In this Issue:
  • Call for Award Nominations
  • 2017 Award Winner and Finalists
  • SAVE 70%: Very Early Bird Registration, only $295, closes Jan. 15th, 2018
Are you an Exceptional CIO? Know somebody who is?

Will your organization be applying for this year's CIO Leadership Award? Do you have a nominee at another organization, perhaps a customer or partner? If so, it's time to act, the submission deadline is March 1.  
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 2018 Award recipients will be honored during a VIP dinner preceding the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 23, 2018.

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:

  • David Gledhill, Group CIO & Head of Group Technology & Operations DBS - 2017
  • David Neitz, CIO CDM Smith - 2016
  • Michael Nilles, CIO Schindler Group & CEO Schindler Digital Business Ltd. - 2015

Past leadership award winners and their companies have received a competitive advantage by receiving this award through the recognition it brings.

"Winning the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award is a great honor, and is testament to the bank’s collective efforts in reimagining banking for our customers”, said Gledhill. “From leveraging new technologies to changing the culture and mindset of our people, this has truly been a rewarding journey to make banking faster and more intuitive for our customers. Winning this award from MIT, an organization that is at the forefront of driving innovation, is a great encouragement to all of us at DBS.”

Applications are due March 1. Information about the award and the application can be found at Please contact with any questions about the application process.

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 ("Cheap Information Officer") - 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 ("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.
2017 Award Winner and Finalists

Mr. Gledhill was the 2017 CIO Leadership Award Winner. He is the CIO at DBS, a leading Asian Bank and the largest bank in Southeast Asia.

Finalists were Carlo Bozzoli, Global Chief Information & Communications Technology, Enel; Julia Davis, SVP & CIO, Aflac; and Stephen Gold, EVP & CIO, CVS Health.
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