Adland Sweeps The CEO Magazine Executive Of The Year Awards

Adland Sweeps The CEO Magazine Executive Of The Year Awards
SHARE
THIS



The CEO Magazine has revealed the winners in the fourth annual Executive of the Year Awards hosted by Eddie McGuire, held at the Crown Melbourne last night.

Media executives took out three categories including start-up executive, runner-up CEO of the Year and media executive.

With more than 600 entries, the awards identify the achievements of aspiring and established leaders in 22 categories. The judges examined the business acumen of applicants on their personal achievements, the contribution and differences the individual has made to the company where they work, financial highlights, and new initiatives that they have established.

CEO and Founder of The CEO Magazine Chris Dutton said “The superb business acumen displayed by applicants across all categories is truly inspiring. The winners across all categories are individuals who are working to build the Australian economy. They share those defining attributes of leadership, innovation, and the courage to take risks, and have also shown that they are willing to drive strategic change.”

Runner-Up for CEO of the Year went to Jason Dooris, CEO of Atomic 212. B&T chatted with Dooris recently about Atomic 212’s robot which caught global attention during the Apple iPhone 6S launch. 

In 2014, Atomic 212 chief executive Dooris oversaw the transformation of the agency from a digital-only business into a full service media agency, with competencies across media buying, strategy, digital, search, data and analytics, custom publishing, and content.

In the space of a year, staff numbers, revenue, and profits grew considerably. The agency was the fastest growing media and marketing company in Australia in 2014, and is now the largest independent media agency in Australia. Key client wins from blue-chip brands like Dick Smith, Origin Energy, TAB, Progressive Insurance, Nike, and Think Education have bolstered this success.

The Start-Up Executive of the Year award went to Anurag Chakradhar, founder and CEO, Blrt. A digital marketer with 15 years’ experience, Chakradhar was frustrated with the state of collaboration technology available in the face of the global shift towards distributed teams and freelancing. He invented Blrt – a groundbreaking communications platform that enables meeting-like collaboration to happen in an asynchronous fashion. Blrt lets participants talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites in their own time, and provides a high quality video-like user experience at a fraction of the bandwidth.

Media Executive of the Year was awarded to Luke Littlefield, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network.

Dentsu Aegis Network is a $2.5bn organisation: 3,000+ clients, 1,550 staff, 25 agency businesses with six locations across Australia & New Zealand.  Dentsu Aegis Network is the largest, most diverse and successful marketing and communications business in Australia. Littlefield’s philosophy is one of a collaborative, ‘values based performance culture’. Under his leadership grew turnover, revenue and PBMC at 5.1 per cent, 58.8 per cent and 80.2 per cent respectively.  The business evolved through its founder’s departure, major acquisitions and transitions, emerging as Australia’s largest and leading marketing communications company.

Full list of winners:

  • CEO of the Year: Christine Holgate, CEO of the publicly listed Blackmores Group,
  • Runner-Up for CEO of the Year: Jason Dooris, CEO of Atomic 212.
  • Highly Commended in the CEO of the Year: Vaughn Richtor, CEO of ING DIRECT.
  • Chairperson of the Year: Barbara Yeoh, Board Chair, Monash Health.
  • Runner-Up for Chairperson of the Year: Julien O’Connell, Chairman, Mercy Health.
  • Managing Director of the Year: Andrew Stewart, Managing Director, Australia and Asia Wood Group PSN
  • Runner-Up for Managing Director of the Year: Chris Ridd, Managing Director, Xero Australia
  • CIO of the Year: Ajay Bhatia, Chief Product and Information Officer, Carsales
  • Runner-Up for CIO of the Year: Mandy Ross, CIO, Tatts Group.
  • CFO of the Year: Michael Da Gama Pinto, CFO, Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd.
  • Runner-Up for CFO of the Year: Darren Smith, CFO, Sirtex Medical.
  • HR Executive of the Year: Robyn Batson, Group People & Development Manager, Sportsgirl/Sussan Group
  • Marketing Executive of Year: Michael Howard, Director of Marketing, Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd.
  • Sales Executive of the Year: Matthew Kates, Sales Director ANZ of Zerto
  • Start-Up Executive of the Year: Anurag Chakradhar, Founder and CEO, Blrt
  • Not for Profit Executive of the Year: Louise Baxter, Chief Executive, Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Young Executive of the Year: Adam Schwab, CEO and Co-founder, AussieCommerce Group.
  • The Executive Assistant of the Year: Dimitra Zographos, Executive Assistant to the Executive and Leadership team, Western Union Business Solutions.
  • Financial Services Executive of the Year: Chris Ridd, Managing Director, Xero Australia (cloud-based accounting software
  • Retail Executive of the Year: Michael Ford, CEO, The Good Guys.
  • Innovation and Design Executive of the Year (including Manufacturing): Frank Seeley AM, Executive Chairman, Seeley International Pty Ltd.
  • Construction Executive of the Year: Jonathan Hallinan, Managing Director, BPM.
  • Energy and Resources Executive of the Year: Ian Murray, Executive Chairman, Gold Road Resources Limited.
  • The Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year: Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director, Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.
  • IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year: David Dicker, Chairman and CEO Dicker Data Limited.
  • Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year: David Cade, Global Medical Director, Sirtex Medical.
  • Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year: Kerrie Mather, Managing Director and CEO, Sydney Airport.
  • Media Executive of the Year: Luke Littlefield, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network.

