The Entrepreneur Of The Year award is the largest and most prestigious business award in the world. The competition is held with the same criteria worldwide. It is staged at 150 EY locations. Several thousand entrepreneurs and companies compete each year for the coveted title. It is the only competition of its kind. In early summer of the following year, an independent jury selects the World Entrepreneur Of The Year from among the national winners. In 2017, Willi Miesch, last year’s award winner in the category “Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences,” represented entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year competition was held in Switzerland for the 20th consecutive year in 2017. It is supported and assisted by its program partner Credit Suisse, and by its sponsors AMAG, watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., Die Mobiliar and SWISS.

Thomas Hanan: Digital marketing pioneer
Thomas Hanan, founder, co-owner and Managing Director of Zürcher Webrepublic AG, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 award in the “Services/Trade” category. Hanan, a qualified marketing specialist, was an early believer in the potential of scientifically based digital marketing and in 2009, after spells at Yahoo and Google, focused his entrepreneurial endeavors in this area. Today, he is the number-one choice in this field and in the space of just a few years he has turned his company into the largest owner-managed agency for intelligent digital marketing. The jury said: “Thomas Hanan has impressed as an entrepreneur with a sense of what is essential in the digital world. His understanding of social responsibility as an employer is exemplary. The total package is absolutely superb and, for us, worthy of an award.”

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