On Saturday, 15th January 2011, at the Hilton Hotel in Warsaw, an annual Employers Ball organized by the Employers of Poland took place. During the party, the prestigious awards were granted – Vectors 2010. Outstanding personalities were honoured– enterpreneurs, politicians, personages from the world of arts and culture, who could be role models for others. Vectors are handed for special achievements in Polish economy and the creation of business friendly surroundings. Around 400 people took part in the gala.
The prizewinners of the 9th edition of the competition are:
President of the Supervisory Board of Getin Noble Bank S.A.
For special persistence in creation of the biggest Polish financial group that took place not only in starting new projects, such as Idea Bank and PF Leasing, but also in acquisition of GMAC Bank Polska and MW Trade company.
Award granted together with Puls Biznesu.
Owner of Stary Browar
For unusual combination of love for arts and business acumen that resulted in a creation of a magical place – Stary Browar. For active patronage over the Polish culture, financing its development and inspiration for the dialogue of many generations of Polish and international artists.
President of the Economic Council at the Prime Minister’s Office
For undisputed, creative input in creation of market economy, building the position of Poland on the international market and economy realism and rationalism. For twenty years in public service during which he followed the standards of the best understood public interest.
Former President of PGiNG (Polish Oil and Gas Company)
For a significant input in development of Polish gas and petroleum mining. For many years of successful attempts at modernization of the industry and for skills and expertise that serve our economy for more than 40 years.
President of ESL Hass Holding Cyprus
For success in business undertakings, for creation of a company with a good reputation and solid financial basis, that launches various, even the most difficult investments and for active cooperation in development of Polish ferry and cruise shipping.
Founder and director - Teatr Kamienica
For proving that good and real art could be a great business and for professional management of an enterprise called “a theatre”. For efficiency in finding sponsors and funds for Polish culture and for support of young creators and for charity actions.
President of the Board - Read-Gene S.A.
For unique achievements in innovative medicine and for belonging to the elite group of the most outstanding oncology geneticists in the world. For research enthusiasm, for implementing and commercialization of knowledge that serve cancer detention and prevention.
For an unusual role that it takes for over 50 years in Poland’s intellectual, political, social and cultural life. For opinion forming, objective journalism and for presenting a coherent point of view and clear value system.
President of PKP Cargo S.A.
For persistence and determination in action, for unusual managerial achievements. For a successful restructuring of PKP Cargo that should be a role model for other railway companies, for an ambitious investment programme and business expansion abroad. For dialogue and respect for social partners.
During the Ball the economy award Economy Raspberries award was founded. These are awards granted by a daily newspaper “Puls Biznesu” and Employers of Poland that are the opposite of Vectors. The Economy Raspberries will be granted to persons and institutions that in the previous year had a very negative – direct or indirect – impact on the Polish economy. The awards will be granted first of all to persons and institutions that slow down Polish initiatives. We will also take a closer look at Polish managers, investors and employers that ruin the image of employers and standards of the Polish capital markets and who also break the rules of good business practices.
The Economy Raspberries will be granted in the following categories:
In each category one Raspberry award will be granted. The name of the award is a reference to the American film awards which are the opposites of the Oscars. More information can be found at www.maliny.pb.pl
During the ceremony, the official inauguration of the Foundation of the 10th of April took place. It was combined with an auction in which special guests took part. The money raised during the auction will serve for education purposes of children who lost their parents who died during a public service (for instance children of soldiers, policemen, firefighters and other public administration workers).
Among those who offered their belongings for the auction were the following personages: President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, First Lady of the Republic of Poland Anna Komorowska, the Prime Minister Donald Tusk, sportsmen and women: Karolina Wozniacki, Marcin Gortat, Dariusz Michalczewski, Robert Korzeniowski and artists: Wislawa Szymborska, Urszula Dudziak and Michal Urbaniak.
Artist Wojciech Gasowski took part in the ceremony. He presented the interpretations of jazz and swing standards in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
The recipients of the Vector awards in previous editions of the contest were among others: Lech Walesa, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Donald Tusk, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Waldemar Pawlak, Leszek Miller, Leszek Balcerowicz and Al Gore.
The award is considered to be very prestigious among Polish enterpreneurs. The statuette designer by Michal Kubiak depicts a person with their head up high who does not mind obstacles and turns of fate.
The award was first granted in 2002.