Akorbi is the 8th Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Company Globally According to the Women Presidents' Organization and American Express

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Company moves up from 12th place in 2016

Akorbi’s rapid growth (an impressive 1,267% in the last five years) was celebrated during the Women Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 2017 International Conference, a partnership with American Express. On May 5, hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives from around the world gathered at the awards ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida to celebrate the growth and success of the world’s 50 fastest-growing, women-owned/led companies. The awards ceremony was part of the WPO’s 3-day conference, which took place May 4-6.

According to the WPO, the companies on this year’s 50 Fastest-Growing list span a range of industries including technology, retail and consulting. The companies generated a combined $7.2 billion in 2016 revenues (mean of $155.6 million) and collectively employed 46,000 people in 2016 (mean of 725).

This year, Akorbi was ranked #8 - a leap from its #12 spot in 2016. Akorbi joined only 3 other Dallas/Fort Worth-area companies in the coveted list, including Pinnacle Group (#2), Ivie & Associates, Inc. (#15) and Prim Construction, LLC (#21).

According to the WPO, applicants do not have to be WPO members. All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combined percentage and absolute growth. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses were required to be privately-held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached annual revenue of at least $500,000 as of January 1, 2012.

More about the 2017 50 Fastest-Growing:

  •     Average honoree age: 50
  •     CEOs that founded the business: 92%
  •     Started the business with their own funds: 72%
  •     CEOs that are active in day-to-day operations: 100%
  •     Companies that do business globally: 36%
  •     Plan to continue to grow their company: 92%
  •     Provide health insurance: 94%

“I am honored to receive this incredible recognition from the Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express and to be in the company of so many amazing business leaders from around the world,” said Claudia Mirza, co-founder and CEO of Akorbi. “I’m thrilled to share this recognition with our 930 global team members, as well as my partner in life and business Azam Mirza, who work tirelessly to make Akorbi an industry leader.”

“We are proud to announce the 10th class of 50 Fastest-Growing honorees. This year, we’re excited to have awardees from a diverse range of industries and locations, including three international winners,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President and Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization. “Our partnership with American Express has been crucial in acknowledging the influence women-owned and led companies have in job creation and growing the global economy.”

Akorbi employs approximately 930 full-time and part-time people around the world. The company serves an impressive client base, including many Fortune 500 companies.

Akorbi’s success has been recognized worldwide. In June 2016, independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory ranked it as the 3rd fastest-growing language service provider (LSP) in the world, with a growth rate of 177.27% from 2013-2015, in its report titled, “The Fastest-Growing LSPs 2016.”    

About Akorbi
Akorbi is a U.S.-based company with over 930 employees around the world providing enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24x7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpretation services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification. For more information, visit http://www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
The WPO is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow WPO on Twitter (@womenpresidents) and like us on Facebook.

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