2018 CIO Awards winners revealed

Published on the 14/06/2018 | Written by Newsdesk

The winners have been announced at a glittering gala dinner, recognising leadership, innovation and foresight in New Zealand ICT and business…

Held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre in front of a record attendance of 950 senior IT professionals, the 2018 CIO Awards celebrated the best of the best in New Zealand technology.

The two biggest wins of the night went to Avi Golan, Chief Digital Officer at Air New Zealand named as CIO of the Year, and Ian Taylor named for his outstanding contribution to business and technology in New Zealand.

“The high standard of entries reflects the growing importance of ICT in the delivery of business and digital strategies,” says Peter Wise, Country Manager of IDC New Zealand.

“The examples that the winners set in driving business transformation initiatives in their organisations demonstrate to all in the industry what is possible when leadership is combined with a culture of innovation and change.”

So without further ado, the winners of this year’s CIO Awards are as follows:

CIO of the Year 2018 – Sponsored by Technology One
WINNER: Avi Golan, Chief Digital Officer, Air New Zealand

Avi Golan Media Wall


Chris Buxton, CDO, Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
David Scullin, CIO, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Roger Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Auckland Transport

Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand – Sponsored by Sharp

Recipient – Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor Media Wall

NZ Emerging ICT Leader of the Year 2018 – Sponsored by University of Auckland Business School

WINNER: Rohan Aggrawal, Head of Digital and Technology Solutions, AMP Financial Services NZ

Rohan Aggrawal


Josh Warman, Chief Customer Officer, Spectrum Consulting
Staci Scott, Digital Product Manager, The Warehouse Group

Engaging Youth in ICT – Sponsored by Juniper Networks

WINNER: TechWomen




Best ICT Team Culture – Sponsored by Halo Consulting

WINNER: Fraedom


FINALISTS: Air New Zealand, eStar, The Instillery

Business Transformation through Digital and ICT – Sponsored by ClearPoint

WINNER: Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport

FINALISTS: Abano Healthcare Group, Fulton Hogan, New Zealand Inland Revenue

“The high standard of entries reflects the growing importance of ICT in the delivery of business and digital strategies.”

The CIO Summit is New Zealand’s premier professional development forum for senior ICT executives. The Awards were supported by Dell EMC, ClearPoint, Halo Consulting, Sharp, TechnologyOne, The University of Auckland Business School and Juniper Networks.

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