Young Executive of the Year Award Judge
Theresa Gattung is a leading New Zealand business personality and author of best-selling autobiography Bird on a Wire.
From October 1999 to June 2007, Theresa was the CEO and Managing Director of Telecom New Zealand, where she led the company through world-changing technology developments.
Over the last few years Theresa has been involved in a wide spread of governance positions in both New Zealand and Australia. She also co-founded the hugely successful start-up, My Food Bag, which has a turnover of over $130m.
In 2015 she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy and also inducted into the TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Hall of Fame. In September 2018 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the Women of Influence Awards.
Theresa is involved with a number of not-for-profit and philanthropic interests, including being co-founder of the World Women Charitable Trust and Patron of the Cambodia Charitable Trust. She was Chair of the Wellington Board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for many years and on the Royal New Zealand SPCA (RNZSPCA) National Board from June 2016 to April 2018 as it transitioned to become ONE SPCA. In February 2019 she was inducted into the RNZSPCA Hall of Fame.