- Alec Joannou, Global CIO at ABB, wins the Swiss CIO Award 2021.
- The following have been named as Top CIO of the Year: Achim Baumstark (Helvetia), Stephan Burkart (Implenia), Daniel Feichter (Stobag AG), Sandra Hauser (Zurich Insurance), Anne-Thérès Morel (Swisscom) and Remo Schmidli (Zürcher Kantonalbank).
- These days, a modern Chief Information Officer stands at the center of many corporate transformations.
Alec Joannou, Global CIO at ABB, has been named Best IT Manager for 2021. "With his submission, Alec Joannou was able to impressively demonstrate that IT organization in a large corporation like ABB can drive significant positive change within three years," says Andreas Toggwyler, Global Assurance Data Officer, EY Global. The current challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic and increased IT efficiency have been successfully overcome, Toggwyler continued. "As a result, ABB IT has today clearly developed from a classic cost center towards a profit center and uses customer centricity and intelligent IT governance to play a key role in shaping digitization at ABB," says Toggwyler, who is the jury president of the Swiss CIO Award.
Other winners include the following, who received the Top CIO of the Year award: Achim Baumstark (CTO at Helvetia Versicherungen), Stephan Burkart (CIO at Implenia), Daniel Feichter (Group CIO at Stobag AG), Sandra Hauser (Head Transformation & Technology, Member of the Executive Board at Zurich Insurance Switzerland), Anne-Thérès Morel (Head of Capability Management & Member of the Swisscom Business Customers Division at Swisscom (Switzerland) AG), and Remo Schmidli (Head of IT, Operations & Real Estate at Zürcher Kantonalbank). “We received a lot of excellent applications for this year’s Swiss CIO Award. More than ever, CIOs are at the heart of transformation at many companies, driving change from an operational, technical and talent perspective," says jury president Toggwyler, commenting on the challenges and priorities of the award recipients.
About the award
The Swiss CIO Award is presented annually by EY Switzerland in cooperation with the CIO platform Confare. It honors the best Swiss IT managers of the year with the Swiss #CIOAward. The winners will be selected by a jury headed by Andreas Toggwyler, Global Assurance Data Officer, EY Global. The other jury members who selected this year's Swiss winners are Stella Gatziu Grivas (Professor at the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland), Christian Russ (Lecturer and Course Director at the School of Management and Law – Institute for Information Systems at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences), Konrad Zöschg (Head ICT at Swissgrid AG and winner of the Swiss CIO Award 2020), Paul Schmidinger (Coordinator of the Master's course "Digitization, Policy and Communication" at the University of Applied Sciences Campus Vienna), Gerhard Schwabe (Professor of Information Management at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Zurich), Reinhard Riedl (Head of the Center Digital Society, Bern University of Applied Sciences).
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