2018 NZ CEO Summit

Leading change, culture and strategy to thrive in the digital era



Registration and Coffee
Mihimihi and opening remarks from the Chair
Craig Donaldson, CEO, Kea New Zealand
Opening keynote: The entrepreneurial ‘X factor’ – the secret behind Tadaweb’s success

Genna Elvin is a successful Kiwi entrepreneur and co-founder of Tadaweb, a European tech startup that has changed the way humans interact with the web. Genna shares insights into developing a tech start-up in the European market and insights into the future tech environment.

  • The strategy for success in scalability and the importance of product market fit – why the ‘Swiss army knife’ approach is a poor solution
  • Developing technology in international markets
  • Integrating automation and AI as a business solution
Genna Elvin, Co-founder, Tadaweb
What it takes to change the world: A plan, a product, a vision and a visionary

Entrepreneur Wendy Pye is a founder of one of the world’s most successful education companies and is changing the way children learn and think. Pye delivers insights into how she has made her vision a reality and has transformed her business to harness the power of new technologies.

  • The importance of thinking big and finding partners who share your vision

  • Leveraging technological development to achieve the impossible – the ‘Supereader story’

Dame Wendy Pye, CEO, Wendy Pye Publishing
Table challenge I
Morning break
The future of business is global – leveraging the global network

Brett O’Riley was at the helm of ATEED for over 5 years, driving innovation and strategic partnerships to guide Auckland toward the future and is now helping business thrive in a digital world. O’Riley reflects on how NZ relates to the rest of the world and the leverage opportunities. He will discuss the importance of building global partnerships to succeed in the future business world, whether your business is focused on the New Zealand or international markets.

  • Why developing international partnerships will future-proof your business - investigating old and new business models for achieving this
  • Creating organisational culture to support international relations
  • Applying the principle of kohtahitanga to international partnerships
Brett O'Riley, Managing Director , OCGL, Connecting people and projecting ideas
Panel: Investing in your people – reaping the rewards of an employee-centric organisation
  • Communicating the value of a ‘people first’ culture in your executive leadership team to cultivate resilience and create a thriving culture
  • Developing the ‘why’ of your business – why purpose matters to engage employees and foster loyalty
  • Creating an environment to foster thriving people and innovation – enabling curiosity, experimentation and a culture of trust
  • Investing in diversity of thought in your organisation and driving this in senior leadership teams
Mark Averill, Chief Executive Officer, PWC
Craig Hudson, Country Manager, Xero
Darren Linton, Chief Executive Officer, Yellow
David Coombes, Managing Director - New Zealand, Flight Centre Travel Group
Amanda Santos, CEO, Tekron
Alison Andrew, Chief Executive, Transpower
Facilitator: Mele Wendt, Board Director and Consultant, Mele Wendt Consulting
Table Challenge II
Inspiring collaboration on an international stage – science, sustainability and success

Peter Beggs is a leader to teams performing in one of the most challenging environments on the planet. His role sees the development of science and innovation that reflects New Zealand’s role in the world stage leading sustainable business and changing paradigms around environmental sustainability.

  • Understanding the challenges of inspiring performance in a high-risk environment – inspiring initiative and proactivity
  • “You don’t have to be big to be powerful” - Understanding New Zealand’s competitive advantage and role on the world stage for leading conversations on science and sustainability
  • The true value of collaboration – facilitating partnerships to advance New Zealand Inc.
Peter Beggs, Chief Executive, Antarctica New Zealand
Learning from the success of the Māori economy and the key to future-proofing business

The Māori economy is estimated to be worth $50 billion and is an important part of New Zealand’s GDP and its success in global markets. The Tikanga, or Māori approach to business, ensures sustainability of both business and environment. 

  • Why business and culture are inseparable to develop sustainable success
  • Delving into the success of the Māori economy – values to embody and opportunities to partner with Māori business
  • Intergenerational investment – why a sustainable business model relies on good succession planning
Peter Johnston, Chairman of Partners , Rainey Collins Lawyers
Teresa Tepania-Ashton, CEO, Māori Women’s Development Incorporated
Table Challenge III
Afternoon break
Finding your purpose in the digital world – embracing global trends and accelerated change

In his role as CEO to more than a dozen marketing service companies, including Colsenso BBDO, Porter Novelli and BrandWorld, Jim has seen first-hand the impact that global trends have in shaping the New Zealand business environment.

  • Be prepared: the five macro consumer and cultural trends that are impacting the NZ business environment
  • Developing your sense of purpose, why this is an integral part of growing your global business
  • How successful companies are adapting and embracing accelerated change
Jim Moser, Chief Executive, Clemenger Group New Zealand & Chairman, BBDO Melbourne
Keynote: ‘An all-weather leader’: Surviving and thriving in globalised markets

Toni Brendish brings years of experience leading companies within the primary sector across the globe, giving insight into the importance of resilience as a leader, particularly in times of crisis. She shares her story leading in times of high pressure and the importance of balancing insight and information to give competitive edge on the world stage.

  • The secret to competitive success: insight versus information and the application of this theory to global markets
  • Delving into the ‘Asian market’ and unravelling mistake of the homogeneous consumer
  • Aligning personal and organisational values – invigorating your staff and yourself in your work and purpose
Toni Brendish, Chief Executive Officer, Westland Milk
Closing remarks
Jo Brosnahan, Founder and Advisory Committee, Leadership New Zealand
CEO Summit 2018 Networking Function

Take this opportunity to connect and network with speakers, sponsors and fellow CEOs, MDs, GMs and Country Managersfrom across all industries over drinks and canapés.


Connect with attendees
The Excellerant Group
Proud to support
Copyright © 2020 Conferenz Ltd.