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Meet the judging panel for the 2022 Executive of the Year Awards

As this year's line-up of judges continues to be announced, we reveal the phenomenal business leaders who are ready to celebrate yet another extraordinary year in the world of business.

Executive of the Year Awards 2022

Faced with the difficult task of filtering through all the finalists to agree on one winner in each category, every judge is a well-respected expert within their industry. Stay tuned as we continue to expand our panel of dedicated professionals from across different sectors.

Chris Dutton


The CEO Magazine

Executive of the Year Awards

Chris Dutton has been a true entrepreneur and visionary in the media industry since emigrating from the UK in 2005.

The epitome of a start-up success story, Chris founded his award-winning company upon arrival in Australia with A$50 working from his spare bedroom, and has grown it with undoubted success into a truly iconic global brand. Whilst The CEO Magazine was founded in Australia, Chris expanded the publication into Europe, India and South East Asia, and the US, and it is now widely recognised as one of the most influential business magazines in the world; The CEO Magazine talks to more CEOs than any other magazine globally.

Chris has been invited to Sir Richard Branson’s private home, Necker Island, on numerous occasions and he is passionate about giving back and positive change through his role as an ambassador for the Children’s Cancer Institute to help find a cure for cancer in children.

Anna Dutton

Co-Founder & Executive Director

The CEO Magazine

Executive of the Year Awards

With a decade of marketing expertise and a degree in Print Media Management, Anna Dutton co-founded Bean Media Group in July 2007.

Starting out with industry titles in the ‘Australia’s Best’ series, Anna went on to play a crucial role in successfully launching The CEO Magazine in 2011, which is now a leading international business publication with editions in Australia and New Zealand; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Asia; India and South Asia; North America; and China. Anna has made it her mission to encourage gender equality across the business and media landscapes.

Through her role as Co-Founder and Executive Director, Anna’s passion to inspire and connect people aligns with the overarching aim to provide a thriving global media brand that continues to impact and influence the corporate world.

David Jepson


The CEO Magazine

Executive of the Year Awards

David Jepson has many years of experience leading fast-growing international organisations with a focus on sales, high performance and innovation. He has set up and run businesses on four continents and has helped to build one of the world’s most high-profile and respected media brands. David has served in a number of different management roles during his time with The CEO Magazine, working his way up from an entry-level sales position to becoming CEO at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

John Karagounis

Managing Director & CEO

The CEO Circle

Executive of the Year Awards

Celebrated author, keynote speak, thought leader and CEO of The CEO Circle are just some of John’s many hats. Engaging with the world’s brightest minds at confidential and highly exclusive forums, the executive connects with like-minded business leaders, striving for greater change. More than two decades after he found his niche in private wealth management, John brings a wealth of wisdom as the Executive of the Year Award’s longest-standing judge.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney, Wednesday 9th November.

All your burning questions about the Awards can be answered here while the full list of categories for 2022 can be found here.

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