Call for Award Nominations
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium seeks nominations for this year's MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, which honors CIOs who lead their organizations by delivering business value and innovative use of IT in exceptional ways. The 2019 Award recipients will be honored during a VIP dinner preceding the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 21, 2019.
Nominees must hold the title of Chief Information Officer (CIO) or equivalent and must be the highest-level IT leader in the organization. Applicants, including self-nominations, are welcome from for-profit and not-for- profit organizations, and will be assessed on a common set of criteria. Recent award winners include:
- Harmeen Mehta, Global Chief Information Officer & Head of Digital Bharti Airtel Limited - 2018
- David Gledhill, Group CIO & Head of Group Technology & Operations DBS - 2017
- David Neitz, CIO CDM Smith - 2016
Past leadership award winners and their companies have received a competitive advantage by receiving this award through the recognition it brings.
"It is humbling and a great honor to receive this MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award," said Ms. Mehta, the 2018 Leadership Award recipient.
Key characteristics of CIO leadership include:
- 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 – Clearly demonstrates value-for-money in the management of core IT services – 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 – 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 for managing risk.
- 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.