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CIO of the Year 2020

Marcel Krom, CIO of PostNL, is the winner of the CIO of the Year Award 2020. He owes the prize to his major role in the digital transformation of the postal and parcel company. “As CIO, Marcel Krom has ensured that PostNL, as an established company with a long history, is fast enough to take on the digital competition,” says jury chairman Bernhard van Oranje. “As a jury, we saw how he successfully copes with the complexity of a large organization and how to get things moving.”

Overall, Marcel Krom came out as the best candidate in the selection process. This well-established process includes the Digital Acceleration Index (the qualitative and quantitative research by BCG, The Boston Consulting Group), Squadra’s intensive leadership assessment and an evaluation of the role in the Dutch CIO community by CIO Magazine.

“We have chosen a leader who knows how to bring the digital transformation to life. It does not matter whether this leader is a CIO, CDO or CTO. We can describe Marcel Krom’s approach to digitization as fundamental, with a great understanding of the underlying change drivers, ”says Van Oranje.

The CIO of the Year Award was presented on Tuesday, November 24 during CIODAY, which took place online this year. In addition to the eventual winner, Daniël Gebler (Picnic), Corné Mulders (UMC Utrecht) and Aart Rupert (Damen Shipyards) were 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 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