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MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Announces 2019 Leadership Award Nominations
[January 09, 2019]

MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Announces 2019 Leadership Award Nominations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium seeks nominations for the 12th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, with the winner and finalists to be recognized at the Symposium, "Leading the Smarter Enterprise," on May 22, 2019, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders (PRNewsfoto/MIT Sloan CIO Symposium)

The Award honors Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT. The online application can be found at

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.   The Award judges include CIOs, industry thought leaders and MIT Sloan-affiliated professionals.

The Award draws applicants from a wide diversity of industries and backgrounds. Past leadership Award winners and their companies have received significant attention and recognition as a result of the Award. Recent Award winners include:

  • Harmeen Mehta, Global CIO and Head of Digital, Bharti Airtel (2018)
  • David Gledhill, Group CIO & Head of Group Technology & Operations, DBS (2017)
  • David Neitz, CIO, CDM Smith (2016)

"It is humbling and a great honor to receive this MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award," said Ms. Mehta, the 2018 Leadership Award recipient.

Judging Criteria
Key characteristics of CIO leadership include:

  • Exceptional Communcator – 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 – 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 – 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 for managing risk.
  • 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.

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.

"It is an honor to be part of the process for the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award each year," said MIT Sloan School of Management's Dr. George Westerman, Co-Chair of the Award Program. "We look forward to reviewing this year's crop of applications from some of the world's most talented digital leaders."

The winner will be publicly announced during the 16th Annual MIT CIO Symposium on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Finalists will be announced in late April and will be formally recognized at a private, invitation only event the evening of Tuesday, May 21. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The online application can be found at, or please contact with any questions about the application process.

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). For more information and to register for this year's Symposium, visit

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