Tshifhiwa Gladys Ramuthaga, a graduate of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) class of 2010 at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), has won the 2014 Visionary CIO Award. This prestigious award, presented by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), in association with ITWeb, recognises a CIO who has shown visionary leadership and used IT to make their businesses more innovative and strategic.
Ramuthaga, who is the chief information officer (CIO) at the Financial Services Board (FSB), received the accolade at the IITPSA President's Awards breakfast on 6 November, at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Ramuthaga held off strong competition from the five finalists shortlisted from internationally recognised companies, to win this year’s award.
Through public voting and an adjudication panel, finalists were selected from dozens of nominations received from the IT community. Candidates, all of whom have made notable contributions to the South African ICT sector were scrutinised through the adjudication process and the top five were selected for face-to-face interviews by the judging panel.
In her current role of CIO for the FSB, Ramuthaga leads strategy, planning and implementation of information systems to support business operations and achieve organisational goals. “It is indeed an honour and a priviledge to be recognised as a visionary for the work that I am doing, especially in this male dominated industry. As CIOs we need to understand the trends shaping the business environment and how to respond to them from an IT perspective” says Ramuthaga.
Professor Nick Binedell, dean of GIBS, said, “We would like to congratulate Tshifhiwa, she has clearly made her mark in the IT sector. We need more women leaders like her, who through leadership and strategic vision will help create strong institutions for our country.”