CIO of the Year Award

CIO of the Year 2018

The CIO of Talpa Network, Hylke Sprangers, is the winner of the CIO of the Year Award 2018 for his crucial role in the trail-blazing digital development of his company. ‘Realising that incremental steps from classic IT are insufficient in the present-day economy he has taken a courageous step towards using a digital platform,’ says chairman of the jury Bernhard van Oranje in his motivation. ‘He has risked his neck for total digital modernisation, so that the Dutch Talpa Network can compete with players like Netflix and Facebook.’

Hylke Sprangers came out best in several disciplines of the selection process, such as the total score of the qualitative and quantitative research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the intensive leadership assessment of Linqhu. ‘We have chosen a leader who does not make any distinction between IT, technology and business and who realises the digital future today by doing so,’ Van Oranje adds.

The CIO of the Year Award was presented at the CIODAY in the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage today. Besides the winner, Alpna Doshi (Philips), Jesper Erichsen (LeasePlan) and Perry van der Weyden (Rijkswaterstaat, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) had been nominated for the title.

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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