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EY announces finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in Northern California

San Francisco, 4 May 2015

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EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 in the Northern California region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Thursday, June 11, at the Fairmont San Francisco.

The finalists are:

John Foraker, CEO - Annie's, Inc, Berkeley, CA
Jyoti Bansal, Founder and CEO - AppDynamics, San Francisco, CA
Kirk Krappe, CEO and Founder, Apttus, San Mateo, CA
Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO, Arista Networks, Santa Clara, CA
Andy Bechtolsheim, Founder, Chief Development Officer and Chairman, Arista Networks, Santa Clara, CA
Thomas Harman, Founder & CEO, Balsam Brands, Redwood City, CA
Richard R. Norgrove, President & CEO, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Cloverdale, CA
Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chairman and CEO, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Novato, CA
Dylan Smith, Chief Financial Officer - Box, Los Altos, CA
Kenneth Lin, CEO and Founder, Credit Karma, San Francisco, CA
James Schoeneck, President and CEO, Depomed, Inc., Newark
Keith Krach, Chairman & CEO - DocuSign, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Paul Nahi,President and CEO, Enphase Energy, Petaluma, CA
Marcus Ryu, Chief Executive, President and Co-Founder, Guidewire Software, Inc., Foster City, CA
Kathy Johnson, PhD., Chief Executive Officer, Home Care Assistance, Palo Alto, CA
Rob Bearden, Chairman and CEO, Hortonworks, Inc.,Santa Clara, CA
Conor Madigan, PhD., President & Co-Founder, Kateeva, Menlo Park, CA
Mary C. Kariotis, President and CEO, Merrimak Capital Company LLC, Novato, CA
Suhail Doshi, CEO, Mixpanel, San Francisco, CA
Dheeraj Pandey, President and CEO, Nutanix, Inc., San Jose, CA
Todd McKinnon, CEO & Co-Founder, Okta, San Francisco, CA
David Ulevitch, Founder & CEO, OpenDNS, San Francisco, CA
Peter Arvai,CEO & Co-Founder, Prezi, San Francisco, CA
Selina Lo, President and CEO, Ruckus Wireless, Sunnyvale, CA
Edward Lanphier, President & CEO - Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., Richmond, CA.

Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016.Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.  In Northern California, sponsors also include King & Spalding, Merrill Datasite, Olmstead Williams Communications, Scherzer International, SmartBusiness, and SolomonEdwards.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. Follow us @ey_eoy #eoynorcal.

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