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Forecasting the future can be risky, but businesses that are poised to embrace opportunities at a time of uncertainty, while anticipating the pitfalls, can thrive.

Investing in new products and processes remains an important ingredient for growth.

In this issue of Exceptional, many of the entrepreneurs interviewed highlight the opportunities for growth presented by emerging markets, innovation and diverse portfolios. 

Mikhail Skorokhod, head of Eurocement Group explains how the company became the biggest cement manufacturer in the CIS in a matter of 10 years. 

Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, explains how developing innovation teams, bringing new products to market and engaging with younger consumers helped her reinvent the 144-year-old iconic food brand. 

Philosophical fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli tells how to remain exclusive while expanding operations.

Philip Aminoff, Chairman of two family businesses, discusses innovation and how some entrepreneurs are sustaining growth at a time of global economic volatility. 

Bris Rocher, CEO of French cosmetics company Yves Rocher, discusses the original sustainable business that women have been in love with for more than half a century. 

The "Doing business in Europe" feature also explores how prospects for growth are returning to this specific region. Moreover, in this issue of Exceptional you will find insights on the most attractive investment markets.

Michael Carey, founder of Irish food investment business The Company of Food and Chairman of Board of the Soul of Haiti Foundation, tells about his aim to help improve the fortunes of people in Haiti.

Don’t forget that you can read it on the go and even see extra content on the EY_Exceptional app, available to download from the iTunes store now.

Dmitry Neverko
Strategic Growth Markets Leader CIS, EY