KPMG congratulates New Zealand International Business Award Winners
Each year NZTE’s New Zealand International Business Awards recognises innovative businesses that show resilience on the world stage. Ten New Zealand organisations were recognised at the awards, including KPMG clients Gallagher, GMP Pharmaceuticals, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Prolife, Volpara Health Technologies, ARANZ Geo, Westland Milk Products and Kiwa Digital. Xero, took away the KMPG Excellence in Leadership award.
As a proud sponsor of the awards and longstanding partner of NZTE, Ross Buckley Executive Chair KPMG, says: “Innovation fuels business prosperity and in many respects it’s the lifeblood of export businesses. Further to this, New Zealand’s long-term prosperity relies on our ability to not only build better business leaders, but also to connect successful leaders and celebrate great leadership – which is exactly what NZTE’s International Business Awards achieve.”
“Last night’s awards demonstrated the high calibre of business talent in New Zealand and the value of the integrated R&D system the country has built. We are a creative and innovative nation, and it was particularly pleasing to see Gallagher praised multiple times during the evening for their work helping the business community succeed through technology and R&D – winning the Excellence in Design (special category) and Best Large Business (over $50m) award.
“I’d like to congratulate all of last night’s finalists and winners, and particularly Xero. We sponsored the Excellence in Leadership award because we believe leadership is the cornerstone of every successful export business.
“We’re thrilled to have presented this award to Xero. Rod Drury is one of New Zealand’s preeminent business leaders and I know that many businesses look to Rod and his team as role models of innovation and resilience on the world stage,” says Buckley.
Speaking of Xero’s win, Rod Drury, Founder and CEO of Xero, says: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our leadership in the industry. Events this year make clear to us that businesses must work to create employment opportunities and be champions of diversity and inclusion.”
This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the inaugural New Zealand export awards and reflecting on this history Buckley says: “During the last 50 years the face of New Zealand’s export sector has changed remarkably. It goes without saying, the health of our export sector has long been crucial to New Zealand and what’s most important now is we remain focussed on supporting and growing exports.”
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