MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Names Leading Chief Information Officers as
Finalists for the 2014 CIO Leadership Award
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- May 1, 2014
The 11^thAnnualMIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced five finalists for
the 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. The winner will be announced on the
eve of the Symposium, which takes place at MIT on May 21, 2014.
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.
“It is a great honor to recognize the finalists for the 2014 CIO Leadership
Award,” said Dr. George Westerman of MIT’s Center for Digital Business,
Co-Chair of the Award Program. “Each of these CIOs are extraordinary leaders
and innovators who have delivered tremendous value to their organizations, and
advanced their ability to compete and succeed in today’s digital world.”
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists are:
As CIO for AT&T (NYSE: T), Mr. Arroyo, is responsible for the company’s
information technology and oversees systems supporting all AT&T business
segments and global compute and storage services. In addition to directing the
company’s internal information technology organization and internal and
external customer-hosting data centers, he is responsible for AT&T’s digital
properties and capabilities across all business segments. Arroyo has
successfully advanced AT&T’s IT transformation strategy from integration,
rationalization, and capabilities development to an innovation-fueled
organization focused on transforming business processes and market offerings
in ways that create new value and velocity for AT&T’s business, customers, and
"Harnessing disruptive technologies to drive business transformation requires
collaboration from nearly every corner of an organization," said Thaddeus
Arroyo, CIO, AT&T. "This recognition reflects the commitment of AT&T's leaders
and employees to rethink our business and deliver the best possible
experiences for our customers."
Dr. Dieter Haban
Dr. Haban is responsible for the entire Daimler Trucks North America IT
systems network and overarching IT technology strategy for the company’s
manufacturing network across North America. His organization guides the
company’s technology strategy with a specific focus on creating innovative
solutions to improve company IT processes. Dr. Haban joined Daimler in 1990
and has held various management positions throughout the Daimler organization
including oversight of numerous global projects. He joined Daimler Trucks
North America as CIO in 2005.
"I take great pride in leading Daimler Trucks North America's technology
strategy with a specific focus on creating innovative solutions to improve
company processes," said Dr. Dieter Haban, CIO, Daimler Trucks North America.
"The honor of being chosen as a finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership
Award validates my team's substantial efforts to stay at the forefront of the
commercial vehicle industry in terms of customer focus and information
Ms. Karaboutis was appointed Vice President and Global CIO for Dell in
November 2011. In this role, she is responsible for managing an efficient and
innovative global IT enterprise focused on enabling the transformation of Dell
into an end-to-end solutions provider. She has been with Dell since 2010.
“To be recognized as a finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award is a
tremendous distinction in an industry full of merit,” said Andi Karaboutis,
Vice President and Global CIO, Dell. “The award is a reflection of the
innovative work the Dell IT team continually delivers to create business value
Mr. Neff is the Enterprise CTO at Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of
investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage,
benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services. As a member of
the firm’s Executive Committee, he is responsible for the coordination and
execution of the firm’s technology functions and chairs the enterprise CIO
"We have reached an important inflection point for business and technology
where technology leadership plays an increasingly critical role in ensuring
our customers’ success,” said Stephen Neff, Enterprise CTO, Fidelity
Investments. “In that light, I am very honored to be considered for the MIT
Sloan CIO Leadership Award.”
Ms. Rhoads is President of Global Business Services (GBS) and CIO of Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN). Rebecca was named CIO in April 2001 and is responsible
for the company’s global IT strategy, processes and personnel. Her vision to
leverage common systems and deliver business value was instrumental in
Raytheon establishing GBS in January 2013. She leads the shared services group
in expanding common business operations across the functional service delivery
areas for supply chain, finance, IT, HR and advanced media.
"While I am honored to be among such an accomplished set of finalists, for me
this is recognition of the tremendous work by my team and Raytheon in leading
the way as a digital enterprise for our customers and industry,” said Rebecca
Rhoads, President, Global Business Services and CIO, Raytheon Company.
After two rounds of intense review, a panel of judges that includes CIOs,
academic researchers and IT professionals, selected the five 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.
For more details and to view the full agenda, visitwww.mitcio.com.
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, business, and best practices that is not available anywhere else.
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by a team from the MIT
Sloan Boston Alumni Association and the MIT Center for Digital Business. Visit
www.mitcio.com for more information and registration.
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