IDG’s CIO Magazine And CIO Executive Council Name Top 20 Rising Stars In Information Technology

Framingham, MA – May 10, 2006 – IDG’s CIO magazine ( and the CIO Executive Council ( proudly announce the 20 recipients of the annual CIO Ones to Watch awards. The CIO Ones to Watch awards honor rising stars in information technology (IT) who bring leadership, innovation and value to their organization and are destined to become the CIOs of the future. The 2006 awards were conferred at a prestigious awards ceremony and dinner held last night at the annual CIO Leadership Conference, convening 200+ of the nation’s top CIOs and held at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA.

According to Abbie Lundberg, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine, “The Ones to Watch awards are an opportunity to honor the up-and-coming crop of CIOs for their leadership abilities and future potential, as well as for the oftentimes unsung contributions they have made to their organizations, working in partnership with the CIO.”

“Successful leaders surround themselves with the best team possible and work continuously to bring that team to greater heights,” adds Mark Hall, general manager of the CIO Executive Council and CIO of CXO Media (parent company of CIO magazine and the council). “This award is a nod to the rising IT stars for their work and to the CIOs for their leadership and guidance.”

The 2006 CIO Ones to Watch Honorees include:

• Simon Benzekri, Manager, Information Services, Penson Financial Services Canada

• Rick Broughton, Director, IT Strategy, Dunkin Brands, Inc.

• Matt Coose, Director, Engineering and PMO, Department of Homeland Security

• Cigdem Delano, Deputy Executive Director, Georgia Technology Authority

• Russell Douglas, Director Integration and Operations, Aviall Services, Inc.

• Michael Fuqua, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Development, Global Crossing

• Gina Garza, Deputy Associate CIO, Business Integration, Internal Revenue Service

• Dean Hall, Project Management Executive, Federal Bureau of Investigation

• Tyrone Howard, Project Management Office Manager, City of Chandler

• Tom Lindblom, VP and CTO, CKE Restaurants, Inc.

• Larry Markson, Director of Clinical Applications, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

• Chase McCarthy, Manager, Group Internal Information Systems, Amadeus Global Travel Distribution

• Pablo Molina, Campus Chief Information Officer, Georgetown University

• Craig Page, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data Center, First Data Corporation

• Jim Preston, Deputy CIO, BT Retail, BT Group pIc

• Tonya Ruscoe, Project and Development Manager, Holiday Retirement Corp.

• Perry Sandberg, Vice President, Portfolio & Program Management, AmerisourceBergen

• Alex Seefried, IT Program Director, Airborne Early Warning & Early Warning Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

• Ajay Waghray, Vice President, Verizon Wireless

• Robert Worral, Vice President, IT Governance and Acting Vice President, IT Strategy and Architecture, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

All CIO Ones to Watch candidates are nominated or endorsed by a CIO and judged by a panel of leading CIOs, primarily drawn from the Council's membership. A special feature on the winners will run in the July issue of CIO.

About CIO Magazine and the CIO Executive Council:

Launched in 1987, CIO magazine addresses issues vital to the success of chief information officers (CIOs) worldwide. The CIO portfolio includes a companion website, CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide technology and business leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 160 awards to date, including two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO magazine is published in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO Executive Programs— a series of face-to-face conferences including the CIO 100 Awards & Symposium™—provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to achieve lasting change in critical industry, academic, media and governmental groups. CIO magazine,, CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council are produced by International Data Group’s award-winning business unit: CXO Media Inc.

About CXO Media Inc.

CXO Media Inc. produces award-winning media properties and executive programs for corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business, including CIO, CSO magazines and websites, and the CIO Executive Council. CXO Media is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific websites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at