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Critical´s CEO, emerging enterpreneur of the Y2006. Critical at the Europe´s Top500 fast growing companies ranking.

Gonçalo Quadros, Critical’s CEO is the «Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2006»
The “Entrepreneur of the Year” Prize, raised by Ernest and Young Company since 1986, aims to recognise the businessmen who are distinguished by the creativity, personal investment in a project of enterprise, development strategy and the success reached by his enterprise.
Gonçalo Quadros, Critical Software’s CEO, graduated in Electrotechnical Engineering in 1987. Later he worked in the industry and research branches. He returned to the University and accomplishes its Phd in Science and Computer Networks in 2002 in the University of Coimbra. In 1998 he was one of the company’s co-founders.
Critical Software’s fast, but sustained, growth is essentially due to a business innovative culture based in five great values: quality, innovation, global positioning, flexibility and people. The broad repercussion of the company in the media was, mainly, the result of having NASA as one of its initial customers; such reference was essential for the international expansion, which in turn, led Critical Software to become leader in the market niche of critical software validation and verification for the Aerospace sector.
The diversity of markets, sectors and geographical areas allows, today, a concentrated offer of high added value services and software products for the Aeronautics, Defence, Financial Services, Government, Manufacturing, Space and Telecom markets. This year, Critical Software started a new cycle with the creation of a spin-off company – Critical Links, which is geared to introduce in the market the edgeBOX product.
Critical Software is an example of the success that can be achieved when you bring to the market some of the excellent ideas that spring in the academic world; the quality of the people that began the company and that are giving continuity to the company’s strategy and, finally, with the recognition that its market could not be limit to Portugal.
In this way the award on “Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year” is a way to be aware of the success and the renown that Critical Software, in the name of its CEO, has already conquered worldwide. “I’m very proud that someone picked my name as a nominee to this award. It is a recognition for the performance of Critical and a great team I’m very pleased to lead”, Gonçalo Quadros confirms.
The award ceremony the «Entrepreneur of the Year 2006», took place in Campo Grande, Lisbon, on the 11th December
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Critical lists as 209th in Europe’s Top500 fast growing companies ranking (*)
Critical announced that it has been listed for the 3rd time in a row in the European TOP500 fast growing companies. The company climbed 81 positions, from 290th in the 2005 ranking to 209th in 2006. The ranking is made out of job creation. Critical has created 89 new jobs leading to a 153% mark on the Relative Employment Growth. With regards to the sales an Absolute Turnover Growth of €3.239.961 was achieved, which means a score of 125.6% on the Relative Turnover Growth metric.
Gonçalo Quadros, CEO, stated that “2005 was particularly challenging, with an internal reorganisation and a strong investment on product development leading to the successful spin-off of Critical Links”. “This score is an interesting benchmarking for us, making it clear that we are still growing at a much faster pace than our competition” he further added.
(*) Special Note: An error in the internal process of building up EUROPE’S 500 list caused Critical Software to be omitted from the released TOP500 list web site. For your reference please consider the quote from Ms Dee O’Sullivan, Marketing and Communications Director of EUROPE‘S 500:
“Europe‘s 500 – Entrepreneurs for Growth is pleased to acknowledge that Critical Software fulfilled the criteria for the 2006 Europe‘s 500 Listing and is entitled to be considered a 2006 champion of growth. We apology for the error which led to the omission of Critical Software from the final Listing of winners for 2006”.
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About Critical Software
Critical Software SA is an international systems and software company established in Portugal (1998) with offices in San Jose (US), Southampton (UK), Lisbon and Porto (PT). Today the company employs over 150 people and operates a quality system certified to CMMI® Level3, ISO 9001:2000 Tick-IT, ISO 15504, AQAP 2120 and EN9100. Critical Software’s portfolio of customers comprises companies such as Vodafone, Infineon Technologies, Qimonda, Westland Helicopters, NASA, EADS, Northrop Grumman, and ESA.
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