The 8th Cintra Spirit Awards ceremony, celebrating the greatest business achievements, most innovative ideas and people most committed to Cintra, was held on 13 December 2018. There were a record 609 nominations, and the ceremony, held in Madrid and Austin, reached a record audience of over 300, in person and via streaming.
In the Best Business Achievement category, the award went to the team in charge of the Financial Close of Ruta del Cacao, headed by Daniel Gómez, Ignacio Moncada, Ana Méndez, Iván Maestre, Miguel Jiménez, Aitziber Sarasíbar and Manuel Cunha. This 25-year concession involves building over 80 km of new road and upgrading close to 110 km of existing road. Íñigo Meirás, CEO of Ferrovial, presented the trophy.
The award in the Most Innovative Initiative category went to Toll Allocation Tool, a system for ascertaining the optimal increase in tolls on our assets in order to increase revenues with the least possible impact on traffic. María Dionis, Director of Human Resources at Ferrovial, announced the winner, and Belén Marcos, Director of Cintra US, presented the prize in Austin to Vamsi Nadimpalli, Mahesh Raja, Mridula Maddukuri, John Brady, Andrew Ricchetti, Carrie Dang and Wei He.
The Cintra Spirit Award 2018 was the highlight of the event. The three finalists were Jennifer Kim, Senior O&M Engineer at NTE; Matías Rentero, Head of AEF Europe and New Markets and Corporate Operations at Cintra; and Lorena Cuadrado, Head of O&M Europe at Cintra. Alejandro de la Joya, CEO of Cintra, announced the winner: Lorena Cuadrado.
De la Joya then thanked everyone who had participated in the awards and encouraged all the employees to continue innovating. There followed a short commemoration of Cintra's 20th anniversary.
Congratulations to all the winners!