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Germany: Vogel Business Media Orientation in Digital change

| Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

Jubilee celebration: visionaries from industry and economy get “Connected World” leadership award.

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The year 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the Würzburg specialized media house Vogel Business Media. The jubilee celebration on 29.09.2016 with approx. 300 guests from the industry and economy at the Vogel Convention Center represents the culmination of the festivities. TV moderator Brigitte Pavetic led the multifarious programme with numerous show acts, there was a keynote address by the trend researcher and futurist Richard van Hooijdonk as well as the bestowal of the “Connected World” leadership award.

Since its very inception in 1891, Vogel Business Media has been supporting people understand their markets, providing them with correct specialized knowledge to take professional decisions and networking them afresh again and again. This credo is valid till date: In the times of globalization, extensive digitization and new technologies, Vogel Business Media used the occasion of this year's anniversary to find out where the German industry really stands.

Connected World

The ten top trends of the future as well as the leading figures of renowned companies and institutions were presented within the framework of these topics and rewarded under the motto “Connected World”: The leadership award “Connected World” was bestowed in ten categories on personalities who have set the course for the increasingly networked future in exceptional ways. Their enterprise and their creativity inspired the economy and society; with their vision, they provide orientation in a world characterized by digital change.

“On the occasion of our jubilee, we have tried to find out where we stand in the world of digitization, and have also dared to take a look into the future: The ten presented development dimensions will impact our corporate responsibility in the future”, said Stefan Rühling, Chairman of the Board at Vogel Business Media: “The centre stage of the gala celebration was occupied by major trends, big ideas and great makers, both women and men, whose impressive personalities have received a very special award.”

For more information about the major jubilee project “Connected World” please go to www.vernetzte-welten2016.de.

Overview of the award winners:

Connectivity: Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board Robert Bosch GmbH

Industry 4.0: Dr.-Ing. Gunther Kegel, Chairman of the Board Pepperl+Fuchs, Chairman of the ZVEI Automation Trade Association

Sustainability: Senator h.c. Gerhard Sturm, Company co-founder of ebm-papst group and Hon. Advisory Board Chairman

Energy: Dr.-Ing. h.c. Friedhelm Loh, Owner and Chairman Friedhelm Loh Group

Mobility: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, Director Technology and Deputy Board Chairman Schaeffler AG

Big Data: Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner, Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board SAP SE

Communication: Ralph Dommermuth, Founder and Board Chairman United Internet AG

Innovation: Dr.-Ing. h.c. Manfred Wittenstein, Board Chairman of Wittenstein AG

Knowledge: Dr. h.c. Kurt Stoll, Managing Partner Festo Holding GmbH

Globalization: The German middle class represented by the trade associations ZVEI by President Michael Ziesemer and VDMA by Dr. Ralph Wiechers, Member of the Executive Board

About Vogel Business Media

Vogel Business Media Germany’s major specialized media house with 100+ specialized magazines, 100+ web portals, 100+ business events as well as numerous mobile offers and international activities. Head office is in Würzburg. The print- and digital media serve most of all the sectors industry, automobile, information technology, B2B communication and law/economy/taxes. Further offers range from fair services over communication services right up to market intelligence and insights. The company is celebrating its 125th birthday in 2016.

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