2016 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards

2016 ORBIE Winners


Fran Dramis


Jean Holley
Group SVP & CIO
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Brad Cowles
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Muthu Arumugham
Corporate VP IT
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Sarah Ming Hsi
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Finalists & Keynote


G – Breshears
Cindy Breshears
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G – Fugett
Roger Fugett
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G – Holley
Jean Holley
Group SVP & CIO
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G – Minetola
Matthew Minetola
G – Pearson
Eric Pearson
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E – Brassard
Guy Brassard
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E – Cowles
Brad Cowles
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E – Fitzgerald
Richard Fitzgerald
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E – Hart
Kevin Hart
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E – Lindner
Christopher Lindner
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C – Arumugham
Muthu Arumugham
Corporate VP – Technology
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C – Fatras
Franck Fatras
President & CTO
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C – Kinsella
Patrick Kinsella
VP, Technology & Transformation
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C – Miller
Jared Miller
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C – Smith
Martin Smith
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NP – Hsi
Sarah Ming Hsi
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NP – Krishnan
Venkat Krishnan
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NP – Martin
John Martin
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G – Bowers
Serena Sacks
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NP – Ventimiglia
Phil Ventimiglia
Chief Innovation Officer
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2016 GeorgiaCIO Keynote


Meg Whitman

HPMeg Whitman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Previously, Meg served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Hewlett-Packard Company from 2011 through 2015, as well as Chairman of the Board from 2014 through 2015, leading the company’s turnaround and subsequent separation into two companies – Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Meg is also the Chairman of the Board of HP Inc.

Meg served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc. from 1998 to 2008, where she oversaw its growth from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.

She has also held executive-level positions at Hasbro Inc., FTD, Inc., The Stride Rite Corporation, The Walt Disney Company and Bain & Company. She currently serves on the boards of directors for The Procter & Gamble Company and SurveyMonkey.

Meg holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University.

2016 GeorgiaCIO Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Fran Dramis

Francis “Fran” Dramis has been recognized as one of the nation’s top strategic CIOs for his leadership and innovativeness in technology. Over the course of his career, he has received, many technology leadership awards, including:

  • CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Award, 1999
  • CIO Magazine’s Top 100 Leaders for the Next Millennium, 2000
  • Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, 2002
  • GeorgiaCIO Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

Fran brings extensive knowledge and experience with the power, innovation, and productivity that values-based leadership brings to IT organizations. As Executive Vice President, Chief Information, eCommerce, and Security Officer for BellSouth Corporation, Fran was responsible for the company’s information technologies and for directing and setting the foundation for BellSouth’s first eCommerce efforts.

During Fran’s tenure from 1998 to 2007, BellSouth’s information technology and security groups received numerous awards and recognized as one of the top IT organizations in the nation:

  • Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Top 10 in Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT for its Diversity (2004)
  • SecurE-Biz Leadership Award
  • InformationWeek 500 Most Innovative Users of Technology (Ranked #10 in 2005)
  • CIO Magazine’s Enterprise Value Award in 2005

Fran spent much of his early career with AT&T, including projects with Bell Laboratories, the telecommunication company’s research and development wing—arguably the most effective laboratory for new ideas in the world. He also served as Managing Director and CIO of Salomon Brothers, president and CEO of Network Management Inc., and president and COO of Telic Corporation.

Today, Fran is the CEO of F. Dramis LLC, an investor, and a member of multiple public and private technology boards. Most recently, he founded, chaired, and chartered the IT committee of the board for US Oncology, one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. He chairs the boards of Nanolumens, a digital display and visual communications company, and Catavolt, a provider of enterprise-grade cloud services for instant and secure access to enterprise data on mobile devices.

Fran has authored two books: The CIO Handbook that details his unique methodology for aligning technology with the strategic direction of the organization; and Creating an Intentional Business Life, that outlines his mentoring process in helping individuals, especially in the field of technology, chart a career path to a fulfilling business and personal life. Fran is a frequent speaker at technology and leadership forums, and at university EMBA sessions.

Fran received a Master of Science degree in Advanced Management from Pace University in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. He lives in Atlanta.


Georgia CIO Awards sponsors are highly valued partners invited by local CIOs to experience the unique opportunity of supporting and recognizing the senior technology leadership of Georgia’s top organizations through a series of year-long events.

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