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It’s that time of year again – send in your nominations for the 2015 CIO of the Year Award!

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AITP/SIM “Most Effective IT Team Award” Winners for 2014

Most Effective IT Team Awards 019

USG – Large Firm Winner  (with Awards Committee)

Most Effective IT Team Awards 015

Tate & Lyle – Mid-sized Firm Winner  (with Awards Committee)

Most Effective IT Team Awards 030

Association Management Center – Small Firm Winner

 AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of USG, Tate & Lyle and Association Management Center, winners of the 2014 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards for large, medium and small sized companies respectively. All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 13, 2014.


2014 AITP/ISSA CISO of the Year Award

CISO 2014 Winner

AITP Chicago and ISSA-Chicago wish to congratulate Arian McMillan, CISO, Deparartment of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago (pictured left above), winner of the 2014 CISO of the Year Award.  The award is being presented by the 2013 CISO of the Year, Jason Witty, SVP & CISO, US BAnk.  All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information security community, and the award was presented at the Award Program breakfast on October 15th.


 2014 CIO of the Year Awards –  View Photos on Executives Club Site

AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Yvonne Scott, CIO of Crowe Horwath and Brian Hedberg, CIO of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) who were chosen as co-winners of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award.  Nominations were made by CxOs and senior business & IT executives.  All judging and elections were done by peers in the IT community.  The award was presented as part of The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Annual Awards luncheon on May 22nd.  Over 700 were in attendance.



February Chapter Meeting & CIO Dinner @ USG
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic: “Executing and Developing Capabilities for Impact”                         

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As winner of the IT Team of the Year Award for Large Company, Creighton will share some frameworks and lessons learned that helped the USG IT organization concurrently develop its capabilities and deliver impactful results for USG as it navigated the Great Recession.

About our Speaker:

Creighton Warren is the Chief Information Officer at USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of building product solutions. In 2014, his leadership team received the Most Effective IT Team award sponsored by the Chicagoland chapters of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). He joined USG in 2003 and was accountable for the IT portion of major (> $150 MM) customer satisfaction initiative involving the company wide deployment of Oracle eBusiness Suite across fifty plus manufacturing facilities. Immediately prior to his current role, he was Senior Director, Technology – Information Technology at USG Corporation, responsible for the Application, Architecture, and Operations organizations.

Mr. Warren started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and was a manager in the firm’s Network Solutions consulting practice. He moved to Heller Financial, a middle market commercial lender, where he was Vice President Information Technology responsible for Major Projects and eCommerce Technology Strategy. While at Heller, he successfully led Heller’s largest IT investment in over 10 years, an enterprise-wide technology architecture and integration initiative. As a result of that project, he was recognized as one of the Top 5 IT project managers in North America with the receipt of the 1998 Project Leadership Award sponsored by ABT Corporation. Prior to joining USG, Mr. Warren worked at a B2B Internet startup, Commerx, often recognized by its flagship marketplace, as well as a small Chicago based consulting firm.

He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his MM with a concentration in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

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Office of the CIO SIG Meeting
Feb 25 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

The next meeting of the Office of the CIO SIG will take place on Wednesday, February 25th.  If you are member of the Office of the CIO SIG group, you should have received a separate invitation to this event – so be sure to register today!

Please note that participation in the Office of the CIO SIG is by invitation only and you must be a member of the SIG to participate.  If you are interested in joining, please email for additional information.

March Chapter & CISO Dinner Meeting @ United Air Lines
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:  Arlan McMillan, CISO, United Air Lines and 2014 CISO of the Year Award Winner.  More information to follow:

Topic/Theme:  Security Needs a Reboot:  Leveraging Risk Management Principles to Transform the Broken Paradigm

Information Security needs a reboot. Breaches are increasing in both size and frequency but most Information Security team’s means and methods remain unchanged. As financial and reputational losses continue to mount, Boards are demanding that the same rigor and discipline used in measuring their financial and business risks be applied to how cyber risk is evaluated.To achieve this, the existing Information Security paradigm must be broken. The profession’s continued focus on tools and technology to protect complex organizations isn’t and won’t work. While a core function of an Information Security team will always be cyber response, the profession must pivot away from acting as the sole team that protects the enterprise to the team that evaluates risk and directs coordinated action from across the enterprise.

This talk will discuss the changing role of the Information Security team and its leadership and introduce a formalized methodology to measure and communicate cyber risk. Attendees will come away with over 300 metrics, KPIs and KRIs to use in their organization and a framework to measure their gaps and successes.

