Air New Zealand
The national flag carrier has been a top performer winning its first award for Company of the Year in 1995, a feat it repeated in 2014. Among a slew of awards, Air NZ has featured as finalist or winner in categories ranging from Best Growth or Corporate Strategy; Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, Excellence or Responsible Governance and Most Improved Performance. Former chairmen John Palmer (2007 and 2009) and Tony Carter (2014) have taken out top honours as Chairpersons of the Year. Three former CEOs: Sir Ralph Norris (2004), Rob Fyfe (2009) and Christopher Luxon (2015) have been Chief Executive of the year and Rob MacDonald was the inaugural Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2015.
Ebos first came onto the honours board in 2009 winning the Best Growth Strategy award which it repeated in 2013. It won Company of the Year in 2015 after being a finalist in three prior years and Most Improved Performance in 2008. Former CEO Mark Waller was Executive of the Year in 2010.
Fisher & Paykel
Fisher & Paykel (F&P) is another two-time winner of Company of the Year in 2004 and 2013. Along the way it has featured in Best Growth or Corporate strategy categories and Most Improved Enterprise. Gary Paykel was honoured as Chairperson of the Year in 2006 for both F&P Appliances and F&P Healthcare. Former F&P Healthcare CEO Michael Daniel was Executive of the Year in 2013.
Fletcher Building/Fletcher Challenge
Fletcher Challenge won Company of the Year in 1997 and as Fletcher Building won in both 2003 and 2006. It also featured in Business Ethics and Excellence in Governance categories. Former CEO Ralph Waters was Chief Executive of the Year in 2003.
Port of Tauranga
A three-time finalist in Company of the Year, the listed ports company has featured in Best Growth and Corporate Strategy categories and Most Improved Performance. CEO Mark Cairns was Executive of the Year in 2012. Steve Gray was Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2017 and David Pilkington is the 2019 Chairperson of the Year.
Ryman Healthcare won Company of the Year in 2012 and has been finalist in the Best Growth Strategy and Most Improved Performance categories. Former CEO Simon Challies was Chief Executive of the Year in 2014.
SkyCity Entertainment Group
SkyCity Entertainment Group was named Company of the Year in 2001 and notched the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership award in 2018. SkyCity has featured in the Best Growth Strategy and is a finalist in Most Improved Performance this year. Chairman Rob Campbell was Chairperson of the Year in 2017
Telecom was Company of the Year 1991 and as Spark a finalist in 2016. It won Best Corporate Strategy in 1994. Telecom's Peter Troughton was Executive of the Year in 1991 and Sir Roderick Deane in 1994.
Former Spark CEO Simon Moutter took out Chief Executive of the Year in 2017.
The Warehouse was Company of the Year in 2000 after twice being a finalist. It also featured in Most Improved Enterprise.
Founder Sir Stephen Tindallwas Executive of the Year in 1998 and Visionary Leader in 2005.
Zespri won Company of the Year in 2018 and previously featured in the Best Growth Strategy and Most Improved Performance categories.
Former Zespri chairman Peter McBride was Chairperson of the Year in 2018.