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CIO of the Year: Here are the winners of the 2017 CIO Summit Awards

15 Jun 2017

The CIO Summit Awards recognise individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business.

The winners of this year’s awards were announced at last night’s ceremony at the ANZ Viaduct Events Center in Auckland.

The 2017 CIO Summit Awards winners are:

NZ Emerging ICT Leader of the Year

This award recognises the exceptional ICT Talent of professionals under the age of 35 years.

Winner: Nick Whitehouse, chief digital officer, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts, an Auckland based law firm, aims to be a digitally enabled market disrupter. Whitehouse has been instrumental in making MinterEllisonRuddWatts' vision become a reality, leading several engaging and challenging technology initiatives.

Finalists:

  • Craig Ward, infrastructure manager, Gareth Morgan Investments
  • Saba Tavakolinejad, Transformation Work Stream lead – Technology, Westpac New Zealand

Engaging youth in ICT

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

Winner: Code Avengers

The Code Avengers (CA) program takes a gamified approach to teaching both secondary and tertiary students how to code.

Finalists

  • Air New Zealand
  • MYOB
  • Snapper Services

Best ICT team culture

This award recognises outstanding team culture within an organisation’s ICT team.

Winner: BNZ

Finalists

  • Inland Revenue
  • The Instillery
  • Valocity

Business transformation through Digital and IT

This award recognises organisations that have used disruptive technology to innovate and transform their business.

Winner: Valocity

Finalists

  • Fletcher Building
  • Westpac New Zealand

CIO of the Year 2017

New Zealand’s CIO of the Year has demonstrated how they have positioned the role of CIO strategically and delivered innovation and success that have contributed to their organisation’s overall business strategy.

Winner: Richard Kay, CIO, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Finalists:

  • Chris Buxton, CDO, Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
  • David Kennedy, Group CIO, Transaction Services Group
  • Quin Carver, CIO – GM Information Strategy & Delivery, Land Information NZ

Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand

This award is given to a high-profile business person from a public or private company whose contribution to IT has significantly impacted the greater New Zealand or global business community over the course of their career.

RecipientClaudia Batten

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