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Executive of the Year Awards: Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to enter The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards but need a little more information to get started? All the answers to your burning questions are right here.

Executive of the Year Awards Frequently Asked Questions

General information

Why should I enter?

As well as recognition, exposure, an opportunity to network with the leading players in Australian business and a celebration thrown in your honour, winners across the business awards categories receive an elegant trophy and media coverage from The CEO Magazine and other outlets.

The winners of the CEO of the Year Awards will make the cover of The CEO Magazine ANZ’s Executive of The Year Awards Special Issue and will be invited to join the judging panel at the following year’s awards.

View our full list of categories for the 2022 Executive of the Year Awards.

About the Application Process

What are the categories this year?

This year we have categories covering CEO of the Year with $0-100 million turnover, CEO of the Year with +$100 million turnover, Managing Director of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Executive of the Year, StartUp Executive of the Year and Not-for-Profit Executive of the Year.

Where can I find the full list of categories?

You’ll find the full list here. There are seven categories you could be eligible for.

What are the criterias for the categories?

You’ll find the full list of criterias here for all the categories.

When do applications officially open?

The applications for the 2022 Executive of the Year Awards are now open. You can apply here.

Does it cost anything to apply for an award?

No – it’s free to enter!

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes – as long as you are applicable via our criteria, you are able to enter multiple categories.

What is the application process?

Each applicant is required to film a short video for their official application. For each category we have provided questions for you to answer within your video submission.

What are some tips to consider when filming my applications?

  1. Keep your video to a maximum of five minutes.
  2. Tell us who you are and what you do.
  3. Show rather than tell. Use concrete examples – feel free to provide headline financials in your submission.
  4. Give your audience some face time! Speaking directly to the camera / ‘audience’ makes your submission more personal and gives a face to your campaign.
  5. Make sure we can hear you. Good audio is key. Take your video (or any audio recording) in a quiet space and try to eliminate white noise and static by using the controls in your video editor. If anything is at all unclear, consider using subtitles.
  6. Have a great opening. Make sure to get the judges’ attention from the very beginning of your video.

When should I complete the application by?

The application closing date is 29 July 2022. We recommend that when you start your application, you have everything you need to finish it in one sitting.

Do I have to answer all the questions on the application?

We have provided guiding questions for you to use when applying. The judges score your application based on each individual response to the questions you have answered, so it is important that you consider each question carefully and provide a detailed response.

Why do you need company financials?

Only those applying for the CEO of the Year award are required to address turnover. Company finances are used to categorise the sub-categories for the CEO of the Year award – A$0–100 million and +A$100 million. The judges will use these figures as part of the review process. All disclosed financials are kept strictly confidential.

I was a finalist in a previous year, can I enter again?

Yes, applicants from previous years, including finalists and winners, may re-enter.

The application process asks for a photo of me. What sort of photo do I need to upload?

We’ll need a professional headshot to use in the event of the individual applicant becoming a finalist or winner. Files should be at least 1MB.

Can I win more than one award?

Yes! If you apply for more than one category, it is possible to win multiple categories, and this has happened in previous years.

How will I be contacted if I’m a finalist?

If you are a finalist, you will be notified via the email address and phone number provided on your application form.

When are the finalists announced?

Finalists will be announced on 16 September 2022. The list of finalists will also be published in the October 2022 ANZ digital edition of the magazine, and on our website.

When are the winners announced?

Winners are announced at the Executive of the Year Awards presentation ceremony in Sydney, early November 2022.

The Awards Ceremony

Where are the awards being hosted this year?

The Awards will return for its 11th year in 2022 as a black-tie event, hosted at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Wednesday 9th November.

Can I attend the awards night if I’m not a finalist?

Absolutely! Tickets will be made available later in 2022.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets will be available to purchase via our website.

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