Winners of 2021 SeattleCIO ORBIE Awards Announced

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Executives from Starbucks, Nordstrom, Inc., Zillow Group, Wireless Advocates & Car Toys, Redfin, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, & Providence Recognized for their Achievements

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

“The SeattleCIO 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 Lindsey Estep, Executive Director of SeattleCIO. “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 SeattleCIO ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Gerri Martin-Flickinger, EVP & CTO, Starbucks received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.

›› Edmond Mesrobian, CIO & CTO, Nordstrom, Inc., received the Global ORBIE for organizations over $7.5 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› BJ Moore, EVP & CIO, Providence received the Healthcare ORBIE for hospitals & healthcare organizations over $2.5 billion annual revenue.

›› David Beitel, Founder & CTO, Zillow Group received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $1.5 billion annual revenue.

›› Lisa Wernli, EVP & CIO, Wireless Advocates & Car Toys received the Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $1 billion annual revenue.

›› Bridget Frey, CTO, Redfin received the Large Corporate ORBIE, for organizations over $500 million annual revenue.

›› Diane Tschauner, CIO, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic received the Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $500 million annual revenue.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 1,500 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 350 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 SeattleCIO ORBIE Awards keynote was delivered by Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai Technologies. Almost 300 guests attended virtually, representing leading Seattle organizations and their technology partners.

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

›› Underwriters: Lumen, Pariveda, Snowflake, & Google Cloud

›› Gold sponsors: Fortinet, Comcast Business, Arctic Wolf, Unify Consulting, & SHI

›› Silver sponsors: Rural Sourcing, Inc., Rubrik, ServiceNow, Moveworks, Delphix, AHEAD, Flexera, Palo Alto Networks, Darktrace, Akamai Technologies, & Emtec

›› Bronze sponsors: Dell Technologies, TIBCO, Slalom, Accenture, The HCI Group, Microsoft, Birlasoft, Tata Consultancy Services, & Between Pixels

›› National partner: Year Up

›› Media partner: Puget Sound Business Journal

›› About SeattleCIO

SeattleCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of Seattle chief information officers. SeattleCIO 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.

SeattleCIO 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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