Twilight was slowly setting in as more than 500 well-dressed guests filed into the Grand Ballroom at the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The air was buzzing with anticipation, everyone excited to find out who would be crowned with the highly coveted title of CEO of the Year, as well as the winners of the other 23 award categories.

CEO of the Year – Winner

Stephen Cornelissen

Group CEO of Mercy Health

As well as being passionate about innovation and research, this CEO champions social equality and is an advocate for equal pay. They strive do the absolute best for their people and the community that they serve. A big success, with a big heart.

Stephen Cornelissen

CEO of the Year – Runner-Up

Christine Holgate

CEO of Blackmores

This CEO has transformed the business, achieving enormous growth via new markets and new products, while still delivering strong returns for their shareholders.

Christine Holgate

CEO of the Year – Highly Commended

Nigel Garrard

CEO & MD of Orora

Innovate to lead, enhance the core, and invest to grow are the three strategic priorities driving this dynamic CEO on their mission to help its industry continue to thrive in Australia.

Nigel Garrard

Managing Director of the Year – Winner

Nathan Cheong

MD of BioCeuticals

This Managing Director delivered double digit top line growth and ensured long-term success via investing heavily in research, education and new markets.

Nathan Cheong
Dave Fenlon, accepting the award on behalf of Nathan Cheong.

Managing Director of the Year – Runner-Up

Karen Stocks

Former MD of Twitter Australia

This MD’s focus has always been on strong connections, with their team, their customers and the community. They are rightfully proud of enabling global movements of unity and strength.

Karen Stocks

Chairperson of the Year – Winner

Tina West

Chairperson of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council

This person has to manage the interests of many stakeholders within very tight legislation. ey do this by supplying detailed policies, sitting on all sub-committees and acting with extraordinary drive and passion.

Tina West

Chairperson – Runner-Up

Rod Douglas

Chairperson of Mr Rental

A positive in uence in their industry, this person champions the professional chairperson role. roughout their career they have enabled businesses to centralise revenues and control, and have implemented and lead various successful strategies.

Rod Douglas

CFO of the Year – Winner

Michael Harvey

COO & CFO of Australian Radio Network

This person’s success stems from a passion to see the company grow and consolidate its position as a market leader. They are recognised tonight for their ability to balance leadership, creative vision and operations, with sound nancial strategy.

Michael Harvey

CFO of the Year – Runner-Up

Aaron Canning

CFO of Blackmores

For this CFO, the past 12 months were all about delivering on improvment initiatives, assessing and making acquistion recommendations, and deepening the nancial capabilities within the team.

Aaron Canning

CIO of the Year – Winner

William Confalonier

Chief Digital Officer, CIO & VP of Deakin University

This person’s achievements in successfully leading a complex digital transformation of the business and repositioning it as a digital leader in the sector have turned the heads of global digital heavyweights.

William Confalonier

CIO of the Year – Runner-Up

Simon Raik-Allen

Chief Technical Advisor of MYOB

Passionate about bridging the gap between technology and business, this executive has researched and overseen the implementation of numerous innovative processes.

Simon Raik-Allen

HR Executive of the Year – Winner

Linda Redfearn

Head of HR of Blackmores

This person has been instrumental in maintaining extremely high engagement levels among staff and a low turnover rate, while the company has grown exponentially over the past few years.

Linda Redfearn

Marketing Executive of the Year – Winner

John Arnott

Executive Director Customer of ING Direct

For this person, last year was all about helping their company to transition towards being an advocacy-led organisation, and they achieved great results by investing the marketing budget carefully to generate positive returns.

John Arnott

Sales Executive of the Year – Winner

Suzy Nicoletti

Head of Online Sales (now Managing Director) of Twitter

This executive has played a critical role in creating and maintaining a cross-functional sales team that provides exceptional customer service.

Suzy Nicoletti

Young Executive of the Year – Winner

David Rohrsheim

General Manager ANZ of Uber

The scope of this young executive’s role has expanded dramatically in the last few years and they have gone on to inspire a bevy of leaders to act courageously and take risks in their own roles.

David Rohrsheim

Start-Up Executive of the Year – Winner

Lincoln Easton

CEO of Progressclaim.com

This person is passionate about the cause to introduce productivity-enhancing technology to workplaces, and, as a result, spearheaded a multi-tier sales system to target numerous and diverse customer demographics.

Lincoln Easton

Executive Assistant Executive of the Year – Winner

Larissa Auditore

EA to CEO & MD of Insurance and Care NSW

Having established a network to foster professional development and mentoring for others in their field, this person has strong experience and a positive outlook in the face of technological change.

Larissa Auditore

Sport and Recreation Executive of the Year – Winner

Marne Fechner

CEO Netball World Cup 2015 of Netball Australia

This passionate CEO successfully executed a professional series of events while inspiring others with their leadership, commitment and capability.

Marne Fechner

Professional Services Executive of the Year – Winner

Murray Hunter

Founder of Design + Industry

We have a tie. There are two very deserving winners of this award in 2016: A high achiever who has increased influence, their firm’s capabilities and broadened horizons internationally.

Murray Hunter

Professional Services Executive of the Year – Winner

Tim Orton

MD of Nous Group

We have a tie. There are two very deserving winners of this award in 2016: A creative mastermind who has grown their consultancy into the largest and most awarded in Australia.

Greg Joffe, accepting the award on behalf of Tim Orton

Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year

Karin Sheppard

COO Australasia & Japan of IHG

This executive has international experience across a variety of industries. Today they are dedicated to growing the hospitality and tourism sector both at home and abroad, and are proud to be working in a company that fosters an open culture of discussion.

Karin Sheppard

Energy and Resources Executive of the Year

Dhruv Deepak Saxena

MD of Riverina Oils & Bio Energy

This inspiring individual is behind one of the largest value-added agricultural investments in NSW and Australia more broadly.

Dhruv Deepak Saxena

Manufacturing Executive of the Year

Nigel Garrard

CEO & MD of Orora

This customer-focused executive is embracing technology and innovation while also promoting manufacturing here in Australia, and future-proofing ng the industry for years to come.

Nigel Garrard

Building and Construction Executive of the Year

Danny Assabgy

CEO of Hudson Homes

This competitive forward thinker engages with local communities to create high-quality and demographically-suited products. Under this person’s guidance, their company has experienced significant growth.

Danny Assabgy

Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year

Stephen Cornelissen

Group CEO of Mercy Health

This passionate executive leads a diverse team who tirelessly advocate for advances in their sector.

Stephen Cornelissen

IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year

Tim Reed

CEO of MYOB

This individual is dynamic and high achieving. Focussed on innovation, the success of their business also ensures the success of various businesses across Australasia.

Tim Reed

Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year

Gary Edstein

CEO Oceania of DHL Express

This executive works tirelessly to develop their greatest assets; their employees. With a focus on operational excellence, they have overseen their company through a period of tremendous growth.

Gary Edstein

Media Executive of the Year

Jason Dooris

CEO of Atomic 212° Group

This CEO has led their company to become one of the largest independent media agencies in Australia. They have significantly raised company revenue, improved the staff retention rate, and pushed for gender equality in the workplace.

Jason Dooris