CIO50 takes shape, community gets nominating

CIO50 takes shape, community gets nominating

Former CIOs, big brand CEOs, assembled as part of esteemed Judging Panel

As the nomination clock counts down to its August 15 deadline, CIO Australia is encouraging ICT leaders to be part of the inaugural launch year of the CIO50 in order to tell their stories of business transformation, innovation and leadership.

The CIO50 list recognises Australia’s 50 most innovative and effective CIOs, or head of technology, who are influencing rapid change across their organisations. It will applaud those who are leading the IT function and driving innovative technology‐driven projects that have completely transformed business processes.

Unmistakably, CIOs are transforming to become business strategists, cleverly adopting innovation and continually shifting towards an ICT visionary role. No doubt, the CIO’s responsibilities have switched from managing costs centres to a stronger business orientation.

Certainly, it is a pivotal time in the life and times of a CIO, and with CIO Australia at the coalface of the c-level environment (chronicling and capturing the stories that matter), it is now more important than ever to recognise and applaud the ICT leaders shaping the future of industry and government.

Once nominations close on August 15, 2016, all submissions will be reviewed by our 17-strong judging panel members, who will rate each section of the questionnaire in order to determine our final list.

A host of industry experts has been assembled as part of the Judging Panel, with a mix of technology experts, who are all former CIOs from government, industry and academia, as well as current CEOs from major brands.

The esteemed judges include: Nick Baker, CEO of RedBalloon; Rebekah Horne, chief digital officer, National Rugby League; Lesley Gillespie, founder, executive director and joint-CEO of Bakers Delight; Alex Scandurra, founding CEO, Stone & Chalk; Fi Slaven, general manager, William Buck; Jenny Beresford, research director, Gartner; Tim Sheedy, principal analyst serving CIOs, Forrester; Marie Johnson, managing director and chief digital officer, Centre for Digital Business; Owen McCall, director, Owen McCall Consulting; Garry Whatley, director, CIO Advisory; Leila Henderson, CEO, Freddi Studio, Newsmaker; Bridget Gray, managing director, Harvey Nash; David Gee, CXO advisor; Peter Acheson, CEO, Peoplebank Australia; Ron Hooton, CEO, Vision Australia; Scott Stewart, CIO consultant, Deloitte.

The full CIO50 List of profiles will feature on the CIO Australia website on November 11, 2016, which will be written by the editorial team of CIO editor, Byron Connolly, CIO associate editor, Jennifer O’Brien, and CIO senior journalist George Nott. A cocktail reception and celebration to reveal the CIO50 - and applaud and showcase some of the successful thought-leaders – is slated for November 10, 2016.

So as the clock ticks, now is your chance to tell your story and showcase excellence in three key pillars: business transformation; innovation; and leadership. Across the three sections, there are 16 questions to answer. The word count for responses to each question should be no more than 300 words.

To get more information and to enter online, click here.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please feel free to contact CIO Australia associate editor Jennifer O'Brien at

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