UNIT4 Group

October 08, 2013 08:00 ET

UNIT4's Founder & CEO Chris Ouwinga Voted Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded for Inspirational Leadership in One of the Most Prestigious Business Award Programmes in the World; Commended for Growing UNIT4 Into the Successful Global Business It Is Today

SLIEDRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2013) -   UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, today announced that co-CEO Chris Ouwinga, who will become Chairman in January, has been voted winner of the Master Entrepreneur category in the Dutch Ernst & Young EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Recognised as one of the most prestigious business award programmes in the world, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards celebrate the world's most innovative business leaders. Chris co-founded UNIT4 in 1980 and became CEO in 1986. Under his leadership, UNIT4 has become one of Europe's leading suppliers of business software and continues to grow and compete globally. Its flagship software brands include Agresso ERP and Coda Financials which are used by companies faced with frequent and rapid business change worldwide, and cloud software specialist UNIT4 achieved revenue of EUR 469.8 million in 2012.

The Master Entrepreneur award is to celebrate an entrepreneur who has been the lead director for a business for a period exceeding 10 years and therefore led a long, distinguished and successful entrepreneurial career. Chris was commended for having the passion, vision and the drive to succeed and for being a compelling leader who embodies entrepreneurial spirit and who isn't afraid to take risks to drive the business forward.

"I've been very fortunate to have enjoyed a long, rewarding and challenging career, but the company's success is down to a combination of great products, great collective leadership and the incredible team effort of all our employees," said Chris Ouwinga. "I am proud of what we've achieved and believe UNIT4 has an exciting future as we continue to win business among organisations with a desire for agile and modern technology to meet today's rapidly evolving business environment."

Chris Ouwinga will become Chairman of UNIT4 NV in January 2014, with ex-SAP executive José Duarte taking over the CEO role.

Photography of Chris with the award is available to download.

About UNIT4

UNIT4 is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic public sector and commercial services organizations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls 'Businesses Living IN Change' (BLINC)™. The Group incorporates a number of the world's leading change embracing software brands including Agresso, our flagship ERP suite for mid-sized and large services intensive organizations; Coda, our best-of-class financial management software; and, the cloud applications company formed with investment from

With operations in 26 countries worldwide, revenue of EUR 469.8 million was realized in 2012.

UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands and has over 4,000 employees. It is listed on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext and is included in the Amsterdam Midcap Index (AMX).

For more information on UNIT4 or any of its operating companies, please visit the website at, follow us on Twitter @UNIT4_Group or visit our Facebook page  

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