Iron Mountain Wins Foreign Company of the Year Award
Søren Kjeldsen Eltorp Managing Director, Iron Mountain; AmCham Chairman Julie Edwards, VP & General Manager, GlaxoSmithKlein Pharma; Niels Eltorp, Chairman, Iron Mountain.
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Iron Mountain has won the 2009 Foreign Company of the Year Award from the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark (AmCham Denmark).
“When we learned that our company had been awarded the Foreign Company of the Year, we were absolutely stunned, as AmCham represents a lot of outstanding companies,” said Iron Mountain Managing Director Søren Eltorp. He pointed out that Iron Mountain has been operating in Denmark for just over three years, and has invested significantly in the Danish market, helping organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with information management.
The annual AmCham award highlights the significance of foreign direct investment in Denmark, and recognizes the contributions, importance and positive impact made by foreign companies operating in this country. The award’s independent jury panel consists of Toms Group CEO and DI Chairman Jesper Møller; Chairman for Novo Nordisk, Denmark’s Technical University and the Danish Trade Council, Sten Scheibye; and Copenhagen Business School’s Department of International Economics and Business Management Professor Steen Thomsen.
Significant is right – there are more than 3,000 foreign companies operating in Denmark - directly and indirectly employing approximately 500,000 workers and representing nearly 750 billion DKK in foreign direct investment, Executive Director Stephen Brugger said.
Eltorp accepted the award at a reception at Rydhave, the official residence of U.S. Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton. Ambassador Fulton, the jury panel and Brugger joined Eltorp, other Iron Mountain executives, and representatives of many Danish and foreign companies at the event, which was sponsored by RiskPoint and Continental Airlines.
”Iron Mountain is receiving this Foreign Company of the Year award because the company is characterized by growth and entrepreneurship. The company exhibits a unique business concept and over the past few years has experienced tremendous growth in both sales and employee headcount. Additionally, this is a company that really focuses on its employees, involving them in the decision making process, recognizing their needs and offering them opportunities to enhance or redirect their skills, which has benefited the company overall,” says Steen Thomsen, who is the jury spokesman.
2009 finalists for AmCham's Foreign Company of the Year Award included an array of great companies, each deserving of the award. This year’s finalists were Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Genzyme, McDonald's Denmark, and Wyeth. But in the end, only one could come out on top.
Eltorp accepted the award to hearty applause. Guests mingled and networked at the reception, an anticipated and enjoyable AmCham gathering each year.
Iron Mountain joins an impressive list: AmCham’s previous Foreign Company award winners have been GlaxoSmithKline (2008), iMotions (2007), CSC and Topsoe Fuel Cell (2006), Texas Instruments Denmark (2005), and Nypro Denmark (2004).