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Oracle Excellence Awards—Winners
CIO of the Year

CIO of the Year


2016 Winners

Our customers and partners amaze us with their successes, and we appreciate the chance to celebrate and acknowledge their wins.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Oracle Excellence Awards.

Munish Mittal
CIO of the Year

Munish Mittal, Chief Information Officer, HDFC Bank

Mittal played a key role in implementing smart and robust technology solutions, helping to establish a new IT architecture and digital platforms, supporting new cutting-edge innovations for the bank. Ten-second loan, Payzapp solutions, and next-generation digital solutions like Smartbuy have helped enhance customer experiences, while contributing to HDFC Bank’s recognition as India's most valuable brand.

Hiroaki Kitazawa
CIO of the Year

Hiroaki Kitazawa, Chief Information Officer, Toyota

Kitazawa led the IT-Toyota New Global Architecture (IT-TNGA) initiative, achieving a 30 percent cost reduction in five years. Toyota has built a strong relationship with Oracle, sharing the IT-TNGA architectural vision and enabling the two companies to jointly develop a state-of-the-art IT platform that has increased security, scalability, and reliability while enabling collaborative and innovative expansions with cutting technologies. Hear from 2016 CIO of the Year winner, Hiroaki Kitazawa.

Kirit Shah
CIO of the Year

Kirit Shah, Chief Information Officer, Landmark Group

Kirit has been at the forefront of adopting best business practices and establishing a technological platform that is scalable and supports Landmark’s aggressive growth plan and management vision. Over its decade-long relationship with Oracle, the Landmark Group has grown its store presence from 200 to nearly 2,000, and increased employee strength to 50,000 with a customer base of over 10 million in the Middle East region.

Ignacio Vera
CIO of the Year

Ignacio Vera, Chief Operation Officer, Banco de Chile

Vera has led Banco de Chile toward a significant transformation, improving the experience of its millions of customers by delivering products and services leveraging the full stack of Oracle solutions, including engineered systems, technology, middleware, and applications, both on premises and in Oracle Cloud. Banco de Chile has streamlined services from multiple vendors into a strong relationship with Oracle that enables it to ensure greater stability and a higher standard of service, supported by Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services and Consulting. See article in Profit magazine.

Rick Hassman
CIO of the Year

Rick Hassman, Chief Information Officer, Pella

With Hassman’s leadership, Pella has established itself as an innovator and world-class customer service organization. Hassman plans to continue driving growth and modernization at the company and has embarked on a 10-year plan to transform Pella across multiple lines of business with Oracle technologies—most recently working with the Oracle Service Cloud team to enable modern services solutions that help Pella deliver exceptional customer experience. Read about Hassman and Pella on Forbes OracleVoice, and see article in Profit magazine.

Michael Sylvester
CIO of the Year

Michael Sylvester, Chief Information Officer, Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services

Sylvester has dramatically transformed the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services’ technology footprint over 10 years through the successful delivery of numerous innovative IT projects and implementations, including call center telephony, VoIP, SOA solutions, document imaging and electronic records management, mobile applications, predictive analytics and data mining, business intelligence, advanced networks, and virtualization. His consistent success in implementing mission-critical projects and new technologies, as well as inspiring the growth of innovative culture in his department, has made him a highly regarded CIO within Los Angeles County and across California. Sylvester’s most recent achievement includes overseeing the successful implementation—ahead of schedule and on budget—of the largest health and human services public assistance case management and benefits issuance system in the nation. Known as LRS and composed of numerous Oracle components throughout the solution stack, the system serves more than 3.5 million participants in Los Angeles County alone and saved the county, state, and federal government millions in legacy system cost avoidance. See article in Profit magazine including Michael Sylvester.

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