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Chicago 2011 CIO of the Year Award Winner Update

Friday, December 9, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rich Barnier, AITP Chicago & SIM Chicago Board

On October 26th at the Executives Club of Chicago preceding the "High Tech Conference” the 2011 CIO of the Year award was presented to Mr. Stewart H. McCutcheon Chief Information & Productivity Officer at Nalco Corporation by co-sponsors Executives Club of Chicago, Society of Information Management (SIM) and the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).

Stewart H. McCutcheon Chief Information & Productivity Officer at Nalco

Since 1995 the top CIO's in the Chicagoland area have been recognized by being nominated by their peers and CEOs for the annual CIO of the Year award. Just to be recognized and nominated by other industry leaders is a great honor. The award was established to publicly recognize the increasingly important role of the CIO in value realization and the delivery of exceptional ROI, as well as the significance that technology plays in Midwestern companies and our economy. The award was presented and recognized the CIO of the Year winner for his accomplishments in front of an audience of over 500 executives on October 26th at the beginning of The Executives Club of Chicago High Tech Conference preceding the CEO luncheon.

The nomination process starts in early June each year and 20+ top CIOs are nominated by their CIO peers and company CEO's. Those nominated prepare an in depth write-up on themselves covering 12 key category areas. Each of the CIO category answers are individually judged by 10 of their peers and given a score from 1 to 10 for each category. This year the CIOs were 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.

Please congratulate Mr. Stewart McCutcheon on being chosen by his peers to be the top CIO and be recognized by his peers as the2011 CIO of the Year.

The Chicago CIO of the Year competition is an excellent example of how the Chicago Chapter has increased its visibility and stature through collaboration or alliance activities. The award was founded by Rich Barnier (Chicago Chapter President for many years) and was first awarded in 1995. While the Chicago Chapter and Rich have been the driving force behind the award, it has been co-branded with the Executives Club of Chicago since 2004 and with SIM since 2011. SIM Chicago is one of the largest SIM chapters. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, the Executives Club of Chicago is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious business organizations. This co-branding strategy is a key element of Chicago Chapter's marketing to the Chicago business and IT community.

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