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MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

May 19, 2010 17:33 ET

2010 CIO Innovation Award Winners Announced at 7th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

Casey Coleman of U.S. General Services Administration and Thomas Nealon of JCPenney Corporation Demonstrate Outstanding IT Innovation and Leadership in Public and Private Sectors

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced two winners for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2010 Award for Leadership in Innovation. The award recognizes chief information officers for their ability to foster a culture of innovation, while delivering best-in-class IT services to support the organizational mission.

"Based on the unique requirements of the public and private sectors, the Symposium chose to select two winners this year," said Ellen Quackenbush, Co-chair of the Innovation Award Program. "Each winner represents excellence within their domain."

The winners are:

  • Casey Coleman, CIO, U.S. General Services Administration (Public Sector)
    The GSA mission-critical functions include general acquisition services, information technology, and financial management. If the GSA were a public company, it would rank in the top half of the Fortune 500. Ms. Coleman won broad support for her solid governance practices and for dramatic improvements in GSA's core IT services. She emerged as a key player in President's Obama's Cloud Computing initiative. Due to her innovative leadership to drive change, Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra chose GSA to lead the cloud initiative as a model for the future government-wide collaborative platform.

    Ms. Coleman was named CIO in 2007, after serving as CIO in several divisions within the GSA. Ms. Coleman holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas A&M University, and a master's degree in business administration and finance from University of Texas at Arlington.

    "I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the GSA team," said Ms. Coleman. "We are very committed to a culture of innovation and to fostering innovative approaches to better serve the American public and our stakeholders."

  • Thomas Nealon, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, JCPenney Corporation (Private Sector)
    Mr. Nealon's vision of collaborative innovation is built on business enablement teams that integrate process and IT change to address key business challenges. His success metrics for the "Door to Floor" in-bound merchandising system was not only increased efficiency and accuracy, but also enabling associates to spend more time with customers. His leadership has made him a core member of JCPenney's executive team, with strategy, investor relations and IT reporting to him directly.

    Mr. Nealon joined JCPenney as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer in 2006. Prior to JCPenney, Tom held positions in Frito-Lay, Inc., The Feld Group, and Southwest Airlines. Mr. Nealon holds a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Dallas.

    "This recognition is quite an honor for the entire IT team at JCPenney," said Mr. Nealon. "Investing in innovation and technology is critical in today's retail environment, especially as JCPenney begins to execute on its long range plan for growth. Our teams are motivated to develop innovative technology solutions that change the way we engage with our customers and become the forefront of driving our business."

Award Finalists in Alphabetical Order:

  • James Noga, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Mr. Noga was named CIO in 1997 after serving as Director of Clinical Application. Mr. Noga holds a B.S. degree in Medical Technology and an M.S. degree in Biomedical Computing and Information Processing from the Ohio State University. He is also an instructor in Northeastern University's Graduate Health Informatics Program.

  • Christopher Rieder, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
    Mr. Rieder joined VITAS as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer in 2009. Prior to VITAS, Chris held positions at PAREXEL International and Kos Pharmaceuticals. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an M.B.A. in information technology from the American University in Washington, D.C.

"The goal of this award is to recognize CIOs for their leadership in envisioning and executing innovation in their organizations," said Graham G. Rong, the 2010 CIO Symposium Chair. "These individuals exemplify the best of IT leadership."

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global event for CIOs and senior IT executives to become better business leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today's changing global economy. The annual event offers a day of interactive learning and thought-provoking discourse on the future of technology, best practices, and business that is not available anywhere else. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by a team from the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston, the MIT Center for Digital Business and the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management. Visit for more information.

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