The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards is the most prestigious event on Australia’s business calendar, which recognises the individual excellence of senior executives.

One of the most hotly contested events for Australia’s leading executives, the awards do not celebrate a company’s success, but rather the exceptional contribution made by the CEOs, managing directors, and senior management who drive Australia’s greatest organisations. 

Date: 15 November 2017

Venue: Crown Melbourne

It’s our pleasure to announce the winners of the much-anticipated 2017 Executive of the Year Awards, which celebrate the success, innovation and business acumen of individuals in corporate Australia.

With thousands of entries, our 10 experienced judges from a range of industries had a mighty challenge to determine the finalists in each of the 23 categories, including the pinnacle CEO of the Year Award.



Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Executive of the Year Awards!

In 2017, Australia’s executive elite gathered together at Crown Melbourne to celebrate some truly outstanding personal achievements in business.

The winners were announced by host Eddie McGuire, back for his sixth year as MC, at the glittering black-tie event attended by 550 of the nation’s business luminaries.

Finalists were judged by a 10-person panel including:

  • Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo;
  • Larry Kestelman, Executive Group Chairman at LK Group;
  • Libby Roy, Vice-President & Managing Director of PayPal Australia;
  • Shelly Park, Chief Executive & Executive Board Member of The Australian Red Cross Blood Service;
  • Stephen Cornelissen
  • Group CEO of Mercy Health; Michael Derin, Azure Group’s CEO & Founding Partner; Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent;
  • John Karagounis, CEO & Managing Director of The CEO Circle; as well as;
  • The CEO Magazine’s Founder & CEO Chris Dutton and Managing Director Daniel Di Loreto.

More information about the Awards can be found at executiveawards.com.au.


 

Congratulations to all the 2017 winners

 

Click on a category below to see the winners:

View the full list of 2017 finalists here


 

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by

Maserati

 

CEO of the Year – Winner

 

Michael Edeid, CEO and Managing Director of SBS

Michael Ebeid

CEO and Managing Director
SBS

SBS

 

Michael has achieved growth across all areas of business: employee engagement, operational efficiency, championing diversity, confidence in leadership and commercial revenue.

At SBS, he not only engages and influences his staff, but all the different communities around Australia, enriching the lives of others on a daily basis.

 

CEO of the Year – Runner Up

 

Jason Dooris, CEO of Atomic

Jason Dooris

CEO
Atomic 212°

Atomic 212°

 

Outstanding revenue and profits, as well as high levels of client and staff retention are just some of the things Jason has achieved at Atomic 212°over the past year. His business model transformation saw a phenomenal revenue increase of more than 100%.

 

CEO of the Year – Highly Commended

 

Barry Fitzgerald, CEO of Roy Hill

Barry Fitzgerald

CEO
Roy Hill

Roy Hill

 

With a mix of innovation and determination, Barry has successfully established a strategic framework to ensure aligned, long-term direction for Roy Hill as it matures. He has invested in technology and people, and encouraged out-of-the-box thinking to futureproof the organisation.

 


 

Managing Director of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Chivas

 

Trent Innes, Managing Director of Xero Australia

Trent Innes

Managing Director
Xero Australia

Xero Australia

 

Trent has steered Xero’s yearly growth rate to more than 40% in both revenue and customers, which has elevated it into the ranks of Australia’s largest listed tech companies.

 

Managing Director of the Year – Runner Up

 

Alistair Venn, Managing Director of Menulog Australia and New Zealand

Alistair Venn

Managing Director
Menulog Australia and New Zealand

Menulog Australia and New Zealand

 

As well as running a genuine, sustainable and profitable business, Alistair has implemented strategies to transform Menulog’s team culture to one of high collaboration, efficiency and passion.

 


 

Chairperson of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Australia Institute of Company Directors

 

Gina Rinehard, Executive Chairman of Hancock Prospecting Group

Mrs. Gina Rinehart

Executive Chairman
Hancock Prospecting Group

Hancock Prospecting Group

 

Gina has turned around a company that overcame considerable adversity, bringing Hancock Prospecting Group into a position of success today. She is committed to upholding the company’s responsibilities, and has worked as an unwavering advocate for business in Australia.

 

Chairperson of the Year – Runner Up

 

Ann Sherry AO, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia

Ann Sherry AO

Executive Chairman
Carnival Australia

Carnival Australia

 

Ann has totally refreshed Carnival Australia’s product lines and forged strategic alliances to succeed in a regulation-heavy field. She’s also been credited with restoring the image of an ailing industry and steering it back to year-on-year growth. And every ambitious target she set for the company has been exceeded.

