Mohed Altrad named EY World Entrepreneur of The Year 2015
In 2015, Mohed Altrad, the founder and CEO of Montpellier-based Altrad Group, was named EY World Entrepreneur of The Year 2015 at an awards ceremony held in Monaco. He was picked from among the 65 country winners from 53 countries vying for the title.
Rebecca MacDonald, founder and Executive Chair of Just Energy Group, Chair of the World Entrepreneur of The Year judging panel said: “This year it was a tough but ultimately unanimous decision. Mohed has built a hugely successful, fast-growing international business having overcome a humble and very challenging upbringing. He was forbidden from going to school as a child, moved to France to set up a new life and is now one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs. The judges were impressed by his ability to build and sustain growth over 30 years and by his humility and character”.
Mohed Altrad, said: “I am so honoured to receive this prestigious award, especially as there was strong competition from such outstanding entrepreneurs around the world. I want to dedicate this award to everyone. My story should tell anyone that you can change your destiny”.
Maria Pinelli, EY's Global Vice Chair, said: “Mohed is an inspirational entrepreneur who demonstrates that determination and perseverance can overcome adversity. He has grown his businesses consistently over a long period of time and is now a beacon for other entrepreneurs in France and beyond to follow”.
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO of EY, concluded: “Entrepreneurs are a crucial engine of economic recovery, growth and employment. Mohed is a truly inspiring winner. He demonstrates tenacity and sense of purpose”.