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The CEO Magazine has today revealed the finalists for the 2015 Executive of the Year Awards and of course, the coveted CEO of the Year category.http://www.travelcounsellors.com.au/au/leisure The CEO of the Year winner will be announced at the fourth annual gala awards, this year moving to Crown Melbourne, on Thursday 26 November 2015 and hosted by Eddie McGuire.

The awards identify the achievements of aspiring and established leaders in 22 categories, with key categories including Managing Director of the Year, Chairperson of the Year, CFO of the Year, CIO of the Year, and CEO of the Year.

This year, the brand new Start-up Executive of the Year category was introduced to the program, set to showcase the entrepreneur whose achievements have shaped the business landscape within the financial year 2014/15.

With, once again, an overwhelming response to the major CEO of the Year category, this year eight finalists will be announced. The expert judging panel of highly regarded business professionals, including Libby Roy, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, PayPal; James Ajaka, former CEO, Nudie; Ron Santiago, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Europcar; John Karagounis, Managing Director and CEO, The CEO Circle; Chris Dutton, Founder and CEO,The CEO Magazine; and Daniel Di Loreto, Publishing Director, The CEO Magazine, examined the business acumen of applicants to arrive at a shortlist. Finalists were judged on their personal achievements, the contribution/difference the individual has made to the company where they work, financial highlights, and new initiatives that have been established.

The finalists in the 2015 CEO of the Year category are: 

CHRISTINE HOLGATE              CEO                               Blackmores

ROBERT BERNARD KELLY         MD and CEO                   Steadfast Group Limited

VAUGHN RICHTOR                   CEO                               ING Direct

JAIMES LEGGETT                     CEO                               M&C Saatchi

DAVID DICKER                        CHAIRMAN and CEO        Dicker Data Limited

GILMAN WONG                        CEO                               Sirtex Medical Limited

JASON DOORIS                       CEO                               Atomic 212

RADEK SALI                            CEO                               Swisse Wellness

Chris Dutton, CEO and Founder of The CEO Magazine, said since its inception in 2012, the Awards continue to grow and improve.

  “We are very proud that the Australian business community continues to embrace our Awards. Each year, we aim to recognise new opportunities for the program and this year we will be recognising finalists in the new ‘Start-up Executive of the Year’ category.

“With new ideas and businesses launching every year and spanning every industry, this category is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the individual with big dreams and smart plans. Australia needs to improve to help foster start-ups and this award will bring recognition to entrepreneurs here.”

On the growth of the event, Dutton added: “With the continued growth of the event, we are also thrilled to be staging the gala awards this year at Crown Melbourne. I look forward to announcing the honour roll of winners with Eddie McGuire in November.”

Tickets to The CEO Magazine’s 2015 Executive of the Year Awards Gala Awards evening are on sale at Purchase tickets for 2015 Executive of the Year Awards.  The night will be one of absolute prestige, with no expense spared on this exclusive event. The evening will include pre-dinner drinks and canapés, fine dining, guest judges, a celebrity MC, and entertainment. 

OUR CEO OF THE YEAR FINALISTS: 

CHRISTINE HOLGATE                                    CEO Blackmores

 Christine Holgate is the CEO of the publicly listed Blackmores Group, which is Austra-Asia’s leading Natural Health Brand operating across 14 markets with revenues of approximately $475 million and a market capitalisation of almost $1.5 billion.

In the past 12 months, Christine’s key objectives were to deliver profitable growth for Blackmores’ shareholders; to support their Australian brand and return it to profitable growth; to invest in Asia and BioCeuticals, and secure new revenue growth streams for the organisation; to create product leadership and to drive operational effectiveness.

Under the leadership of Christine and these clear objectives, group sales grew 36 per cent and profits grew by more than double this. The market capitalisation of the organisation grew from $520 million to $1.5 billion, Blackmores has secured market leadership and the honour of most trusted brand in key markets. Blackmores is now the largest Austra-Asia Natural Health Group.

ROBERT BERNARD KELLY                              MD and CEO Steadfast Group Limited                     

 Robert Kelly is Managing Director and CEO of Steadfast Group Ltd. He co-founded Steadfast 19 years ago and built the company into the largest distributor of general insurance products in Australasia. This has been done with strong entrepreneurial spirit, building and developing strategic relationships, and ensuring Steadfast is at the cutting edge of what is provided to the client base.