 


 

CFO of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

sunsuper

 

Morten Belling, Finance Director of Menulog Australia and New Zealand

Morten Belling

Finance Director
Menulog Australia and New Zealand

Menulog Australia and New Zealand

 

Morten has successfully juggled the difficult balance of his role – ensuring stakeholder requirements are met while at the same time building a solid foundation for the future of Menulog. Through a significant investment in people and technology, he has been able to drive incredible business growth year-on-year.

 

CFO of the Year – Runner Up

 

Magdalena Kosior-Molloy, CFO of Holman Webb Lawyers

Magdalena Kosior-Molloy

CFO
Holman Webb Lawyers

www.holmanwebb.com.au

 

Magdalena has implemented strategic initiatives focused on growth and innovation, while empowering her finance team at Holman Webb Lawyers to become champions of change. Her initiatives have reduced costs, improved productivity and increased efficiencies, allowing the business to achieve its strategic goals.

 


 

CIO of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Diligent

 

Peter Auhi, CIO of City of Adelaide

Peter Auhl

CIO
City of Adelaide

City of Adelaide

 

Peter has harnessed technology and information in a way that will allow the City of Adelaide to compete internationally, as well as make businesses rethink the way they operate and deliver key initiatives. He has changed public perceptions of the City of Adelaide with bold programs that can more effectively solve problems big and small.

 

CIO of the Year – Runner Up

 

Andrea Walsh, CIO of Isentia

Andrea Walsh

CIO
Isentia

Isentia

 

An experienced technology and digital solutions leader, Andrea inspires continuous learning and development at Isentia. She has enhanced the company’s product offering, optimised platforms for growth and capitalised on high-growth markets.

 


 

HR Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Hays Recruitment

 

Mari Ruiz, Chief People and Culture Officer of BankVic

Mari Ruiz

Chief People and Culture Officer
BankVic

BankVic

 

Mari has gone above and beyond in transforming staff culture and engagement at BankVic, through a fresh vision that espouses the highest of values and performance. Through a combination of versatility and forward-thinking commercial acumen, she has redefined the HR role into one that is unique and impactful.

 


 

Marketing Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Online Education

 

Trisca Scott-Branagan, Executive Director, Marketing of Deakin University

Trisca Scott-Branagan

Executive Director, Marketing
Deakin University

Deakin University

 

Trisca spearheaded a major national marketing campaign, repositioning Deakin University as an ambitious and exciting challenger brand. She also introduced new analytical tools and innovations in the digital space.

 


 

Sales Executive of the Year – Joint Winners

Sponsored by

Boardpad logo

 

Andrea Ingham, Director of Sales ANZ of Spotify

Andrea Ingham

Director of Sales ANZ
Spotify

Spotify

 

Andrea has collaborated productively with rival firms, advised and mentored others in her field and overseen industry-leading staff satisfaction ratings at Spotify.

 

Steven Hoyle, Commerical Director of Employsure

Steven Hoyle

Commercial Director
Employsure

Employsure

 

Steven has created and implemented a new sales strategy at Employsure, a company recognised as one of Australia’s fastest-growing and best places to work.

 


 

Young Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Future Circle

 

Sara Kahlau, General Manager, Office of the CEO of iCare

Sara Kahlau

General Manager, Office of the CEO
icare

icare

 

At icare, Sara has driven disruptive change, creating exciting opportunities for collaboration and innovation. She also helped rework and update the customer experience, in the process changing the way people think about the insurance industry.

 


 

Start-Up Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Azure Group

 

Anthony Svirskis, CEO of TRIBE

Anthony Svirskis

CEO
TRIBE

TRIBE

 

Over the past 12 months, Anthony has strengthened TRIBE’s position in Australia, while taking the brand international and increasing revenue by a massive 390%.

 


 

Not for Profit Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Change Makers Rule Breakers

 

Caitlin Pearson, General Manager of Marketing & Engagement for Macarthur Disability Services

Caitlin Pearson

General Manager of Marketing and Engagement
Macarthur Disability Services

Macarthur Disability Services

 

Caitlin has navigated MDS through a massive rebranding, overhauled its customer service strategies and increased fundraising revenue by more than 50%.

