MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, EY announced that Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork (Nasdaq:UPWK), has been named a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year®2019 Award in the Northern California region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the EY program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Kasriel was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.
Kasriel took the helm of Upwork shortly after the company was formed by the merger of two private companies (oDesk and Elance) and grew the combined organization, the largest freelancing website, into what is now a thriving public company. Kasriel is also recognized for his participation in conversations about the future of work. He is dedicated to creating solutions that provide a better world for future generations. Part of his decision to take the helm at Upwork was due to his fundamental belief in the company’s mission, which is to open economic opportunities so that people can lead better lives. To further this mission, he launched the Upwork Foundation to serve those at risk of being left behind by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Additionally, Kasriel joined the World Economic Forum and co-chairs WEF’s Global Future Council on the New Social Contract, where he is involved in global conversations about the future of work, gender equality and education.
“I am deeply honored to be considered by EY for this award,” said Kasriel. “EY understands that economic growth and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive but rather should be intertwined. By recognizing leaders who are engaged with communities outside of the walls of their office buildings, EY is inspiring the next generation of leaders, demonstrating that it is possible to scale a game-changing company while improving the world.”
Award winners for the Northern California region will be announced at a special event on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Fairmont San Jose.
To learn more about the Northern California program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/norcal. Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYNorCal.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Northern California, local sponsors include SolomonEdwards and Woodruff Sawyer.
Upwork (NASDAQ: UPWK) is the largest freelancing website. It enables businesses to find and work with highly skilled freelancers. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work -- like software, shopping and content before it -- is shifting online as well. This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place. Upwork’s mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. Upwork offers Upwork Plus, an offering tailored for small businesses to help them connect with top-tier freelance talent.
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