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Nonprofit Organization Showcases Early Movers in Advancing Global Sustainability Through Technology Leadership

REDWOOD CITY, California, April 18, 2023 –, the CIO-led nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing global sustainability through technology leadership, today announced the winners of its inaugural SustainableIT Impact Awards. These awards recognize technology leaders and their C-suite partners for their leadership and achievement in driving environmental, social, or governance (ESG) sustainability, representing the values and goals that are part of SustainableIT’s mission.

The honorees represent a broad spectrum of companies, reflecting the program’s goal of inspiring CIOs and CTOs to take a leadership role in addressing their businesses’ ESG challenges and opportunities. Winners were chosen based on their goals and progress in advancing sustainability as well as the positive impact they have had on their business.

“We were impressed to see so many strong examples of IT-led sustainability initiatives coming from a wide variety of sectors, including banking, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and technology,” said Ralph Loura, Board Chair of “Our winners demonstrate that IT leaders can and must help pave the way for their businesses to operate not just more efficiently, but more sustainably.”

The winners for the 2023 SustainableIT Impact Awards are:

Category: Environmental Impact

  • Brian Kirkland, CIO, Choice Hotels International, Inc.
  • Katherine Wetmur, CIO, Morgan Stanley
  • Dan Waleke, CIO, Rocket Companies
  • Elizabeth Hackenson, SVP & CIO, Schneider Electric
  • JP Saini, EVP & Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.

Category: Social Impact

  • Vicki Hildebrand, SVP & CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Kristie Grinnell, SVP & CIO, DXC Technology
  • Shawana Poole Gaines, IT Executive, HP, Inc.
  • Adriana Karaboutis, Global Chief Information & Digital Officer, National Grid
  • Srini Koushik, EVP & CTO, Rackspace Technology

Category: Governance Impact

  • Bernard Gavgani, Global CIO, BNP Paribas
  • Gary Ahwah, CTO, Molina Healthcare
  • Scott Case, CIO, Truist
  • Mike Brady, Chief Technology Officer, Wells Fargo

Srini Koushi, CIO of Rackspace and an honoree for this year’s award, said, “Sustainability is a journey. Modern enterprises must collaborate across their sectors and recognize that their success is intertwined with the health of the planet and society."

Leaders of the non-profit reflected on the broader importance of the awards. Board member Shannon Gath, CIO of Teradyne, said, “Our honorees serve as beacons for their industries, hopefully inspiring all technology leaders to step up and lead on sustainability. As IT leaders, we are uniquely positioned within our companies to put the power of technology behind ESG. As with other business imperatives, technology is an essential component.”

The winners of this year’s Impact Awards will be recognized at the SustainableIT Awards Gala on the evening of Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The Gala will be held in partnership with the Delphix Data Company Summit, an annual technology leadership conference dedicated to advancing solutions and best practices for using data to accelerate innovation while strengthening compliance, improving software quality, and reducing costs.

About is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing global sustainability through technology leadership. Our mission is to define sustainable transformation programs by industry, author best practices and frameworks, set standards and certifications, provide education and training, and raise awareness for environmental and societal programs that make our organizations and the world sustainable for generations to come.

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