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NEC Corporation of America's Digital Transformation Recognized by Dallas CIO Leadership Association

NECAM Vice President of IT Juan Fontanes accepts the 2017 Dallas CIO of the Year® Orbie® Award for technology leadership

Irving, TX - March 9, 2017 - NEC Corporation of America's (NEC) massive digital transformation project was recognized by the Dallas CIO Leadership Association (DallasCIO), the preeminent professional association for North Texas senior technology executives. NECAM Vice President of IT Juan Fontanes accepted the 2017 Dallas CIO of the Year Orbie Award - Corporate, representing NECAM and the teams responsible for activities in support of the company's digital transformation.

Since its inception in 1998, over 300 CIOs nationally have been honored as finalists and over 90 CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award. This year, more than 140 nominations were received for the CIO of the Year Awards. Finalists and winners were selected by prior CIO of the Year ORBIE Award winners and CIO peers, based upon contributions to innovation, leadership, business value and community engagement.

"The individuals who have earned these awards are the best and brightest leaders - not just within North Texas IT executives, but in the categories they represent," said Lisa LaRoque, Executive Director of DallasCIO. "In today's interconnected world, organizations that win in the marketplace benefit from the superior strategic planning and day-to-day execution these CIOs bring to the table."

Along with the company's digital transformation, other notable accomplishments included the implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that integrated data systems from different corporate functions into a single streamlined system, the build-out and installation of an advanced data center, as well as the relocation of systems and network functionality for the new corporate headquarters campus. NEC's contributions to the local community were also noted, such as the installation of a NEC donated computer lab at the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School located in Dallas, Texas.

"We had people from every business unit and corporate function working as a team to plan and execute this massive project," said Juan. "The recognition of 'CIO of the Year' couldn't have been accomplished without the great contributions from everybody on that project team. I was honored to lead this effort and be a part of our contributions to the local community."

"Juan, the IT team and those that worked on the project team have made tremendous contributions to the company that significantly improved our IT capabilities," said Shin Takahashi, President and CEO of NEC Corporation of America. "Our network environment is much improved and we have a solid and reliable data center that provides industry leading service to our customers."

About The CIO Of The Year Orbie Awards
The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program of its kind. Since inception in 1998, over 300 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over ninety CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award. The Award recognizes chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, which includes prior ORBIE recipients, based upon:

  • Leadership style and management effectiveness
  • Innovation in implementing technology solutions
  • Business value created by IT
  • Service to others in their community, industry and within their own organizations

  • About The Dallas CIO Leadership Association
    The Dallas CIO Leadership Association (DallasCIO) is the preeminent professional association for North Texas' senior technology executives. Our membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers (or equivalent executive roles) from public and private companies, government, education and non-profit organizations. DallasCIO is led by a CIO Advisory Board which sets the annual programming agenda for the association. Events are facilitated by a full-time Executive Director and professional staff and underwritten by Advocate, Pariveda, and QTS Data Centers. DallasCIO events are CIO-led and attended solely by CIO-level executives.

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    NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a leading technology integrator providing solutions that improve the way people work and communicate. NEC delivers integrated Solutions for Society that are aligned with our customers' priorities to create new value for people, businesses and society, with a special focus on safety, security and efficiency. We deliver one of the industry's strongest and most innovative portfolios of communications, analytics, security, biometrics and technology solutions that unleash customers' productivity potential. Through these solutions, NEC combines its best-in-class solutions and technology, and leverages a robust partner ecosystem to solve today's most complex business problems. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 160 countries and $25 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit

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