MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Selects Leading Chief Information Officers as Finalists for the 2013 CIO Leadership Award Business Wire CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- May 7, 2013 The 10^thAnnualMIT Sloan CIO Symposiumtoday announced four finalists for the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. The winner will be announced on the eve of the Symposium, which takes place at MIT on May 22, 2013. The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award honors Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who lead their organizations to deliver business value and innovative use of IT in exceptional ways. “The Awards Committee is proud to recognize the finalists for the 2013 CIO Leadership Award,” said Dr. George Westerman of MIT’s Center for Digital Business, Co-Chair of the Award Program. “They distinguished themselves from a very strong group of applicants by their exceptional leadership and vision. These remarkable CIOs do more than just manage IT well; they each have suggested and delivered fascinating innovations to power their companies forward digitally.” The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists are: Scott Blanchette Mr. Blanchette is currently corporate Senior Vice President of Information & Technology Services at Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VHS), a health and health care services delivery company with $7 billion in annual revenue. Concurrently, he serves as President of Hangar9 Solutions, an IT services company that provides infrastructure and computing services to small and mid-sized healthcare entities. He is responsible for the delivery of services to a diverse portfolio of health and health care-related organizations, including more than 30 hospitals, five health plans, three lab companies, more than 1,000 clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, home health, imaging, life flight, emergency and critical care companies, and a number of health care educational institutions and programs. “It is a tremendous honor to be nominated as a finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. Given the exceptional field of candidates considered, the innovative pioneers previously recognized, and the high standards for consideration, it is truly a privilege to see Vanguard Health Systems keeping company amongst such elite organizations,” said Scott Blanchette, Senior VP of Information and Technology Services at Vanguard Health Systems. Cynthia Nustad Ms. Nustad has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Health Management Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: HMSY) since February 2011. HMS is the strategic source for innovative cost containment solutions that benefit government and commercial healthcare programs. As CIO, Cynthia is responsible for the company’s technology strategy and leading the department to grow and strengthen the business. "I'm honored to be a finalist for the prestigious MIT Sloan CIO award. IT is a team sport and I am thankful for the tireless efforts of our team. HMS is pleased to be recognized for our work in powering the healthcare system with integrity," said Cynthia Nustad, SVP and CIO of HMS. Michael Relich Mr. Relich is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES). He manages an IT staff of over 100 globally (US, Europe, Asia) with responsibility for setting and executing global information systems strategy. He oversees global e-commerce technology, with direct operations serving 28 countries and leads the corporate strategic planning group that guides the development of corporate long-range plans and special projects. “I am truly honored to be a finalist for the prestigious MIT Sloan CIO award and would like to thank the entire Guess? IT team. Their dedication and hard work in providing innovative tools, analytics and solutions for the business have transformed and enhanced the business globally,” said Michael Relich, Executive VP, CIO and Strategic Planning at Guess?. Kimberly Stevenson Ms. Stevenson is Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC). She is responsible for the corporate-wide use of Information Technology. Intel's IT organization delivers leading technology solutions and services that enable Intel's business strategies for growth and efficiency. The IT organization is comprised of over 6,000 IT professionals worldwide. “It is an honor to be a finalist for the prestigious MIT CIO award, reflecting the hard work and innovative solutions delivered by the entire Intel IT Team. At Intel, we have a track record of IT operational excellence and are extending our impact and influence to provide greater business value as Intel diversifies and grows,” said Kim Stevenson, Corporate VP and CIO of Intel. The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award will be presented at the pre-event dinner on May 21st, 2013 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. After two rounds of intense review, a panel of judges that includes CIOs, academic researchers and IT professionals, selected the four finalists who exhibit the key traits of a CIO leader: Strong 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. Proven Manager 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. Value Driver 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 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. A list of the 2013 CIO Leadership Award judges is available here. The theme of the 10^thAnnual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium isThe Transformational CIO: Architecting the Enterprise of the Future. For more details and to view the full agenda, visitwww.mitcio.com/agenda. About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global event for CIOs and senior IT executives to become better business leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today’s changing global economy. The annual event offers a day of interactive learning and thought-provoking discourse on the future of technology, best practices, and business that is not available anywhere else. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by a team from the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston and the MIT Center for Digital Business. Visit www.mitcio.com for more information and registration. Editor’s Note: Journalists interested in press credentials should contact Derek Beckwith (email@example.com 978-922-0818), or Sadie Furlong (firstname.lastname@example.org 717-220-1804), Warner Communications. Contact: Warner Communications Derek Beckwith, 978-922-0818 email@example.com or Sadie Furlong, 717-220-1804 firstname.lastname@example.org
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Selects Leading Chief Information Officers as Finalists for the 2013 CIO Leadership Award
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