DDI and The Australian Financial Review Announce BOSS Young Executives for 2022

July 15, 2022

DDI’s Day-in-the-Life Executive Leadership Assessment Identifies Australia’s Brightest Up-and-Coming Leaders

SYDNEY — The next generation of executives has a powerful vision to change the world through strong business leadership, as shown by the six newly-crowned winners of The Australian Financial Review BOSS Young Executives competition, hosted in partnership with global leadership consulting firm DDI.

Now in its 19th year, the BOSS Young Executives recognize Australia’s most promising up-and-coming executives under 35 years old. The judging process was hosted virtually, using video conferencing technology and DDI’s virtual leadership assessment solutions. Award recipients came together in Sydney for an in-person awards ceremony and lunch, and were joined by our judges, award alumni and executives from The Australian Financial Review BOSS and DDI.

The competition consisted of 10 shortlisted applicants. They participated in DDI’s executive simulation assessment and interviews with a panel of senior business leaders. The assessment identified well-rounded young executives showing emotional intelligence, business aptitude, innovation and leadership skills to excel in an executive role. The panel selected six winners who showed a solid understanding of their company’s goals, and clear and effective leadership skills. They also demonstrated a strong commitment to the advancement of business and wider community.

“This year’s cohort of accomplished, impressive and business-savvy young leaders inspire confidence in our future,” said Dominique Powrie, Managing Director of DDI. “They’ve shown through maturity, customer orientation and community mindedness just how the next generation can rise up to meet the challenges of a forever-changed business landscape with confidence and vision for a better future.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Jesse Arundell, Head of Emerging Technology, CBA
  • Yash Sodhi, CFO – Fund Management, Challenger Limited
  • Martin Curtis, Head of Google Partners, Google
  • Amy Goldenberg, Head of e-Mobility, Ampol Limited
  • Dalton Fogarty, Head of Strategy, Prezzee
  • Matt Freeman, CFO, AWN

Each finalist demonstrated exceptional executive leadership skills during DDI’s challenging day-long virtual executive simulation. During the simulation, they stepped into the role of Group President of a fictional $28 billion artificial intelligence company operating in today’s agile world. The assessment analysed participants’ key business leadership skills. These skills included developing a strategic business plan, analysing business data, presenting a compelling vision, and influencing a key business partner. The finalists were also assessed on their business acumen, ability to drive results, create an inclusive environment, listening and responding with empathy, and lead in a virtual environment. Afterwards, they received extensive feedback on their strengths and development areas, creating a development plan for further success.


About DDI

DDI is a global leadership consulting firm that helps organisations hire, promote and develop exceptional leaders. From first-time managers to C-suite executives, DDI is by leaders’ sides, supporting them in every critical moment of leadership. Built on five decades of research and experience in the science of leadership, DDI’s evidence-based assessment and development solutions enable millions of leaders around the world to succeed, propelling their organisations to new heights. For more information, visit ddiworld.com.

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Dominique Powrie, Managing Director, DDI Australia