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September 24, 2021

7:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Meet the 2021 ORBIE Winners!

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Award recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership in the Bay Area. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

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

Jim Whitehurst, Senior Advisor, IBM

Jim Whitehurst is Special Advisor, Silver Lake and Senior Advisor, IBM. He was previously President of IBM, where he was responsible for the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software organization, and Corporate Strategy. Whitehurst is an advocate for open principles as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance and global operations, he has proven expertise helping companies flourish even in the most challenging environments. Prior to IBM, Whitehurst served as the President and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise software solutions.



Bay Area 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 the Bay Area through a series of year-long events.


2021 Bay Area 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. - 10:00 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 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

Ralph Loura, SVP IT & CIO, Lumentum

Ralph is Lumentum’s Senior Vice President IT and Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Lumentum he was Chief Technology Officer at Rodan + Fields Ralph where he defined and advanced the company’s technology strategy and infrastructure to support its significant growth and to deliver user-friendly digital experiences.

Explore 20 years of CIO ORBIE finalists and winners.