Jill Cowling, chief executive officer at Blue Star Group, has taken out the number one position at this year’s New Zealand Power 50 Awards.
Ricoh New Zealand sponsored the event held at Ponsonby Central in Auckland. Accepting the award, she spoke passionately about the industry. She said. “This industry is compassionate – print evokes emotion and we should be really proud of that. Print has a really strong future – it is emotive, it is engaging, it changes people’s lives and it is beautiful and we should be proud that we are in the print industry.
Last year’s winner Simon Ellis, managing director of PMP New Zealand, joined Fred Soar, managing director of Soar Printing, and David Atkins, managing director of Image Centre Group rounded out the top four at the event.
Mike Laursen, commercial and industrial print manager at Ricoh New Zealand, said, “To all the nominees, whether or not you are in the top 50, it is a testament to what you are doing inside your businesses. If it was easy then everyone would do it. On behalf of Ricoh, congratulations.”
This year, the second Power 50 went through a change of format as New Zealand Printer came under new ownership. Printer Media Group, a subsidiary of Australia’s biggest business to business publisher Intermedia Group, acquired New Zealand Printer along with its stablemates Australian Printer and Proprint. After receiving feedback from the industry, Printer Media Group made the decision to make the awards peer-voted and also had them audited through accountants PKF.
You can find the full Power 50 2018 list in the December issue of New Zealand Printer.