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The 2013 IT Leadership Awards: Honoring effective leadership styles

The 2013 SearchCIO IT Leadership Awards honor the top CIOs and IT executives in the enterprise space. Meet our finalists.

Our 2013 SearchCIO IT Leadership Awards recognize the contributions and innovations of IT executives at enterprise companies who have made strides in the areas of cultural innovation, technological advancement, business value, green IT, IT engagement and customer experience. Here, we introduce our finalists.

All finalists receive certificates honoring their contributions, as well as VIP invitations to IT insider networking and leadership events throughout the country. Each winner of the Cultural Innovation, Technological Advancement, Business Value, Green IT, IT Engagement and Customer Experience Awards receives a $150 Amazon.com gift card and an engraved glass trophy. From these nominations, our judges also selected the IT professional they felt displayed the most innovative leadership to receive the overall Enterprise IT Leader of the Year Award. The winner of this award will win a glass trophy and an iPad.

Please join us in congratulating these technology professionals who are demonstrating innovation and effective leadership styles in the IT field. The winners in each category will be announced in July.

THE JUDGES

1. Meet our SearchCIO 2013 IT Leadership Awards judges

Our 2013 IT Leadership judges were given the difficult task of selecting the best of the best among enterprise IT leaders. We thank them for their time, dedication and insight.

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    Harvey Koeppel

    Harvey Koeppel is the president of Pictographics Inc., a management and technology advisory and consulting services firm. Koeppel is also vice chairman of the World BPO/ITO Forum and recently served as ex┬Čecutive director of the Center for CIO Leadership. From 2004 through 2007, Koeppel served as the CIO and senior vice president of Citigroup's Global Consumer Group.

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    Niel Nickolaisen

    Niel Nickolaisen is CIO at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and writer on IT's dual role of enabling strategy and delivering operational excellence.

    Read more about Nickolaisen.

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    Dean Lane

    Dean Lane has been a CIO at four companies: Honeywell Aerospace, ATK (Alliant Techsystems Inc.), Plantronics and Masters Institute of Technology. He is currently the CIO of Henley-Putnam University and founder of The Office of the CIO, and sits on the advisory board of the Society for Information Management.

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Cultural Innovation

2. The Cultural Innovation Award

The Cultural Innovation Award recognizes a leader who has made a positive impact on the company and/or industry's culture.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Cultural Innovation Award are:

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT

3. The Technological Advancement Award

The Technological Advancement Award recognizes a leader whose focus on emerging technologies has had a significant positive impact on the organization.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Technological Advancement Award are:

BUSINESS VALUE

4. The Business Value Award

The Business Value Award is given to a leader whose initiative promoted business goals and increased revenue.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Business Value Award are:

GREEN IT

5. The Green IT Award

The Green IT Award is given to a leader whose initiative promoted ecological and sustainable IT.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Green IT Award are:

IT ENGAGEMENT

6. The IT Engagement Award

The IT Engagement Award is given to a leader who has encouraged optimal relationships between IT and a majority of the organization.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO IT Engagement Award are:

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

7. The Customer Experience Award

The Customer Experience Award is given to a leader who has made strides in building customer relationships and enhancing the experience of the external customer.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Customer Experience Award are:

ENTERPRISE LEADER OF THE YEAR

8. The Enterprise IT Leader of the Year Award

The Enterprise IT Leader of the Year Award is given to a leader whose efforts signified an achievement on many levels, including several other categories, and has made a substantial impact to a business or industry.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO IT Leader of the Year Award are: