The award was created in 2018 in honor of former President and CEO Giulio Mazzalupi in recognition of the significant contributions he made to the Atlas Copco Group during his 31 years of service. Born in 1940, Mazzalupi joined Atlas Copco in 1971. After a few years in marketing he became Managing Director in Italy. He was appointed President of Airpower in Belgium in 1988. With a strong customer focus he changed the production philosophy to become lean and agile, which resulted in improved quality, lead-times and profitability. He also divisionalized the company and established the Compressor Technique business area. Between 1997-2002 he was the President and CEO of the Atlas Copco Group.