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April 06, 2011 14:00 ET

RIS News Announces CIO of the Year Awards to Honor the Retail Industry's Technology Leaders

Awards Designed to Recognize Outstanding Leaders in the Retail Industry Who Have Helped Drive Their Organizations to New Levels of Differentiation and Performance in the Fast-Paced, Rapidly Changing Retail Environment

RANDOLPH, NJ--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - RIS News, the leading retail technology media outlet, has launched the 1st Annual CIO of the Year Awards. The awards will honor retail CIO's who have helped guide their organizations through one of the most tumultuous retail environments in 70 years.

Being held at the 10th Annual Retail Executive Summit on June 20, 2011 at the Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA, the awards will honor CIO executives in four categories including;

  • Innovation - Awarded to the CIO that implemented an emerging technology that drove ROI through top line growth, better customer satisfaction, or bottom line savings.
  • Strategic Impact - Awarded to the CIO that implemented a project that is advancing their company in a new direction, market, or channel(s).
  • Rookie of the Year - Awarded to the CIO who has made a significant impact to their organization in the first year on the job.
  • Career Achievement - Awarded to the CIO who has made a significant contribution to their organization and the industry for a minimum of 15 years.

A panel of industry judges as well as RIS Editors will be selecting the winners based on nominations from retailers and their partners. 

"Retailers have been hit particularly hard the last several years and many have used technology to stay efficient and profitable," said David Weinand Publisher of RIS News. "We are excited to honor the leaders in the industry as they look to provide their companies with the tools they need to re-position themselves for growth." 

Joe Skorupa, RIS Editor-in-Chief, added, "With RIS having covered the industry for over 20 years we believe we are uniquely qualified to create the de facto CIO Awards event for the industry. I'm very excited to be able to honor individuals we write about and engage with every day."

Nominations are being accepted for the RIS CIO of the Year Awards through May 2, 2011. The application and submission instructions can be found at

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RIS News delivers highly targeted information to senior-level executives about breaking news, major industry trends, new technologies and best-practice tips. As the trusted voice in the industry, it provides the essential information retailers need to know to make the right IT decisions for their organizations through best-in-class strategies and solutions. This mission is carried out through a media portfolio that includes print, web, newsletters, webinars, live events, research, social media and custom projects. RIS News is an Edgell Communications media portfolio.

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