Computerworld Recognizes Technology Leaders Advancing their Business through Digital Transformation with 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leader Awards

Honorees to be recognized at the AGENDA17 Conference

Framingham, Mass. —November 14, 2016—Computerworld —the leading IT media brand dedicated to being the voice of business technology—reveals the 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders (click to tweet). One hundred leaders from technology and business are being acknowledged by Computerworld for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. The honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the AGENDA Conference, co-produced by CIO, Computerworld and the CIO Executive Council.

The AGENDA17 conference will be held March 20-22, 2017, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. AGENDA is the business leadership conference focused on driving your business forward in changing times. At the 2017 conference, 300+ senior IT and line of business professionals will explore digital business demands including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality and leadership in the digital economy, as well as hear first-hand experiences from experts and peers, including Premier 100 honorees.

“The Premier 100 awards program highlights the exceptional work of an elite group of IT executives who are leading their organizations through times of unprecedented change. They are using technology to drive high-stakes business projects and create dynamic growth in their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. “These 100 men and women are not only strategic business thinkers, but also team leaders who recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining the brightest talent to enable digital transformation and harness the opportunities of cloud, big data, mobile and social. We’re pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements.”

This year’s Premier 100 honorees are not only leading their organizations through digital transformation, they are also launching cutting-edge projects that are helping their businesses thrive. This innovative spirit is cultivated throughout their organizations, driving team engagement and new business opportunities.

“Maintaining status quo is no longer a business option. Organizations that cause disruption will quickly advance in their industry, and technology is often the force of this disruption,” said Adam Dennison, SVP / General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO. “We are excited to recognize and bring together such a dynamic group of technology leaders at AGENDA17. Their stories will no doubt spark ideas in future winners and help elevate the technology industry overall.”

