2023 Finalists

We’re delighted to announce the 2023 Deloitte Top 200 award finalists. The winners will be announced at the Top 200 awards and gala dinner on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. More information about the Top 200 awards and gala dinner can be found here.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Company of the Year

The Company of the Year award recognises the best organisational performance from the previous year. Judging criteria includes the latest financial measures, as well as non-financial and other qualitative measures of organisational performance, such as corporate reputation, approach to environmental management and others.


Infratil Limited, established in 1994, is a global infrastructure investment company based in New Zealand. With a focus on renewables, digital infrastructure, healthcare, and airports, Infratil aims to create long-term shareholder value. With assets exceeding NZ$10 billion, it operates in multiple regions and targets returns of 11-15% p.a.

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Tourism Holdings

Tourism Holdings (thl) is a leading global tourism operator and the world’s largest RV rental company. Following the merger with Apollo Tourism & Leisure, thl now offers multinational RV manufacturing, rental, and retail services. In addition, thl operates tourism adventures, travel technology, and commercial vehicle manufacturing.

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Xero is a renowned global small business platform with 3.7 million subscribers. They provide essential accounting and payroll services, along with a vast ecosystem of connected apps and financial institution integrations. Excelling in gender equality and sustainability, Xero is listed on the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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ServiceNow Chief Executive of the Year

The Chief Executive of the Year award recognises the best executive performance from the previous year. Judging criteria includes the performance of the winner’s organisation and the extent to which they have contributed to that performance and the current strategy. Also important is the regard in which the winner is held by peers.

Grant Webster
Tourism Holdings

Grant, CEO since 2008 and Managing Director (Auckland) from 2022, offers vast industry expertise. With leadership roles in tourism, hospitality, gaming, and retail, Grant served on the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Board, including as chair and deputy. He also contributes to Les Mills Holdings NZ’s Board. gfjgfjgfngjfngjfngfjgfjgnfggjfngfjngfjngfjngjfgnf

Simon Limmer
Silver Fern Farms

Simon is the Chief Executive of Silver Fern Farms Ltd since March 2018. He has a profound connection with the NZ Primary sector, food manufacturing, and service sectors. Simon brings over a decade of experience from Zespri International, a global leader in kiwifruit marketing, and 16 years from Veolia, a French multinational in water, waste management, and energy services.

Vittoria Shortt
ASB Bank

Vittoria, ASB’s CEO since 2018, drives social, environmental, and financial progress for New Zealanders. Leading 5,900+ employees, she champions a resilient and sustainable Aotearoa. As Chair of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, and a member of Global Women and Chief Executive Women, she advocates for diversity, inclusion, and women’s mentorship.

Tax Traders Chief Financial Officer of the Year

The Chief Financial Officer of the Year award recognises a CFO whose performance from the previous year has been outstanding. The award aims to highlight and honour a CFO whose influence and stewardship of their organisation’s financials and stakeholders has resulted in value and success for their company’s shareholders.

Kirsty Godfrey-Billy

Kirsty has been a member of the Xero Leadership team for over 7 years, and as CFO leads the global financial team to drive successful financial outcomes, actively manage the group’s financial performance, optimise the business’s capital structure, and communicate the group’s strategic and financial priorities to stakeholders & investors. gfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgfgnjknfjkndjklfnjdsnfkjdsbnkjfdsbgjkbdsgjkdsbjkgndjsvkndsjkvndjskvndsjvndslvndjklsnjvndjsnvldkvdnvjd

Mark Fleming

With over 25 years’ experience in senior financial roles, Mark plays an increasingly prominent role in Beca’s aspirations to grow its client base and service delivery across the wider Asia-Pacific market. He provides strategic financial planning advice to the board and executive leadership, direction to Beca’s finance team, and nurtures relationships with various stakeholders. Joining Beca in 1999, Mark undertook a number of finance positions and stepped in as Beca’s Chief Financial Officer in 2016.

Mike Roan

Mike Roan was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2019. Mike originally joined Meridian in 2006 as a Strategy Analyst before moving into the wholesale side of the business in 2009. Before joining Meridian, Mike lived in the United States where he worked in a number of energy trading roles. fnkjdgdkgbjkdbgkjdbgkjdbgdkgbkdbgkdgbdkgbdkgbkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgkdbgdkbgkdbg sgnfjgnjdfgnfkgnjfngjfngjfngfjgn

Forsyth Barr Chairperson of the Year

Chairperson of the Year is awarded to the top board performer from the previous year. The judging criteria include the performance of the organisation(s) and the extent to which the winner has contributed to the performance of the board(s) they chair. Judges will also consider the regard in which the winner is held by peers. 

