Winners of 2021 DallasCIO ORBIE Awards Announced

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Executives from Toyota, Alcon, NCH Corporation, National Life Group, Exeter Finance LLC, European Wax Center, Signify Health & Dallas Independent School District Recognized for their Achievements

DallasCIO announced the winners of its 2021 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. DallasCIO recognized chief information officers in seven key categories – Leadership, Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Corporate, Healthcare, and Public Sector. The DallasCIO ORBIE Awards were presented virtually.

“The DallasCIO ORBIE winners demonstrate the significance of strong technology leadership in these uncertain times. Over the past year, CIOs are leading in unprecedented ways and enabling the largest work-from-home experiment in history,” according to Lourdes Gipson, Executive Director of DallasCIO. “The ORBIE Awards are meaningful because they are judged by peers - CIOs who understand how difficult this job is and why great leadership matters.”

The 2021 DallasCIO ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Zack Hicks, CEO & President, Toyota Connected North America, and CDO & EVP, Toyota Motor North America received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.

›› Sue-Jean Lin, SVP & CIO, Alcon received the Super Global ORBIE for organizations over $3 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Gertrude Van Horn, SVP & CIO, NCH Corporation received the Global ORBIE for organizations up to $3 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Nimesh Mehta, CIO, National Life Group received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $2 billion annual revenue.

›› Michele Rodgers, CIO, Exeter Finance LLC received the Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $800 million annual revenue.

›› Jyoti Lynch, CIO, European Wax Center received the Corporate ORBIE for organizations up to $800 million annual revenue.

›› Shane Henderson, CTO, Signify Health received the Healthcare ORBIE for hospital & healthcare organizations.

›› Jack Kelanic, CTO, Dallas Independent School District received the Public Sector ORBIE for government, education, and nonprofit organizations.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 1,200 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 300 CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award. The ORBIE honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, led by prior ORBIE recipients, based upon:

›› Leadership and management effectiveness
›› Business value created by technology innovation
›› Engagement in industry and community endeavors

The DallasCIO ORBIE Awards keynote was delivered by Tom Nealon, President of Southwest Airlines. Over 500 guests attended virtually, representing leading North Texas organizations and their technology partners.

The 2021 DallasCIO ORBIE Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:

›› Underwriters: Pariveda, Red Hat, Lumen, Qentelli, & Insight

›› Gold sponsors: Allata, Cigniti, Fortinet, BlueSky IT Partners, & DATAMOB

›› Silver sponsors: Workday, Okta, Rural Sourcing, BizCloud Experts, Avasoft, GorillaLogic, Zscaler, Salesforce, & Snowflake

›› Bronze sponsors: NTT Data, SBASE, Citrix, LAM Technology, Tyler Technologies, NextWorld, Sendero Consulting, Protiviti, Appian, PwC, SHI, Cisco, Oracle, Defi Solutions, Sirius/Nutanix, KS2 Technologies, Blackberry, TIBCO, Perficient, Simplus, Skan.Ai, Thomson Reuters, Technologent, Tata Consultancy Services, Boston Consultant Group, & Between Pixels

›› Media partner: Dallas Business Journal

›› National partner: Year Up

›› About DallasCIO

DallasCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of North Texas chief information officers. DallasCIO is one of 21 chapters of the InspireCIO Leadership Network, a national membership organization comprised exclusively of CIOs from public and private businesses, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit institutions.

DallasCIO is led by a CIO Advisory Board, supported by an executive director and staff. Underwriter executives ensure programs remain non-commercial and exclusive to qualified CIOs and members.

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