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From Political Refugee to Manager of the Year: The Success Story of Saeid Fasihi

Posted by Catrin Beu on Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 12:29 AM

Saeid Fasihi was recently able to claim the title “Manager of the Year – Computer Services and Software” and a Gold Stevie at the 2017 German Stevie Awards. However, the founder and CEO of Fasihi GmbH, a specialist for customized software solutions and web portals, didn’t win in just this category. He also received a Silver Stevie Award in the category “Company of the Year – Computer Software up to 250 Employees.”

Fasihi was a political refugee from Iran who came to Germany 31 years ago with no money, family or friends but a lot of ideas and ambition. In 1990, right after his application for political asylum was accepted, he started his own business and successfully grew Fasihi GmbH into a medium-sized software company that today employs approximately 70 people, the majority of whom are Internet technology specialists.

Saeid Fasihi at the Awards Ceremony in Hamburg

Fasihi GmbH has its headquarters in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. “In the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area, we are the point of contact for customized software solutions and web portals,” says Fasihi, describing his company’s area of expertise. “We provide efficient solutions for the optimization and digitalization of business processes.”

With the web-based portal technology, which earned the company the “Software Made in Germany” and “Software Hosted in Germany” seals of approval, sophisticated company-specific solutions are able to meet the information and communication requirements of large- and medium-sized companies. Customers from various industries use over 60 portals, which more than 100,000 users work with.

“Use of our software solutions creates the basis for better communication, reduces the complexity of an IT landscape and cuts costs at the same time, Fasihi says.”

Fasihi GmbH has been certified according to the internationally recognized industry standard ISO 9001 since 2010. The security concept developed by Fasihi, which involves the encryption and classification of data, was awarded the 2011 Innovation Prize by the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate and is a key component of all of the company’s software solutions. In 2014, the company received the Grand Prize of Medium-Sized Enterprises, and in 2016 it was awarded the Honorary Plaque at the federal level.

Fasihi GmbH has been profitable since it was founded. In 2016, sales revenue reached 5.6 million euros. “Our annual company outing surely contributes to employee loyalty, the good working atmosphere and the winning culture here. All of our employees also have permanent employment contracts and benefit from an employer insurance plan,” Fasihi explains with pride.

The Gold Stevie winner thinks it is particularly exciting how the IT industry is currently moving toward digitalization. This will require his company to remain at the forefront of the latest technologies to permanently meet customer requirements in the best ways possible. He thinks it has contributed to his successand leads to a great, long-term relationship of trust with customers, who also benefit from it.

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Topics: German Stevie Awards 2017, Saeid Fasihi, Winner Portrait

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