Personal Log: Congratulations To Constellation's BT-150 Winners #BT150

Recognize The Change Agents In Business Transformation

I’m excited to announce the launch of the Business Transformation 150.   Constellation's elite list recognizes the top global executives leading innovative business transformation efforts in their organizations.   Nominations from peers, industry influencers, technology vendors, and analysts powered the exhaustive, six-month selection process for the BT-150.

Analyzing The BT-150 Leaders

Common traits of the winners include a passion for productive disruption, a willingness to share lessons learned, a desire to achieve the art of the possible, and have a strong will to apply exponential technologies to improve economic, social and environmental conditions.Those selected will be recognized at Connected Enterprise 2017 October 25- 27 at the Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton.
Chief digital officers (CDO's) make up just under a quarter of the leaders on thee list while technology leaders dominate more than half (see Figure 1).  Of note, the industry break down shows a strong distribution of industries.  More than half of this year's leaders hail from manufacturing, financial, services, retail, technology, and public sector (see Figure 2).

Figure 1. Role Breakdown Of The 2017 BT-150

Figure 2. Industry Breakdown Of The 2017 BT-150

Announcing The Winners

The industry is witnessing a shift toward leaders who are much more digitally capable when it comes to transforming the modern organization. While we see chief digital officers lead the charge, Constellation believes that digitally enabled CXO's will emerge to lead these organizations.  Examples include the chief people officer who hires for digital artisans, the chief information officer who invests in technologies to support the business model, the chief financial officer who crafts new business models, and the chief marketing officer who infuses the brand across every offering.
The BT-150 highlights the exemplars of an emerging new sensibility in leadership.  Please join me in congratulating the winners:

