The 2018 New Zealand CFO Summit & Awards are back this March in Auckland with finalists in the four categories announced to battle it out for the top financial accolades in the country.

Event Manager, Nadia Isaacs said this year saw a record number of nominations, the most since the awards began, establishing the summit and awards as New Zealand’s premier CFO event.

This year’s categories and finalists are:

CFO of the Year
Jennifer Whooley (Stride)
Keith Longden (University of Canterbury)
Stewart Brooks (NZ Super Fund).

Finance Team of the Year
Air New Zealand
Datacom
Genesis Energy
KiwiRail
Spark.

Financial Innovation Project of the Year
Air New Zealand
New Zealand National Fieldays Society
Watercare.

Emerging Financial Manager of the Year
Leon Delowe (Westpac NZ)
Hannah Howard (My Food Bag)
Chris Argyle (ANZ).

The summit is designed with all CFOs and senior finance executives in mind and is a key opportunity for finance leaders across all industry sectors to examine issues and share insights and best practice.

Last year, 300 finance industry leaders attended the summit. The event was capped off by a sell-out CFO Awards dinner attended by over 380 people with Chorus’ Andrew Carroll taking out the 2017 CFO of the Year title.

This year’s summit will focus on the evolving nature of a CFO, and explore the need for CFOs to not only look after the books but to also be an inspiring strategic, future-focused thinker.

Organisers have drawn a large number of international keynote speakers for 2018 from a variety of industries including retail, management consultants, accounting and healthcare as well as Theresa Gattung, from My Food Bag. Topics to be covered are wide-ranging but important for all business leaders and will include: exploring innovations in technology; trends and strategies in global macroeconomics in a turbulent market; how to future proof leaders; and looking at growth, performance and strategic transformation.

The event is managed by Stuff and Conferenz. For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.