Event Details

Westin Copley Place

10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

June 7, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Meet the 2019 ORBIE Winners!

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Award recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership in New England. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

2019 Awards Season

CIO of the Year nominees & finalists are honored at a series of executive events, beginning with the Nominee Reception and ending with the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards breakfast.


2019 Keynote

Jeanne W. Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist, MIT CISR

Jeanne W. Ross conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's nearly 100 global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. Her work has appeared in major practitioner and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, MISQ Executive, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, IBM Systems Journal, and CIO Magazine.



Boston CIO of the Year Awards sponsors are highly valued partners invited by local CIOs to experience the unique opportunity of recognizing the senior technology leadership of top organizations in New England through a series of year-long events.


2019 Boston CIO of the Year Awards Agenda

7:00am Registration & Networking
7:00am VIP Reception*
8:00am CIO of the Year® Awards Breakfast
10:15am Q&A with Keynote**

*Access limited to CIOs and select sponsor representatives.
**Access limited to CIOs, their direct reports, and select sponsor representatives.

Leadership Award Recipient

James Whalen, SVP and Chief Information & Technology Officer, Boston Properties

James Whalen serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information & Technology Officer for Boston Properties where he is responsible for the direction and implementation of technology and the oversight of innovation initiatives.  Prior to joining the Company in March 1998, he served as Vice President, Information Systems of Beacon Properties.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a recipient of the New York City Urban Fellowship. Mr. Whalen is a current trustee and past President of SIM Boston and serves on the Realcomm Advisory Council and Boston Private Industry Council. He chairs TechHire Boston which advocates for alternative tech talent pathways.

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