Starting as a network of 43 brokers, the company has transformed into a network of 306 brokers, 22 underwriting agencies, and numerous complementary businesses.

The entrepreneurial spirit that founded the company is demonstrated in what has been achieved over the past 12 months and since the company listed on the ASX in August 2013. 

VAUGHN RICHTOR                                         CEO ING Direct

Vaughn Richtor is CEO of ING DIRECT Australia—the nation’s most recommended bank (Nielsen 2014/15)—with responsibility for $38 billion in loans, $32 million in customer deposits and $1.1 billion in superannuation funds under management (FUM).

Under Vaughn’s leadership, bank profit rose by 9.4 per cent and superannuation FUM by 78 per cent in 2014. Vaughn also guided ING DIRECT in transferring the bank’s systems to a highly automated private cloud platform—the first such move by any bank in Australia.

The ability to think differently is a core component of Vaughn’s leadership style, underpinning his commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience.

JAIMES LEGGETT                                           CEO M&C Saatchi

Jaimes Leggett is CEO of M&C Saatchi Group in Australia, a confederation of 12 specialist agencies that combined comprises 410 people and more than $90 million in annual revenue. No other agency has had the impact on the media industry that M&C Saatchi has over the last 12 months and this is in no small part down to Jaimes.

Jaimes’ key focus on the business is; People, Product and Profit. Other priorities include strategy and development, clients and new business, brand and PR, PLC, and board.

Winning both Agency of the Year and Employer of the Year as well as dominating at the Cannes Advertising Festival and being ranked the second most innovative company in Australia puts M&C Saatchi in a league of their own.

DAVID DICKER                                               CHAIRMAN and CEO Dicker Data Limited 

David Dicker is the Chairman and CEO of publicly listed Dicker Data Limited (ASX: DDR). David’s role in the organisation is providing strategic guidance to the business leaders, identifying and pursuing both organic and inorganic growth opportunities, and he is ultimately responsible for the delivery of our results to our shareholders.

 David founded Dicker Data in 1978 and has since grown his operation to boast revenues in excess of AU$1.1 billion. Representing a number of world-leading tier-one vendors such as HP, Cisco, and Lenovo, Dicker Data is the largest locally listed, owned and operated IT distributor in Australia.

In 2014 Dicker Data acquired fellow IT distributor Express Data which expanded operations into New Zealand as well as bringing a wealth of new partnerships which have been successfully leveraged to bolster its position in the ANZ distribution market.

GILMAN WONG                                              CEO Sirtex Medical Limited 

Over the past decade, Gilman Wong has transformed Sirtex into one of Australia’s best performing global healthcare businesses.

He has guided the transformation of a small research company with a market capitalisation of $77 million into a highly profitable global business valued at over $41.7 billion.

Sirtex produces a life-enhancing therapy with the potential to improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of people worldwide every year.

Its targeted radiation therapy is available in more than 40 countries and 800 hospitals. Sirtex’s vision is that cancer will one day be a chronic disease patients can live with.

JASON DOORIS                                              CEO Atomic 212

In 2014, Atomic 212 chief executive Jason Dooris oversaw the transformation of the agency from a digital-only business into a full service media agency, with competencies across media buying, strategy, digital, search, data and analytics, custom publishing, and content.

In the space of a year, staff numbers, revenue, and profits grew considerably. The agency was the fastest growing media and marketing company in Australia in 2014, and is now the largest independent media agency in Australia. Key client wins from blue-chip brands like Dick Smith, Origin Energy, TAB, Progressive Insurance, Nike, and Think Education have bolstered this success.

RADEK SALI                                                   CEO Swisse Wellness 

After a period of intense growth in recent years, Radek Sali, CEO of Swisse Wellness, has spent the past 12 months putting in place a solid foundation to support the existing sales platform and to enable Swisse to expand and take our products to the world.

By putting the right people in place and working more closely with the executive team, he has led a huge turnaround in the business and the company is now in a strong, sustainable position.

