Finalists Named for CIO Awards

06 March 2016

IDC New Zealand Ltd - 6 May 2016

IDC and Conferenz today announced this year’s finalists in the CIO Awards which recognise individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business.

Winners will be announced at the CIO Awards Gala Dinner on 8 June at the Langham Hotel, Auckland where 750 senior IT professionals will gather to celebrate. The Awards are supported by ClearPoint, Integration Works, Spark, TechnologyOne, The University of Auckland Business School, Unisys and EMC. The 2016 finalists, in 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.
• Craig Bunyan, ANZ Bank
• Tracy Voice, Ministry for Primary Industries
• Winston Fong, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

‘Emerging ICT Leader’ recognises and encourages exceptional ICT talent by professionals under 35 years of age.
• Chris Cunningham, New Zealand Fire Service
• Laura Bell, SafeStack
• Mike Jenkins, The Instillery

‘Executive Team of the Year’ honours exceptional teamwork in deploying business technology that has produced a range of strategic benefits.
• New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA)
• The Instillery

‘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.
• Accelerating Aotearoa
• Gather Workshops
• Plan IT
• The Mind Lab by Unitec
• Vodafone

‘Best ICT Team Culture’ is a new category for 2016, and recognises outstanding team culture within an organisations ICT team. With the industry challenged by skills shortages, fostering an excellent team culture and retaining and nurturing a diverse IT staff can create a competitive advantage for the entire organisation. The aim is to celebrate organisations that recognise this and see recruitment, retention and training top talent as key part of the integral recipe for high performing IT teams.
• ANZ Bank
• The Instillery
• Westpac

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

Ullrich Loeffler, Managing Director of IDC Australia and New Zealand, says “This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the CIO Summit & Awards in New Zealand. This year’s finalists have not just demonstrated excellence in delivering ICT, they have showcased their ability to drive business transformation through innovation, leadership and culture. New Zealand can be proud of the talent on display and we look forward to celebrating the achievements amongst the industry on 8th June.”

The CIO Summit is New Zealand’s premier professional development forum for senior ICT executives. See the full programme and register at // More about the judges can be found at //