Finalists Named for the 2022 National CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards

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For nearly 25 years, the CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards have recognized technology executives for outstanding leadership and business value created by technology innovation. Annually, ORBIE winners from the 25 InspireCIO chapters across the US are eligible for the National CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards.

The 2022 National CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards finalists are:

›› Super Global Finalists – includes CIOs for organizations over $20 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations:

Shelia Anderson, EVP & CIO, Corporate Functions, Liberty Mutual
Robin Brown, CIO, Protein North America, Cargill
Melanie Kalmar, Corporate VP & CIO and CDO, Dow, Inc
Prakash Kota, SVP & CIO, Autodesk
Rashmi Kumar, SVP & CIO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Michael Zahigian, SVP & CIO, Amgen

›› Global Finalists – includes CIOs for organizations over $5 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations:

Brian Gabbard, VP IT & Services and Global Shared Services, Ball Corporation
Rich Gilbert, SVP & Chief Digital Information Officer, Aflac
Sue-Jean Lin, SVP & CITO, Alcon
Mark Papermaster, CTO & EVP, AMD
Edward Wagoner, EVP & CIO, Digital, JLL
Mike Wondrasch, EVP, CIO & Head of Enterprise Shared Services, Avantor

›› Large Enterprise Finalists – includes CIOs for organizations over $5 billion annual revenue:

Aaron Gwinner, SVP & CIO, Reynolds American
Kim Hales, SVP, IT, NRG Energy
Todd Inlander, SVP & CIO, Southern California Edison
Tara Long, Head of Technology, MassMutual
Adhir Mattu, SVP & CIO, Marvell Technology, Inc.
Dr. Edward Mesrobian, CIO & CTO, Nordstrom, Inc.

›› Enterprise Finalists – includes CIOs for organizations over $2 billion annual revenue:

Anthony Bobos, EVP & CIO, Vitalant
Brad Breau, SVP & CIO, Tokio Marine HCC
Jeanine Charlton, SVP & CTDO, IT, Merchants Fleet
Anita Klopfenstein, CIO, Little Caesars Enterprise
John Lambeth, EVP & CIO, Maximus
Steve Mills, Global CIO, iHeartMedia

›› Large Corporate Finalists – includes CIOs for organizations over $1.2 billion annual revenue:

Colleen Berube, CIO & SVP Operations, Zendesk
Bernie Gracy, SVP & CDO, Agero
Rachel Lockett, CIO, Pohlad Companies
Darryl Maraj, CTO, GA Telesis, Digital Innovation Group
John Pelant, EVP & CTO, CWT

›› Corporate Finalists – includes CIOs for organizations up to $1.2 billion annual revenue:

Andrew Brock, President & CIO, Associa; CEO, Associa Digital Services
Bridget Collins, Chief Transformation Officer & CIO, Cerence
Jyoti Lynch, CIO, European Wax Center
George Marootian, EVP & Head of Technology, Natixis Investment Managers – US
Michele Rodgers, CIO, Exeter Finance LLC
Kristy Simonette, SVP of Strategic Services & CIO, Camden Property Trust

›› Nonprofit/Public Sector Finalists – includes CIOs of government, education & nonprofit organizations:

Dr. Curt Carver, VP & CIO, UAB
Rob Dickson, CIO, Wichita Public Schools
Sharon Kennedy Vickers, CIO & Director, Office of Technology and Communications, City of Saint Paul
Thomas Murphy, University CIO & SVP of IS and Computing, University of Pennsylvania
Ted Ross, CIO & General Manager, City of Los Angeles
Phillip Ventimiglia, Chief Innovation Officer, Georgia State University

›› Healthcare Finalists – includes CIOs of hospitals & healthcare organizations:

Mark Brooks, EVP & CIO, Centene Corporation
Dr. Bobbie Byrne, CIO, Advocate Aurora Health
Alan Cullop, SVP & CIO, DaVita Inc.
William Fandrich, SVP & CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
BJ Moore, EVP & CIO, Providence
Cris Ross, CIO, Mayo Clinic

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 are made possible by:

›› Premier Sponsors: Fortinet & Workato
›› Awards Sponsor: Strategic Staffing Solutions
›› Digital Sponsor: Globant

The National ORBIE winners will be announced live on July 28, 2022 during the National ORBIE Awards at Hotel Avalon in Atlanta, Georgia.

›› About InspireCIO

InspireCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of chief information officers. InspireCIO 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.

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