In Good Company

by David Baum

February 2017

Part of the Oracle Excellence Awards, the CIO of the Year awards are given annually to leaders who exemplify vision and dedication in working with and managing Oracle products and services. Congratulations to the following winners for 2016:

Munish Mittal, HDFC CIO of the Year–APAC

Munish Mittal has helped turn HDFC into the most profitable bank in India. Under his leadership, HDFC has bolstered its customer base and improved profitability through innovative offerings such as a 10-second personal loan, a payment wallet, and other digital services that have brought in 20,000 new accounts per day and contributed to 20 percent year-over-year growth.

Hiroaki Kitazawa, Toyota Motors CIO of the Year–Japan

A visionary for Toyota Motors, Hiroaki Kitazawa has led the Toyota New Global Architecture initiative, achieving 30 percent cost reduction in five years, while developing a highly productive technology platform. Throughout this process, Kitazawa has helped keep an incredibly complex project on course, leveraging his stakeholder influence to achieve business value for Toyota.

Kirit Shah, Landmark Group CIO of the Year–EMEA

Kirit Shah understands the impact of technology on business and is a strong believer that IT is an enabler of business success. He joined Landmark Group in 2004 when Landmark revenue was US$400 million. Today Landmark Group’s revenue is US$6 billion, a 15-times increase in 12 years.

Ignacio Vera, Banco de Chile CIO of the Year–Latin America

Ignacio Vera has led Banco de Chile through a significant transformation, improving the experience of millions of customers. He has achieved a high level of executive and organizational engagement, which has resulted in the delivery of innovative new services to end customers across branch, web, and mobile channels.

Rick Hassman, Pella CIO of the Year–North America

Through Rick Hassman’s leadership, Pella has established itself as a technology innovator and world-class customer service organization. Hassman has embarked on a 10-year plan to transform Pella across multiple lines of business with various Oracle technologies related to human capital management, customer experience, and enterprise resource planning systems for manufacturing and supply chain.

Michael Sylvester, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services CIO of the Year–North America

Michael Sylvester has guided LA County through several large IT program changes and evolved the technology footprint overall for health and human services in local government. He has provided thought leadership and guidance to the Department of Public Social Services during a massive mainframe replacement initiative and service-oriented architecture case management implementation; initiatives for enterprise data warehousing, data mining, predictive analytics, electronic records management and imaging, and a VoIP telephony call center; as well as many other solutions that have dramatically improved services to the citizens of LA County.

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