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New Zealand’s Business Elite Honoured at Deloitte Top 200 Awards

2015 Deloitte Top 200

The New Zealand business community gathered this evening at the prestigious black tie ceremony at Auckland’s Vector Arena to recognise and honour the country’s premiere businesses at the Deloitte Top 200 Awards.

The annual awards celebrate proven excellence and recognise outstanding individual and management team performances amongst New Zealand’s largest companies and trading organisations.

The winners of the 2015 Deloitte Top 200 Awards are:

Most Improved Performance - Refining NZ

Best Growth strategy - Tourism Holdings

Excellence in Governance - NZ Super Fund

Young Executive of the Year – Craig West (Downer)

Chairperson of the Year- Joan Withers (Mighty River Power/ TVNZ)

Visionary Leader Award – Dame Suzie Moncrieff (WOW)

Diversity Award – Westpac

Chief Financial Officer of the Year - Rob McDonald (Air New Zealand) 

Chief Executive of the Year- Christopher Luxon (Air New Zealand)

Company of the Year- EBOS

NZME Editorial Director Business, Fran O’Sullivan, convened the judging panel commenting that the individuals and organisations that received awards were committed, visionary leaders who were driven to succeed.

“These are business leaders who take on the challenges of our changing economic climate and understand the need to continually transform the workplace and deliver to the highest standards,” she said.

Young Executive of the Year award winner Craig West from Downer impressed the judges with his leadership style.

 “Craig showed a strength of character and demonstrated Downer's philosophy of "humbly smart".  His approach to the way he works, connects with others and the commitment to his people is clearly evident.  His core believe using behaviour and language to drive and shape culture and his complete commitment in keeping his team safe spoke volumes of his leadership style. We were incredibly impressed with Craig's mana, personal ethos, integrity, drive and level of achievement he has made and this resulted in him being named the Young Executive of the Year,” says O’Sullivan.

West was extremely humbled by his award and attributes the win to his authentic leadership.

“I’m very proud and humbled to receive this, especially when I look at who’s received this before. I’m certainly in esteemed company. My journey with Downer has been extremely rewarding and see this award as a great achievement for the entire company and as a way to motivate and inspire my team.”

NZME Chief Executive, Jane Hastings says NZME prides itself in supporting New Zealand businesses and is thrilled to partner with the Deloitte Top 200 Awards in celebrating business excellence in New Zealand.

“When you reflect on not only the winners but also the nominees, it is the diversity of sectors in which New Zealand businesses excel, at world class level, which is impressive. Congratulations to you all, New Zealand’s economic future is in great hands.”

Deloitte CEO, Thomas Pippos, unreservedly congratulated all of the Top 200 winners, saying he continued to be impressed with the level of leadership and vision, as well as resilience, in New Zealand’s largest organisations.

“Over the 26 years of the Deloitte Top 200, perhaps the most notable trait of some of our largest companies has been their resilience and ability to adapt and reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the competition.  In many respects this flows from the skills of empowered and talented leaders working with their boards and shareholders; many of which are recognised as part of the Top 200 awards. Given that our Top 200 organisations remain the backbone of New Zealand’s economy, this is a highly desirable trait that is worth celebrating.”

The Top 200 award winners are derived from the annual listing of New Zealand’s 200 largest corporations based on revenue, there is a separate list of New Zealand’s Top 30 financial enterprises based on asset value.

The lists comprise public listed and unlisted companies, New Zealand subsidiaries of multinational companies, cooperatives, societies and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), plus private companies prepared to supply audited accounts.  ENDS

For further information or to speak with Jane Hastings or Fran O’Sullivan contact:

Lynda Millward

Niki Schuck PR

021 896 229

Background Information:

About the Deloitte Top 200 Awards

The Deloitte Top 200 Awards were established in 1989 and are held annually to recognise and applaud outstanding individual and management team performances among New Zealand’s largest companies and trading organizations

Judging Panel - Overall

Fran O’Sullivan (Convener), Dame Alison Paterson, Neil Paviour-Smith; Jonathan Mason, Sandy Maier and Cathy Quinn.

Judging Panel - Young Executive of the Year

Fiona Hewitt, Liam Dann, Glenys Talivai, Michael Lewis

Judging Panel - Diversity Award

Sarah Kennedy, Michael Stevens, Sarah Naude




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