MichiganCIO Announces Recipients of 2020 CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards

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Executives from Dow, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Carhartt, DTE Energy, Flagstar Bank, OneMagnify & University of Michigan Recognized for their Achievements

MichiganCIO announced the winners of its 2020 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. MichiganCIO recognized chief information officers in seven key categories – Leadership, Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Corporate, and Nonprofit/Public Sector. The MichiganCIO of the Year Awards were presented virtually.

“The MichiganCIO ORBIE winners demonstrate the value great leadership creates. Especially in these uncertain times, CIOs are leading in unprecedented ways and enabling the largest work-from-home experiment in history,” according to Jen Wise, Executive Director of MichiganCIO. “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 2020 MichiganCIO of the Year ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Melanie Kalmar, Corporate VP, CIO & CDO, Dow received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.

›› Mamatha Chamarthi, CIO & CDO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles received the Super Global ORBIE for organizations over $5 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› John Hill, CIO & SVP, Business Planning, Carhartt received the Global ORBIE for organizations over $1 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Steven Ambrose, VP & CIO, DTE Energy received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $3 billion annual revenue.

›› Jennifer Charters, EVP & CIO, Flagstar Bank received the Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $500 million annual revenue.

›› Andrew Frey, CIO, OneMagnify received the Corporate ORBIE for organizations up to $500 million annual revenue.

›› Ravi Pendse, VP IT & CIO, University of Michigan received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE for government, education & other 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 1,000 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 CIO Awards ceremony was keynoted by Fran Dramis, 5-Time Fortune 500 CIO. Over 200 guests attended virtually, representing leading Michigan organizations and their technology partners.

The 2020 MichiganCIO of the Year Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:

›› Gold sponsors: Strategic Staffing Solutions, Google Cloud, Fortinet, PwC & Coretek

›› Silver sponsors: Pure Storage, Splunk, AHEAD, Tata Communications, Workday & Vectorform

›› Bronze sponsors: VMWare Tanzu, Accenture, ChoiceTel/Masergy, Verizon & Between Pixels

›› Media partner: Crain’s Detroit Business

›› About the MichiganCIO

MichiganCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of Michigan chief information officers. MichiganCIO is one of 17 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.

MichiganCIO 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 MichiganCIO: http://www.MichiganCIO.org

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

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