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Young Executive of the year 2012

The Financial Review BOSS Magazine Young Executive of the Year awards, run in association with DDI consultants are now in their ninth year. They recognise the achievements of aspiring leaders, identifying six young Australians with the necessary skills, talent and drive. From entries around the country we select 10 finalists who will be interviewed by a panel of business leaders. They will also participate in a one-day business simulation exercise with DDI which will help in understanding aspects of their leadership style. From the results and interviews, the judges will select six winners, who will be profiled in the July issue of BOSS.

Please submit your entry in the form supplied here (MS Word doc)
Email your entry to with your name in the subject line. Entries close: 5pm Monday, March 30, 2012.
Criteria: You need to be 35 years or under at July 1, 2012, an employee and resident in Australia to be eligible.

People with a strong motivation to succeed but who are aware that how you succeed is also important.
Past winners have been able to demonstrate that they can manage under pressure, have a demonstrated ability to perform financially but also try to get the best out of people on the way. A good strategic sense and skills as well as emotional intelligence and an appreciation of the role of business in the broader community and society is an advantage.

Bonnie Boezeman AO
Managing Director, Business Benefits International.
Chairman PayPal Australia; Landcom, NSW government; and public company Jumbo Interactive.
In May 1996, Bonnie retired from Time Warner Inc., after 23 years of International management. She held top executive positions in Paris, London and Amsterdam before being transferred to Sydney in 1983 in the position of Managing Director and Chairman of Time Life Australia Pty. Ltd. In 1987 Bonnie graduated from the Executive Programme at Harvard Business School. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and the same year was made an Officer in the Order of Australia “for services to the community as a significant contributor to and fundraiser for a broad range of medical, sporting and cultural organisations, and to the business sector as a corporate leader and executive.”
In 2009, she received a Knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI and is now titled “Dame in the Order of St Gregory the Great”, for contributions to the Archdiocese of Sydney and World Youth Day.
Bonnie has been a distinguished and much appreciated judge of the AFR BOSS Young Executive of the Year Awards since 2004.

Grant Harrod
CEO Salmat Ltd
Grant was appointed chief executive officer of Salmat Ltd in 2009.
Prior to joining Salmat, Grant spent 13 years with Corporate Express Australia Limited, a leading office supplies distributor, where he served as managing director for six years. His previous roles at Corporate Express included general manager of sales & marketing and general manager of Operations.
Born in South Africa in 1962, Grant immigrated to Australia in 1978 at the age of 16. He completed his HSC at Barker College in Sydney before attending the University of New South Wales to complete his BA in Political Science. He also has an MBA from Macquarie University's Graduate School of Management.
Away from the corporate world he enjoys cycling and sailing as well as an active social life with family and friends. He is also an avid reader and loves to travel, particularly off the beaten track.

Steve Vamos
Steve Vamos is founding President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not for profit think tank established in 2005, supported by the corporate and government sector. He's also a director of Australia's biggest telecommunications company Telstra.
From January 2007 to September 2008 Steve led worldwide sales and international operations for Microsoft Corporation’s Online Services Group (OSG). He was responsible for the organization’s international business in more than 30 countries around the world.
He was previously vice president of Microsoft in Australia and New Zealand, responsible for the relationships with customers, governments, and business partners from 2003 to January 2007.
Steve is a former CEO of ninemsn, the online joint venture between Microsoft and media industry leader Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.
Other roles Steve has held include, vice president and managing director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific and Apple Computer Australia. He spent 14 years with IBM Australia in a number of sales, marketing and general management positions.
Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales. He has been a previous judge with Financial Review BOSS magazine Young Executive of the Year Awards.

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