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 it was presented for the first time in 2016.

2018 AIS Leadership Excellence Award Winner Zack Hicks

Zack Hicks is executive vice president and chief digital officer at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He also is chief executive officer and president of Toyota Connected North America. Additionally, he has a global role leading information security management for Toyota Motor Corporation.

As Toyota’s first chief digital officer, Hicks leads Toyota’s newly created Digital Transformation & Mobility unit, leading shared mobility, connectivity services, over-the-air upgrades and future business opportunities. This new role is designed to define and accelerate Toyota’s mobility efforts including vehicle connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving technologies in coordination with other company business divisions.

As founder, CEO and president of Toyota Connected North America, Hicks leads the company’s connected car ecosystem and is driving transformational change through cutting edge technology, data and connectivity. This fast-growing startup serves as Toyota’s data science hub connecting vehicles, customers and businesses through machine learning and artificial intelligence. Key products include an industry-leading big data platform, mobility services platform and predictive analytics.

In his role as chairman of Toyota Connected Europe, Hicks oversees this new London-based startup, which supports the growing adoption of new mobility businesses in Europe with products and services tailored to the unique needs of the market.

Hicks is a member of Toyota’s North American Executive Committee, board member of The Toyota Foundation and Toyota Insurance Management, as well as the Toyota Diversity Board, Toyota PAC Board, and chair of TMNA’s Executive Steering Committee.

Since joining Toyota in 1996, Hicks has championed a global telematics ecosystem and facilitated the implementation of cloud-based collaboration tools for Toyota employees, accelerating communication across the company. He also led the development of an award-winning social media analytics platform, enabling Toyota to capture the voice of the customer and intimately connect with them in new ways.

Hicks has held several management positions of increasing responsibility within the company, including telematics, eBusiness, and IT management, where he led the establishment of a demand-management function, development of next-generation dealership technology, and designed a CIO Magazine award-winning information systems strategy framework to align business and IT strategies. He also served as vice president of administrative services.

Hicks was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEOs of 2018.” He also received the “Innovator of Year” award from D-CEO magazine in 2016, and he and TMNA are multiple recipients of the CIO 100 award – which honors organizations, their IT leaders and teams for driving business value and growth through digital innovation. Hicks also was named one of the top 10 Global Breakaway CIO Leaders by Evanta/CIO Leadership Network and a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld.

In October 2018 Hicks was appointed to the board of directors of Signet Jewelers Limited, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. He also is an active member of the CIO Strategy Exchange and the Corporate Executive Board for Chief Information Officers, as well as the board of trustees for Greenhill School (Addison, TX), and is a former board member of The Trevor Project.

Hicks graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in Business Administration in business and technology from the University of California at Irvine. He received Pepperdine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

2017 AIS Leadership Excellence Award Winner
Ji-Hoon Rim

Since being named CEO of Kakao in September 2015, Rim has spearheaded innovation in communication, commerce, content and more. Under his leadership, Kakao has strengthened core-businesses powered by the company’s signature mobile messaging platform Kakao Talk and developed new growth engines by investing in fintech, smart mobility and artificial intelligence.

The continued evolution of Kakao Talk has been one of Rim’s key focuses. Kakao Talk Store, a new service that allows for effortless buying and selling via the Plus Friend platform, is scheduled to launch within the year. Kakao Talk Order and Kakao Talk Mart, both launched in the first half of 2017, are receiving positive reviews from users for their easy sign-up process. A reservation service that offers similar convenience is expected to launch within the year.

Rim has also built strong future growth engines for Kakao by co-operating with various partners to create a vibrant artificial intelligence platform. The company is incorporating its Kakao I technology into a wide variety of fields including automobiles, apartments, offline stores, consumer electronics and home services. Starting next year, Kakao plans to make Kakao I available to business of all sizes. The technology is currently being employed in Daum News as well as a number of content and commerce platforms, and Kakao is committed to offering new, innovative business solutions powered by Kakao I, via strengthening existing services, developing new channels, and actively pursuing symbiotic partnerships.

2016 AIS Leadership Excellence Award Winner
Atish Banerjea

AIS is pleased announce the inaugural recipient of the Association for Information Systems Leadership Excellence Award is Atish Banerjea, Chief Information Officer for Facebook. The award will be conferred on Monday, December 12th, in Dublin, Ireland, during the ICIS 2016 keynote session, at 11 AM (GMT), where Mr. Banerjea will deliver the keynote address. 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.

Munir Mandviwalla is the Chair of the Leadership Excellence Award Committee and he can be contacted here mandviwa@temple.edu.

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