IDC and Brightstar Name Finalists for 2022 CIO Awards New Zealand

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 28 October 2022 – IDC and Brightstar have announced this year’s finalists in the CIO Awards which recognize individuals and teams who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to the digital transformation of ICT and business functions.

The CIO Summit is New Zealand’s premier professional development forum for senior ICT executives. To find out more about the full programme, visit More about the judges can be found at

Finalists are selected based on a judgmental review of their written submissions. Judging focuses on the intersection of business and technology for both individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution to driving outstanding digital transformation initiatives for the companies they work for. All finalists are interviewed by an independent judging panel representing the highest echelon of New Zealand’s ICT and business community, from previous award winners to leading executives and educators.

These include experienced entrepreneur and company director, John Holt, Independent Director, Susan Paterson and CDO at NZTE, Richard Kay.

The winners will be announced at the CIO Awards Night on the 29thth November at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. The Awards are supported by ServiceNow, ClearPoint, Juniper Networks, Sharp, CompTIA, Younity and 2Degrees.

IDC New Zealand Country Manager, and awards judge, Louise Francis extended her personal congratulations to all the finalists, saying they exemplified the digital excellence thriving in New Zealand. “As we rapidly move into the era of digital business, the finalists of the 2022 CIO Summit Awards show what this future will look like. Each of the finalists demonstrated how a clear vision and purpose for challenging the status quo prepared them to weather the storms of chaos we continue to face. They demonstrate not only industry-leading excellence, but also a holistic approach to digital innovation and solutions so that their customers thrive, employees are valued, and communities are supported. New Zealand’s tech community can be proud of the exceptional talent represented at this year’s awards and what it represents for the future of New Zealand’s emerging digital economy. We congratulate each of the finalists and look forward to celebrating the achievements among the industry on the 29thth November 2022.”

The 2022 finalists, in six categories, are:

‘New Zealand CIO of the Year’, for how they have positioned the CIO role strategically within the company, demonstrating innovation and successful change over the past 12 months. They have a clear roadmap for the future and demonstrate how they fit into the company’s overall business strategy.

Sponsor: CompTIA


• Roxanne Salton, Southern Cross Health Society

• Alistair Vickers, Tū Ora Compass Health

• Cobus Nel, Transpower

• Quin Carver, WorkSafe NZ

‘Emerging ICT Leader’ recognizes and encourages exceptional ICT talent of professionals under the age of 33.

Sponsor: 2 degrees


• Desiree Suligan, Tower Insurance

• Saba Samiei, MACSO

• Simon Wilkinson, Jones Family Business

‘Community Tech Champions’ honors and showcases unique initiatives that promote digital inclusion with the aim of educating, exposing and engaging New Zealanders who have been previously under-represented in the ICT sector.


• Christchurch City Council

• Digital Future Aotearoa

• Tōnui Collab Charitable Trust

‘Best ICT Team Culture and Integration’ recognizes the unique ICT team culture, recruitment, integration, and diversity skills that contribute to team success.

Sponsor: Juniper Networks


• Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

• North Island Foods

• Selwyn District Council

• Southern Cross Health Society

‘Business Transformation through Digital and ICT’ honors the achievements of organizations that have successfully planned and executed a Business Transformation initiative or initiatives through digital and disruptive technology. By using technology to innovate and transform their business, they have created a range of benefits for their organization.

Sponsor: Clearpoint


  • Auckland Council
  • ProCare Network Ltd
  • Steel and Tube Holdings Limited
  • Tonkin+Taylor

‘Sustainability through Technology’ honors the achievements of organizations that have successfully planned and executed a sustainability initiative through technology. They use technology and innovation to drive a sustainable initiative or initiatives within an organization that create a range of benefits for the organization and/or communities. An initiative or project can address any/or all three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social (income, planet and people).

Sponsor: Younity


• Auckland Council

• Christchurch City Council

• Computer Recycling Ltd

The recipient of ‘Outstanding Contribution to ICT in New Zealand’ The award, sponsored by Sharp, will also be named at the awards Night.

This award is presented to a high-profile entrepreneur from a public or private company whose contribution has significantly and uniquely impacted the greater New Zealand or global business community in the sense of information technology over the course of their career.

The CIO Summit is New Zealand’s premier professional development forum for senior ICT executives. View the full program More about the judges can be found at

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About IDC

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Covered Companies

Clearpoint Inc., TOWER LIMITED., Sharp Corporation, BANK OF NEW ZEALAND, LinkedIn Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., CompTIA, Inc., ServiceNow, Inc., STEEL & TUBE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Regions Covered

Asia Pacific, New Zealand

Topics Covered

Business transformation, Digital innovation, Recruitment

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