At the Licensing International Awards ceremony, prizes were awarded to young talented professionals from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Nominated as a “Rising Star,” Ann-Katrin Hager, Head of Licensing Europe at Spreadshirt, won over the advisory board, retailers, external experts and the press.
“I am very happy about this great recognition! I also owe the nomination to my great working environment. On my journey from working student to Head of Licensing Europe, I was able to get to know the licensing business on all levels and develop it into my great professional passion. A big thank you goes out to my great partners in the industry and my colleagues at Spreadshirt,” says Hager, who was one of five recipients of the esteemed “Rising Star” award.
In his congratulatory speech, moderator Peter Hollo, founder of Ph-Internationals Consultants, emphasized the category was aimed at exceptional talents with a passion for licensing, regardless of their age: “We have some extraordinary talent in our creative and fast moving industry who may not have been in their jobs for a long time but show commitment and creativity. These can be young career starters or career changers new to licensing. Age is not the decisive factor here, but commitment, drive, and passion for licensing,” said Hollo.
Recognized as an ‘industry Oscar,’ the Licensing International Germany Awards have been presented for 19 years. This year, the awards were personally presented to the winners by Mr. Hollo via video. The jury members were appointed by the German chapter of Licensing International and represent the entire professional spectrum of the licensing industry.