The AIS Leadership Excellence Award

About the Award

The Association for Information Systems Leadership Excellence Award will be presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and innovation in the use and development of information systems. It will be conferred at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), which takes place annually in different regions around the world. In addition to receiving the award, the winner will deliver the keynote address at the conference each year.

The AIS Leadership Excellence Award was established in 2015 by the AIS Council, and 2016 will be its inaugural year.

2016 AIS Leadership Excellence Award Winner

Atish Banerjea

AIS and the ICIS 2016 Organizing Committee are pleased announce that the Keynote Address at the 2016 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) will be delivered by 

Atish Banerjea, Chief Information Officer for Facebook, and who will be the inaugural recipient of the Association for Information Systems Leadership Excellence Award. The award will be conferred on Monday, December 12th, in Dublin, Ireland, during the ICIS 2016 keynote session, at 11 AM (GMT). Please join the conference organizers and the AIS leadership in extending our warm congratulations to Mr. Banerjea for this achievement.

Atish Banerjea is being recognized for his distinguished leadership and innovation in the use and development of information systems. Renowned for his extensive experience in adapting to succeed in the rapidly-changing technology landscape, in his role as CIO he is responsible for overseeing Facebook's global IT team as the company works to make the world more open and connected.

Most recently, Banerjea served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for NBCUniversal where he was responsible for leading the Information Technology organization and overseeing global technology strategy and applications, corporate systems, and infrastructure and operations worldwide for the company’s media portfolio. Banerjea’s portfolio included technology for Broadcast and Cable TV; Universal Pictures; News; Parks and Resorts; Sports and Olympics; Digital; Media Labs; Sales, Research and Analytics; and NBCUniversal’s International group.

Before this, Banerjea served as Chief Technology Officer for Dex One Corporation, where he led a major redesign of the company’s IT functions and helped transform it from a print-centric business to a digital media-marketing company.

Prior to joining Dex One, Banerjea served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Pearson, where he was responsible for global planning, deployment and management of more than $550 million in information technology investment. He also held roles at Maurices, Inc. and Simon & Schuster. Mr. Banerjea holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Temple University and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Delhi University.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Open to active industry professionals for leadership and innovation in the use and development of information systems. Academics and retired individuals are excluded.
  • Nominees must agree to be physically present to receive the award, substitutes are not acceptable. 

The Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the Association for Information Systems Leadership Excellence Award Committee, consisting of a chairperson, the current, immediate past, and elected presidents of AIS, the AIS executive director, and the ICIS conference chair. The committee solicits nominations and then evaluates each nominee on a confidential basis. 

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