2018 NZ CEO Summit

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


Genna Elvin



Genna Elvin, co-Founder of Tadaweb, a Luxembourg based technology company pioneering the field of small data. Genna co-founded Tadaweb at 22 and has spent the past 6 years growing it to 50 people, multi-million revenues and reaching a place on the Talt Ventures Global Top 100 most disruptive technologies list. In order to achieve this, Genna has continually placed emphasis on the importance of diversity, company culture as well as incorporating emerging models, such as the lean methodology into business. Genna is a very active female entrepreneur having started her first startup at 17 that was funded by the US Government to bring solar energy to an impoverished group of Pacific Islands. Last year, Genna featured in Forbes for her place on the Hundert's Top 100 Female Founders of Europe

Toni Brendish

Chief Executive Officer

Westland Milk

Toni Brendish has been the Chief Executive Officer of Westland Milk Products since September 2016. She came to the Westland role with more than 30 years’ general management experience, including over 15 years in CEO/ Managing Director roles, leading businesses of up to U$2billion in the Consumer Goods sector in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has earned a powerful marketing and management pedigree developing valuable expertise in developing and growing businesses since starting her career within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods arena. Toni has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Sydney; she is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a past President of the Marketing Women's Network. She is married to Mark Baker; a New Zealander and award-winning Photographer and has two children Joshua and Catherine.

Jo Brosnahan

Founder and Advisory Trustee

Leadership New Zealand


Leaders for the Future

Jo’s focus is on leadership and governance and working with others to make a difference. She is Chair of Northpower Fibre (ultra fast broadband), Deputy Chair of the Auckland Museum board and Principal of Leaders for the Future. She is Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust, supporting digital learning in low decile schools, and has other roles as an independent Chair. She was Founder and Chair of Leadership New Zealand for more than a decade (and is still an Advisory Trustee), was Chair of Landcare Research, a director of Housing NZ and has an extensive governance career. She was previously CEO of the Northland Regional Council and of the Auckland Regional Council. As a Harkness Fellow and Aspen Scholar, Jo spent a year researching leadership in the US. She develops and facilitates leadership and governance programmes. Jo is a passionate New Zealander who believes that good leadership, grounded in humilty and challenged by diversity, is the key to success.

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