Owen Glenn awarded top honour

20 May 2011

Business School benefactor and head of one of the largest logistics companies in the world, Owen Glenn, has been awarded CPA Australia’s highest honour.

The Europe-based philanthropist and namesake of the School’s Owen G Glenn building has become an Honorary Fellow of CPA (FCPA) in recognition of his global entrepreneurial success.

These fellowships are awarded by the professional finance association, which has a New Zealand branch, to leaders of a country’s business community to recognise their contribution to industry standards and their successful vision in building a company whilst contributing to their countries.

Mr Glenn owns OTS Logistics Group and supports a number of international charities through the Glenn Family Foundation. In 2002, the Foundation donated $7.5m to The University of Auckland to assist in building the Grafton Rd Business School.

Mr Glenn says he is delighted to receive the fellowship, and being part of an international professional finance body with more than 132,000 members all working to cultivate global financial leadership and expertise is pleasing.

“New Zealand benefits from the international experience gained by our professionals,” he says.

“I’m honoured to be recognised for contributing to this body of knowledge and also delighted to join the ranks of a family tradition. With both my brother and my late father serving in the finance profession, our family get-togethers were punctuated with vigorous debates between the accounting versus marketing perspectives!

“It would indeed have made my father proud, as it does myself, to accept, with humility, this wonderful gesture.”

CPA New Zealand's branch council president, David Searle said it was an honour to have someone of the calibre of Mr Glenn become an Honorary FCPA.

“Mr Glenn’s contributions to New Zealand will be instrumental in developing the high quality accounting and business graduates, and strategic business leaders required to enhance the productivity, growth and global competitiveness of New Zealand enterprises," he said.

Mr Glenn will receive his award at an event later this year that honours leaders in New Zealand’s business and finance community.

FCPAs representing CPA Australia’s highest level of professional accounting skill in New Zealand include Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred, SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison, World Bank financial management adviser David Shand, BECA CFO and executive director Chye Heng and NZ Oil and Gas CFO Craig Jones.