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September 18, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Meet the 2020 ORBIE Winners!

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

2020 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.


2020 Keynote

Tom Leighton, Co-Founder & CEO, Akamai

Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial four years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue and profit grew by 70%, and annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew 15-fold to more than $400 million per year.



Twin Cities 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 Minneapolis/St. Paul through a series of year-long events.


2020 Twin Cities 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. - 9:30 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 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

Rick King, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters

Rick King is the Managing Director of Thomson Reuters. Since 2000 he has held numerous executive-level roles in the company including EVP, CIO, COO & CTO. In 2019 and 2018, Mr. King was named to the Minnesota 500 (top business executives) and in 2019, he was one of the “100 People to Know in 2020”. In 2017, he was named to the CIO 100 and in 2012 and won the CIO Career Achievement Award from the Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal.

Explore 20 years of CIO ORBIE finalists and winners.