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2016 CIO of the Year Winners Announced

2016 CIO of the Year Winners Announced

Article Published: April 22, 2016

With more than 650 people in attendance at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group honored the region’s top technology executives who work in industry, non-profit, and academia. Nominees, including chief information officers or those in equivalent positions, were recognized for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying their enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophy and service to industry and the community.

New for 2016, the awards honor Pittsburgh's chief information security officers for their work protecting their companies and keeping customers’ data safe.

“These executives work tirelessly to ensure that information assets and technologies are adequately protected,” said PTC President and CEO Audrey Russo.

At the awards, CIOs were recognized in six categories according to company size along with an education and CISO category. Each year, the awards also recognize a CIO Choice to honor the lifetime achievements of a regional CIO.

“Pittsburgh is home to some of the brightest tech minds in the world leading technology strategies across companies of all sizes and industries,” said Russo. “It is important to take a night to celebrate their accomplishments, innovation and leadership. Congratulations to the finalists and winners.”

Each of the 24 finalists were judged by a committee of members of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group on the planning and deployment of strategy, future goals, management philosophy, corporate culture and service to the community.

Watch a recap of the finalists videos right here.

Category: Under 100 Employees

Winner: Jonathan Colby, CIO & COO, OpenArc, LLC

  • Developed a product/technology matrix to allow senior managers to share research time on leading and trending technologies.
  • Encourages peer-to-peer training by employee subject matter experts, as identified in their employee skills matrix.


  • Anju S. Chopra, CIO, Tiversa Holding Corp.
  • Winford Craig, Director of IT, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Shea Georgetti, CIO, Technology & Beyond

Category: Under 1000 Employees

Winner: David Thompson, CIO & Deputy Chief of Staff, Software Engineering Institute

  • Supports public-private partnerships focused on improving cybersecurity nationwide.
  • Improved access to business-critical information and increased reporting and analytics capabilities.


  • Ryan Conover, Director of Information Services, Oncology Nursing Society
  • David DiLeo, CIO, Industrial Scientific Corporation

Category: Under 5000 Employees

Winner: Manish Sinha, CIO, ANSYS, Inc.

  • Created 3-year IT strategy; Took IT from tactical to strategic business differentiator.
  • Collapsed 9 networks into one ANSYS network with new HPC in DE & EMC in US & UK. Deployed Office 365, SSO w/ MFA for 50% security improvement.


  • Jon Amelio, CTO, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Thomas Johnson, CIO, Penn Highlands Healthcare
  • Glenn Roos, CIO, Dollar Bank

Category: Over 5000 Employees

Winner: Markus Weber, Global CIO and Vice President, MSA - The Safety Company

  • Transferred his IT team into a high-performing, well-respected ONE IT team.
  • Created the vision of the company's Worldwide Operating Model.


  • Michael Keslar, CIO, Investment Services & Vice Chairman, BNY Mellon Pennsylvania
  • Rick Milazzo, CIO, American Eagle Outfitters
  • Jim Wenner, VP of IT, Sheetz

Category: Education

Winner: Bill Balint, CIO, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Oversaw adoption of advanced reporting functions, positioning IUP’s business intelligence/data warehousing technologies and techniques as a reference for other universities.
  • Encourages continuous transformation of existing tasks to leverage emerging technologies as appropriate.


  • Charles Bartel, Assistant VP/CIO, Duquesne University
  • Vincent DiStasi, CIO, Grove City College
  • Scott Gutowski, Chief of Information & Technology, Pittsburgh Public School Board of Education

Category: CISO

Winner: Brian Cyphert, CISO and Executive Director, Global IT Infrastructure, MSA - The Safety Company

  • In less than 2 years, created and implemented a global cyber security team that is highly respected, high performing, implementing a strategy that is linked to the NIST framework, and “right sized” for MSA.
  • Educated and built security awareness by implementing a mandatory cybersecurity training program for all associates, fostering a security culture.


  • Omar Khawaja, CISO, HM Health Solutions
  • Alan Levine, CISO, Alcoa, Inc.
  • James Marsteller, CISO, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)
  • Kenneth Robb, CTO and CSO, fi360

2016 CIO Choice Award Winner: Phil Lichtenfels

Phil Lichtenfels’ professional career started in 1955 at Westinghouse Electric Corporation as an Office Methods Analyst. He was promoted several times during his career, ultimately becoming CIO in 1986. As CIO, Phil was responsible for directing and coordinating the application of all computer hardware, applications, software, voice and data communications, technology transfer, and infrastructure planning and implementation for both domestic and foreign operations. He retired in 1988.  In 1989, Phil joined HJ Heinz as an Executive Consultant and CIO, where he served until 1999. From 1999 to 2006, he was VP of Integrated Support Services at SMS/Marconi and from 2007 to 2015 he worked on executive consulting assignments at Curtiss-Wright, Westinghouse and Peoples Natural Gas

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