Shortlist Announced for the European Business Leaders Awards 2006

CNBC Europe has announced the shortlist of nominations for the European Business Leaders Awards (EBLA) for 2006. The Awards scheme, now in its third year, was created to identify and honour those individuals who are making a difference through leadership and innovation in their industry sectors.

The shortlist of nominations for the European Business Leaders Awards 2006 are:

European Business Leader of the Year
Philip Bowman - Allied Domecq plc and Patrick Ricard - Pernod Ricard SA
Lord Browne - BP plc
Carlos Ghosn - Renault SA
Alessandro Profumo - UniCredit Group

European Business Leader of the Year (Global/Local)
Philipp Justus - eBay International AG
Michael Sherwood - Goldman Sachs International
Johannes Huth - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Amelia Fawcett - Morgan Stanley International

European Business Leader of the Future (sponsored by Aviva)
Gunnar Brock - Atlas Copco AB
Matteo Arpe - Capitalia SpA
Eckhard Spoerr - freenet.de AG
Klaus Kleinfeld - Siemens AG

Innovator of the Year
Rijkman Groenink - ABN Amro Holding NV
Noël Forgeard - European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS NV
Heliane Canepa - Nobel Biocare Holding AG
André-Jacques Auberton-Herve - Soitec SA

Outstanding Leadership in Business Practices
John Bond - HSBC Holdings plc
Gerard Kleisterlee - Royal Philips Electronics NV
Peter Bakker - TNT NV
Henri Proglio - Veolia Environment SA

Entrepreneur of the Year
Herbert Hainer - adidas-Salomon AG
Stelios Haji-Ioannou - easyGroup ( UK) Ltd
Herbert Stepic - Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG
Niklas Zennström - Skype Technologies SA

The shortlist of nominations was selected by a panel of CEOs from the Dow Jones Stoxx 600, who voted for two executives who they believed were leaders making a significant impact in expanding global business in Europe.

The winners for each category will now be chosen by a panel of judges (who are last year's winners). These include Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO, Mittal Steel; Sir William Castell, Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Officer, General Electric Company; President and CEO, GE Healthcare; Dr. Daniel Vasella, Chairman and CEO, Novartis AG; Dr Heinrich V. Pierer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Siemens AG; and Sean Meehan, Director of the IMD MBA Program. The panel will be chaired by Barbara Stelzner, Head of News, CNBC Europe.

Mick Buckley, President and CEO, CNBC Europe said, "This year's shortlist has highlighted an exceptional group of European leaders. What makes this shortlist interesting is that they have been nominated by their peers and colleagues as making a real difference through leadership and innovation. I look forward to announcing each of category winners, chosen by our distinguished panel of judges, in March."

The EBLA winners will be announced at a special gala event to be held in London on 23 March 2006 at the Berkeley Hotel. CNBC Europe will broadcast exclusive coverage of the event including interviews with the finalists, to more than 100 million homes, banks and financial institutions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For further information

European Business Leaders Awards
Beverley Mason
+44 20 8255 8733

CNBC Europe
Charlotte Blenkinsop
+44 20 7653 9448

About EBLA

The underlying motivation behind the European Business Leaders Awards is to discover which CEOs are creating and sustaining entrepreneurship, developing best practices and carving out powerful businesses in the global economy. For more information on the Awards visit www.ebla2006.com

About CNBC Europe

CNBC Europe is the only pan-European real-time financial and business channel dedicated to European CEOs and senior corporate executives, the European financial services industry and the European investor. Today the channel is available in over 100 million homes, 1,400 banks and financial institutions and 340,000 hotel rooms (four and five star) throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CNBC Europe is wholly owned subsidiary of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is the broadcasting unit of General Electric Company (GE).

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