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Not-for-Profit CEO Young Executive of the Year

Not-for-Profit CEO Young Executive of the Year

Claire Szabó, Chief Executive of English Language Partners New Zealand has been named New Zealand Institute of Management’s ‘Young Executive of the Year’ for the Central Region.

The award was presented at the NZIM’s regional headquarters in Wellington on 13 July.

Young Executive of the Year recognises leaders, innovators, team builders and high achievers aged 35 and under for making a positive impact on the growth, productivity, and morale of their organisation.

Charles Berridge, Chair of English Language Partners New Zealand, nominated Ms Szabó for the award. “I cannot think of a better candidate for Young Executive of the Year. Since her appointment as CEO in 2006 at the age of 27, Claire Szabó has proved to be astute, visionary and effective, leading our work with 8,000 migrants and refugee across the country,” said Mr Berridge.

“She has also increased funding across the suite of services from home-based volunteers to specialist intensive classes. 327 new group services have been funded, including 200 ‘English for Employees’ groups.”

The judges noted Ms Szabó’s ability to lead 22 incorporated societies to consensus. When the name ‘ESOL Home Tutors’ needed updating, there was unanimous agreement on ‘English Language Partners’.

Ms Szabó was delighted to accept the award. Her next steps for the organisation are focused on advancing partnerships with migrants and refugees. “We need to get the system right for refugees. This means effective collaboration across the sector. The system also needs to be set up for temporary migrants, who are already on a legitimate pathway to residency.”

Ms Szabó will be joined later this year by Northern and Southern winners at the Deloitte/Management Top 200 Awards at Skycity, Auckland to compete for the NZIM/Eagle Technology’s Young Executive of the Year supreme award.


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