Svetla Nestorova is the Manager of the Year 2019

Svetla Nestorova, CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board of Bulstrad Life Vienna Insurance Group won the prestigious award. It is the second time that a woman wins the competition and it happened in the year when there is parity between men and women in the Final 10 list. The event was traditionally organized by The Manager Magazine and was hosted by the National Opera and Ballet.

Her name was announced by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev. “We need individuals that can transfer information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom. The managers in this hall are exactly like that. I am happy and impressed that all the finalists tonight are Bulgarian managers. You are building the business to come as well as our next generation leaders. We, as a nation, need you because you inspire and develop the biggest national capital – the young generation,” said the President before giving the crystal award to the winner.

“I am very proud with this award. Thank you, colleagues. I really hope that each of you is as transparent to see the values that are guiding us to the big common goals,” were the first words of the winner.

The runner-up in three consecutive competitions Mr. Ivaylo Slavov, co-founder and CEO of BULPROS Consulting won the special award for sustainable development. It is given to those participants who qualify for three consecutive Top 10s. 

Ivaylo Slavov won the popular vote of the viewers of bTV (media partner of the competition) too.

Among the other finalists were three more AmCham Bulgaria members: Maria Grashnova, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Networks, Vesela Ilieva, CEO, Unique Estates, Asen Georgiev, Regional manager, HP Inc. Bulgaria.

Congratulations to the rest of the finalists – Georg Zamanov, CEO and Member of the Board of Allianz Bank Bulgaria, Dobroslav Dimitrov, Executive Director, Imperia Online; Mariela Madzharova, Executive Director, Teletek Electronics; Radoslav Nikolov, Exective Director, SAP Labs Bulgaria, and Hristo Hristov, founder and owner of Discordia.

The other special award at the name of the late Prof. Lachezar Tsotsorkov “For the Regional Development” was given to Dimitar Galabov, Executive Director, Sutherland Global Services Bulgaria.

“All of you, dear participants and finalists, are that part of the elite of our society that has the courage to believe and to transform faith and dreams for our better tomorrow,” said in his remarks the inspirator of the event and publisher of the Manager Magazine Vasil Mirchev.

Who is the Winner

Svetla Nestorova is CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board of BULSTRAD LIFE Vienna insurance Group. She started her professional career in the insurance sector in 2002. In 2004 she joined the team of Bulstrad Life Vienna Insurance Group as Marketing and Sales Director. In 2005 she is elected as member of the Managing Board, and in 2006 – as Executive Director and Chairperson of the company. Since 2016 she is the CEO and Chairperson of the BULSTRAD LIFE Vienna Insurance Group”.

In 2011 she is elected as a member of the Association of the Bulgarian Insurers and Chairperson of the Committee of Life Insurers at the Association. In the period 2015-2019 she chaired the Managing Board of the Association, and after her second term she is elected as a Board member there. She is a member of the Managing Board of the Prof. Veleslav Gavriyski Foundation and at the Strategic Council of Insurance Europe.


Photos: Evgeni Dimitrov, Bulphoto (event photo), and Yulian Donov (portrait)