2021 Global Leadership Institute Awards


Premier technology executives are expected to come armed with fresh ideas for leveraging technology to deliver new waves of business value and drive future growth for their companies. The 2021 Global Leadership Institute Awards recognize those who have reimagined and reinvented themselves to place their organizations on the fast track to groundbreaking transformation in dynamic times. 

“As the global health crisis continues technology executives must foster a culture of connectedness in an isolated setting while providing authentic and compassionate leadership that can offer their teams confidence, hope and inspiration for a brighter future.” 

— President and CEO of HMG Strategy, Hunter Muller


Register Today to Celebrate Your Peers at a National Celebration:


September National Award Celebration

September 23rd, 2021 — 5:00 PM ET         



HMG Global Leadership Institute Global Gala

December 16th, 2021 — 5:00 PM ET  



Meet the 2021 Winners:

Howard Spira was named the Chief Information Officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in December 2014. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in October of 2016 and is a member of the Bank’s senior leadership team reporting directly to the acting Chairman of the Bank.

Howard’s responsibilities include overseeing the complete information technology portfolio that supports the Bank's $100 billion book including infrastructure, networks and telecoms, application development, program management, information security, data and reporting, and records management. In addition, his area serves as the agency's representative for Open Data, Privacy and Records.

Howard joined the Export-Import Bank after five years of service at the United States Treasury where he led the technology team for the Office of Financial Stability – the team that orchestrated the financial rescue program in response to the financial crisis of 2008.   In addition to his work at OFS, Howard was a frequent  participant and advisor on high-level IT strategy work for Treasury and the Office of Domestic Finance in areas related to financial services technology.

Prior to his federal service, Howard was a senior IT executive in the financial services industry with an extensive background in international and domestic commercial finance. Howard’s previous experiences include being a managing director at Goldman Sachs Real-estate Japan where he ran technology and loan servicing.  Howard also had ten years with GE Capital where he served as the technology executive for the Global Financial Restructuring group and as a CIO for the Commercial Finance Division.   Howard also spent time at Smith Barney where he led taxable fixed income trading and operations technology.  Howard started his career at Andersen Consulting’s Financial Service practice in New York City helping overseas financial institutions establish operations in the United States.

Howard graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s of science and holds an MBA from Cornell with a focus on finance and international business.

The History

Since the inception of its Transformational CIO Awards in 2012, HMG Strategy has been recognizing the industry’s premier technology executives who are making a difference in their organizations through the industry’s most distinguished and recognizable awards program. In 2020, HMG Strategy introduced the Global Technology Executives Who Matter Awards to recognize the top-performing Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Senior Technology Leaders, Venture Capitalists and Search Executives who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership in areas such as Innovation, Business Transformation and Digital Disruption.

In 2021, we are extending our recognition program to honor exemplary technology leaders and leadership teams who are delivering exceptional value to their organizations: The 2021 Global Leadership Institute Awards.

The Criteria

These annual awards recognize the top-performing Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Venture Capitalists, Search Industry Executives and other Senior Technology Leaders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the following areas: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Leading into the C-Suite, Creating New Go-to-Market Business Models, Modernizing Enterprise Architecture and Building Culture of Trust.

The Details

Nominations are open and are being accepted on a rolling basis. Nominations must be received at least 14 days prior to the regional summit of choice to be considered for recognition. To see HMG Strategy’s full calendar of events for 2021, click here.

To learn more about HMG Strategy’s 2021 Global Leadership Institute Awards Program, please call (203) 221-2702 or email HMG Strategy’s Digital Managing Editor, August Pelliccio at august.pelliccio@hmgstrategy.com.

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