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Call put out for trailblazers as business awards kick off

Call put out for trailblazers as business awards kick off

“Do you know an inspirational business leader who is helping to transform New Zealand's economy by growing internationally successful companies?”

That’s the pitch from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, who is canvassing for nominations for the 2012 New Zealand International Business Awards.

KPMG is sponsoring the two awards categories: The Emerging International Business Leader and Outstanding International Business Leader awards. Both awards provide an opportunity to recognise the people who are leading the businesses on which New Zealand's future economic success depends, says NZTE chief executive Peter Chrisp.

"New Zealand is not short of amazing people who share an ambition for a thriving economy but when it comes down to it, it's the leaders of our successfully internationalising businesses who are spearheading this charge.

“It's great to be able to provide an opportunity to recognise and share their efforts with the rest of New Zealand," Mr Chrisp says.

KPMG executive chairman Ross Buckley says the company is delighted to be supporting the two leadership awards and acknowledging the difference that visionary business people are making to the country.

"Today's global business environment is fast-paced and challenging. We're looking for nominations of outstanding leaders who cut through the complexity of this environment and in doing so, achieve outstanding results in the world of international business. It is important that they are also willing to share the lessons they've learned along the way," Mr Buckley says.

Nominations are now open and will close on August 19, with the awards ceremony to be held in March 2012. Nomination forms are available on the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise website.