Superdry boss nominated for Orange Leader of the Year Award


Julian Dunkerton, CEO of UK fashion retailer, Supergroup, owner of the Superdry brand, has been nominated for the Orange Leader of the Year award. 

In addition to his role as CEO, Dunkerton is responsible for the UK retail division.

A champion of the British design industry, Dunkerton established the Superdry clothing brand eight years ago with James Holder and has worked exclusively in the retail sector for over 25 years, co-founding Cult from a market stall in Cheltenham and turning it into a successful retail chain.

The 2011 nominees beat hundreds of top business leaders from a diverse range of business sectors to get to the final. According to organisers, they have at least one thing in common – they demonstrate the drive to succeed in any business climate through outstanding leadership with impressive tangible results to show for.

The Orange Leader of the Year accolade recognises and rewards innovation and excellence in business leadership and will be presented to the individual who best represents outstanding achievement and has demonstrated exceptional business acumen and vision over the last 18 months.

Announcing the nominees, Martin Stiven, vice president of business, Orange, said: “The Orange Leader of the Year award recognises exceptional leadership skills from a wide range of business sectors, across public, private and third sector. Businesses that have performed the best over this very challenging year are those with exceptional leaders at the helm. “Orange believes that leadership can mean different things to different people. That’s why the public vote is so important – everyone has a say in what they believe to be great leadership and have the chance to vote for who they truly admire.”

The other nominees are:

·         Mike Lynch, CEO, Autonomy Corporation 

·         Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO, MITIE Group

·         Ian Tyler, CEO, Balfour Beatty

·         Jasmine Whitbread, International CEO, Save the Children

In addition to sharing their thoughts on inspirational leaders and leadership styles, the Orange Leader 2011 nominees, have also agreed to reveal little known facts about themselves to camera. One of the CEOs claims to create chaos wherever they go, whilst another is a lip-reading expert, well most of the time that is… To learn more about the nominees watch and vote at  

Chaired by Baroness Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone, both the judging and public vote will carry equal weight in the final award decision and the winner will be announced at the National Business Awards gala dinner, organised by UBM, at the Grosvenor House, London on 8 November, where George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver this year’s welcome address. 

“The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge: it is therefore particularly encouraging that the entries in this year’s National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance. Congratulations to all nominees for demonstrating tremendous strength in their ability to adapt and innovate which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise,” said Baroness Bottomley.

The Orange Leader of the Year accolade was launched in 2009 when it was awarded to Peter Marks, CEO, the Co-operative Group; the current title holder and 2010 award winner is Martin McCourt, CEO, Dyson. It is claimed to be the only National Business Awards accolade that is voted for by the business community and the general public.

Visit  to vote for the Orange Leader of the Year 2011 – voting is open to midnight on 28 October 2011.