Winners of 2021 SoCalCIO ORBIE Awards Announced

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Executives from Qualcomm, Amgen, Southern California Edison, City of Los Angeles, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Caltech, City of Santa Monica, & Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego Recognized for their Achievements

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

“The SoCalCIO 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 Leza Dabit, Executive Director of SoCalCIO. “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 SoCalCIO ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Mary Gendron, SVP & CIO, Qualcomm received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.

›› Michael Zahigian, SVP & CIO, Amgen received the Global ORBIE for organizations up to $1.5 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.

›› Todd Inlander, SVP & CIO, Southern California Edison received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $4 billion annual revenue.

›› Ted Ross, CIO & General Manager, City of Los Angeles received the Enterprise ORBIE, for organizations over $2 billion annual revenue.

›› Randi Levin, CIO & Director of IT, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech received the Large Corporate ORBIE for organizations over $1.5 billion annual revenue.

›› Dr. Joseph Cevetello, CIO, City of Santa Monica received the Corporate ORBIE for organizations up to $700 million annual revenue.

›› Albert Oriol, VP & CIO, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE for nonprofit organizations up to $1 billion annual revenue.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 1,800 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 400 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 SoCalCIO ORBIE Awards keynote was delivered by Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO & Co-Founder of Akamai Technologies. Over 300 guests attended virtually, representing leading Southern California organizations and their technology partners.

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

›› Underwriters: CerraCap Ventures, Google Cloud, Lumen, & Splunk

›› Gold sponsors: Fortinet & Pluralsight

›› Silver sponsors: Akamai, Cox Business, Darktrace, Delphix, FPT, HCL, Palo Alto Networks, Rubrik, SAIC, & ServiceNow

›› Bronze sponsors: Between Pixels, CalTek Technologies, CGI, Dell Technologies, Infosys, TIBCO, World Wide Technologies, & Zensar Technologies

›› National partner: Year Up

›› Media partner: Los Angeles Business Journal

›› About SoCalCIO

SoCalCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of Southern California chief information officers. SoCalCIO 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.

SoCalCIO 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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