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Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel Named Finalist for Prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®Award

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Today, EY announced that Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork
(Nasdaq:UPWK), has been named a finalist for the Entrepreneur
Of The Year®2019 Award
in the Northern California region.
Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs
in the U.S., the EY program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of
high-growth companies who excel in areas such as innovation, financial
performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities,
while also transforming our world. Kasriel was selected as a finalist by
a panel of independent judges.

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Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, has been named a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Award in the Northern California region. (Photo: Business Wire)

Kasriel took the helm of Upwork
shortly after the company was formed by the merger of two private
companies (oDesk and Elance) and grew the combined organization, the
largest freelancing website, into what is now a thriving public company.
Kasriel is also recognized for his participation in conversations about
the future of work. He is dedicated to creating solutions that provide a
better world for future generations. Part of his decision to take the
helm at Upwork was due to his fundamental belief in the company’s
mission, which is to open economic opportunities so that people can lead
better lives. To further this mission, he launched the Upwork Foundation
to serve those at risk of being left behind by the Fourth Industrial
Revolution. Additionally, Kasriel joined the World Economic Forum and
co-chairs WEF’s Global
Future Council on the New Social Contract
, where he is involved in
global conversations about the future of work, gender equality and

“I am deeply honored to be considered by EY for this award,” said
Kasriel. “EY understands that economic growth and social responsibility
are not mutually exclusive but rather should be intertwined. By
recognizing leaders who are engaged with communities outside of the
walls of their office buildings, EY is inspiring the next generation of
leaders, demonstrating that it is possible to scale a game-changing
company while improving the world.”

Award winners for the Northern California region will be announced at a
special event on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Fairmont San Jose.

To learn more about the Northern California program, please visit
Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and
using #EOYNorCal.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year
Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation.

In Northern California, local sponsors include SolomonEdwards and
Woodruff Sawyer.

About Upwork

(NASDAQ: UPWK) is the largest freelancing website. It enables businesses
to find and work with highly skilled freelancers. As an increasingly
connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work — like
software, shopping and content before it — is shifting online as well.
This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with
talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from
having to work at a set time and place. Upwork’s mission is to create
economic opportunities so people have better lives. Upwork offers Upwork
, an offering tailored for small businesses to help them connect
with top-tier freelance talent.

Upwork is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San
Francisco and Chicago. For more information, visit our website at,
join us on Twitter,
and LinkedIn.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most
prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program 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 awards program 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 and more
than 60 countries.

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