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Meet the Reseller News 2019 Women in ICT Awards winners

Meet the Reseller News 2019 Women in ICT Awards winners

Industry unites to celebrate and recognise female excellence across New Zealand

Leanne Buer (Cisco), Sandra Jackson (Westcon-Comstor), Shavvah Aldred (Umbrellar), Pip Simeon (Microsoft), Angela Cunneen (Dell Technologies), Laura Bell (SafeStack) and Tessa Davis (VMware)

Leanne Buer (Cisco), Sandra Jackson (Westcon-Comstor), Shavvah Aldred (Umbrellar), Pip Simeon (Microsoft), Angela Cunneen (Dell Technologies), Laura Bell (SafeStack) and Tessa Davis (VMware)

Credit: Reseller News | Gino Demeer

ACHIEVEMENT

The Achievement award recognises the candidate showing outstanding commitment to the ICT industry through continuous career development and professional achievements. The candidate will have risen to a senior ICT role, earned a reputation as an esteemed thought-leader and is recognised as a leader in the industry, and may also act as a role model/mentor to other aspiring female managers.

Finalists:

  • Susan Nemeth, Aportio
  • Jaynean Leaupepe, Arrow ECS ANZ
  • Cherie Roache, CCL
  • Leanne Buer, Cisco
  • Tania Allison, Origin IT
  • Natasha McLean, Westcon-Comstor

Winners:

  • Cherie Roache, CCL 
  • Leanne Buer, Cisco

Since joining CCL in 2012, Cherie has been the driving force in keeping the staff engaged and motivated during the company's period of hyper growth. Cherie is renowned for her dynamic and powerful leadership style. She has led the merger projects of Spark and Appserv into CCL and successfully integrated them into its client focused ethos.

Leanne has led the New Zealand channel and her team at Cisco to deliver eight consecutive quarters of year-on-year growth. She works strategically with partners and has spearheaded strategies for recurring revenues and cloud base services. She is a coach and mentor to her team and believes leadership is about finding strengths and building on them.


COMMUNITY

The Community award recognises the candidate with exemplary service to the ICT sector, through initiatives and efforts to foster positive diversity outcomes. The candidate will be actively making a difference by working towards the advancement of gender and general diversity in ICT and going above and beyond to give back to the community.

Finalists:

  • Edwina Mistry, Create Ops
  • Nataliya Child, Spark
  • Sandra Jackson, Westcon-Comstor

Winner:

  • Sandra Jackson, Westcon-Comstor

Sandra works in conjunction with Cisco and the Life Education Trust in building their well-being initiative designed to help children deal with anxiety, build resilience and empathy. The initiative was first launched in schools and will be rolled out nationally. She is also actively involved in mentoring and coaching emerging talent and supporting ambitious women within the IT industry. 


RISING STAR

The Rising Star award recognises candidates with less than eight years in the ICT industry who demonstrate their commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development. The candidate is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.

Finalists:

  • Valentina Zuluaga, Base 2
  • Anabella Bianchi, Dimension Data
  • Samantha Borg, Datto
  • Sheryl Sy, Exeed
  • Stephanie Widodo, HP
  • Joanna Shyu, IBM
  • Pip Simeon, Microsoft
  • Shavvah Aldred, Umbrellar
  • Ellie House, Veeam

Winners:

  • Pip Simeon, Microsoft 
  • Shavvah Aldred, Umbrellar

Pip has made significant impact within her team since starting at Microsoft two years ago. She is flagged as a ‘leader to watch’ with her go-to-market team delivering stellar results during FY18.

Shavvah is recognised for her passion, leadership and results focused attitude, which has driven Umbrellar to achieve 26 per cent growth. She has implemented agile working practices, quickly becoming a role model as a marketing authority. 


SHINING STAR

The Shining Star award recognises candidates with eight years or more in ICT. The successful candidate will have shown noted achievements in the ICT industry, demonstrated areas of success (either through promotion or successful project/company initiatives), and highlighted significant achievements.

Finalists:

  • Michele Smith, Computer Concepts Limited
  • Tracey Thomson, Cyclone
  • Angela Cunneen, Dell Technologies
  • Bronwyn Douglas, DUO
  • Janine Brittain, Exeed
  • Melissa Jane Woolley, Fujitsu
  • Shabana Shaheen Khan, Ingram Micro
  • Eisa Quelette, Microsoft
  • Callie Fell, Veeam
  • Rochelle Carlyle, Westcon-Comstor

Winner:

  • Angela Cunneen, Dell Technologies

With a 27 year history in the IT industry, Angela is a sales powerhouse. Over her 12 years at Dell and EMC she has won numerous sales and achievement awards. She has developed a strong network of coaches, mentors and colleagues throughout it.


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