Collectively our 2013 inductees who also included Linda Jenkinson inducted in November, are responsible for creating tens of thousands of jobs across three continents, significantly impacting their industries and via a raft of different social projects, make a huge difference both in New Zealand and across the globe.
At the ceremony both Anne Norman and Naomi Ballantyne shared about their journey and about how humbled they were to receive such recognition, by their peers. Linda Jenkinson was inducted in absentia. but a special ceremony was facilitated for her in November 2013.
Anne Norman, together with her husband David Norman are down to earth people, private people strongly guided by values that include hard work, thrift and loyalty and who believe their primary duty as businesspeople is to New Zealand and New Zealanders. Which is why they have rescued iconic New Zealand companies like Farmers and Whitcoulls from oblivion. And why they continued to pay 200 staff in Christchurch full wages after the earthquakes.
Their Australasian retail empire, the James Pascoe Group, also includes Stewart Dawsons, Prouds, Goldmark, Angus & Coote, Stevens and Borders, and employs almost 11,000 people in more than 600 stores on both sides of the Tasman.
Naomi Ballantyne is the very down to earth founder of Partners Life, the third insurance business she has built.
With almost 30 years of experience in the New Zealand life insurance industry she has become one of the most well-known and respected executives in this market with unprecedented experience in starting companies from scratch and then leading them to significant long-term success.