Top 20 CIOs Shaping the Future of Technology

The world of technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace and now more than ever CIOs have a unique opportunity to influence every aspect of a business. CIOs are charged with leading digital transformations, identifying new business models and strengthening the digital economy.  


The 20 CIOs below are leading the way and shaping the future of technology, (in alphabetical order), from executing new digital strategies, delivering new user experiences, even pivoting to new revenue streams. Join us in following and celebrating these technology leaders.

Scotte Barkan

CTO and Co-Founder, Catchpoint

Scotte empowers business and IT leaders to protect and advance the experience of their customers and employees in a digital economy. He has led innovative software architecture efforts for more than 20 years and his expertise in system capacity modeling has been especially central to maintaining his company’s exceptional performance.


Lori Beer

Global CIO, JPMorgan Chase

Responsible for the firms’ technology and infrastructure worldwide, Lori spearheads her team who are executing on its “mobile first, digital everything” strategy. Recruiting and shepherding top female talent is one of her top priorities as evidenced by the ‘Tech Connect’ initiative, a training program within JPMorgan Chase for aspiring software engineers who don’t have tech backgrounds. Furthermore, she states, “The program has brought some great women technologists into the firm — women who might otherwise have embarked on a completely different career path.” Lori has also been recently ranked as American Banker’s Women to Watch.


Gary Cantrell

SVP & CIO, Jabil

At Jabil, Gary is responsible for delivering end-to-end technology services including strategy, information security, and solution delivery, supporting over 200,000 people across 100 sites strategically located around the world. His proven track record for innovation is evidenced by his years of experience building and leading Enterprise teams for IT, supply chain and shared services, SAP/ERP, strategic planning, risk management, and transformation. With an eye on the future, Gary sees factory automation, machine self-optimization and the application of AI enabling factories to be managed remotely as they self-correct and optimize the manufacturing process.


Max Chan

CIO, Avnet

Max’s technology leadership is helping transform IT to support the $19 billion global company’s transformation from a distribution business into an IoT solutions provider. He advises CIOs to be sure that you, the senior leadership team, and your CEO are all talking about

transformation in the same way.


Steve Dertien

Chief Technology Officer and EVP, PTC

As one of the “30 Most Influential Business Leaders in Tech 2019”, Steve leads the company’s innovation research lab and advanced technology development groups and is charged with guiding companies through their implementation of PTC technologies.


Don MacMillan

Regional CIO and Director of IS, MaineHealth

Don’s vast range of experiences at a variety of healthcare organizations since 2005 enables him to consult leaders on high level strategies. These include leveraging technology to meet operational objectives and providing direction specifically on governance, service, change management, and more.


Sally Gilligan

CIO and Head of Strategy, Gap Inc.

Sally oversees the Gap’s technology organization that serves as the engine that drives retail, e-commerce and global enterprise technology for millions of customers. With the company recently having undergone a major cloud migration, she views the innovation process as a top priority. In light of this, she focuses on the areas where she and her team believe they can bring innovation with the right partners. She was named Oracle’s CIOs of the Year in 2019.


Bernie Gracy

CDO, Agero

Bernie has deep experience in all aspects of technology development, architecture, infrastructure, and innovation for a rapidly evolving ecosystem powered by digital, mobile, the cloud, location-based services, and IoT. In fact, he holds seven patents with others pending. Additionally, his decades of technology experience and knowledge help Agero drive new product/platform introduction, client delivery, and the establishment of new software-enabled business models. Bernie also serves on the advisory board of BostonCIO.


Akash Khurana

Global VP, CIO, and CDO, McDermott International

At McDermott, a Houston-based engineering and construction company focused mainly on the energy industry, Akash has updated his organization’s skill base and placed the emphasis on skilled team members to manage the transition of McDermott’s infrastructure and applications to the cloud. He has also led team members to streamline security processes and governance. He considers the understanding of industry-specific platforms and processes a top priority.