Winners were judged by an expert panel of highly regarded business professionals including Libby Roy,Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, PayPal; James Ajaka, former CEO, Nudie; Ron Santiago, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Europcar; John Karagounis, Managing Director and CEO, The CEO Circle; along with The CEO Magazine’s judges, Chris Dutton, Founder and CEO, and Daniel Di Loreto, Publishing Director.

Latest News

Why Programmatic Needs To Become A Branding Machine
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Opinion
  • Technology

Why Programmatic Needs To Become A Branding Machine

In this opinion piece, Phil Murrell (pictured below), country manager for Australia and New Zealand at Sizmek, argues that programmatic ad spend needs to move up the branding funnel. When I started in digital advertising way back in 2004, we got our media insertion orders via the fax machine. We relied on that machine to […]

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Do Not Disconnect… Why The Telephone Is Still As Relevant For Advertisers As Ever
  • Opinion

Do Not Disconnect… Why The Telephone Is Still As Relevant For Advertisers As Ever

In this guest post, CEO of Delacon, Michael Center (pictured below), argues in favour of something we don’t hear too much a bout these days – the good old fashioned telephone… It’s 142 years since Alexander Graham Bell made his first call on 10 March 1876 to his assistant Thomas Watson, where he uttered the […]

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
An Apology To Salmat’s Karen Lewis
  • Media

An Apology To Salmat’s Karen Lewis

Whoops! B&T's stuffed up and this certainly comes with our sincerest apologies for any offence caused.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Adland Execs To Be Locked Up
  • Media

Adland Execs To Be Locked Up

Continuing adland's fascination with prison when it comes to charitable causes comes this latest trip to the slammer.

Australian Directors’ Guild Announces Mentorship Winners
  • Campaigns
  • Media

Australian Directors’ Guild Announces Mentorship Winners

Now in its second year, the Australian Directors’ Guild’s (ADG) Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship program announced its next round of eight mentoree recipients. The winners were announced at a special event held last night at FINCH, Sydney and attended by members of the screen and advertising industries. Acclaimed director, and ADG President, Samantha Lang, […]

Diversity Case Study Series: OMD
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Media

Diversity Case Study Series: OMD

One need only look at the Cadbury Favourites chocolate selection to know it has nought to do with industry diversity.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Eyeota Deep Dives Into Australian Automotive Purchase Behaviour
  • Media

Eyeota Deep Dives Into Australian Automotive Purchase Behaviour

Eyeota, the global leader in audience data, has today released its latest results on automotive purchase intentions in Australia. The results provide a deep dive into what motivates the buyer and segments those into six different personas.

APN Outdoor Joins The AANA
  • Marketing
  • Media

APN Outdoor Joins The AANA

AANA's annual Christmas dinner and dance got a teensy bit more crowded following this announcement this morning.

QMS Introduces ‘The Lonsdale’ To Melbourne
  • Advertising
  • Media

QMS Introduces ‘The Lonsdale’ To Melbourne

Digital outdoor media company QMS Media has turned on a new premium landmark digital billboard situated in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Delivering a commanding presence at the major intersection of Lonsdale and Russell Streets, ‘The Lonsdale’ offers extended dwell times to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic, impacting more than 2.2 million contacts per month. […]

Portrait of a woman looking through out the blinds. Office worker looking through window blinds
  • Opinion

The Lurking Brand Threats Facing CMOs

Treading on gardening rakes and possible alien abduction notable omissions from this CMO threats piece.

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Women In Media Profile: Susannah George
  • Media

Women In Media Profile: Susannah George

B&T is delighted to profile Urbanlist supremo Susannah George who, we understand, is not related to George Brandis.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Ikon Lands Avis Budget Group Account
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Media

Ikon Lands Avis Budget Group Account

B&T chooses and recommends Avis and John Karandonis shoes. Hang on, that was the end of Sale Of The Century.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Principals Appoints New Creative Director For Melbourne
  • Marketing

Principals Appoints New Creative Director For Melbourne

Branding design agency Principals has announced the appointment of Pip Ireland as its Melbourne creative director. Ireland, who has been freelancing with the agency for the past six months, has previously held roles at Designworks in New Zealand and Melbourne as well as Moon Communications in Sydney. Principals executive creative director Simon Wright said: “We’ve […]

Pureprofile Unveils Next-Level Audience Segmentation Offering With RDA Research
  • Media
  • Technology

Pureprofile Unveils Next-Level Audience Segmentation Offering With RDA Research

Global media and technology company Pureprofile has partnered with RDA Research to enable further audience segmentation across its audience profiles. RDA Research’s geoTribes is a unique classification system that rivals traditional geodemographic approaches by grouping consumers into fifteen ‘tribes’ based on their life stage and socio-economic status. Clients are then able to better understand consumer […]