News Feed Item

MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Names Leading Chief Information Officers as Finalists for 2017 Leadership Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced the four finalists for the 10th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. The winner will be announced at a private event on May 23, 2017 and publicly during the Symposium, "The CIO Adventure: Now, Next and…Beyond," on May 24, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

www.mitcio.com (PRNewsFoto/MIT Sloan CIO Symposium)"/>

Over the past decade, the Award has recognized Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT.

"After much deliberation, the awards committee is pleased to recognize these four finalists for the Leadership Award," said George Westerman, Award co-chair. "These individuals show that managing IT is no longer enough for CIOs.  Great CIOs play a critical role in driving digital transformation for their companies."

The 2017 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists are:

  • Carlo Bozzoli, Head of Global Information and Communications Technology, Enel
  • Julia Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Aflac
  • David Gledhill, Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operations, DBS Bank
  • Stephen Gold, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, CVS Health

Carlo Bozzoli
Carlo Bozzoli is the Head of Global Information and Communications Technology at Enel, an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas. He also sits on the advisory boards of several major international vendors, EuroCIO associations and the Management Academy for ICT Executives at the School of Management of the Polytechnic University of Milan. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bozzoli was Head of Network Commercial Services for the Infrastructure & Networks Division in Italy, where he was responsible for metering, energy balance, energy traders management, grid connection, billing and credit management, service quality and customer care.

"Digitalization is not an ambition, it is a necessity," said Mr. Bozzoli. "We are deeply convinced that it's not only a matter of technology, but a widespread digital culture is needed to be fostered all over the company."

Julia Davis
Julia Davis is a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Aflac, an insurance company and the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the U.S. Ms. Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives of Aflac's Information Technology (IT) Division. She has cultivated a strong IT Division by leading Aflac's IT Apprenticeship program and an innovative "reverse mentoring" program that pairs millennials with senior team members.

"I am both humbled and proud to be among the 2017 MIT CIO Leadership Award finalists, each of whom represent the leading visionaries in the United States," said Ms. Davis. "Aflac has such a strong commitment to finding innovative ways to serve our customers who, when injured or ill, need their benefits fast. It is very rewarding to be part of the team that carries out this crucial mission."

Dave Gledhill
David Gledhill is Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank and "World's Best Digital Bank." In his roles, Mr. Gledhill is focused on strengthening the bank's technology and infrastructure platform to drive greater resilience, organizational flexibility and innovation. Mr. Gledhill also plays a lead role in driving the bank's innovation agenda, which encompasses design thinking, agile methodology, data analytics, and more. Mr. Gledhill's portfolio also includes responsibility for the group's operations, which is focused on reimagining customer journeys and the way business is supported, so as to make banking simpler and more effortless for customers.

"I am truly honored to be acknowledged by MIT, an organization that has always been at the forefront of driving innovation and supporting leaders in generating business value through technology," said Mr. Gledhill. "We at DBS have also recognized the importance of building a strong innovation led mindset to reimagine banking. In fact, one of the core facets of this journey has been how each and every person at DBS has been involved in driving and adopting these transformational changes. I'd therefore like to share this honor with all at DBS who have been a part of our success."

Stephen Gold
Stephen Gold is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Mr. Gold is the company's senior technology executive and has responsibility for all information systems and technology operations, including information technology strategy, application development, technology infrastructure, and business and technology operations.

"On behalf of my colleagues who embrace innovation as a core value and deliver products and services that help people on their path to better health, I am deeply honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award," said Mr. Gold.

After two rounds of extensive review, a panel of judges that includes CIOs, academic researchers and IT professionals selected the award finalists who exhibit the key traits of a CIO leader in the following areas:

  • Exceptional Communicator – Articulates a vision for strategic business value from IT and works across the organization to build partnership around this vision. Focuses communications on value and innovation, not technology. Helps all IT staff to understand the business and speak the language of business leaders.
  • Recognized IT Leader ("Cheap Information Officer") – Clearly demonstrates value-for-money in the management of core IT services by providing the right services at the right price and the right level of quality. Recognized among peers as an effective leader of the IT unit.
  • Driver of Business Value ("Chief Improvement Officer") – Understands the business and needs of the CEO, CFO, Line-of-Business heads and other senior executives. Ensures clear focus on potential and realized value in all IT initiatives. Incorporates IT into business decision-making by participating in key strategic conversations, suggesting innovative uses of IT, and managing risk.
  • Trusted Partner ("CIO-Plus") – Exercises authority beyond IT itself. Considered a trusted member of the senior executive team, not just a technology leader. Suggests innovative uses of IT to transform the business – and successfully executes the changes. May receive additional non-IT responsibilities such as Chief Operating Officer or VP of Strategy, or strategic temporary roles such as Head of M&A integration.

These criteria are adapted from the award-winning book The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, which draws extensively upon research conducted at MIT Sloan. 

For more details and to view the full agenda for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, please visit www.mitcio.com.

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). For more information and to register for this year's Symposium, visit www.mitcio.com.

Editor's Note:
Journalists interested in press credentials should contact Caroline Legg ([email protected] or 978-255-4488), Warner Communications.

Media Contact:
Caroline Legg
Warner Communications        
[email protected]        

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mit-sloan-cio-symposium-names-leading-chief-information-officers-as-finalists-for-2017-leadership-award-300442881.html

SOURCE MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"We've been engaging with a lot of customers including Panasonic, we've been involved with Cisco and now we're working with the U.S. government - the Department of Homeland Security," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution and join Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader, Sergey Grebnov, in his session at @ThingsExpo, for an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
Any startup has to have a clear go –to-market strategy from the beginning. Similarly, any data science project has to have a go to production strategy from its first days, so it could go beyond proof-of-concept. Machine learning and artificial intelligence in production would result in hundreds of training pipelines and machine learning models that are continuously revised by teams of data scientists and seamlessly connected with web applications for tenants and users.
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I will be talking about ChatOps and ChatOps as a way to solve some problems in the DevOps space," explained Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are an IT services solution provider and we sell software to support those solutions. Our focus and key areas are around security, enterprise monitoring, and continuous delivery optimization," noted John Balsavage, President of A&I Solutions, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, provided a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with...
The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it’s bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can’t keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Karthik Lalithraj, a Principal Solutions Architect at Kinetica, discussed how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SkyScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SkyScale is a world-class provider of cloud-based, ultra-fast multi-GPU hardware platforms for lease to customers desiring the fastest performance available as a service anywhere in the world. SkyScale builds, configures, and manages dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-securit...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, will examine the regulations and provide insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence...