfurt/Main 15 November 2010 – Rainer Gläß, the founder and CEO of GK SOFTWARE AG has been awarded the title “Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” in the information and communications technology/media category. The long-standing prize awarded in five categories by the auditing and consultancy company Ernst & Young is one of the most significant awards for entrepreneurs in Germany.

  • Renowned business prize awarded to the founder and CEO of GK SOFTWARE AG
  • Acclaim for his business success, willingness to take risks and social commitment

Leading German business people were awarded the title “Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” for their extraordinary successes at a gala celebration in the Alte Oper concert hall in Frankfurt/Main. The founder and CEO of GK SOFTWARE AG, Rainer Gläß, received the prize in the information and communications technology/media category in recognition for his work in developing his firm into a leading global developer of software solutions for retail enterprises with large numbers of stores at different locations. During the prize-giving ceremony, one factor was given special emphasis: all the prize-winners not only distinguished themselves through “their technical innovations, business foresight and personal courage,” but also assume huge responsibility for what is going on in their local communities. In this connection, the organizers paid tribute to Rainer Gläß and the commitment of his company, GK SOFTWARE, to develop the Upper Vogtland region, which suffers from economic underdevelopment.

The “Entrepreneur of the Year” Competition

Ernst & Young organizes the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition around the globe in more than 50 countries in order to draw attention to and present awards for outstanding business achievements. The participants undergo a challenging, multi-level selection process up to the prize-giving ceremony. An independent jury consisting of scientists and business people finally selects the prize-winners in five categories. The high-powered seven-man jury was chaired by Prof. Dr. h.c. Lothar Spät, the former state premier of Baden-Württemberg. The other prize-winners this year in addition to Rainer Gläß were Prof. Claus Hipp, the Managing Partner of HIPP Werk Georg Hipp OHG, Dirk Roßmann, the founder and CEO of Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Thomas Riedel, the founder and managing director of Riedel Communications GmbH & Co. KG and Robert Stöcklinger and Uwe Heinze, founders and board members of G+R Technology Group AG.

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