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How we determine who wins: Executive of the Year Awards

With so many executives forging an inspiring path in their given industries across Australia, it’s certainly no easy task to decide who is most worthy of winning at the annual event. Here’s what you need to know about the judging process for the 24 categories, including CEO of the Year.

How we determine who wins: Executive of the Year Awards

It’s that time of year again – The CEO Magazine is accepting applications for the 2018 Executive of the Year Awards. It’s a highly anticipated event on the corporate calendar, designed to celebrate the exceptional contributions made by CEOs and senior management across a variety of businesses and industries in Australia.

So, how does The CEO Magazine decide who will win in each of the 24 categories, including the top CEO of the Year Award? That’s where our expert panel of judges come in.

This year, there are eight guest judges who will sift through the applications in the lead-up to the ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Each individual judge has worked his or her way to success by launching businesses, leading companies to new heights, and changing industries for the better.

Thus, they undoubtedly have the experience and expertise necessary to effectively critique the work of their peers as an Executive of the Year Awards’ judge.

Guest judges:

The panel of nine guest judges are joined by three resident judges who have been involved in the process since the advent of the Awards.

Resident judges:

  • John Karagounis, CEO of The CEO Circle
  • Chris Dutton, Founder and CEO of The CEO Magazine
  • Daniel Di Loreto, Managing Director of The CEO Magazine

How the Executive of the Year Awards are judged: Methodology and ranking criteria

After applications close on Friday 3 August 2018, a pre-selection process takes place at The CEO Magazine’s headquarters to shortlist the hundreds of applicants across the 24 categories.

The judging panel is then invited to review the shortlisted applicants via a confidential online platform and score them.
The score they give is based on the applicant’s responses to four compulsory questions (two are specific to the category they are applying for and two are more general in nature). These questions are in relation to the applicant’s achievements in their executive role over the past 12 months (FY18).

In early October, the judging panel gather in Sydney for a special judge’s lunch where they discuss the finalists and express their views on who they believe are the deserving winners.

The applicants who receive the highest scores for each category win the award, announced at the Executive of the Year Awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

The eligibility criteria to apply for an award:

To be eligible for an Executive of the Year Award, applicants should:

  • Role: Be employed full-time in a senior position (full-time not applicable to the chairperson award).
  • Company: Work for an organisation reaching an annual turnover of A$5million+ within Australia (turnover not applicable to not-for-profit and start-up awards).
  • Availability: Be available to attend the awards from 6pm on Wednesday 21 November at ICC Sydney.
  • Note: Applicants for the CEO of the Year and Managing Director of the Year awards are also required to apply for an industry award.

For category-specific criteria, refer to the categories page and select ‘Criteria’ to see the details for that award.

Event Details

Wednesday 21 November 2018

ICC Sydney

For more information on the 2018 Executive of the Year Awards, visit

Need some help with your application? Last year’s winners share their tips for applying.

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