  • Robert Alexander, CIO at Capital One
  • Stuart Appley, Managing Director at CBRE
  • Lisa Baldwin, CIO at Tiffany & Co.
  • Daniel Barchi, CIO at New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Christophe, Beck, President at Nalco Water (an Ecolab Company)
  • Ganesh Bell, VP & CDO at GE Power
  • Tyler Best, CIO at Hertz
  • Steve Betts, CIO at Health Care Service Corporation
  • Bill Blausey, CIO at Eaton Corporation
  • Kristen Blum, CIO at Frito Lay (PepsiCo)
  • Alexander Bockelmann, CIO/CDO at UNIQA
  • Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer at Novartis
  • Michael Brady, Global CTO at AIG
  • David Bray, Chief Ventures Officer at NGA
  • Chad Brisendine, VP & CIO at St. Luke's University Health Network
  • Adam Brotman, EVP of Global Retail Operations at Starbucks
  • Julie Bushman, CIO at 3M
  • Blake Cahill, SVP, Global Head of Digital Marketing & Media at Royal Philips
  • Matt Carey, EVP & CIO at Home Depot
  • Mats Carrgard, SVP, Business Performance at Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa
  • Bob Carrigan, Chairman & CEO at Dun & Bradstreet
  • Suja Chandrasekaran, CIO at Kimberly-Clark
  • Anil Cheriyan, CIO at Suntrust Banks
  • Andrea Chin, Executive Director PMO at Estee Lauder Companies
  • Neetan Chopra, SVP Innovation at Emirates Airlines
  • David Chou, CIO and CDO at Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Chris Clark, CIO at Levi Strauss
  • Ted Colbert, CIO at Boeing
  • Baron Concors, Global Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut
  • Herve Coureil, EVP Information Systems at Schneider Electric
  • Heather Cox, Chief Technology and CDO at USAA
  • Peter Crombecq, CIO at the City of Antwerp
  • Paul Daugherty, CTO and Chief Innovation Officer at Accenture
  • Christopher Desautel, CIO & VP at Berkshire Hathaway
  • Peter Doolan, EVP, Digital Transformation & Innovation at
  • Nick Drake, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Experience at T-Mobile
  • Lara Druyan, Managing Director, Head of Innovation, West Coast at RBC
  • Elie Elbaz, VP, Digital and Connected Cars at Renault
  • Richie Etwaru, Chief Digital Officer at IMS Quintiles
  • Karen Evans, National Director at US CyberChallenge
  • Sabine Everaet, CIO EMEA & Western Europe BU at Coca-Cola
  • Kim Felix, Vice President, Transportation Technology at UPS
  • Jay Ferro, Global EVP, Chief Information and Technology Office at ExamWorks
  • Victor Fetter, Chief Digital Officer at Vertiv
  • Ken Finnerty, VP, Information Services, Customer Technology at UPS
  • Miguel Gamiño, CTO of New York City
  • Gilberto García, Digital Commercial Model Director at CEMEX
  • Lisa Gelobter, Chief Digital Services Office, US Digital Service, White House
  • Gerri Martin-Flickinger, EVP and CTO at Starbucks
  • Tammy Gilbert, CIO at Fidelity Investments
  • Mike Giresi, CIO at Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Stephen Gold, CIO & EVP at CVS Health
  • Neil Gomes, Chief Digital Officer & SVP for Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience at Thomas Jefferson University and Health System
  • Prasanna Gopalakrishnan, CIO & CDO at Boston Private
  • Margarita Gosheva, CIO at Siemens
  • Piergiorgio Grossi, CIO at Ducati
  • Mayur Gupta, VP Growth and Marketing at Spotify
  • Dan Gustafson, SVP Information Technology/CIO at Newell Rubbermaid
  • Ben Haines, SVP and CIO at OATH
  • Sami Hassanyeh, CDO at AARP
  • Christopher Heck, Chief Information Officer at Duke Energy
  • Perry Hewitt, VP Marketing at ITHAKA
  • Chris Hjelm, EVP & CIO at Kroger
  • Chris Hummel, CMO at United Rentals
  • Clay Johnson, CIO & EVP at Walmart
  • Milind Kamkolkar, CDO at Sanofi
  • Michael Keithley, CIO at United Talent Agency
  • Jay Kerley, CIO & Group VP at Applied Materials
  • Justin Kershaw, Corporate VP & CIO at Cargill
  • Peter Kim, VP Digital Consumer Engagement at Lego
  • Sunny Kim, VP Innovation at Samsung
  • Marcy Klevorn, Group VP & CIO at Ford Motor Company
  • Terry Kline,  SVP & CIO at Navistar
  • Phil Komarny, Chief Digital Officer at The University of Texas System
  • Barbara Koster, CIO at Prudential Financial
  • Carla Kriwet, Chief Business Leader, Connected Care & Health Informatics at Royal Philips
  • Rich Kylberg, VP Corporate Marketing and Communications at Arrow Electronics
  • Kenny Lauer, VP Marketing and Digital at Golden State Warriors
  • Mary Beth Laughton, SVP of Digital at Sephora
  • Martin Lippert, EVP Global Head of Technology & Operations at MetLife
  • Robert Long, Chief Innovation Officer at Coca-Cola
  • James MacLennan, SVP & CIO at IDEX
  • Dennis Maloney, Chief Digital Officer at Dominos Pizza
  • Shawn Mandel, Chief Digital Officer at TELUS
  • Martin Marcinczyk, VP of Personalization at Comcast
  • Faisal Masud, CTO at Staples
  • Michael Mathews, CIO at Oral Roberts University
  • Meg McCarthy, EVP Operations and Technology at Aetna
  • Sean McCormack, Head of Digital Growth & CTO at Harley-Davidson
  • Kathy McElligott, CTO/CIO at McKesson
  • Stuart McGuigan, CIO at Johnson & Johnson
  • Greg McKelvey, EVP & Chief Digital Officer at FOSSIL
  • Mike McNamara, CIO & CDO at Target
  • Vinay Mehta, CIO at Affinion Group
  • Diana Melick, CIO at AGCO
  • Greg Meyers, CIO at Motorola
  • Gavin Michael, Head of Global Tech at Citi
  • Jared Miller, CTO at Atlanta Falcons
  • Laurie Miller, CIO at Covestro Deutschland AG
  • Sarah Miller, CIO at Neiman Marcus
  • Tom Miller, CIO at Anthem
  • Jamie Moldafksy, CMO at Wells Fargo
  • Jim Mollica, CDO at Under Armour
  • Dennis Moore, Head of Technology at Bridgewater Associates
  • Joanne Moretti, SVP & CMO at Jabil and GM at Radius Innovation & Development
  • Darla, Morse, CIO at Arby's Restaurant Group
  • Paul Moulton, CIO at Costco
  • Patrick Naef, CIO at Emirates Airlines
  • Earl Newsome, CIO at Praxair
  • Tim O'Keefe, CEO at Symmons Industries
  • Stefan Olander, VP Global Digital Innovation at Nike
  • Teresa Ostapower, CDO at AT&T
  • Graeme Payne, CIO at Equifax
  • Steve Philpott, CIO at Western Digital
  • Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare
  • Scott Pulsipher, President at WGU
  • G. Nagesh Rao, CTO & Office of Investment & Innovation at US Small Business Administration
  • Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mobile
  • Jonathan Reichentel, CIO at the City of Palo Alto
  • Therace Risch, CIO at JCPenney
  • Ian Rogers, CDO at LVMH
  • Bruce Ross, CIO at Royal Bank of Canada
  • Vijay Sankaran, CIO at TD Ameritrade
  • Thomas Saueressig, CIO at SAP
  • Dieter Schmidbaur, CIO at Airbus
  • Christoph Schmutz, CIO at Austrian Railways
  • Kurt Schnieders, CIO at Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Chad Sheridan, CIO at USDA
  • Janet Sherlock, CIO at Ralph Lauren
  • Wayne Shurtz, CIO at Sysco
  • Sue Siegel, CEO at GE Ventures
  • Preston Simons, CIO at Aurora Healthcare
  • Barry Simpson, Global CIO at Coca-Cola
  • Gavin Slater, CEO at Australian Digital Transformation Office
  • Kim Smith, CDO at Capgemini
  • Dave Smoley, CIO at AstraZeneca
  • Adam Stanley, Global CIO & Chief Digital Officer at Cushman & Wakefield
  • David Stevens CIO at Maricopa County
  • Kim Stevenson, SVP and GM at Lenovo
  • Jeroen Tas, Chief innovation Officer at Royal Philips
  • Brian Tilzer, CDO at CVS Health
  • Matthew Toner, Managing Director at CBRE Institute
  • Steve Turner, CIO at Walgreens
  • Jim Umberger, VP of Digital Marketing & CRM at Allergan
  • Ron van Kemenade, CIO at ING Bank
  • Rhonda Vetere, CTO at Estee Lauder
  • Craig Walker, CIO at Shell Downstream
  • Ken Washington, VP, Research and Advanced Engineering & Chief Technical Officer at Ford Motor Company
  • Kathleen Wayton, CIO at Southwest
  • Steve Zerby, CIO/CTO at Owens Corning

For more details about the listed executives and their profiles, visit:


Constellation looked at 1000 nominations and candidates who had professed “business transformation” work over the past 12 months:
  • Interviewed over 100 system integrators
  • Talked to 200 vendors
  • Attended 200 conferences where we looked at case studies
  • Narrowed down a list of 500 folks we chose leaders who were known to share and who were public about failures and successes
  • Eliminated the assholes


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