Jersey City, N.J.
Comodo, a certification authority and a global leader in identity and trust assurance management solutions, announced that Comodo CEO and Chief Security Architect Melih Abdulhayoglu received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award in the Information Technology Software Category in New Jersey.
According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Abdulhayoglu was selected by an independent panel of judges.
“I am deeply honored to be included with such a distinguished group of accomplished entrepreneurs, especially in New Jersey, well-recognized as a center of innovation in business,” said Abdulhayoglu.
“I believe that all entrepreneurs provide the seed for a vision. For the seed to grow, it needs the fertile soil of talented, passionate and committed people. This honor recognizes the accomplishment of the entire Comodo team who I am so proud to be associated with.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards celebrate their 22nd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“Ernst & Young is pleased to honor outstanding business leaders such as Melih Abdulhayoglu,” said Keith Brownlie, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program director for New Jersey. “Winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year award build leading businesses and contribute a great deal to the communities around them. Their success helps our area grow stronger.”
As a New Jersey award winner, Abdulhayoglu is eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 15.
The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.