Winners of The InspireCIO National ORBIE Awards Announced

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Executives from Dow, Inc., Alcon, NRG Energy, Little Caesars Enterprise - Ilitch Owned Companies, Zendesk, Associa, Mayo Clinic, & UAB Recognized for their Achievements

For nearly 25 years, the CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards have recognized technology executives for outstanding leadership and the business value created by technology innovation. On July 28, 2022, for the first-time ever, ORBIE winners from across the US came together in-person for the National ORBIE Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.

InspireCIO Leadership Network announced the winners of its National CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. InspireCIO recognized chief information officers in eight key categories – Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Large Corporate, Corporate, Healthcare, and Nonprofit/Public Sector.

The 2022 National ORBIE Awards winners are:

›› Melanie Kalmar, Corporate VP, CIO & CDO, Dow, Inc. received the Super Global ORBIE for organizations over $20 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Sue-Jean Lin, SVP & Chief Information and Transformation Officer, Alcon received the Global ORBIE for organizations over $5 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Kim Hales, SVP of IT, NRG Energy received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $5 billion annual revenue.

›› Anita Klopfenstein, CIO, Little Caesars Enterprise - Ilitch Owned Companies received the Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $2 billion annual revenue.

›› Colleen Berube, SVP & CIO, Operations, Zendesk received the Large Corporate ORBIE for organizations over $1.2 billion annual revenue.

›› Andrew Brock, President & CIO, Associa; CEO Associa Digital Services, Associa received the Corporate ORBIE for organizations up to $1.2 billion annual revenue.

›› Cris Ross, CIO, Mayo Clinic received the Healthcare ORBIE for hospitals & healthcare organizations.

›› Dr. Curt Carver, VP & CIO, UAB received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE for government, education & 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 500 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 2022 National ORBIE Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:

›› Premier Sponsor: Fortinet, Google Cloud, Lumen, PWC, & Workato

›› Awards Sponsor: Ballast Services, Inc., Delta Airlines, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Quantiphi, SHI International, Utegration, West Monroe Partners LLC

›› Digital Sponsor: Cognizant, Globant, Infosys, Pariveda Solutions, PRO Unlimited, Strategic Staffing Solutions

›› National partner: Year Up

The National ORBIE Awards were hosted by the National ORBIE Awards Chair, Mamatha Chamarthi, Global SVP of Software & Business Management of Stellantis. The National ORBIE Awards culminated Converge22, the first InspireCIO National Member Conference in Atlanta, GA. Members from all 25 chapters represented as the InspireCIO world gathered to connect and collaborate, share knowledge and experience, build relationships, and celebrate the accomplishments of the Finalists and Winners at the 2022 National ORBIE Awards.

›› About InspireCIO

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

Each of the 25 chapters within InspireCIO 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.

›› Achieve your leadership potential through InspireCIO: http://www.InspireCIO.com

›› Stay connected with InspireCIO at: http://www.linkedin.com/company/InspireCIO

›› Browse over 20 years of ORBIE finalists & winners at: http://www.orbie.org

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