Radek has led the turnaround of the business to pay down all debt and become the most profitable business in its category. Furthermore, Swisse has become number three in NZ after only 24 months, has successfully partnered with PGT to see the brand launch in 30 countries over the next three years, and is the largest online health brand in China.

The full list of Award Categories and Finalists are as follows: 

  • Media Executive of the Year
  • Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year
  • IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year
  • Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year
  • Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year
  • Energy and Resources Executive of the Year
  • Construction Executive of the Year
  • Innovation and Design Executive of the Year
  • Retail Executive of the Year
  • Financial Services Executive of the Year
  • Executive Assistant of the Year
  • Young Executive of the Year
  • Not for Profit Executive of the Year
  • Start-up Executive of the Year
  • Sales Executive of the Year
  • Marketing Executive of the Year
  • HR Executive of the Year
  • CIO of the Year
  • CFO of the Year
  • Managing Director of the Year
  • Chairperson of the Year
  • CEO of the Year (major award)

 

 

Media Executive of the Year

Sponsored by We Print It

 

Peter Bosilkovski                   

Managing Director

Leo Burnett

 

Barry O’Brien                       

Chairman                      

Atomic 212

 

Jaimes Leggett

CEO Australia

M&C Saatchi

 

Luke Littlefield

CEO

Dentsu Aegis Network

 

Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year

Sponsored by Bibby Financial Services

 

Tom Roche                         

Managing Director

SNP Security

 

Richard Thame

CEO                           

Fastway Couriers

 

Kerrie Mather

Managing Director and CEO

Sydney Airport

 

Kylie Fraser                        

CEO                           

Bevchain

 

IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year

Sponsored by Boardpad

 

Deborah Hadwen

CEO, Australia and New Zealand

Tata Consultancy Services

 

Scott Frew                          

CEO                           

Distribution Central

 

David Dicker                        

Chairman and CEO

Dicker Data Limited

 

Maxine Horne

CEO                           

Vita Group

 

Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year

 

Jamie Stanistreet

Vice President

Medtronic Australasia

 

David Cade                          

Global Medical Director

Sirtex Medical

 

Radek Sali                          

CEO                           

Swisse Wellness

 

Christine Holgate

CEO                           

Blackmores

 

Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year

 

Tony Lowings

CEO                           

KFC Australia

 

Barry Robinson

President and MD

Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim, and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific

 

Ben Sington                       

Managing Director

The Langham Melbourne

 

Bridie Commerford

VP Marketing and Communications

Accor

 

Energy and Resources Executive of the Year

 

Andrew Stewart

Managing Director

Wood Group PSN

 

Iain Graham                        

CEO                           

Red Energy

 

Ian Murray                        

Executive Chairman

Gold Road Resources Limited

 

Frank Tudor

Managing Director

Horizon Power

 

Construction Executive of the Year

Sponsored by Coates Hire

 

Jonathan Hallinan

Managing Director

BPM

 

Krishan Tangri

General Manager, Assets

Brisbane Airport Corporation

 

Ron Bakir                         

CEO                           

HomeCorp Group

 

Jim Waller                        

Executive General Manager – Australian Operations

McConnell Dowell Constructors

 

Innovation and Design Executive of the Year (including Manufacturing)

Sponsored by Bendalls Group

 

Andrew Shea

Chief Executive Officer

Complex Institute of Education

 

Frank Seeley AM

Executive Chairman

Seeley International

 

Beverly Smith

Chief Customer Officer

RSL Care

 

Dr Herbert Hermens

CEO                           

Keech Australia

 

Retail Executive of the Year

 

John Winning                       

CEO                           

Winning Group

 

Colleen Callander

CEO                           

Sportsgirl

 

Michael Ford                          

CEO                           

The Good Guys

 

Scott Meneilly                      

CEO                           

Retail Zoo

 

Financial Executive of the Year

 

Michael Culhane

Co-Group CEO                           

Pepper Group

 

Joyce Au-Yeung

Chief Officer – Health Business                      

Sovereign Insurance, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

 

Chris Ridd                          

Managing Director

Xero Australia

 

Vaughn Richtor                       

CEO

ING Direct

 

Executive Assistant of the Year

 

Jo Priest                        

Executive Assistant to CEO (David Windridge)

Company Secretary; Office Manager

MEGT (Australia) Limited

 