David Carter

David, an engineer by training, became Beca Group’s Executive Chair in 2017, following 30 years with the company. He leads strategic direction, promotes professional excellence, and empowers Beca’s employees. David, a father of three, is also a director at Meridian Energy and chairs The University of Auckland Foundation and The Aotearoa Circle as a Guardian.

Rob Hewett
Silver Fern Farms

Rob’s governance expertise covers a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, exporting, renewable energy, and retailing. He has governed diverse company structures, from NZX-listed entities to farmer-owned co-operatives, private company iwi joint ventures, and charitable trusts. His experience extends to both New Zealand and Australia. gbfgbfhgbfh

Scott St John
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Scott, Chair of Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, also serves as a Director for ANZ New Zealand Bank, Mercury, the NEXT Foundation, and Fonterra Cooperative Group. Previously CEO of Jarden, he held notable positions including Chancellor of the University of Auckland and Chairman of the Securities Industries Association. gfjkgnfjkgnjfngjfngjnfjgnfjgnfjgnjfgnfjgnfjgngjfgnf

Sustainability Leadership

The Sustainability Leadership award highlights businesses that are working towards creation of long term environmental, social and economic value. The judging criteria considers governance, long-term perspective, integration of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) considerations and projects to support sustainable development.

Contact Energy

Contact focuses on a greener, more sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand, leading decarbonisation efforts. As an energy generator and retailer, they have over $1.2 billion invested in renewable generation projects, including geothermal, wind, solar, and batteries. Their dedication to sustainability is evident in their Dow Jones Sustainability™ Asia Pacific Index inclusion and “A” rating in Forsyth Barr’s Carbon and ESG Ratings for NZ companies.

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KMD Brands

KMD Brands is a global outdoor, lifestyle and sports company, consisting of three iconic brands: Kathmandu, Rip Curl and Oboz. Originally born in 1987 under the Kathmandu brand, the company rebranded to KMD Brands in 2022 as part of its transformation to a global multi-channel business. gfbgjfbghfbghfbghfbghfbgfhgbfhgbfhgbfhbghfbghfbghfbghfbghbfhgbfhgbfhgbfhbgfhbghfb

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Mercury generates 100% renewable electricity from hydro, geothermal, and wind sources. They also provide electricity, gas, broadband, and mobile services. Their generation sites span the Waikato River, Central Plateau, Manawatu, South Taranaki, Otago, and Southland. Listed on NZX and ASX as ‘MCY’, the company is majority-owned by the New Zealand Government. rfhgbfhgbfhgbhfbghfhgfhbghfbgf

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2degrees Best Growth Strategy

The Best Growth Strategy award recognises an organisation’s outstanding growth performance. Criteria include the revenue and profit growth of the past year. Other factors may include if the growth appears to be sustainable, if it is based on international business expansion, and the short and long-term advantages of growth for the organisation.


Comvita (NZX:CVT) was founded in 1974, with a purpose to work in harmony with bees and nature in Aotearoa New Zealand to heal and protect the world.  With a team of 650+ people globally, united with more than 1.6 billion bees, they are the global market leader in Manuka honey and bee consumer goods. gfnjgfnjgjfgnjfgnjfgnfjgnjfgnjfggnfjgnfjgnfjgnjfgnf

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Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank, a 100% New Zealand bank established in 1875, offers specialist banking services for businesses, rural areas, and households. With a focus on digital platforms, Heartland provides savings products, home loans, business loans, and more. Parent company, Heartland Group, operates in Australia and New Zealand, listed on NZX/ASX (HGH) with a NZ$1 billion market cap.

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Scales Corporation

Scales Corporation is a diversified agribusiness group. It comprises three operating divisions: Global Proteins, Horticulture and Logistics. The company’s diverse spread of activities gives Scales broad exposure to the agribusiness sector. Founded in 1897 as a shipping business, Scales Corporation now has operations across New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

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BusinessNZ Most Improved Performance

The Most Improved Performance award recognises an outstanding change in business performance. The judges look at the relative improvement in all performance indicators over the previous year, the source of the improvement, and other ways the organisation has changed in the past year and the impact of these changes.

Port of Auckland

Port of Auckland, Tamaki Herenga Waka, is a vital link for goods and trade, evolving alongside Auckland’s growth. As NZ’s largest import port, it employs 750+ people and supports Pacific Island trade and cruise activities. It strives for sustainable profitability, customer focus, and employee well-being. Notably, they commissioned the world’s first emissions-free electric tugboat. ggggggggggggggggg ghjghgjhjghjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjgfgfgffgfgfggfgfgfgfgfgfhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjhjjh

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Sky TV

Sky is a leading entertainment company dedicated to connecting New Zealanders to the sport and stories they love including sport, movies, shows, documentaries and news. Sky aims to meet New Zealanders with superb sport and entertainment content wherever they are – be it watching via the Sky Box, free-to-air on Sky Open, streaming on Sky Sport Now or Neon or through our partners. Our unrivalled content offer, multi-platform approach and 100% coverage across the country is what sets Sky apart. Since 1990, Sky has transformed TV in New Zealand, while providing support to sporting codes and showcasing New Zealand’s creative talent.

