WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT SEVENTH ANNUAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARDS HELD AT ICC SYDNEY
The CEO Magazine awarded the APAC CEO and Executive Director of Talent International, Mark Nielsen, the CEO of the Year title at the seventh annual Executive of the Year Awards at the ICC Sydney.
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Australia’s captains of industry gathered tonight to honour and celebrate the country’s leading executives and CEOs across 23 categories.
Mark proudly accepted the top gong of the Awards and was also presented with the Professional Services Executive of the Year Award this evening.
Mark has been responsible for driving Talent International to the next level for staff engagement, revenue and profitability. He has paid keen focus on staff to create a motivated team that is focused on meeting the company’s goals and has achieved an incredibly high retention rate. He has also improved the company’s market position now ranking number one out of five in the ANZ market.
One of the highlights from tonight’s ceremony was Emma Hendry, CEO of Hendry Group, winning the Building and Construction Executive of the Year Award in what has previously been a male-dominated category.
This year, a new category was announced for Education Executive of the Year. This award recognises quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning. The inaugural award was presented this evening to Mathew Jacobson, Founder and CEO of Ducere Global Business School.
Winners were presented with their awards at the glittering black-tie event held at the ICC Sydney, in front of more than 600 guests. The Awards were hosted by Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur and judged by an expert panel of highly regarded business professionals. Some of these included Lorna Jane Clarkson, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lorna Jane, Steve Baxter, entrepreneur and investor on Shark Tank, as well as last year’s CEO of the Year winner,Michael Ebeid, Group Executive, Enterprise, Telstra.
There were 10 finalists in the CEO of the Year category. The runner-up was John Winning, CEO of Winning Group, while Rob Goudswaard, CEO of Credit Union Australia, was Highly Commended.
CEO and Co-Founder of The CEO Magazine Chris Dutton said: “I’m thrilled that this year’s Executive of the Year Awards exceeded all our expectations. We saw a record number of applications, a record level of brilliance and our biggest attendance numbers to date with more than 600 guests joining us at the ICC Sydney to celebrate the individuals behind some of Australia’s top business brands.
“I’m incredibly proud that for seven years now we have held this prestigious event that genuinely impacts the professional lives of those in leadership positions. It’s an exciting time for The CEO Magazine – our US office is now open, and the magazine is looking the best it ever has. The content, design and a push towards luxury have helped us reach new heights. I am so proud of our team. Thank you to everyone who played a role in helping to make the night a monumental success.”
With hundreds of entries received, the Awards identify the achievements of aspiring and established leaders in 23 categories across industry sectors such as media, retail, education, construction, energy and resources, health and pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.
Other highlights of the evening included Dr Aniss Chami from Vitex Pharmaceuticals being named Manufacturing Executive of the Year for the second year running, Kate Massey taking out Young Executive of the Year, Stephen Canning winning IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year, and Lesley Braun being awarded the Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year Award.
WINNERS IN THE CEO MAGAZINE’S 2018 EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARDS:
Media Executive of the Year
Caleb Bush, Managing Director and Vice President, George P. Johnson Australia
Retail Executive of the Year
John Winning, CEO, Winning Group
Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year
Neil Scales OBE, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads (QLD)
IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year
Stephen Canning, CEO, JCurve Solutions
Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year
Lesley Braun, Director, Blackmores Institute
Building and Construction Executive of the Year
Emma Hendry, CEO, Hendry Group
Manufacturing Executive of the Year
Dr Aniss Chami, CEO and Co-Founder, Vitex Pharmaceuticals
Energy and Resources Executive of the Year
Mark Williams, Managing Director, GWMWater
Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year
James Thornton, CEO, Intrepid Group (JOINT WINNER)
Sean Hunt, Area Vice President of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International (JOINT WINNER)
Financial Services Executive of the Year
Rob Goudswaard, CEO, Credit Union Australia
Professional Services Executive of the Year
Mark Nielsen, APAC CEO and Executive Director, Talent International
Education Executive of the Year
Mathew Jacobson, Founder and CEO, Ducere Global Business School
Executive Assistant of the Year
Kathryn Moir, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Australian Red Cross Blood Service
Not-For-Profit Executive of the Year
Gerry Andersen, CEO and Company Secretary, Foodbank NSW and ACT
Start-Up Executive of the Year
Rajan Kumar, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Lumery
Young Executive of the Year
Kate Massey, CMO, JCurve Solutions
Sales Executive of the Year
David Roddick, Sales and Marketing Director, Adshel
Marketing Executive of the Year
Ric Navarro, Global Director, Marketing and Communications, Norman Disney and Young
HR Executive of the Year
Stig Bell, Director of People and Culture, SBS
CIO of the Year
Brett Winn, CIO, Blackmores (WINNER)
William Confalonieri, Chief Digital Officer, CIO and Vice President, Deakin University (RUNNER-UP)
CFO of the Year
Janelle Hopkins, Group CFO, Australia Post (WINNER)
Trent Millane, Commercial Director, MediaCom (RUNNER-UP)
Managing Director of the Year
Ron Santiago, Managing Director, Europcar Australia and New Zealand (WINNER)
Caleb Bush, Managing Director and Vice President, George P. Johnson Australia (RUNNER-UP)
CEO of the Year
Mark Nielsen, APAC CEO and Executive Director, Talent International (WINNER)
John Winning, CEO, Winning Group (RUNNER-UP)
Rob Goudswaard, CEO, Credit Union Australia (HIGHLY COMMENDED)
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CEO magazine 2018 Executive of the Year Awards