Pullach, 26 September 2008 - Erich Sixt, Chairman of the Board and major shareholder of Sixt AG, was acclaimed "Strategist of 2008". With this award, the economic and financial newspaper Financial Times Deutschland, the strategic consultancy Bain & Company and the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management are honouring successful CEOs of listed German companies who demonstrate foresight. Erich Sixt received the award from FTD Chief Editor, Steffen Klusmann, at a gala event in Frankfurt am Main.
The Chairman of the Board, who has led the company since 1969, was commended for Sixt Group's long-term successful development. "Erich Sixt turned a family business consisting of 200 rental vehicles into one of the leading German brands in the car rental and leasing business. He is courageous and unconventional - an entrepreneur in the best sense of the word," explained Klusmann.
The "Strategist of the year" award was presented for the fifth time this year. The winners are determined on the basis of objective data and scientific criteria. There is no judging panel. The 95 largest listed German companies with recent revenues of more than € 1 billion over the last three years were put under the microscope to determine the prize winners. Criteria for nomination included creating jobs or at least balancing the effect of inflation with revenue growth. The analysis also involved sustainability and the CEO's consistent implementation of a concrete corporate strategy.
Sixt AG, with its registered office in Pullach near Munich, is an international provider of high-quality mobility services. Founded in 1912, the company is represented at 3,500 points of service in more than 85 countries in conjunction with its franchisees and partners. Sixt is the German and Austrian car rental leader and one of the largest full-service leasing companies independent from manufacturers. The Sixt Group generates sales of € 1.6 billion (2007) and employees approximately 2,300 people around the world (2007, excluding franchisees).
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