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Westland Dairy

Westland is a leading NZ dairy processor, creating jobs for over 1,500 individuals and driving the regional economy. With a rich history of over 150 years, they produce high-quality butter, dairy powders, and specialist nutritional products. Westland’s premium range combines innovation and tradition to provide nourishment to customers. gfgfgjfngjfngjfngjfngjfngjfnggfgf d jgjdgndjgnjdgnjdngjdngjdngjdnghfhfhfhfhfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffh

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University of Auckland Business School
Young Executive of the Year

The Young Executive of the Year award recognises standout individuals who are prepared to go beyond perceived limitations and strive for personal and organisational excellence. The award provides an opportunity to celebrate young executives’ roles in influencing, growing and providing strategy and direction.

Carolyn Adams

Carolyn’s media career spans New Zealand Magazines and NZME, where she excelled in marketing, circulation, and digital subscriptions, notably for the New Zealand Herald. Launching and expanding the NZ Herald Premium digital subscription platform is a significant achievement, boasting over 123,000 digital-only subscribers. She currently serves as NZME’s GM of Subscriber Revenue, overseeing digital subscriptions revenue, strategy, marketing, and customer engagement.

Mari Hunter
The Co-operative Bank

Mari, Head of Enterprise Change at The Co-operative Bank, is an empathetic and driven leader who fosters strong relationships and empowers others. Her focus is on enhancing enterprise delivery and change management to implement the #BankBetter strategy, benefiting New Zealanders. Additionally, Mari is a qualified CrossFit and Olympic Lifting Coach and Athlete, supporting and inspiring others in their fitness journeys. ghnjgdnjgndjgndjgnjdngdgjndjgdnjgndgjdng

Penny Dell
ANZ Bank

Penny heads the Treasury function at ANZ, the largest bank in New Zealand. Since 2021, her responsibilities cover funding, balance sheet, liquidity, and capital management. She manages crucial stakeholder relationships, including regulators, credit rating agencies, and debt investors. Penny has been with ANZ since 2005, holding various roles in financial markets and treasury. She has also served as a director for the bank’s subsidiary companies. gnjdgnjdgndjgndjngjdnjgndjgjdnjgnd

Barfoot & Thompson Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership award was first introduced in 2014. This award honours an organisation that has identified and addressed specific diversity and inclusion challenges or opportunities with an innovative solution. The success of this initiative will be evident in the business outcomes.


Chorus, New Zealand’s main open-access internet infrastructure provider, maintains and expands the fibre and copper networks that connect homes and businesses. Serving over 90 competing phone and broadband retailers, their reliable, high-speed broadband enables people, communities, and businesses to access endless opportunities. Chorus fosters a diverse, inclusive culture, making genuine connections with people. gndjgnjdgndjgndgjndjgndjgndngjdngjdngjdngjdgndjgnjdngjdnggndjgndjngjdgndjgndjgnd

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Mercury generates 100% renewable electricity from hydro, geothermal, and wind sources. They also provide electricity, gas, broadband, and mobile services. Operating at multiple sites in the Waikato, Central Plateau, Manawatu, South Taranaki, Otago, and Southland, they are listed on the NZX and ASX as ‘MCY’, with majority ownership by the NZ Government. gndjgndjgndjgndjngjdgndjngjdngjdngjdngjdngjdngjdngjdngjdngdjgnjdngjdngdjgndngdjgndjgndjgnjdgndjngdjgndjgndjgndjgndjngjd

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NZME is a prominent New Zealand media company, reaching 3.5 million people through radio, publishing, and digital platforms. With 36 offices and 1300+ employees, it owns popular radio brands like Newstalk ZB, a thriving digital audio platform iHeartRadio, and a top podcast network. Its publishing business, including NZ Herald and BusinessDesk, has 218k+ subscribers, and it also hosts the expanding real estate platform OneRoof. ghhghghghgjjfjfjdkdkdhgngmjgndkdkgngnkddjdkgngkdkn gjgndjlgnjkdsngjksndjgndjgdnsjk

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Hobson Leavy Visionary Leader

The recipient of this award will not necessarily be associated with a Top 200 company or, in fact, any company at all. They will be someone in the business world or whose work is of importance to the business community. The winner of the award will have taken a visionary position and leads by example.

To be announced on 6 December 2023.