The Award recognizes CIOs who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT.
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium recently announced the four finalists for the 11th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.
Harmeen Mehta, Global Chief Information Officer and Head of Digital of Bharti Airtel, is among the four finalists. Mehta is responsible for all of IT and engineering across India, South Asia and 14 countries in Africa. She also leads the digitization agenda across Bharti Airtel, building innovative platforms to bring new monetization opportunities to the company.
The winner will be announced at a private event on May 22, 2018 and publicly during the Symposium, "Up Your Digital Game from Vision to Execution," on May 23, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Over more than a decade, the Award has recognized Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT.
"This year's awards committee is pleased to recognize these four finalists for our prestigious Leadership Award," said George Westerman, Award co-chair. "These individuals demonstrate how great CIOs must continuously redefine their vision to encompass emerging technologies and improve their execution in building a digital organization."
The panel of judges that includes CIOs, academic researchers and IT professionals selected the award finalists who exhibit the key traits of a CIO leader in the following areas:
Exceptional 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.
Recognized IT Leader ("Cheap Information Officer") – Clearly demonstrates value-for-money in the management of core IT services by 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.
Driver of Business Value ("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.
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.