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MIT Sloan honors pair of CIOs for information technology innovation

A pair of winners was selected for this year’s MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Award for Innovation Leadership. Sharing the honor, announced this week at the 9th annual symposium, are Catherine Bruno, vice president and CIO of nonprofit Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), and Chris Perretta, executive vice president and CIO at State Street Corp.

The award honors CIOs who lead their organizations to pursue IT innovation and business processes that deliver business value. congratulates the winners and invites readers to dive a little deeper into what makes them leaders in information technology innovation. Perretta recently recorded a podcast with our Senior News Writer Linda Tucci about building a private cloud at State Street. And we hope you’ll stay tuned for a soon-to-be-released exclusive video interview with Bruno.

In her roles at EMHS, Bruno successfully developed information systems strategic plans and governance designs at three large health care organizations. She has implemented and integrated major clinical, financial and decision-support information systems, two of which received the Nicholas R. Davies Organizational Award, the nation’s highest award for implementation of a system-wide electronic health record. She is the executive sponsor for the Bangor Beacon Community and co-chair for the Leadership and Governance Community of Practice for the national Beacon Community program.

Bruno said being a CIO is about bringing out the best in those you work with, adding that the award also honors those she collaborates with in delivering health care services in Maine.

Chris Perretta has global responsibility for State Street’s IT activities, leading a team of more than 5,000 IT professionals in 29 countries. He oversees the IT strategic planning process, application development and maintenance, system architecture, global technology infrastructure and information security for the firm. Perretta is also the co-leader of State Street’s Operations and Information Technology Transformation initiative.

Perretta said the award is a great honor that underscores his organization’s ongoing work and commitment to using technology to deliver innovative solutions to their clients.

In a statement, award program co-chair Ray Chang said judges were pleased to recognize both Bruno and Perretta “for their strategic use of technology to significantly impact and improve business performance for their respective organizations.”

Chang noted that both serve as prime examples of how technology can drive business success and the important role of CIOs in organizations worldwide.

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