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CIO of the Year 2019

CIO of Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) Perry van der Weyden is the winner of the CIO of the Year Award 2019. He owes the prize to his decisive role in the digital development of his organization. “It is nice to see that a CIO at the government is doing so well, where you now hear a lot of criticism about IT at the government,” said jury chairman Bernhard van Oranje. “Perry van der Weyden is a CIO who dares to swim against the current and knows how to achieve results in a complex environment with many stakeholders.”

Perry van der Weyden was the best in several parts of the selection process, such as the total score of the Digital Acceleration Index (the qualitative and quantitative research by BCG, the Boston Consulting Group) and the intensive leadership assessment by Squadra.

“We have chosen a leader who takes the initiative. You can see that, for example, in the way he set up a data lab within RWS. That lab has been at the basis of the intensive use of data by the entire RWS organization, “says Van Oranje.

The CIO of the Year Award was presented today during the CIODAY in the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage. Sjoerd Blüm (Schiphol Group), Eric Overvoorde (Royal HaskoningDHV), Anton Rutten (Rabobank), Mario Suykerbuyk (Eneco) and Ben Wishart (Ahold Delhaize) nominated for the title.

Read the entire article (in dutch) here.

Winners for life

The CIO of the Year Award has the aim to give recognition to the best performing CIO in that year. The performance aspects being measured entails IT performance, IT agility and project performance/attractiveness. But not only the performance aspects will be of importance. Just like last year the election will focus on leadership aspects and business and boardroom credibility.

Get the job done is the theme of this years CIODAY. No misunderstanding, the digital transformation is not a one-off but going concern. Your participation in CIODAY will help you, not only to get ready but also to make sure you can strongly move forward.

Pre-selection of pre-nominees.

The CIO of the Year Award 2019 is based on a thorough process. The criteria and the procedure have been developed over the past ten years together with CIO Platform Nederland (CIO platform of top 100 organisations in the Netherlands), CIO Magazine and Research organisations: The Boston Consulting Group and Squadra.


The top nominees are chosen by the jury based on the results of the web questionnaire that is be measured and ranked by the Boston Consulting Group. Personal validation checks are conducted by Squadra and Plan B.

Jury Selection

A final meeting with the nominees takes place in October. The jury (Rob Beijleveld) will also conduct the validation checks with CEO, CFO, and/or COO of each top nominee on all the results (survey, interview, and assessment). The CIO of the Year will be presented at CIODAY.

CIO of the Year Award Jury