Once implemented, you’ll be able to confidently answer the five key questions that Board level executives are asking:
•       How do I know when the security program is working?
•       Is my security program aligned to the organization’s desired risk profile?
•       Can I report to the Board our current risk posture and quantify potential impact of threats to the business?
•       Is my organization more or less secure than last year?
•       Am I spending the right amount of money?

Speaker Background

Arlan McMillan is the Chief Information Security Officer for United Air Lines. United operates over 700 aircraft and is one of the largest airlines in the world. United is based in Chicago and has offices globally.

Prior to joining United, Arlan was the CISO and HIPAA Security Officer for the City of Chicago. Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States and among metropolitan areas has the seventh largest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world. Arlan has over 20 years experience in Information Technology and Security. Prior to his role at the City, Arlan has led a number of global teams delivering security services such as the head of Symantec’s MSSP Global Analysis group and as the Global Head of Information Security Operations for ABN AMRO, LaSalle bank. Arlan is an acknowledged thought leader in the delivering of Information Security programs and was the 2014 ISSA, AITP, FBI-INFRAGARD “CISO of the Year” recipient. Today, Arlan is focused on advancing the discipline of Information Security through the building of a framework that accurately communicates an organization’s overall risk profile. Built from experience working directly with executive leadership and implementers, Arlan has built a methodology with corresponding indicators that effectively reduces risk and drives innovation within an organization. He is passionate in his belief that Information Security must advance to include greater formalized Risk Management methods and in bringing his pragmatic methods to his peers.

Engaging Leadership Series (ELS) First Full Day Workshop @ Patina Conference Room - 19th Floor
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

AITP’s first ELS training class for helping Project Managers and Tech Managers & Staff improve the execution of business initiatives was a great success.   The 5 full day workshops used collaborative exercises to drive home the skills needed.   And, each participant left with an extensive set of tools that can be used in real world situations.

As an unexpected bonus, the sessions were especially valuable for new managers and senior professionals getting ready for management roles by:

  • Helping them shift their primary focus from “doing” to “leading and managing”
  • Providing  the skills needed for mentoring and team building

Everyone liked holding the 5 full-day workshops every other week so they had time to apply learnings between sessions and appreciated the participation of CIOs and Senior Executives as panelists and mentors.   Two of the firms enrolled Project Manager/Tech pairs to leverage the benefits of working together in class for upcoming projects.  PMPs can get 30 PDUs for attending the class.

SMB SIG Meeting @ Sagent Pharmaceuticals
Mar 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

AITP Chicago is pleased to support the Small-Medium Business (SMB) SIG!  Challenges and opportunities associated with IT security, BYOD, compliance & regulations, & Big Data are no different in SMB than in larger organizations.  However, the SMB IT leader needs to address the issues with fewer personnel resources and in many cases minimal access to consultative services.  The SMB SIG was developed with this in mind and is designed to address the IT executive’s needs at an SMB company.

Come join us to share ideas in a round table discussion with your colleagues on how to address the many challenges of an SMB IT manager and develop a set of best practices!

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PLEASE NOTE:  This SIG is restricted to IT leaders in small to midsize enterprises.  You must be a day-to-day IT operations leader in your company (i.e., CIO, Director / Manager of IT) to participate.

TOPIC:  Challenges of the SMB IT Leader & Best Practices – a Roundtable Discussion
DATEMarch 20, 2015
TIME:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LOCATION:  1901 N. Roselle Road, Suite 700 – Schaumburg

Hosted by Sagent Pharmaceuticals

Registration closes two days prior to the event

AITP SMB SIG Chair:  Ed Schipp – Sagent Pharmceuticals
AITP SMB Committee:  Bill Waas – ITF; Carl Zuhl – AITP 
AITP Executive Programs Chair: Justin Nemeth – EVP AITP Chicago

AITP Chicago events are intended to provide an atmosphere conducive to social networking, knowledge sharing, camaraderie, and thought leadership. AITP maintains a policy that prohibits active or passive solicitation of its attendees before, during, or after an event. We kindly ask that you respect our policy, our members, and our guests so this event and future events will be enjoyed by all.   

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April Chapter Meeting & CIO Dinner @ Lamirage
Apr 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:  Stephen Byers, CIO, Tate & Lyle.  Tate & Lyle was the 2014 “Most Effective IT Team Award” winner in the medium sized firm category.  More information to follow.