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PM’s scholarship winners to take off for global education

Thirteen Kiwi bosses will be winging their way to business schools around the globe after winning this year’s Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.

Among them are Sue Bradley, the industrial operations manager for BECA; Les Mills World of Fitness China strategic project lead Quinn Lucas; Aranz Geo CEO Shaun Maloney; and Fisher and Paykel Finance CFO Rhys Clark.

Maloney (pictured) will put his scholarship to use at Harvard and London business schools, taking courses on innovation, emerging markets, strategy for value creation and global business leadership.

“Over the past few years Aranz Geo has established a real global footprint. We now sell software to over 50 countries.”

Aranz Geo develops Leapfrog 3D geological modelling solutions for mining, hydrogeology and geothermal industries and Maloney has been chief executive for nearly three years.

Bradley will use her scholarship to attend the transition to general management programme at INSEAD, which covers business foundations and leadership development. She’s held senior project manager and operations manager roles at Beca for the past 10 years, where one of her biggest tasks has been project managing the new brewery and beverage facility for Lion Breweries in South Auckland. She’s also held management roles for projects in the UK and China.

Another recipient, Carl Beck, the vice president of sales, marketing and customer support for sensor-based air quality instruments maker Aeroqual, is applying for the Stanford Executive Programme at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Aeroqual sells in over 50 countries in Asia, the middle East and Latin America.

Other recipients are Christchurch’s Graham Dockrill, director and co-owner of Hairy Lemon Web Solutions, Ingham Enterprises national sales manager Jonathan Gray, based in Tauranga, Te Arawa Group Holdings CFO Colleen Neville, Healthcare Holdings specialist advisor Anton Venter, Silver Fern Farms pharmaceuticals business manager Paul Donohoe, Andrew Tapper the CEO of Lumino The Dentists, owed by Abano Healthcare Group, and Higgins Contractors’ Grant Higgins.

Dockrill will attend four courses at the Harvard Business School: Authentic Leadership Development, Aligning Strategy and Sales, Leadership Best Practices and Launching New Ventures.

Venter will attend Columbia University for the Global Executive MBA programme.

51 people have been awarded Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships since 2010.

The study programmes range from four weeks to 20 months and recipients receive an average of $47,000 to cover half the cost of their course and expenses.

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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