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CIO of the Year

CIO of the Year

Akash Khurana
CIO of the Year - NA Apps

Akash Khurana, Global Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer McDermott International, Inc.

McDermott International, an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation company, is approaching IT transformation with a digital-born mindset. The driving force behind the change is leader Akash Khurana, who is shifting the perception of IT. Khurana is focused on business outcomes—and believes CIOs need to consider how IT activities have a direct influence on revenue generation. Khurana has created a structure—consisting of the people, processes, and enterprise architecture—that enables business transformation. Khurana created a balanced focus between tackling obsolescence and exploiting new platforms. The strategy is centered on keeping one eye on the future and innovation opportunities—and Khurana believes that the three-pronged approach to transformation that consists of obsolescence, platforms, and innovation is critical to a long-term digital success of an organization.

Khurana is a believer in collaboration and engaged colleagues from across the organization when deploying new cloud solutions. He remains consistently focused on refining the product roadmap and implementing projects that provide value to McDermott’s business operations.

Khurana believes that CIOs must think differently about how they add value to their organizations—and IT must be an enabler for the business. McDermott began this journey five years ago—and with Khurana’s tenacity and leadership, the success stemming from digitizing the company is being realized by customers and employees alike.

Cinthya Sanchez
CIO of the Year - LAD

Cinthya Sanchez, CIO, Universidad de los Andes

Universidad de los Andes, an innovative and nonprofit institution located in Bogotá, Colombia, is ranked in the top 5 universities in Latin America and consistently regarded as the leading university in Colombia. The institution has leveraged technology to transform operations and provide an exceptional experience for students and faculty. Under the leadership of Cinthya Sanchez, the IT department at Universidad de los Andes is implementing innovative solutions such as ERP Cloud, HCM Cloud, EPM, E-commerce, and CPQ. Using technology, Sanchez led the university to provide a new digital education experience. Sanchez transformed financial operations and all community experiences. Sanchez recognizes Oracle as a strategic partner and leverages Oracle solutions to help the university achieve its unique vision. Sanchez understands the unique challenges facing university IT departments—such as lean staff and budgets—and is committed to find the best solution that meets the expectations of new and current students and supports the university’s position as the best in Colombia.

Sally Gilligan
CIO of the Year - Cloud

Sally Gilligan, CIO, Gap Inc.

Cloud technology is the foundation enabling the transformation of Gap Inc.’s family of retail brands from legacy technology to a modern platform that accelerates business capabilities. Oracle’s cloud-based retail enterprise solutions are an integral part of this transformation. Sally Gilligan and her team, have been early adopters of Oracle’s retail cloud solutions, which serve as a cornerstone of the company’s transformation. To enable cloud adoption, Gap Inc. has created a culture built around a DevOps model focused on empowering engineers to drive the business. This culture allows for rapid development of new capability and learning.

Markus Voss
CIO of the Year - EMEA

Markus Voss, COO & CIO, DHL Supply Chain

DHL Supply Chain, a company that provides contract logistics solutions along the entire supply chain worldwide, is focused on innovation and customer-centric solutions. Markus Voss is passionate to increase the efficiency and quality by reducing complexity and standardizing processes in over 60 countries. Markus Voss sponsored the implementation of a global architecture board that included key stakeholders from DHL Supply Chain and an Executive Customer Architect from Oracle. One of the main goals of this board is to streamline the overall architecture to reduce the number of IT solutions in place.

Following DPDHL’s strategy to be an employer of choice he paved the way for a HCM disruption significantly transforming the existing HR platform to HCM Cloud. For DHL Supply Chain business customers, Markus Voss introduced a smarter Direct 2 Marketing platform with digital self-service to reduce the overall cost of service. This introduction transformed and modernized the company’s iStore platform with various Oracle Cloud Solutions.

Just recently the modernization of the Airline Business as part of the Order Management platform has started transforming from E-Business Suite to ERP Cloud.

These are only few examples of milestones Markus Voss reached in reshaping the business through digital innovations for the disruption of the logistics market of tomorrow.

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