Event Details

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

540 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

May 17, 2019

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

Meet the 2019 CIO ORBIE Finalists

ChicagoCIO has announced finalists for the 2019 Chicago CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards, which recognizes the best-of-the-best in Chicagoland technology leadership. Winners will be announced at the CIO of the Year Awards breakfast on May 17, 2019 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

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

Tom Leighton, Akamai

Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial four years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue and profit grew by 70%, and annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew 15-fold to more than $400 million per year.



Chicago 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 Chicagoland through a series of year-long events.


2019 Chicago CIO of the Year Awards Agenda

Table reservations will be available in April

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

The Leadership ORBIE Award recognizes individuals who have provided long-term contributions to their organization, industry, and community. The 2019 Leadership Recipient will be announced in April.

View 20 years of CIO ORBIE finalists and winners.