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“Cream of the crop” – NZ CIO Awards finalists named

23 May 2018

The annual CIO Awards is approaching in June with the finalists of each category now officially announced.

The awards are designed to acknowledge individuals and teams that have displayed leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to the digital transformation of both ICT and business functions.

Finalists are interviewed by independent judges that include Foodstuffs North Island CIO Peter Muggleston, last year’s CIO of the Year and NZTE CIO Richard Kay, and University of Auckland Business School professor  of information services Michael Myers.

IDC New Zealand country manager Peter Wise says the finalists represent ‘the cream of the crop’ among digital leadership in New Zealand business.

“The CIO role is evolving rapidly and these awards play an important role is showcasing the transformative work that is being done,” says Wise.

“They are driving outcomes for the country as a whole, so we congratulate each finalist and wish them all the very best. The digital transformation of New Zealand’s product and service offerings relies on the success of these individuals and their teams.”

The 2018 finalists across five categories are:

CIO of the Year

For demonstrating innovation and success in the past 12 months that reinforces the transformational role of the CIO in supporting their company's overall business strategy.

Finalists:

  • Avi Golan, Chief Digital Officer, Air New Zealand
  • Chris Buxton, CDO, Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
  • David Scullin, CIO, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Roger Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Auckland Transport

Emerging ICT Leader

Recognises and encourages exceptional ICT talent by professionals under 35 years of age.

Finalists:

  • Josh Warman, Chief Customer Officer, Spectrum Consulting
  • Rohan Aggrawal, Head of Digital and Technology Solutions, AMP Financial Services NZ
  • Staci Scott, Digital Product Manager, The Warehouse Group

Engaging Youth in ICT

Showcases outstanding initiatives by private enterprise, public sector or academic institutions that encourage young people to learn about and pursue careers in information technology.

Finalists:

  • MindKits
  • MYOB
  • NZTech

Best ICT Team Culture

Recognises outstanding team culture within an organisation’s ICT team where fostering team culture, retaining and nurturing a diverse IT staff has created a competitive advantage for the entire organisation.

Finalists:

  • Air New Zealand
  • eStar Online
  • Fraedom
  • The Instillery

Business Transformation through Digital and ICT

Honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a Business Transformation initiative or initiatives through the use of digital and disruptive technologies. By using technology to innovate and transform their business they have produced a range of benefits for the organisation.

Finalists:

  • Abano Healthcare Group
  • Auckland Transport
  • Fulton Hogan
  • New Zealand Inland Revenue

The recipient of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to ICT in New Zealand’ award will also be named at the Awards dinner.

This award is given to a high profile business person from a public or private company whose contribution has significantly and uniquely impacted the greater New Zealand or global business community in an information technology sense over the course of his or her career.

The Awards are supported by Dell EMC, ClearPoint, Halo Consulting, Juniper, Sharp, TechnologyOne and The University of Auckland Business School.

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