The Boston CIO Leadership Association (BostonCIO) announced the winners of its 2019 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. BostonCIO recognized chief information officers in six key categories – Leadership, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Corporate and Nonprofit/ Public Sector. The Awards were presented at the Boston CIO of the Year Awards at the Westin Copley Place.

“Today’s recognition of these CIO Executives’ ability to innovate and lead their organizations is the cornerstone of the Boston CIO Leadership Association’s vision of developing transformative technology leaders who deliver business outcomes that impact their organizations, their industries and our world,” said Melissa Sawyer, Executive Director of BostonCIO. “Being selected by their peers is testament to the innovation, leadership and perseverance these individuals have mastered in earning this prestigious recognition.”

The 2019 Boston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award winner in the Large Enterprise category (over $800M in revenue) was Charles Jarrett, SVP & CIO, Cumberland Farms, Inc.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 800 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 185 CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award. The ORBIE honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, led by prior ORBIE recipients, based upon: 

  • Leadership and management effectiveness
  • Business value created by technology innovation
  • Size and scope of responsibilities
  • Engagement in industry and community endeavors

The CIO Awards ceremony was keynoted by Jeanne Ross, Director & Principal Research Scientist of MIT Center for Information Systems Research. Nearly 600 guests attended, representing leading New England organizations and their technology partners.