MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Announces Winner of the 2015 CIO Leadership Award

Michael Nilles, CIO of Schindler Recognized at Premier Global CIO Event

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--()--The 12th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced that Michael Nilles, CIO of Schindler is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. The award honors Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who lead their organizations to deliver business value and innovative use of IT in exceptional ways.

“The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Awards Committee is proud to present Michael Nilles with the 2015 CIO Leadership Award,” said Dr. George Westerman, Research Scientist of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and Co-Chair of the Award Program. “Michael reflects a strategic vision for his company and the digital business transformation he is spearheading is enabling Schindler to be a front runner in its industry.”

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, Schindler is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Its innovative and environmentally-friendly access and transit-management systems make an important contribution to mobility in urban societies. The company has over 54,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

As CIO for Schindler, Mr. Nilles is responsible globally for Digital Business, Business Process Management, Information Technology and Business Shared Services. In addition, he is the CEO of Schindler Digital Business AG, the company's digital business unit. Nilles and his team have successfully been driving Schindler's digital business transformation including IT rationalization, global business process optimization and leveraging innovative digital business models as competitive advantage for the company in the industry.

"On behalf of Schindler, I am incredibly honored to be the 2015 winner of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award,” said Mr. Nilles. “This recognition speaks volumes about the exceptional vision and capabilities of the entire business and IT team at Schindler, and the commitment our organization has for excellence as we digitalize our worldwide operations – all while maintaining our leadership at the forefront of our industry.”

Dr. Westerman presented the award to Mr. Nilles at the pre-Symposium dinner at Smith & Wollensky in Boston, MA on the evening of May 19th. Other finalists for the honor included Pablo Ciano of DHL Express Americas, Herve Coureil of Schneider Electric, and Peter Nichol of Access Health CT.

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). Visit for more information and registration.

Editor’s Note:
Journalists interested in learning more or speaking with any of the Award winners and finalists should contact Derek Beckwith ( 978-922-0818), or Sadie Smith ( 717-298-1865), Warner Communications.


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MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Announces Winner of the 2015 CIO Leadership Award. Michael Nilles, CIO of Schindler Recognized at Premier Global CIO Event.


MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Derek Beckwith, +1-978-922-0818