 


 

Executive Assistant Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

The EA Circle

 

Simone Koolloos, Executive Assistant to Group CEO for Blackmores

Simone Koolloos

Executive Assistant to Group CEO
Blackmores

Blackmores

 

A hard worker who overcame numerous obstacles by building strong relationships, being flexible and developing a trusted support group, Simone has helped her boss at Blackmores succeed in more ways than one.

 


 

Professional Services Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

JDL Strategies

Scott Stavretis, CEO of Acquire BPO

Scott Stavretis

CEO
Acquire BPO

Acquire BPO

 

Scott is a driven leader who places strong focus on inspiring loyalty and developing human capital. As a result, he secured exceptional long-term growth for Acquire BPO both in Australia and globally.

 


 

Financial Services Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

The CEO Circle

 

Stephen Capello, CEO of BankVic

Stephen Capello

CEO
BankVic

BankVic

 

Stephen has implemented a range of strategies at BankVic that have positively transformed the business, its culture and its values. Under Stephen’s leadership, staff engagement has jumped significantly, digital sales have increased and the customer experience continues to improve.

 


 

Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Sodexo

 

Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia

Ann Sherry AO

Executive Chairman
Carnival Australia

Carnival Australia

 

With determination and a customer-centric attitude, Ann has worked hard to ensure Carnival Australia stays ahead of the competition. Her objective for the past year was further growth, which she has emphatically delivered.

 


 

Energy and Resources Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Grow Super

 

Barry Fitzgerald, CEO of Roy Hill

Barry Fitzgerald

CEO
Roy Hill

Roy Hill

 

Barry’s emphasis on employee empowerment, his welcoming approach to innovation and his exceptional project-planning skills have optimised Roy Hill’s operations in a billion-dollar industry.

 


 

Manufacturing Executive of the Year – Winner

 

Dr Aniss G.E. Chami, CEO of Vitex Pharmaceuticals

Dr Aniss G.E. Chami

CEO
Vitex Pharmaceuticals

Vitex Pharmaceuticals

 

Aniss has worked tirelessly to promote innovation in Australia’s manufacturing industry. He is committed to supporting the local economy. At Vitex Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, he’s proving that profitability and integrity can go hand in hand.

 


 

Building and Construction Executive of the Year – Winner

 

George Boumoussa, CEO and Managing Director of GJ Building and Contracting

George Boumoussa

CEO and Managing Director
GJ Building and Contracting

GJ Building and Contracting

 

George’s buzzwords are: fast, efficient and effective. So, it’s no surprise that by its fourth birthday, GJ Building and Contracting Pty Ltd was already celebrating more than A$50 million worth of projects. And it’s upping the ante to a target of A$200 million within the next year.

 


 

Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year – Winner

In partnership with our charity partner

Sony Foundation Australia

 

Nathan Cheong, Managing Director of BioCeuticals

Nathan Cheong

Managing Director
BioCeuticals

BioCeuticals

 

Under Nathan’s leadership, Bioceuticals achieved its 10-year growth target in less than half that time. Plus, a 100% vote of support for the company’s Enterprise Agreement is further evidence of employee engagement and commitment.

 


 

IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Godfrey Wines

Trent Innes, Managing Director of Xero Australia

Trent Innes

Managing Director
Xero Australia

Xero Australia

By investing in artificial intelligence for higher-order tasks, Trent has potentially done away with mundane data entry altogether. His biggest priority over the past year has been to expand the Xero Australia’s customer base while maintaining a high level of service and a culture of excellence. 

 


 

Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year – Winner

 

Bob Black, CEO/COO of StarTrack / Australia Post

Bob Black

CEO / COO
StarTrack / Australia Post

StarTrack / Australia Post

 

In an industry that is undergoing major disruption, Bob has embraced innovation to help StarTrack and Australia Post thrive and prosper. He has strengthened alliances with key strategic partners and overseen a major change journey.

 


 

 

Retail Executive of the Year – Winner

 

Shelly Sullivan, Founder and CEO of ModelCo

Shelley Sullivan

Founder and CEO
ModelCo

ModelCo

 

With Shelley’s proven star-pulling power, she recently landed a lucrative collaboration contract that will take ModelCo to global heights. In a highly competitive market, her multi-channel marketing and embrace of innovation has driven impressive growth.

 


 

Media Executive of the Year – Winner

Sponsored by

Sky News Business

 

Michael Ebeid

Michael Ebeid

CEO and Managing Director
SBS

SBS

 

By embracing diverse media channels, Michael has managed to grow SBS’s audience share and brand awareness in a highly competitive market.