Article Published: March 6, 2015
Article Published: March 6, 2015
With more than 600 people in attendance at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group honored the region’s top technology executives who work in industry, non-profit, and academia.
Nominees, including chief information officers or those in equivalent positions, were recognized for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying their enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophy and service to industry and the community.
This year’s categories included: Growth: Under 50 Employees, Main Street: 50-450 Employees, Enterprise: 450-4,500 Employees, Global: More Than 4,500 Employees, Education, and CIO Choice.
“Pittsburgh is home to some of the brightest tech minds in the world leading technology strategies across companies of all sizes and industries,” said Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council President and CEO. “It is important to take a night to celebrate their accomplishments, innovation and leadership.”
Winner: Christian Carmody, ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange (HIE)
As the President and most senior IT professional employed by ClinicalConnect HIE, Christian Carmody, MBA, MS, CISA, is responsible for strategic IT planning and ultimate IT oversight, as well as overall management and administration of the Exchange. Additionally, Carmody serves as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure Services at UPMC, leading the information technology infrastructure teams, including data centers, data, voice and video networks, information security, service desk, device support, etc. which include 550 IT professionals and an annual budget (capital and operating) of more than $100 million.
Anju Chopra, Tiversa Holding Corp.; Jonathan Colby, OpenArc, LLC; Patrick Patterson, Level Interactive
Winner: Jeffrey Natale, MARC USA
Jeffrey Natale is responsible for total IT function across all of MARC USA’s offices, setting the strategic technology vision for the company and overseeing its implementation. In addition, Natale is also the operations leader for MARC USA with responsibility for all administrative services, including overseeing all pricing, costing and contracting for agency services and vendor contracts.
Kelley Christy, Diamond Wire Spring Company; Russell Hemwall, Aquion Energy; Pierre Moreau, McKamish, Inc.; Erik Watts, Pittsburgh Penguins
Winner: Scott Angelo, K&L Gates LLP
As K&L Gates’ CIO, Scott Angelo is responsible for the design and execution of the Information Technology (IT) Department’s mission, vision and strategy, in alignment with the firm’s mission, vision and strategy. K&L Gates is highly distributed and highly virtualized through its data centers, and has advanced and complex systems; the firm is unique in that it is current from a technology perspective, including its hardware, operating systems and network technologies.
Tushar Lovalekar, Koppers Inc.; David Thompson, Software Engineering Institute; Mark Krupinski, WesBanco Bank,Inc.
Winner: Michael Smith, Mylan
Michael Smith serves as Mylan’s Global Chief Information Officer (CIO), Information Technology and Global Business Services (GBS). Smith also is co-chair of Mylan’s Digital executive committee and serves on Mylan’s Strategy, Business Transformation, Performance, Operating, Talent and Conformance executive committees. In addition to leading Mylan’s IT organization, Smith is also responsible for Mylan’s GBS function, which seeks to centralize the management of global or regional transactional activities to drive more efficiency, consistency and scalability across the organization. GBS supports Mylan’s finance, human relations, procurement, IT and commercial operations, all of which serve our company’s business lines worldwide.
Dave McLain, Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Corporation); Francois Estellon, Gardner Denver Inc.; Steven Hanna, Kennametal Inc.
Winner: Jeffrey Devlin, Carlow University
Jeffrey Devlin became CIO of Carlow University in 2013 as a member of the President’s Cabinet along with the university vice presidents. The CIO position was elevated to ensure integral involvement and alignment of technology with the university’s business needs. Devlin’s initial responsibility was to evaluate an outsourced IT structure that had been in place for 3.5 years. This structure was not providing satisfactory service that met the needs of the campus community or aligned with the business needs to grow the University.
Ronald Reyer, Bethel Park School District; Edward McKaveney, Hampton Township School District
Winner: George Rosato, CONSOL Energy
As a Pittsburgh CIO of the Year Awards finalist in 2012, CONSOL Energy’s George F. Rosato has returned in 2015 as the CIO Choice Award Winner. Hired right out of college in 1987, this Vice President of Information Systems and Technology has held roles in CONSOL’s Accounting, Process Support in Human Resources, and ultimately Information Systems and Technology Management. Now, Rosato is focused on continuing to add value to the organization through process integration, increased efficiencies and overall company continuous improvement.