Owen G Glenn awarded top honour

09 September 2011

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Philanthropist Owen G Glenn

Business School benefactor and head of one of the largest logistics companies in the world, Owen Glenn ONZM, 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 in recognition of their contribution to industry standards and their successful vision in building a company whilst contributing to their countries.

Glenn is Chairman and founder of 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 Business School as part of the building a world-class business school capital campaign.

He says that he is delighted to receive the fellowship, and to be part of an international professional finance body with more than 132,000 members, all of whom are working to cultivate global financial leadership and expertise.

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

“I am 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!”

David Searle, CPA New Zealand's branch council president, says it is an honour to have someone of Glenn's calibre become an Honorary FCPA. He will receive his award at an event in Auckland later this year.

Others who share this honour in New Zealand include Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred, SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison, World Bank financial management adviser David Shand, Business School Advisory Board member and BECA CFO and executive director Chye Heng and NZ Oil and Gas CFO Craig Jones.

The following are Owen Glenn’s NZ Herald opinion pieces:

Wakey wakey NZ, rise and shine
Use science, technology to be innovative
Lessons in success would help our students