Cel Gusman                        

Executive Assistant to CEO

Mercy Health

 

Dimitra Zographos

Executive Assistant

Western Union Business Solutions

 

Simone Koolloos

Executive Assistant to CEO

Blackmores

 

Young Executive of the Year

 

Adam Schwab                        

CEO and co-founder

AussieCommerce Group

 

Julie Stevanja                      

CEO                           

Stylerunner

 

Lauren Williams                      

CEO                           

CarsGuide

 

David Rohrsheim

General Manager, Australia and New Zealand

UBER

 

Not for Profit Executive of the Year

 

Louise Baxter

Chief Executive                     

Starlight Children’s Foundation

 

John Lynch                         

Chief Executive Officer

Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Central Operations

 

Janelle Goulding

CEO                           

City West Housing

 

Jodie Sangster                      

CEO                           

Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA)

 

Start-up Executive of the Year

 

Michael Frizell                       

CEO                           

Pet Circle

 

Julie Stevanja                      

CEO                           

Stylerunner

 

Anurag Chakradhar

Founder and CEO

Blrt

 

Carlos Ferri                         

Founder and CEO

Zapala Go

 

Sales Executive of the Year

Sponsored by Tourism NZ

 

Matthew Kates                         

Sales Director, ANZ

Zerto

 

Dimitri Tsitsikas                     

Director of Strategic Relationships

MessageMedia

 

Michael Howard

Director of Sales                         

Swisse Wellness

 

Kong Leong                         

Director of Engineering and Sales

Clarke Energy Australia

 

Marketing Executive of the Year

 

John Arnott                        

Executive Director, Customers                     

ING DIRECT

 

Jack Ryan

Business Development Executive

Amplimesh Security Screens | Capral Aluminium

 

Michael Howard

Director of Marketing                     

Swisse Wellness

 

Bridie Commerford

Vice President Marketing and Communications

Accor

 

HR Executive of the Year

 

Rob Phipps                        

Director of HR                            

KFC Australia

 

Catherine Crowley

Director of People and Culture

Swisse Wellness

 

Anne Heyes

Executive Director Human Resources

Australian Red Cross Blood Service

 

Robyn Batson

Group People & Development Manager

Sussan Group

 

CFO of the Year

Sponsored by Sun Super

 

Michael Da Gama Pinto

CFO                           

Swisse Wellness

 

Darren Smith                         

CFO                           

Sirtex Medical

 

Mike Dixon                         

Director of Finance                       

Clarke Energy (Australia)

 

Liam Crawley                       

Chief Financial Officer                       

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific

 

CIO of the Year

Sponsored by Acquire BPO

 

Simon Andrews                       

Chief Operating Officer                       

ING DIRECT

 

Ajay Bhatia                        

Chief Product and Information Officer

Carsales

 

Mandy Ross                          

CIO                           

Tatts Group

 

Peter O’Halloran

Executive Director and CIO

National Blood Authority

 

Managing Director of the Year

Sponsored by Chivas Regal

 

Peter Bosilkovski                   

Managing Director                      

Leo Burnett Sydney

 

Andrew Stewart

Managing Director – Australia and Asia

Wood Group PSN

 

Nick Verykios                      

Managing Director                      

Distribution Central

 

Chris Ridd

Managing Director

Xero Australia

 

Chairperson of the Year

Sponsored by SAP

 

Ben Lilley                        

CEO and Chairman                      

McCann Worldgroup

 

Barry O’Brien                       

Chairperson                   

Atomic 212

 

Julien O’Connell                     

Chairman                      

Mercy Health

 

Barbara Yeoh

Board Chair                         

Monash Health

 

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by Maserati

 

Christine Holgate

CEO                           

Blackmores

 

Robert Bernard Kelly

Managing Director and CEO

Steadfast Group Limited

 

Vaughn Richtor                       

CEO                           

ING Direct

 

Jaimes Leggett                       

CEO Australia                     

M&C Saatchi

 

David Dicker                        

Chairman and CEO

Dicker Data Limited

 

Gilman Wong

CEO                           

Sirtex Medical Limited

 

Jason Dooris                        

Chief Executive Officer

Atomic 212

 

Radek Sali                          

CEO                           

Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd

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