The annual Deloitte Top 200 awards have announced the winners at the forefront of the New Zealand business industry as they challenge the tough economic times post-pandemic.
“The awards continue to recognise the depth and range of New Zealand’s business community and their continued agility and ability to turn challenges into opportunities,” says Deloitte Chief Executive Mike Horne.
Celebrating the 33rd year of the Top 200 awards, NZME Head of Business Content, Fran O’Sullivan who is included in the judging panel says that the businesses awarded are a representation of New Zealand business and innovation.
“This year’s winners exhibited true grit and strong business prowess through their ability to adapt to the ever-changing economic landscape, whilst also ensuring leadership was embedded across an organisation empowering their teams to succeed,” says O’Sullivan.
Vulcan Steel, the leading metal distributer of Australasia was awarded the Company of the Year.
Jolie Hodson of New Zealand’s largest telecommunication network, Spark was named the Chief Executive of the Year.
Alongside them, Jim and Rose Delegat, winegrowing pioneers also received the Visionary Leader of the Year award.
“We’ve seen some amazing success stories across New Zealand businesses, with value continuing to grow for shareholders, new ways of working being embraced by employees, and innovative and impactful commitments to communities, sustainability and the environment,” says Judge Jonathan Mason.
Sir Rob McLeod was also acknowledged at the awards for his distinguished business career and contribution to public policy around tax reform and his influential role in Te Tiriti negotiations.
For the judging panel, they add that in 2022 the finalists have been through a challenging year making the Top 200 winners more impressive.
Horne adds that the winners at Top 200 are leading the way for New Zealand’s industry heading into 2023.
“These organisations and individuals are leading the way when it comes to delivering stakeholder value as well incorporating values and practices focused on sustainability and climate, diversity and inclusion, business culture and employee wellbeing,” he says.
“They’ve also found ways to reconnect with a changed world, truly embracing this year’s theme of ‘the world is ours’.”
2022 Deloitte Top 200 Award winners:
Amazon Web Services Company of the Year – Vulcan Steel
ServiceNow Chief Executive of the Year – Jodie Hodson, Spark
Tax Traders Chief Financial Officer of the Year – Phillippa Harford, Infratil
Forsyth Barr Chairperson of the Year – Mark Verbiest, Meridian Energy and Summerset Group Holdings
The Aotearoa Circle Sustainable Business Leadership – KMD Brands
2degrees Best Growth Strategy – Scott Technology
BusinessNZ Most Improved Performance – Fonterra
Meredith Connell Young Executive of the Year – Kate O’Brien, Air New Zealand
Barfoot and Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Leadership – Spark
Hobson Leavy Visionary Leader – Jim and Rose Delegat
Judges’ recognition – Sir Rob McLeod