Katherine Kountze

SVP, CIO, Eversource Energy

Kathy is an accomplished IT executive who aligns technology and security with the business, generating profitable outcomes for the Fortune 500 company, which was recently named as one of America’s Most JUST companies by Forbes and Just Capital. As a change agent, Kathy is known for streamlining business operations and reducing costs, all with a strong customer focus. She is a past winner of the ORBIE Award in the Enterprise category which recognizes CIOs in five key categories – leadership, global, enterprise, corporate, and nonprofit. In addition to her role at Eversource Energy, she is Membership Chair of BostonCIO.


Mojgan Lefebvre

EVP and Chief Technology & Operations Officer, Travelers

Mojgan has over two decades of experience successfully leading both employee and customer facing technologies. At Traveler’s, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business, she and her technology and operations professionals deliver solutions that optimize efficiency, drive business outcomes. Additionally she and her team extend advantages in risk expertise, and provide excellent experiences for their customers, and stakeholders. She was recently named a finalist for the 2020 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.


Andrew McCloskey


Andrew spearheads the technology and execution of product development with a portfolio of 75+ leading industrial automation and engineering products and a global R&D team of 1,700+ engineers and computer scientists. AVEVA creates industrial software that inspires people to shape the future and believes industry advancement should enhance the human experience.


Shamim Mohammad


As the winner of the prestigious 2020 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, Shamim is responsible for the strategic use of technology throughout the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. He and his teams have been instrumental in CarMax’s digital transformation in all areas of the business, including bringing a true omni-channel experience to CarMax customers, developing world-class supply chain capabilities and leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to power the business.


Niel Nickolaisen

CIO, O.C. Tanner

At the employee recognition and awards firm, Niel leads teams focused on developing market-leading products, supporting their global customers, and inventing tools that aid clients in gaining insight into employee engagement. This year, O.C. Tanner will be launching a suite of SaaS applications for managing and analyzing recognition programs. It’s aimed to help shift the revenue stream from plaques and other rewards to an intrinsic software-based model.


Beth O’Rourke

Sr. VP and CIO, Enterprise Technology, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Beth is responsible for enabling the BCBSMA strategy to generate profitable growth, create exceptional consumer experience for the company’s 2.9M members, and increase value to employers and providers. In light of this, developing a sustainable competitive edge through digital engagement, enterprise analytics, competitive cost structure initiatives, innovation, and market responsiveness are her top priorities.


Ryan Safarian


Ryan is responsible for broadening’s technical identity and developing a comprehensive platform to unify all of’s digital properties. He has spent the last 14 years emerged in disruptive innovation, from e-commerce to gaming to fitness and now care. Therefore, as an experienced leader, strategist and engineer, Ryan has built and grown multiple start-ups from pre-seed through series funding to acquisition.


Dr. Jay Schnitzer

VP and CTO, Mitre

Dr. Schnitzer leads the organization’s independent research and development (R&D) program and oversees development of MITRE’s corporate technology strategy, which stretches across MITRE’s operating centers and sponsor community. He also leads corporate and national initiatives in health and life sciences, building coalitions leveraging top talent across U.S. communities.



Lesley Solomon

SVP Innovation and CINO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)

Leslie took on her role at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2017 after serving as the executive director of the Brigham Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She also spent time as the director of strategy and innovation for Brigham Research Institute. In her current role, innovation and opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and health systems are her top focus.


Zeeshan Tariq

VP and CIO, Zimmer Biomet

Zeeshan, a recent 2020 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalist, is responsible for all aspects of the global digital strategy and business technology transformation for Zimmer Biomet, which designs, manufactures and markets effective, innovative solutions that support orthopaedic surgeons and clinicians in alleviating pain and improving the quality of life for people  around the world. His workmanship demonstrates the qualities of being an exceptional communicator, a recognized IT leader, driver of business value and a trusted partner; all key traits for representing the Award.


Minaz Vastani

CTO, GreenSky

Minaz, a seasoned technology executive, has more than 20 years of experience leading technology strategy, software and product development. Therefore, he leads the company’s product and technology strategy roadmap, deepening their competitive market share and proposition to their merchants, consumers, and bank partners. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Technology Authority.


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