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Plantronics CEO Ken Kannappan named award finalist, winner named in November

KannappanSanta Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ—Ken Kannap­pan, CEO and president of Plantronics, was named a fi­nalist Tuesday in the 28th annual Ernst & Young En­trepreneur of the Year pro­gram, which recognizes business leaders in more than 150 cities internation­ally.

From an original field of 49 candidates, Kannappan is now one of 29 finalists for the Northern California re­gion. The nominations are culled by an independent regional panel of judges who are entrepreneurs and lead­ers from academia, business and the media, according to Ernst & Young. They will be honored in June.

The national EY Entre­preneur Of The Year win­ners and finalists will be announced in November
at a black-tie awards gala in Palm Springs coincid­ing with the EY Strategic Growth Forum, an annual gathering of U.S. business leaders.

Nominees must lead a company that is at least 2 years old and generate at least $5 million in revenue (with the exception of life sciences). Judging crite­ria includes: entrepreneur­ial spirit, financial perfor­mance, strategic direction, community/global impact, innovation and personal in­tegrity and influence.

Kannappan is the only fi­nalist from the Santa Cruz area. Other finalists in the region include Marcin Klec­zynsk, CEO of Malwarebytes in San Jose; Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Manage­ment Co. in Palo Alto; Tim Chen, CEO of NerdWallet in San Francisco; and Suresh Vasudevan, CEO of Nimble Storage in San Jose.


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This entry was posted on May 7, 2014 by in Business.


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