Aurora, Illinois CIO Makes Entire City An Innovation District As Part Of Proposed $300 Million Project

Michael Pegues, a relative newcomer to government, is the CIO of the second largest city in Illinois. Despite only being in the job for three years and having no background in local government, he has developed a passion for city work and has become an urbantech champion.

What makes Pegues’ case so interesting is that he has taken a much bolder approach to encouraging innovation than many other city CIOs. In my experience, cities often set up limited innovation zones where they experiment with technologies before rolling them out more widely. Pegues has eschewed this intermediate step and turned his city into one giant innovation sandbox through his 605 Innovation District project (605 being the first three digits of the five zip codes in Aurora).

It’s a bold move—and one that isn’t without risks. But the initiative shows how a forward-thinking CIO willing to embrace and successfully manage those

Read More

Forbes CIO Summit Virtual Series Part Four To Focus On “Digital Transformation & The Future CIO”

NEW YORK – September 28, 2020 – In the final event of a four-part series, Forbes will once again convene the world’s foremost Chief Information Officers as part of its CIO Summit Virtual Series, powered by Zoom. On September 30, Forbes will explore “Digital Transformation & The Future CIO” and provide a platform to discuss how CIOs can maintain the momentum for digital-first change and further enhance their key strategic role at the heart of enterprise.

The pandemic has accelerated what would have been years of transformational efforts into just a few months, as companies rapidly pivoted to address the needs of a new world. For many digital leaders, the challenge now is to take forward the learnings of recent months and ensure they maintain a rapid pace of change. Through dynamic conversations and debates, industry leaders will come together at the exclusive, invitation-only event to uncover how CIOs

Read More

Kevin Vasconi, The CIO Who Helped Turn $16 Billion Domino’s Pizza Into A Digital Success Story, Is Leaving The Company

Domino’s Pizza has announced that Kevin Vasconi, who joined the company as its CIO in 2012, will retire effective October 2. Domino’s chief technology officer (CTO), Kelly Garcia, will take over as the top tech leader of the company, which has a $16 billion market cap.

Vasconi and Garcia, who also joined Domino’s in 2012 and became its CTO last year, have worked closely together to turn it into something of a poster child for the digital transformation movement. In a world where software is said to be eating everything, the company’s IT division has taken code and used it to redefine how people get to eat their favorite slices.

The division’s work has helped turn Domino’s into the world’s largest pizza business when ranked by retail sales and has enabled it to keep growing during the

Read More

Uber’s Hired A New Top Tech Leader From Amazon But Is Losing Its CIO

Uber Technologies has hired Sukumar Rathnam as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Previously a vice president at Amazon, where he headed product selection and catalog systems, Rathnam will start his new role on September 28.

Separately, Forbes understands that Uber’s CIO, Shobhana Ahluwalia, who had reported to Rathnam’s predecessor, Thuan Pham, has decided to leave. A source close to Uber said her departure is “very amicable” and that she had accomplished an incredible amount during her five-year-plus tenure. It’s unclear whether Ahluwalia was hoping to get the top technology role.

Rathnam’s arrival was announced internally on September 17 and first reported by The Information. He will take over several months after the departure of Pham, a veteran leader who resigned from the company in May just before it laid

Read More