Founders of Maesa Group, Julien Saada and Gregory Mager, won the RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year title at last night’s 2011 European Business Awards (EBA). 

Created in 1997, France-based Maesa Group is Europe’s fastest growing and most comprehensive resource for 'Beauty on Demand' products and services. The EBA is regarded as Europe’s toughest business competition, with victors selected from 15,000 organisations in over 30 countries.

With branches in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Maesa Group is responsible for producing signature perfumes for high-street retailers, as well as public figures including Kim Kardashian, Mary J. Blige and Oscar De La Renta.

“I commend Maesa Group,” said Robert Coles, European Regional Director at global accountancy network RSM International, who presented the award to Julien Saada and Gregory Mager at a gala ceremony in Barcelona. “Its founders have demonstrated that with foresight, ambition and innovation it is possible to succeed – even during a particularly hard economic downturn. RSM International, through its continued support of the European Business Awards and the RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year award, remains committed to recognising and awarding individuals with exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and genuine business talent.”

Ceremony attendees included heads of state, leading industrialists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, media owners and academics from across the continent.

The Ruban d’Honneur winners in the RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year category are: Krasen Kyurkchiev of Ficosota Syntez (Bulgaria), Colm Lyon of Realex Payments (Republic of Ireland), Ahmet Zorlu of Zorlu Holding (Turkey), Luis Amaral of Eurocash (Poland), Demetri Politopoulos of Macedonian Thrace Brewery S.A. (Greece), Péter Tóth of Lipóti Pékség (Hungary), Robyn Jones, OBE and Tim Jones of CH&Co Catering Ltd (UK), Berna Ilter of BRN Sleep Products (Turkey), and Emrah Kaya of Youtholding (Turkey).