Introducing the winners of the 2016 Boston CIO of the Year Awards

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Many CIOs have made it a habit to regularly praise and reward good work within their IT organizations. Yet, CIOs aren’t always regularly recognized for their accomplishments and the strategic business value they deliver to the organizations they serve. The Boston CIO Leadership Association (BostonCIO) is changing that for Boston and New England-based CIOs.

Founded in 2015, BostonCIO is a professional association for senior technology leaders. Guided by BostonCIO Chair Brian Shield, CIO of the Boston Red Sox, and his CIO Advisory Board, the group’s mission is “to build a strong professional community among New England’s information technology leaders while inspiring CIOs to achieve their leadership potential.”

BostonCIO creates compelling, collegial environments where CIOs of New England’s largest organizations can build meaningful relationships with one another by: 

• Connecting through collaboration and idea exchange

• Sharing best practices and experiences

• Engaging in substantial conversations 

— BostonCIO Executive Director Lisa LaRoque  

A key component of BostonCIO is its annual CIO of the Year Awards, where five CIOs are recognized for their excellence in technology leadership. The Enterprisers Project will be featuring several of the most recent winners in a two-week series starting today (details below). 

“We believe that not only do CIOs need to build community with one another to achieve success, we believe they should be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, business value creation and excellence in leadership,” said BostonCIO Executive Director Lisa LaRoque.  

Earning an award is not easy; winners are selected through a rigorous judging process. CIOs are evaluated by a panel of 12 independent judges made up of prior CIO Award winners and distinguished technology leaders. The judges consider the size and scope of their responsibilities, as well as their contributions to innovation and leadership; the business value they’ve created, and their community involvement.

“We received over 100 CIO nominations, which made this year’s awards incredibly competitive,” LaRoque said. “The caliber of CIO nominees, finalists and winners is a testament to the strength and character of New England’s IT leadership.”

The winners of the 2016 Boston CIO of the Year Award are:

  • Enterprise: Stephen Gold, EVP and CIO, CVS Health
  • Nonprofit: Marilyn Daly, CIO & VP of Operations, Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Corporate: David Krupinski, CTO, and Co-Founder,
  • Global: Chris Bowers, IT COO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Leadership: Stephen Neff, Enterprise CTO, Fidelity Investments

The Enterprisers Project had an opportunity to interview several of the winners, and we will be featuring those interviews in a series during the next two weeks. We’re kicking off our series with Enterprise CIO of the Year Award winner Stephen Gold, who discusses how he cultivates a culture of accountability in IT at CVS Health.

Also as a part of this article series, we’ll be featuring an interview with Jim Fowler, CIO of GE and keynote speaker at this year’s Boston CIO of the Year Awards. Fowler, a member of BostonCIO and an Advisory Board member of GeorgiaCIO – the inaugural CIO leadership association chapter, was a fitting speaker considering not only his background with the organization but GE’s move to relocate its corporate headquarters to Boston.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

As community manager for The Enterprisers Project, Ginny Hamilton helps build the site's community of CIOs, IT leaders, and readers. She is responsible for helping tell the stories of leading IT executives – showcasing the projects, experiences, and challenges they're facing in their roles as IT leaders.


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