Z Energy shines at NZ’s Business Awards

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Z Energy was the big winner at last night’s 2016 Deloitte Top 200 Business Awards at the Vector Arena, taking out the Company of  the Year Award, and CEO of the Year (for Z’s Mike Bennetts). Spark, Chorus, ACC, Zespri, Synlait, and ASB also featured among the winners.

The awards, which celebrate excellence in business, were established in 1990 to annually recognise outstanding individual and team performances in New Zealand’s largest companies and trading organisations.

Top 200 judging panel convenor Fran O’Sullivan, NZME’s head of business, says the organisations and individuals that received awards this evening are visionary leaders who are committed to their business and driven to succeed.

“They are leaders who can consistently adapt to the changing economic landscape and understand the need to provide leadership at the highest level, enabling their team to deliver,” she said.

The judging panel included O’Sullivan, Cathy Quinn, Dame Alison Paterson, Sandy Maier, Jonathan Mason, and Neil Paviour-Smith.

The awards sponsors included QBE Insurance, Eagle Technology, IMNZ, AJ Park, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Ministry of Business and Innovation Employment, Massey University Business School and Orbit World Travel.

2016 Deloitte Top 200 Awards winners & finalists

Deloitte and AJ Park Company of the Year
Winner: Z Energy
Finalists: Spark, Restaurant Brands

Deloitte and Orbit World Travel Chief Executive of the Year
Winner: Mike Bennetts (Z Energy)
Finalists: Simon Moutter (Spark), Patrick Davies (Ebos Group)

Massey University Business School Chief Financial Officer of the Year
Winner: Jolie Hodson (Spark)
Finalists: Andrew Carroll (Chorus), Gordon MacLeod (Ryman Healthcare)

QBE Insurance Chairperson of the Year 
Winner: Christopher Moller.
Finalists: Trevor Janes, Rob Campbell

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Excellence in Governance 
Winner: ACC
Finalists: Nuplex. Lester Levy

Most Improved Performance 
Winner: Zespri
Finalists: Trade Me, Kathmandu

Best Growth Strategy 
Winner: Synlait Milk
Finalists: Ryman Healthcare
The a2 Milk Company

Ministry of Business and Innovation Employment Diversity Leadership Award
Winner: ASB
Finalists: ANZ, IAG

Eagle Technology and IMNZ Young Executive of the Year 
Winner: James Bergin, Chief Architect (GM Architecture, Strategy and Innovation), ASB
Finalists: Andrew Slater, CEO Homecare Medical/The National Telehealth Service
Kimberley Bray, National Service Manager, Ravensdown
Sasha Lockley, Head of Operations, Avanti Finance
Michael Stribling, General Manager Strategy, Spark

Visionary Leader Award
Winner: Ranjna Patel

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