CTO of the Year Award

This award is given to a CTO/CTIO (or equivalent), or other board-level technology executive. The winner will be an individual who has led a significant network transformation of their business which is delivering tangible results. The individual will have constantly demonstrated superior leadership skills, promoted technological change company wide and would have been innovative in their approach.

2018 Finalists:

Dr. Enrique Blanco Nadales, Global CTIO, Telefónica S.A.

Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTN South Africa

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS

Catherine Michel, Chief Technology Officer, Sigma Systems

2018 winner | supplier:

Catherine Michel

Chief Technology Officer, Sigma Systems

2018 winner | service provider:

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer, TELUS

“Innovation comes from everywhere, no single company can do everything and I think the standards that TM Forum promotes, that we actively contribute to, is all about making the technology we all invent work together.”

Catherine Michel, CTO, Sigma Systems

Catherine Michel, CTO, Sigma Systems, won the award in the supplier category. In 2017 she drove change, delivered key business outcomes and improved revenue for her own organization and for Sigma’s customers. This was achieved by delivering a demonstrable reduction in the total cost of ownership of their product experience infrastructure, a dramatic decrease in time to market for new digital products and increased operational efficiency for launching and delivering new digital services.

“I don’t think it is me winning, it was my team winning. We realized that you need one voice, be it on digital transformation or security transformation, so TELUS has made the big call to amalgamate the cultures towards the common good.”

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS

The service provider award went to Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS. Under Gedeon’s leadership TELUS has converged all its IT, network and security technology under the umbrella of the Chief Technology Office (CTO), which affords the company a unique ability to redefine total cost of ownership while ensuring that systems are reliable and secure for customers by design. As a result, the organization is on the path to redefine processes and reduce 50% of work through technology enablement as it scales operations to take on the exponential growth that 5G will bring.