Ms. Maria Fe P. Agudo, President and CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., was proclaimed the Woman Entrepreneur in the recent Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2011 awards banquet.
Presenting her the award were Woman Entrepreneur 2010 Esther Vibal (left) and Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2004 Socorro Ramos (center). Ms. Agudo has received the award for blazing a trail in entrepreneurship, leadership and community development. Her marketing insights and strategic initiatives lifted Hyundai to become the third top-ranked automotive brand in the country in a span of less than 10 years.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year was founded in the United States by professional services firm Ernst & Young in 1986 to recognize the achievements of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs worldwide. In 2001, Ernst & Young expanded the program and launched the World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.
In the Philippines, the SGV Foundation, Inc. established the Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003. Supporting the program as co-presenters are, De La Salle University, Department of Trade and Industry, Development Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Philippine Stock Exchange, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Program sponsor is SAP Philippines. Official airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, operating on behalf of the Air France-KLM Group in the Philippines. Media sponsors are BusinessWorld and the ABS-CBN News Channel. Banquet sponsors are Alaska Milk Corporation, Bounty Fresh Food Inc., CDO Foodsphere, Fiori Di M Food and Floralscapes, Generika Drugstore, JG Summit Holdings, Inc., National Bookstore, Planters Development Bank, and Victorinox Travel Gear.