The nomination process starts in early July each year and 30+ top CIO's are nominated by their CEO's. Those nominated prepare an in depth write-up on themselves covering 12 key areas. Each of their answers are judged by 12 of their peers and given a score from 1 to 10. The CIO's are judged on the following categories: Role in the Business, Career Background, Leadership in Driving the Business, Leadership in Company Success in the Global Economy, Innovation/Contribution to the Company's Competitiveness, Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility, Actions taken and accomplishments in Building Business Partners, Vision (Long & Short term); Thoroughness and Practicality of Vision, Relevance to the Business, Contribution to external Customers, Organizational Effectiveness, External Recognition (awards), and Community and Professional Contributions.
From left to right: John Hinshaw, CIO at Boeing and co-chair for the award committee; Susan Malisch CIO at Loyola University Chicago and the 2010 CIO of the Year award winner; Divakar (Dave) Kamath CIO at Idex Corp. and co-chair for the award committee; Paul Dittmann, President of AITP's Chicago chapter; and Rich Barnier, past president of the Chicago Chapter and National Board of Directors of AITP and he has actively been helping CIO's and promoting the CIO of the Year award since he founded it in 1995. In 2003 AITP and The Executives Club of Chicago joined together to co-sponsor this award giving the award and local CIOs higher exposure and recognition at the CEO level.