Winners of 2021 ChicagoCIO ORBIE Awards Announced

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Executives from United Airlines, JLL, Advocate Aurora Health, Vyaire Medical, Redwood Logistics, Republic Bank of Chicago & Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Recognized for their Achievements

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

“The ChicagoCIO 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 Christa Ogilvy, Executive Director of ChicagoCIO. “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 ChicagoCIO ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Linda Jojo, EVP, Technology & CDO, United Airlines received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.

›› Edward Wagoner, CIO, Digital, JLL received the Global ORBIE for organizations over $2 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Bobbie Byrne, CIO, Advocate Aurora Health received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $3 billion annual revenue.

›› Ed Rybicki, SVP & CIO, Vyaire Medical received the Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $1 billion annual revenue.

›› Nicole White, CIO, Redwood Logistics received the Large Corporate ORBIE for organizations over $500 million annual revenue.

›› Madhu Reddy, SVP & CIO, Republic Bank of Chicago received the Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $500 million annual revenue.

›› Tracy Harrington, SVP & CIO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago received the Public Sector ORBIE for state & local government, education, and 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 1,500 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 ChicagoCIO ORBIE Awards keynote was delivered by Jim Whitehurst, President of IBM. Over 450 guests attended virtually, representing leading Chicago organizations and their technology partners.

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

›› Underwriters: Lumen, TEKsystems, Burwood Group & Insight

›› Gold sponsors: Fortinet, Mphasis, VMware/Dell Technologies, Unify Consulting & Google Cloud

›› Silver sponsors: Rural Sourcing, Inc., Slack, Workday, CDW, AHEAD, Maven Wave, Gorilla Logic, Pure Storage, Hexaware, Deloitte, Accenture, EY, Snowflake, & Darktrace

›› Bronze sponsors: Zensar, Delphix, Protiviti, BirlaSoft, TIBCO, MBI Staffing, SAP, FPT, IT1, Verizon Business Group, NTT Data, & Between Pixels

›› Executive search partner: Russell Reynolds Associates

›› National partner: Year Up

›› Media partner: Crain’s Chicago Business

›› About ChicagoCIO

ChicagoCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of Chicagoland chief information officers. ChicagoCIO 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.

ChicagoCIO 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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