CTO of the Year Europe: recognising the pioneers championing technology innovation

European companies are operating in a fierce global environment, facing rising competition from the US and Asia. At the same time, the urgency around sustainability is growing constantly – from addressing climate change, to resource scarcity, to population growth.

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Technology can hold the key to mastering these challenges. So it is little wonder that the profile of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) is on the rise in sectors across the EU. “CTOs are the individuals driving innovation across our industries,” highlights Orgalim Director General Malte Lohan. “At company level, I see plenty of tech leaders taking ownership of a business development role. And at the higher societal level, I believe CTOs will be central figures in reshaping our joint future.”

This is why Orgalim has decided to partner with the CTO of the Year Europe award – presented in recognition of prominent technology leaders, with the aim of highlighting the role of innovation as an enabler of European prosperity and progress. “Orgalim’s mission is to put innovation at the heart of the EU’s future,” explains Mr Lohan. “Joining forces with the CTO of the Year Europe award is a fantastic opportunity to promote the innovative strengths of European firms, as they help our industries shape a future that’s good for the EU and its citizens.”

The 2019 CTO of the Year Europe award will be presented at Orgalim’s ‘Reinventing Europe’s industrial leadership’ conference on 12 November in Brussels. Nominations are now open to individuals responsible for their company’s technology development at the highest level (nominees do not need to have ‘CTO’ in their title), with selection in two categories – SMEs and large corporations.

All the partners in CTO of the Year Europe award are encouraging companies in their network to put forward promising candidates and shine a deserved spotlight on the tech pioneers championing innovation in our industries!

Putting EU innovation centre stage: Orgalim partners with CTO of the Year Europe award

Orgalim, the association representing Europe’s technology industries, has become a partner to the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of the Year Europe award – presented in recognition of the continent’s most prominent technology leaders.

Malte Lohan , Director General of Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries

Malte Lohan, Director General of Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries

Now in its fifth year, the CTO of the Year Europe award is designed to highlight the role of technology and innovation as drivers of European growth and prosperity, with previous winners hailing from global giants like Intel, Rolls-Royce and Solvay to agile growth businesses such as Avantium, Nanolive and Spinnova.

As of 2019, Orgalim will join Finnish innovation consultancy Spinverse and the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA) as a lead partner to the award. “Orgalim’s mission is to put innovation at the heart of the EU’s future,” explains Director General Malte Lohan. “Partnering with the CTO of the Year Europe award is a fantastic opportunity to promote the innovative strengths of European firms, as they help our industries shape a future that’s good for the EU and its citizens.”

“We are delighted to join forces with Orgalim for the CTO of the Year Europe award,” comments Pekka Koponen, award’s founder and Founder and Chairman of Spinverse. “Orgalim and its member organisations represent the companies that are investing the most in innovation and technology in Europe. CTOs play a key role in this.”

Nominations for the 2019 award are now open

Nominations for the CTO of the Year Europe 2019 are now open, and can be submitted at any time before 1 October 2019 via the nomination page. The award will be presented in two categories: Large Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). While nominees do not need to have ‘CTO’ in their job title, they are responsible for technology development at their company. Moreover, they should be able to show how they have leveraged innovation to create a positive change or impact to the growth and performance of their companies. The winners will be inspiring change leaders and technological pioneers in their field.

Live pitching and award presentation on 12 November 2019

The award will be presented during the Orgalim conference ‘Reinventing Europe’s industrial leadership’ on 12 November 2019 in Brussels. In a new format, finalists will be invited to present live to the conference audience – and the audience will have the chance to vote for their preferred finalist, with the judges taking this into account when selecting the winners.

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2015 award
Pan European Networks, Science & Technology: CTOs of the Year 2015 12/2015
International Innovation: CTO of the Year 2015 11/2015
Kemia-lehti: Vuoden teknologiajohtaja kehittää bioprosesseja 11/2015
Kemia-lehden uutiskirje: Euroopan parhaat teknologia-johtajat saivat tunnustusta 29.10.2015
Maynooth University Faculty of Social Sciences: Prof Martin Curley recognised as one of three 2015 European CTOs of the Year 28.10.2015
RibbonFish: Interview with European CTO of the Year, Jonathan O´Halloran 26.10.2015
Pan European Networks: New world of manufacturing innovation: an interview with Prof. Curley 23.10.2015
Science|Business: Winner of the European CTO of the year announced 21.10.2015
Intel Newsroom Europe: The European Chief Technology Officer of the Year Award goes to Intel 21.10.2015
DSM: DSM CTO Marcel Wubbolts named European CTO of the Year 2015 16.10.2015
Pan European Networks: Intel executive jointly honoured in CTO prize 15.10.2015
Horizon 2020 Projects: Intel executive jointly honoured in CTO prize 15.10.2015
Silicon Republic: Intel’s Martin Curley named European CTO of the year 15.10.2015
Elektroniikkalehti: Euroopan parhaat teknologiajohtajat palkittiin 15.10.2015
ChronicleLive: QuantuMDx co-founder named European Chief Technology Officer of Year 2015 15.10.2015
QuantuMDx: QuantuMDx’s Jonathan O’Halloran Honoured as European CTO of the Year 15.10.2015
International Innovation: Media partnership announced ahead of the CTO of the Year award 2015
Pan European Networks: CTO of the Year Europe 2015 award launched

2014 award
International Innovation 10.10.2014
Science|Business 10.10.2014
Tekniikka & Talous, Finland 10.10.2014
TKI NCI, the Netherlands 10.10.2014
Agro & Chemie, the Netherlands 13.10.2014
Bioplastics Magazine, the Netherlands 13.10.2014
nieuws.be, Belgium 13.10.2014
VNCI News, the Netherlands 13.10.2014
ANP Pers Support, the Netherlands 15.10.2014
Bio-based News 15.10.2014
Infoware, Slovakia 15.10.2014
International Innovation, Issue 162, November 2014
Pan European Networks: Science & Technology, Issue 13, December 2014