Jackie McArthur from logistics service provider Martin Brower was named the ‘NSW Business Woman of the Year’ at the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards, held in Sydney last night.
McArthur is the Managing Director ANZ for Martin Brower, where she supervises the end-to-end logistics and supply chain for more than 1,100 McDonald’s restaurants. She also won the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Corporate and Private Award.
Joe Pollard, Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive Media, and Chief Marketing Officer said McArthur’s cross-functional experience, from supply chain to real estate and construction to menu development and marketing, had provided her with the diverse skill-set required to excel in leadership.
Other business women recognised at the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards are:
Irene Falcone from Nourished Life (Entrepreneur Award),
Anne Bryce from Achieve Australia (For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award), and
Gina Lednyak from L&A Social (Young Business Woman of the Year).
Pollard described theNSW winners exceptional business women who “not only…have the courage to challenge the status quo but… also demonstrate exceptional business acumen and strong leadership skills.”
Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are Australia’s longest running women’s awards program in Australia. They recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women.
State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a glittering Gala Dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016.
For information about the Awards and to purchase tickets to the Awards Dinners, please call 1800 817 536 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.
2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards – winners bios
Jackie McArthur — Martin Brower
2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Woman of the Year
2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Corporate and Private Award winner
In 1994, Jackie McArthur began her supply chain career at FJ Walker Foods, and over the next seven years she continued in the logistics, food manufacturing and supply chain industry before she joined McDonald’s Australia in 2001. By 2012, she was appointed Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain for McDonald’s Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, which included overseeing the entire supply function across 38 countries.
Last year she returned to Martin Brower (previously FJ Walker Foods) as Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, where she supervises the end-to-end logistics and supply chain for more than 1,100 McDonald’s restaurants. Her cross-functional experience, from supply chain to real estate and construction to menu development and marketing, has provided her with the diverse skill-set required to excel in leadership.
Driving a more diverse workforce, particularly in the male-dominated industry of transport and logistics, is a key passion of Jackie’s. Together with her colleagues, she is forging a new path of diversity in the organisation.
Irene Falcone — Nourished Life
2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award winner
After spending 10 years in senior marketing roles for some the world’s largest companies, Irene Falcone created her own business to fill a gap she saw for trusted, environmentally-friendly beauty products.
She created Nourished Life to provide sustainable, eco-friendly, natural personal care, beauty, home and lifestyle products – all backed by substantiated information.
As a founder and CEO of Nourished Life, Irene sets the direction, vision and culture of the company. She leads, inspires and empowers her growing team made up of more than 20 working mums. As a 100 per cent owner, she is responsible for all management decisions from creative direction to financial planning.
Irene’s proudest achievement so far has been to successfully take her online-only business to a bricks-and-mortar retail store with a large warehouse, office space, and on-site naturopathy service.
Irene was a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and Nourished Life was a finalist in the 2016 Telstra Business Awards.
Anne Bryce — Achieve Australia
2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award winner
Anne Bryce has spent over 30 years working within the disability, human services and health sectors. Following a variety of management roles, she was appointed CEO of Hornsby Challenge in 2003 (later renamed Achieve Foundation) and led the organisation through significant growth and a merger with another equal-sized disability organisation in 2009.
Achieve Australia is a not-for-profit leader in the provision of disability services, with a vision of social inclusion for people living with a disability. Services include specialist disability accommodation, health and wellbeing support, social education and personal development for independence, and the development of skills for employment and volunteering opportunities.
In 2014, Anne led the devolution of a large residential centre housing people with disability called the Crowle Home and closed the site. The project was undertaken in order to improve the quality of life of former residents and involved negotiations with multiple levels of government and stakeholders.
In addition to her role at Achieve Australia, Anne is also a board member of National Disability Services (NDS), the industry peak body for non-government disability services organisations, as well as Chair of the NSW Division of NDS.
Gina Lednyak — L&A Social
2016 Telstra New South Wales Young Business Woman of the Year
Gina Lednyak was born and raised in the USSR. In 1991, political unrest forced her family to flee Belarus for New York City. Her ambition showed at an early age as she taught herself to speak English by reading books. This led her to being accepted to a prestigious technical high school where she studied engineering. Upon graduating, she undertook a degree in psychology at Boston University before relocating to Sydney in 2007.
She quickly recognised an opportunity in the local market and began L&A Social, a full service strategic social media and digital agency. It specialises in digital strategy and implementation with a strong focus on creative content execution, analytics and consumer behaviour. Over the past several years L&A has doubled in size and revenue each year, and today is composed of a dynamic team of 15 people, with more than 50 clients.
As the founder and CEO, Gina is responsible for strategic business growth, finances, HR, team development and overall business strategy. The company is thriving under her leadership and is profitable enough to take on significant non-profit pro bono work.