VISIONARY WINNER CHANGED THE DIGITAL COURSE RIGOROUSLY
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.
IT is a core function at Talpa Network, and so it should be, according to Hylke Sprangers, for it may yield a huge competition benefit. Technology, and therefore the scalable platform that Sprangers introduced, plays an increasing role in the production of content, also in television programmes and even in live broadcasts. A good example is the TV talent show The Winner Takes It All, where some 300,000 viewers cast their vote by mobile phone as members of the jury. Contestants and viewers could see the assessments immediately.
‘This means that tensions are high, because there is absolutely no room for error. From a technological perspective, we can’t think of anything cooler,’ Sprangers says. Rob Beijleveld, CEO of ICT Media and the initiator of the CIO of the Year Award, thinks Sprangers is a shining example in the digital world. ‘With a relatively small team he is able to compete successfully with media concerns world-wide.’ The other members of the jury were also very enthusiastic about the winner.
Tjibbe van der Zeeuw (Squadra): ‘Hylke Sprangers is an extrovert and creative leader, someone who closely studies new technological developments and translates these into relevant business opportunities.’
Marc Schuuring (The Boston Consulting Group): ‘He ensures that working agilely is not without obligations. On the contrary, Talpa Network is driven by weekly deadlines and the fact that millions of people are watching.’
Marcel Krom (jury member on behalf of CIO Platform Netherlands and CIO PostNL): ‘Hylke has developed an ecosystem that is actively managed by Talpa by means of participations, but it also involves saying goodbye to less active participants. This is how he sees to it that the ecosystem remains leading edge.’
At the CIO of the Year Award, a strict and objective process was adopted with respect to awarding the prize to the nominee with the highest scores on performance and the way in which nominees embodied their role and position. The fact that only one winner was chosen, does not at all mean the other nominees came in for a negative assessment. Though the nature and complexity of their organisations showed marked differences, the contestants were by no means out of place on so exquisite a shortlist.
In the assessment by the BCG and Squadra, criteria like performance, perception by the business, and personal competencies had been considered. The final meeting of the jury at the Pinnacle Tower in Amsterdam, attended by all nominees, was a final validation of the selection process used.
This year, the core members of the jury were Marcel Krom (CIO Platform Netherlands and PostNL), Marc Schuuring and Jacqueline Govers (The Boston Consulting Group), Tjibbe van der Zeeuw (Squadra), Rob Beijleveld (ICT Media), Arnoud van Gemeren (CIO Magazine) and Hotze Zijlstra (CIO Magazine). Bernhard van Oranje (Levi9 Global Sourcing) is the chairman of the jury.
A new member was Ron van Kemenade (ING). For the 2019 election he will be asked to step down in favour of the winner of the CIO of the Year Award 2017, Bouke Hoving (KPN). This year, too, support for the personal assessments was provided by Bianca van der Zeeuw (Plan B).
Photo: Roelof Pot