August 2020

2020 BOSS Young Executive of the Year

The AFR’s BOSS Young Executives program recognises outstanding executives across Australia who have demonstrated leadership in the community as well as in business, and who have a strong track record in people and thought leadership. Mark was awarded after undertaking a ‘day in the life of a CEO’ simulation. The simulation, conducted by global human resource firm DDI, required Mark to act as Group President of a fictional global AI company turning over $28 billion annually, taking on a series of demanding challenges designed to test his corporate resilience and competencies as a Chief Executive. Matt Hicks, CEO and founder of Light Project, said “It was no surprise that Mark was amongst the winners. Mark has implemented processes and structure that support our growth whilst learning the business of lighting."

Mark champions Light Project and our people, he is a dynamic leader enthusiastic for a challenge, extremely organised, approachable and consistent in his manner. He has proven to be an invaluable addition to the Light Project team.

Matt Hicks, CEO and founder : Light Project

The panel of expert judges, Bonnie Boezman, Nerida Caesar and Michael Rebelo, were impressed by Mark's passion, inclusive approach, storytelling ability, the care and respect he showed others, and his entrepreneurial proficiency. As to why Light Project is the right fit for Mark, Mark said “Light Project is a leader in the architectural lighting space and has worked with top tier lighting specifiers and supplied major projects around the country such Melbourne’s Soundtube and Sydney’s Crown towers expected to be completed this year. It is exciting to be part of a growing Company. Light Project has a bright future ahead as we partner with some of the most innovative brands internationally and we have built a talented team of lighting experts, I feel fortunate to be on board.” Boss Editor, Sally Patten, identified “Being authentic, adaptable and collaborative are qualities helping this group of Young Executives to the top". These are the qualities inherent to Mark’s approach, and wholeheartedly embraced by today’s Light Project team. Collaboration, Reliability and Knowledge are always key to our approach. To stay informed of our latest news and announcements follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.