Young Executive of the Year: Glenys Powell

Powell is general manager – sales and marketing of the Wellington-based Medical Assurance Society (MAS). 

MAS chief executive Martin Stokes says Powell’s many strengths are underscored by her ability to deal with complexity, an essential attribute in today’s world. “Glenys consistently displays and models strong leadership at all levels of our company,” he says.

Powell joined the company after five years with ANZ bank. The result, according to Stokes, has been year-on-year double digit business growth in three of MAS’ four core business and, “the highest level of new customer connections for decade”.

The award judges describe Powell as an outstanding young executive; change leader with healthy sense of perspective. 

“She is an excellent communicator who enjoys business transformation and gets passionate about seeing positive change within her teams and the wider business,” they say.

“Powell is focused on leadership values and tries to emulate successful leaders with whom she has worked. She is actively involved as mentor of others: thoughtful, nimble and thoroughly professional executive.” 

The NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year Award recognises and rewards the talents of New Zealand’s executives aged 35 years and under.

Finalists

Shane Gordon, business development manager, Westland Milk Products

Lauren Voyce, head of HR & talent, McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ)

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