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Interview with Charlie Mitchelson, Managing Director at Cascade Europe

Raising capability in materials handling

The economy is changing faster than ever before in human history. Digitization is a major driving force behind this process, and affects all industries. Cascade Europe, based in Italy and a subsidiary of the Cascade Corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is dealing with the challenges in the materials handling market by focusing on both new technology and energy efficiency, as Managing Director Charlie Michelson reveals in an interview with European Business.

Interview with Evander Holyfield

“In business, boxing and life, you’ve got to be able to get up”

There is a unique fascination connected to boxing that other sports just cannot emulate. Besides the competitive edge, outstanding athletes had and have a major role in shaping the sport inside the ring. Among these ranks former US-boxing champion Evander Holyfield. European Business talked to him about his current entrepreneurial activities, the importance of stamina and his goals with The Real Deal Boxing.

Interview with Sal Gowili, General Manager at The Ritz London

A synonym for luxury

The Ritz London was conceived with the intention of being the ultimate luxury hotel and a home away from home for the crème de la crème of society. Today, it continues to cater to a highly discerning clientele. European Business asked General Manager Sal Gowili how The Ritz maintains the prestige of its famous name and how far it will go to satisfy its guests.

Interview with Jürgen Zosel, Managing Director of ORAFOL Fresnel Optics GmbH

The love of lenses

The classic overhead projector was certainly the product par excellence that required special optical lenses as produced by ORAFOL Fresnel Optics GmbH in Apolda, Germany. Despite the era of the OHP being on the decline, the need for special lenses is as strong as ever. Microstructured polymer optical components are required in various industries such as lighting, solar power, automotive, display and image processing, according to Managing Director Jürgen Zosel when speaking about ORAFOL Fresnel Optics’s possibilities in today’s optics market.

Interview with Linda Frietman, CEO and Founder of IamProgrez

A Bat Signal for Super-Employees

Think of your (potential) employees as superheroes, suggests Linda Frietman. Her company IamProgrez, based in the Netherlands, has developed a unique approach to help organisations find the employees best suited to their business culture by gamifying the recruitment process. European Business spoke with Ms. Frietman about her outside-the-box idea, the challenges the European labor market will face in the near future and the most striking Bat Signal a company can display to find the best superheroes out there.

Interview with 11 Mirrors - Wladimir Klitschko and Maryna Leo

Reflecting You – a hotel that reflects your values

The longest combined heavyweight champion in history, Wladimir Klitschko, has spent a lifetime on the road, travelling from one title bout to the next. His experience staying in many of the best hotels in the world has been distilled into his successful hotel project 11 Mirrors Design Hotel in Kiev. Together with General Manager Maryna Leo, he took time to tell European Business about the inspiration behind the hotel and the reason for its unusual name.

Interview with Patrick van Veen, biologist and coach for business management

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of gorillas among the bosses

A chimpanzee’s DNA differs from that of a human by just 1.6%. Biologists and behavioural scientists are devoting themselves to our closest relatives with corresponding enthusiasm. The Dutchman Patrick van Veen has a new perspective on the topic: He is transferring the Apes’ Den to the office! In an interview with European Business, he explains why senior management needs more baboons, why observing can enrich your office routine and why managers should be interested in the wildebeest.