Houston CIO Leadership Association Announces Recipients of 2018 CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards

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Executives from Houston Recognized for Their Achievements

The Houston CIO Leadership Association (HoustonCIO) announced the winners of its 2018 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. HoustonCIO recognized chief information officers in five key categories –Super Global, Global, Enterprise, Corporate and Nonprofit. The awards were presented at the Houston CIO of the Year Awards at the Marriott Marquis.

“The individuals who have earned these awards are the best and brightest leaders – not just within Houston chief information officers, but in the categories they represent,” said Lisa LaRoque, Executive Director of HoustonCIO. “In today’s interconnected world, organizations that win in the marketplace benefit from the superior strategic planning and day-to-day execution these CIOs bring to the table.”

The 2018 Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award winners are:
Super Global: Akash Khurana, McDermott International
Global: Ellison Scudder, AIG Travel
Enterprise: Michael Dove, Cheniere Energy
Corporate: Aldrich Varilla, CHEP Recycled Pallet Solutions
Nonprofit: Lenny Schad, Houston Independent School District

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 500 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 125 CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award. The Award 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:
›› The size and scope of responsibilities
›› Leadership and management effectiveness
›› Business value created by technology innovation
›› Engagement in industry and community endeavors

The CIO Awards ceremony was keynoted by Brad Cowles, COO and President, Fire Protection Core and Main.

The 2018 Houston CIO of the Year Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:
›› Underwriters: Pariveda
›› Gold sponsors: Appian, VMware, Splunk & CenturyLink
›› Silver sponsors: Openlink, Netsync Network Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services & Smartbridge
›› Bronze sponsors: Visionet, NTT Data, MapR, Salesforce, Geoforce, Infrastructure Networks, Microsoft, Critical Start, PSI, KPMG, PSIOG & Between Pixels
›› Media sponsor: The Houston Business Journal
›› About the Houston CIO Leadership Association

The Houston CIO Leadership Association (HoustonCIO) is the preeminent professional association for Houston chief information officers. Our membership is comprised exclusively of CIOs (or equivalent executive roles) from public and private companies, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit organizations.

HoustonCIO is led by a CIO Advisory Board which sets the annual program agenda for the association. Events are facilitated by a full-time Executive Director and professional staff. HoustonCIO events are CIO-led and attended solely by CIO-level executives.

›› Achieve your leadership potential through HoustonCIO: http://www.Houstoncio.org

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