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Pioneer Dr Judey Pretorius awarded Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss 2018

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It is Dr Judey Pretorius who this year claimed the coveted title of Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss, as the overall winner from the Entrepreneur category, during an evening of recognition and celebration.

The Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award celebrates entrepreneurial women and businesswomen who are changing the world of business one decision at a time. The awards ceremony, hosted by International Veuve Clicquot Director Thomas Bouleuc, saw guests commending the raw talent and dedication of powerhouse women in business in South Africa.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne was served while some of South Africa’s top businesswomen recognised the achievements of their peers and networked with their business heroes, including high profile judges including Yolanda Miya, Managing Director Financing and Solutions Group for Deutsche Bank SA (and the only female on Deutsche Bank AG Johannesburg Branch Executive Committee) and of course powerhouse Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder & CEO of Ndalo Media and ELLE magazine.

Following a day of intense debate, a panel of six high-profile judges selected two winners – one from the corporate category and one from the entrepreneurial category, of which one overall winner was crowned as the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss for 2018.

This year’s high caliber judges included Carol Bouwer, CEO of Bouwer Productions,  Maira Koutsoudakis, CEO of the Life group of companies and Life Interiors, Architecture and Strategic Design, Veuve Clicquot brand manager Monique Mass, Yolanda Miya, MD in Financing and Solutions Group for Deutsche Bank SA, Maria Lambros of Prestige Cosmetics and Khanyi Dhlomo.

The finalists all clearly showcased entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, creativity and determination and are all women who are redefining the world of business, embodying Madame Clicquot’s audacious spirit and innovative approach.

Introducing this year’s Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss winner – Dr. Judey Pretorius

The exceptional Dr Judey Pretorius of Biomedical Emporium holds a B.Sc. in Biological Science, a B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry and a M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology and a Ph.D Pharmaceutical Chemistry, drug design and development.

“Our overall winner Dr Judey Pretorius exemplifies what a true Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss stands for: the kind of businesswoman making a real difference to everyday lives and moving South Africa forward,” commented Judge Khanyi Dhlomo.

Dr Pretorius’ passion was born out of her love for science and her incredible business journey was inspired by her fascination with the skin. It was this combination of business savvy and her passionate humanitarian drive in finding solutions to pressing issues in South Africa that moved and impressed the judging panel.

In addition to public recognition received on the evening of the awards and the exceptional networking opportunities provided, Dr Pretorius will be flown to visit the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Maison and hosted by Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France, the home of Champagne in 2019. To continue to network with the all winners from around the world.

Dynamic Melody Xaba was selected as the winner of the Corporate award.

A 33-year-old TV producer, Melody Xaba is currently the Executive Producer for The Morning Show on e.TV. A leader in the workspace for over 8 years, she has worked as a producer on Jam Alley and Club808, to name but a few. But her claim to fame is conceptualizing Mzansi Magic’s: Our Perfect Wedding, born out of her own wedding experience.

“Veuve Clicquot is a proud supporter of women in business internationally with the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, honouring our founder Madame Clicquot, who established herself as one of the first leading female figures in the world of business. We are therefore extremely proud to partner with ELLE magazine in South Africa. This award champions the success of South African business women who share the same inspirational qualities as Madame Clicquot: an enterprising spirit, creativity, courage, determination and, of course, success,” says Thomas Bouleuc, Veuve Clicquot International Director.

Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Judge Chair Khanyi Dhlomo, herself recognised and honoured as one of SA’s most influential and inspiring businesswomen summed up the 2018 Awards: “All of our finalists this year were natural leaders, confident, strong, committed and risk-takers who are driven to succeed.”

Disaronno wears Trussardi

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Italian taste, Italian style: for the new 2018 Limited Edition

Once again, a cut above the rest. That’s Disaronno®, the world’s favourite Italian liqueur, which owes its success to an extraordinary aptitude for meeting various drink preferences and riding the latest mixology trends. All thanks to its contemporary character and peerless versatility.

For the new end of the year holiday season 2018, Disaronno® introduces “Disaronno Wears Trussardi” — an exciting Limited Edition where, true to form, it chooses an Italian lifestyle brand to make its unmistakably unique bottle extra special.

Sense of tradition, innovation and Italian elegance are some of the values the two brands share. They are values that emerge clearly in a Limited Edition where the typical Trussardi texture and greyhound logo unite with the Disaronno bottle’s distinctive shape, while fine fuchsia, green and blue brushstrokes frame the famous label. For a totally today result.

“For years the Limited Edition has marked an annual highlight with reference to our brand’s visibility,” comments Illva Saronno Holding CEO Augusto Reina. “Disaronno® is appreciated across the globe as an emblem of Italian style. And this year we are proud to make a particularly classy, elegant statement with a graphic design that reflects in full our perfectly modern essence.”

“The Trussardi story is very much about innovation, discovery, the concept of fusion. In addition to strengthening the bond between two companies that epitomize the Italian spirit worldwide, designing the iconic Disaronno bottle underscores once again that Trussardi continues to be a 360° lifestyle brand,” says Tomaso Trussardi, CEO of Trussardi.

The new Disaronno Wears Trussardi bottle is an ideal holiday gift for fashion aficionados. Also, it’s a great way to personalize the party scene with a luscious touch of color and — most of all — a tasteful moment of pure enjoyment to share with friends.

Unique flavor, golden amber hue. Disaronno® has a distinctive aroma that has won fans of all ages, so taking Italian style to many corners of the globe. Delicious both neat and on the rocks, Disaronno® is perfect for celebrating the holidays (at home too) with a smart new cocktail: Disaronno® Sparkling, a simple yet flavorful drink that consists of 1 part Disaronno® and 3 parts prosecco (Italian sparkling dry white wine), with a currant sprig garnish.

#DisaronnoWearsTrussardi is the sixth Limited Edition of the Disaronno® Icon project, the brand’s annual collaboration with a leading name in Italian fashion.