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CIOs Called for MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium seeks nominations for this year’s MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, which recognizes CIOs who lead their organizations to pursue innovative use of Information Technology to deliver business value.

The 2013 Award recipients will be honored during a VIP dinner at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 21, 2013.

In the judging criteria, the key characteristics of CIO leadership include:

Strong Communicator – Articulates a vision for strategic business value from IT and works across the organization to build partnership around this vision. Focuses communications on value and innovation, not technology. Helps all IT staff to understand the business and speak the language of business leaders.

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Proven Manager (“Cheap Information Officer”) – Clearly demonstrates value-for-money in the management of core IT services – providing the right services at the right price and the right level of quality. Recognized among peers as an effective leader of the IT unit.

Value Driver (“Chief Improvement Officer”) – Understands the business and needs of the CEO, CFO, Line-of-Business heads and other senior executives. Ensures clear focus on potential and realized value in all IT initiatives. Incorporates IT into business decision-making by participating in key strategic conversations, suggesting innovative uses of IT, and managing risk.

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Trusted Partner (“CIO-Plus”) – Exercises authority beyond IT itself. Considered a trusted member of the senior executive team, not just a technology leader. Suggests innovative uses of IT to transform the business – and successfully executes the changes. May receive additional non-IT responsibilities such as Chief Operating Officer or VP of Strategy, or strategic temporary roles such as Head of M&A integration.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013. The online application form can be found at

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is a global event for CIOs and senior IT executives to become better business leaders.

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