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DIY Lifetime Award for CEO who preaches disobedience

DIY Lifetime Award for Damien Deleplanque.

It was the ceremonial highlight of the 6th Global DIY Summit: the presentation yesterday evening of the 6th Global DIY Lifetime Award to Damien Deleplanque. A gala dinner in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, high above Barcelona, provided a fitting backdrop for the award presentation. As Edra General Secretary John Herbert said in his introduction, the event was to honour the man who had led the French concern Groupe Adeo to the number one position in the home improvement sector in Europe.

A film shown in place of a laudation painted the portrait of a man for whom human beings have always been the top priority. He encouraged employees of the group, now numbering 110 000, to keep their "zone of disobedience". Empathy and human solidarity are the characteristics attributed to Damien Deleplanque by his colleagues and staff.
The aptness of this description of the award winner was demonstrated by Deleplanque in his acceptance speech. When asked "Damien, what is the share of the others in your life story?", he reflected on this and thanked the people with whom he had been privileged to work.

|14 June 2018


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