2017 Premier 100 Honorees:
Dimitris Agrafiotis
, Chief data officer and head of technology products, Covance
Peter Ambs, CIO, City of Albuquerque
Peter Anderson, CIO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Matthew Arvay, CIO, City of Virginia Beach, Va.
Sami Ben Jamaa, Senior executive officer and CIO, Coca-Cola East Japan
Timothy Birdsall, Senior vice president of Information Services and chief medical information officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Douglas Blackwell, Senior vice president and CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Brett Bonner, Vice president, IT Research and Development, Kroger
Daniel Bosman, Managing director and assistant vice president, TD Securities
Gary Brantley, CIO, DeKalb County School District
Michal Cenkl, Director of Innovation and Technology, Center for Information and Technology, Mitre
Christopher Chang, Senior vice president and CIO, Darden Restaurants
Samuel Chesterman, Worldwide CIO, IPG Mediabrands
Abhishek Choudhary, Manager, Information Systems, Indian Oil
William Confalonieri, Chief digital officer, CIO and vice president, Deakin University
Paul Czarapata, Vice president and CIO, Kentucky Community & Technical College System
Paul Daugherty, CTO, Accenture
Lesley Dickie, Vice president, Global Business Services, IT, Raytheon
Jim Dye, Director, Global IT Infrastructure, Pittsburgh Glass Works
Saman Far, Senior vice president, technology, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
Kim Felix, Vice president, IT, UPS Airlines
Jeff Fields, CIO, Servpro
Harry Folloder, CIO, Advantage Waypoint
Michael Garcia, Vice president, Development Services, Fannie Mae
Rodell Garcia, Chief technology adviser, Manila Water
Gint Grabauskas, CTO, VIxxo
José Güereque, IT and innovation director, Arca Continental
Saravanan Gurumurthy, CTO, ForwardLine
Greg Hart, Vice president, Cloud Services, McKesson
Joseph Haskell, CTO, Planned Systems International
Chong Huan, CIO, The Inland Real Estate Group
Konstandinos Kalpos, Senior advisor, Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mohit Kapoor, Chief information and technology officer, TransUnion
Hakan Karamanli, Executive vice president and CIO, Tam Faktoring
Jeffrey Keisling, Senior vice president and CIO, Business Technology, Pfizer
Sajed Khan, Senior vice president and CIO, United Solutions
Akash Khurana, Vice president and CIO, McDermott International
Georgette Kiser, Managing director and CIO, The Carlyle Group
Wolfgang Krips, Executive vice president, Global Operations, and general manager, Amadeus Data Processing
George Labelle, CIO, Independent Purchasing Cooperative
Jason Lei,
General manager, Intelligence Product, MediaMath
Paul Lough, Vice president, Technology Strategy and Planning, and CTO, Navy Federal Credit Union
Ryan Loy, Vice president, IT, Adtran
Nandu Mahadevan, Vice president, SaaS Operations, BMC Software
Charles Mance, Director, Communications & Technology Support Services, The George Washington University
Saran Mandair, Vice president, Production Operations & IT, Yapstone
Dave McCandless, Vice president, IT, Navis
Trevor McDougall, CIO, Open Colleges
Scott McIsaac, CTO, Secure-24
Matthew Minetola, Executive vice president of technology, CIO, Travelport
Sumit Nagpal, Co-founder, chief architect and UX officer, LumiraDx USA
Robert Napoli, CIO, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
Sarah Naqvi, Executive vice president, CIO, HMSHost
Rafat Naqvi, Vice president, IT Services, Avanade
Steven Narvaez, IT director and CIO, City of Deltona, Fla.
Timothy Newman, Associate deputy assistance secretary, HR Automation, Systems and Analytics, Department of Veteran Affairs
Niel Nickolaisen, Senior vice president and CTO, O.C. Tanner
Jim Noel, Vice president, Software Services, Veterans United Home Loans
Anthony Norris, Senior vice president, IT, FedEx Services
Ken Piddington, CIO and executive advisor, MRE Consulting
Phil Potloff, Chief digital officer, Edmunds
Prabhakar Posam, Head of IT & Business Process, PAE
Kaushik Ray, Vice president, Global Architecture and Customer Engineering, Sungard Availability Services
Jamshid Rezaei, CIO, Mitel
Olaf Romer, Head of corporate IT and group CIO, Baloise Group
Douglas Rousso, Senior vice president and CTO, CBS
Theresa Rowe, CIO, Oakland University
Sanjay Saraf, Senior vice president and CTO, Western Union Digital, Western Union
Robin Sarkar, CIO, Lakeland Health
Sorabh Saxena, Senior vice president, Software Development & Engineering, AT&T
Julie Schlabach, Senior director, Emerging Technology Services, Cerner
Glenn Schneider, Executive vice president and CIO, Discover Financial Services
Lori Scott, CIO, NatureServe
Carlos Selonke, CIO, Santander Bank
John Showalter, Chief health information officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Shane Snider,
Executive vice president, IT and Customer Care, SkillPath Seminars
Scott Spradley, Senior vice president and CIO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sanjay Srinivasan,
Vice president and chief technology architect, Business Engineering, Vonage
Suresh Srinivasan, CTO, NYU Langone Medical Center
Tom Stafford, Vice president and CIO, Halifax Health
Raied Stanley, Vice president, Business Systems, Metropolitan Utilities District
Alan Stukalsky, Managing director and CIO, North America, Randstad North America
Ramakrishnan Sudarshanam, Divisional vice president, IT, United Breweries
Mike Sutten, Senior vice president and CTO, Kaiser Permanente
Thomson Thomas, Senior vice president, Business Systems and Technology, HDFC Standard Life Insurance
Sean Valcamp, Chief information security officer, Avnet
Robin Veit, Director, Client Engineering and Operations, Starz
Radhika Venkatraman, Senior vice president and CIO, Network and Technology, Verizon
Craig Walker, Vice president and Global CIO Shell Downstream, Shell International Petroleum
Melissa Ward, Vice president, IT, Eurpac Service
Creighton Warren, CIO, USG
Florian Wegener, Vice president and head of global ecommerce, Qiagen
Tommy Whitten, District technology coordinator, Madison County Schools
Judd Williams, CIO, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Richard Wilson, Chief, Solution Delivery, Defense Health Agency
Lisa Woodley, Vice president, Digital Experience, NTT Data
Naoto Yamamoto, Chief, Business Solutions, United Nations Development Programme
Michael Young, Chief product security officer, Esri
Michael Yzerman, Vice president and Deputy CIO, Community Health Systems
Sigal Zarmi, CIO, Network and U.S., PwC

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We invite leading technology solution providers to join us at AGENDA17 through our various sponsorship opportunities, including the awards celebration. Please contact Adam Dennison, SVP / General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO at to learn more.

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About the Premier 100 Technology Leadership Awards
The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at: 

About AGENDA17
March 20-22, 2017 :: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida ::
is the business leadership conference focused on transforming business for the digital world.   Transformation changes how companies look at technology, fostering conversations and partnerships among multiple business stakeholders. AGENDA17 brings together more than 300 senior IT and line of business leaders from a range of industries to develop action plans for the digital transformation at their organizations. This event creates a unique atmosphere for technology solution providers to integrate themselves into discussions during the strategic planning stage.

About Computerworld
Computerworld from IDG is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld’s award-winning website (, focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.2 million monthly page views (Omniture, January 2016 – March 2016 average) and was recognized in BtoB’s 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at

About IDG
IDG connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG is the world’s largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients’ success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers’ global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards. IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.*

*Source: comScore Media Metrix, Desktop Unique Visitors, Worldwide, February 2016

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