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Chicago AITP Chapter Awards CIO of the Year

Tuesday, May 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Czubak, AITP Chicago President

Left to right: Robert Kress, ECC Technology Committee Co-Chair, Melissa Bean, President & CEO The Executive Club of Chicago, Paul Dittmann, Immediate Past President & Marketing Chairperson AITP Chicago, Sanjib Sahoo, CTO OptionMonster(R) Holdings, Inc., Richard Barnier, Lifetime Member & Director Emeritus AITP Chicago, Member ECC Technology Committee & Board Member SIM, Morgan Mann, ECC Technology Committee Co-Chair

Since 2003, The Chicago Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals together with The Executives' Club of Chicago (ECC) and Society of Information Management (SIM) Chicago has recognized technology leaders with the CIO of the Year Award. The award was established to publicly recognize the increasingly important role of the CIO in corporate and social leadership as well as the significance that technology plays in Midwestern companies and our economy. Selection considers leadership in driving business value and technological innovation, business partnerships and creating best in class workplace for IT professionals. Past CIO of the year honorees include technology leaders from Nalco, Loyola University, Boeing and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The 2013 CIO of the Year award was presented to OptionMonster Holdings' Sanjib Sahoo as the honoree at the ECC's Annual Awards luncheon program in front of an audience of over 600 executives. Sanjib was selected from a group of top IT executives from some of Chicagoland's largest and most-recognized companies. A panel of 13 judges reviewed nominations that were scored in 11 weighted categories to determine the winner. Sanjib received the highest scores in several categories including Leadership in Driving Business Value, Vision and Tactics and Managing the IT organization.

"This is a great honor that reflects on the whole of our truly world class technology team. We have achieved huge successes using disruptive technologies to create a leading industry financial trading experience within a short time," said Sahoo. "It has been a phenomenal experience building this team from the ground up to solve complex challenges and create competitive differentiation for our business." Sanjib Sahoo CIO of the Year Award honoree 2013 .

OptionMonster Holdings, Inc. is the parent of tradeMONSTER, an online brokerage firm.

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 2003 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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