Young Executive of the Year Award

Recognising the leaders of tomorrow

The Young Executive of the Year Award honours a standout individual who is prepared to go beyond perceived limitations to strive for personal and organisation excellence. The award provides an opportunity to recognise young executives from within New Zealand’s largest companies and identify the leaders of tomorrow who will continue to drive our business community forward.

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Entries for the Young Executive of the Year Award can be submitted online by clicking the button below. 
Applications close at 5pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

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Eligibility criteria

Only one application per organisation will be accepted for the Young Executive of the Year Award. Applications must be supported by the Human Resources Leader (or another senior leader) within the candidate’s organisation and contact details for this leader must be supplied to verify details of the submission (if required). 

Candidates for the Young Executive of the Year Award should meet the following requirements:

Be in a role where they actively influence strategy and business growth

Candidates need to be in a role where they can actively influence their company or business unit strategy and provide direction on business growth and opportunities.

Employed by a company placed on the Deloitte Top 200 indices

Candidates must be employed by a company placed on one of the Deloitte Top 200 indices. This includes the Top 200, Top 30 financial institutions or Top 10 Maori business index. The Top 200 indices can be found in the Dynamic Business Publication if you’d like to confirm company eligibility. 

Employed at company for 18 months or more

Candidates should have been employed at their current company for at least 18 months. 

Be aged 40 years or less as at 1 January 2021

Candidates need to be aged 40 years or less as of 1 January 2021 to be eligible for the award. 

Judging process and shortlisting criteria

The Young Executive of the Year Award judging panel undertake a comprehensive review process to select three award finalists and a winner. The shortlisting criteria followed by the judging panel can be found here.


Review of written applications

The judging panel undertakes a comprehensive review of all applications to identify a shortlist of candidates to take through to a panel interview. The shortlisting criteria used by the judging panel can be found here.


Panel interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to participate in a panel interview with the judging panel. Panel interviews will be held at the Deloitte Auckland office on Thursday 30 September 2021 (or virtually depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time).


Award finalists selected

Award finalists will be announced in late October with the winner announced at the Top 200 awards show to be held on Thursday 9 December 2021 in Auckland (if COVID-19 restrictions allow).

For any questions reach out to the Deloitte Top 200 team at