American Apparel, Family Dollar Honored at CIO of the Year Awards

RIS News announced the winners of the 3rd Annual CIO of the Year Awards on June 19 to honor retail CIOs who have helped guide their organizations through a time of intense competition and dramatic transformation.
Held at the 12th Annual Retail Executive Summit at the Grand Del Mar, Del Mar, CA, the awards honored CIO executives in four categories:
  • "Innovation": Awarded to the CIO that implemented an emerging technology that drove ROI through topline 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
  • "Rookie of the Year": Awarded to the CIO who has made significant impact to their organization in the first year on the job
  • Lifetime Achievement: Awarded to the CIO who has made a long term impact on an organization and the retail industry as a whole
"Retailers are being forced to adapt their organization at a pace only equaled by the pace at which consumers' shopping habits are changing," said David Weinand, publisher for RIS News. "The winners of this year's awards are leading the charge in positioning their companies to win the battle for the consumer in a new retail environment."
Joe Skorupa, RIS group editor-in-chief, commented, "Retail CIOs must navigate a tricky balancing act between performance and innovation, strategy and execution, and keeping the lights on and driving advancement. RIS CIO of the Year award winners are individuals who meet this challenge every day and who deserve well-earned recognition."
The winners were:
  • Innovation: Stacey Shulman, CIO, American Apparel
  • Strategic Impact: Joshua Jewett, CIO, Family Dollar
  • Rookie of the Year: Steve Black, Chief Information & Marketing Officer, Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Lifetime Achievement: Thomas English, retiring CIO, Trader Joe's Company
The Awards were designed to look at how retail technology executives are adapting their organizations to the new retail environment. Each nomination required completion of a comprehensive 13-question survey that detailed the project or projects implemented, and how they have driven business value to the organization. The nominations also required specific detail about which areas of the business benefitted, what technologies were used, and what stage the project is in and the ROI timeframe for it. The judges were required to rate each nomination by business impact on a scale of 1-10. The scores were then aggregated to determine overall winners for Strategic Impact, Innovation, and Rookie of the Year.
A panel of industry judges as well as the senior RIS editorial team made the final selection. A total of 23 nominations were submitted, and 11 finalists were selected.
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