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November 12, 2021

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Meet the 2021 CIO ORBIE Finalists

SoCalCIO has announced finalists for the 2021 SoCal CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards, which recognizes the best-of-the-best in Southern California technology leadership. Winners will be announced at the CIO of the Year Awards on November 12, 2021 at the Join us online.

2021 Awards Season

CIO of the Year nominees & finalists are honored at a series of executive events, beginning with the Nominee Event and ending with the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards.


2021 Keynote

Tom Leighton, Co-Founder & CEO, Akamai Technologies

Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial four years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue and profit grew by 70%, and annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew 15-fold to more than $400 million per year.



SoCal CIO of the Year Awards sponsors are highly valued partners invited by local CIOs to experience the unique opportunity of recognizing the senior technology leadership of top organizations in Southern California through a series of year-long events.


2021 SoCal CIO of the Year Awards Agenda

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pre-Event Networking
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. VIP Reception*
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Post-Reception

*Access limited to CIOs and select sponsor representatives.
**Access limited to CIOs, their direct reports, and select sponsor representatives.

Leadership Award Recipient

Mary Gendron, SVP & CIO, Qualcomm

Mary Gendron is senior vice president and chief information officer for Qualcomm Incorporated. As the leader of Qualcomm’s global IT organization, Gendron provides strategic direction within the IT organization and drives operational excellence across the enterprise. Gendron collaborates with the executive and business unit leadership to incorporate forward-looking technology solutions to enable an efficient employee and customer experience and achieve company goals. Gendron joined Qualcomm in 2016, bringing more than 25 years of IT experience to the role, with expertise in developing and executing IT and talent-focused strategies, services and plans.

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