CitySmart CEO Megan Houghton has been named as the 2010 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year.
Houghton is the driving force behind a company launched to encourage Brisbane residents to cut greenhouse gas emissions, created by Brisbane City Council to work with business, industry, government and the community to help make the city Australia’s most sustainable and carbon neutral by 2026.
Houghton, who also won the Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Award, leads a range of environmental initiatives including the $23 million Ezy Green program, backed by corporate partners, that helps residents across Greater Brisbane and the South-East to save energy, save on power bills and cut household carbon emissions.
Telstra chief marketing officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador Kate McKenzie said the winners of the Queensland Awards were successful business women whose leadership qualities and achievements would provide inspiration for women across the State.
“The judges described Megan Houghton as an inspiring and strategic leader with high energy, integrity and an ability to negotiate at very high levels,” McKenzie said.
“After a long leadership career in consulting, energy and water utilities, she has established the team at CitySmart and built up its business model and financial position. The Ezy Green program was a challenging initiative that brought together local and state governments and partnerships with the private sector to back CitySmart’s sustainability goals,” she said.
The Queensland winners proceed to the national finals of the 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Awards which will be announced in Melbourne on 11 November. They will join an alumni of more than 430 winners of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards since the program was launched in 1995.