The Chief Information Officer has become the point-person for innovation and the forerunner for change inside today’s organizations, inexorably linked to this information generation of rapid progress. And as the role of technology has shifted, so too has the role of the CIO. ‘Big Data’ is the watchword, with the volume and importance of information constantly surging. Today’s CIO must be equipped to leverage that information towards a greater strategy of organizational growth and success. The National Diversity Council is proud to recognize 40 executives who are doing just that.

Explore below to find out more about the honorees along with what they believe is the biggest strategic issue facing their field in the near future.

Andrew Wilson

Accenture

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Ben Fried

Google

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Diana McKenzie

Workday

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Georgette Kiser

The Carlyle Group

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Jim Dubois

Microsoft

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Jonathan Chow

LiveNation

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Kimberly Anstett

The Nielsen Company

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Mark Sunday

Oracle

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Mike Benson

DirecTV

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Naresh Shanker

HP

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Roger Gurnani

Verizon

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Sigal Zarmi

PwC

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Sondra Barbour

Lockheed Martin

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Andy Crowder

Scripps Health

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Cheryl Thomas

Valero

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Dick Daniels

Kaiser Permanente

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Guillermo Diaz

Cisco

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Jim Fowler

General Electric

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Karenann Terrell

Walmart

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Linda Holmes

Proctor & Gamble

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Martin Chavez

Goldman Sachs

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Mike Crowe

Colgate Palmolive

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Norm Fjeldheim

Qualcomm

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Ross Meyercord

Salesforce

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Sheila Jordan

Symantec

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Susan O'Day

Walt Disney

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Tony Scott

The White House

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Bask Iyer

VMWare

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Dan Morales

eBay

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Ellen Barker

Texas Instruments

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Jay Kerley

Applied Materials

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John Tonnison

Tech Data

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Kim Stevenson

Intel

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Marcy Klevorn

Ford Motors

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Michael Hedges

Medtronic

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ML Krakaeur

EMC

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Ramesh Nair

Ingram Micro

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Ryan Neading

Rackspace

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Sherry Neubert

Goodyear

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Timothy Campos

Facebook

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