MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Selects Leading Chief Information Officers as
Finalists for the 2013 CIO Leadership Award
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
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists are:
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
“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.
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.
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
“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?.
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
“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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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