2020 Global Technology Executives Who Matter Awards

Today, every company is a technology company. As a result, CEOs fully expect technology executives to come armed with fresh ideas for leveraging technology to deliver new waves of business value and drive future growth for their companies. 

CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and other C-suite technology executives play a crucial role in placing their organizations on the fast track to groundbreaking transformation. But success doesn’t occur in a vacuum – those executives who are able to summon courageous leadership, think differently and instill a passion within their teams are able to lead, reimagine and reinvent their companies and deliver winning business formulas that can provide a competitive edge. 

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Brad Strock

Independent Director, Elevate Credit and CIO, PayPal (Retired) -


Most recently, Brad Strock served as the CIO of PayPal, a Fortune 250 company that is  transforming the world of global payments, commerce, and how individuals access financial  services.  Brad has over 30 years of experience in helping companies grow through disruptive  technologies and digital transformation.  Throughout his career, he has led numerous business  turnarounds, acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic growth initiatives.  Brad has a unique mix of  expertise spanning business strategy, finance, risk management, and operations, coupled with a  deep passion for technology and how it can transform businesses to drive growth through digital  transformation.  He has demonstrated experience in influencing and driving change spanning the  boardroom to the individual contributor level.

Brad led a broad scope of responsibilities contributing to PayPal’s ten‐year revenue growth rate  of over 20% annually. He led a team of over 1,400 providing both IT functions and software  development for operations platforms supporting a global enterprise operating in 200 markets,  24 languages and 65 locations. Brad served at PayPal for over seven years, and in the CIO role  he led the transformation of PayPal's operations platforms to support dramatic user growth  while holding costs flat and creating incremental revenue opportunities. He also transformed  how technology can enable a large global workforce to operate with the speed and flexibility of  a startup.  Brad also led the IT separation from eBay in 2015.

Prior to PayPal, Brad held several senior executive roles at Bank of America, including leading  the Next Generation Payments and Commerce team that created what is now the Zelle  payments platform. Prior to Bank of America, Brad led the creation of a new rewards platform  at JP Morgan Chase that has delivered innovative new credit card products propelling  growth.  Brad's early career spanned a wide range of strategy and financial roles including M&A  work, turnarounds, and strategic planning roles.   

Brad currently serves as an Independent Director of Elevate Credit (NYSE: ELVT), as well as  Hiinga, a nonprofit providing micro loans in Africa.  He is a frequent speaker at both business  and technology forums and has authored numerous articles on innovation as well as being a coinventor on several U.S. Patents.  He is a passionate supporter of building diverse, high  performing teams.  He received his MSM (MBA) in Finance from the Krannert School of  Management at Purdue University, along with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue.  He  and his wife, Vicky, have been married for 30 years and have three children. 

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 2019, HMG Strategy introduced the Technology Executives to Watch 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 2020, we are extending our recognition program to honor exemplary technology leaders who are delivering exceptional value to their organizations: The HMG Strategy 2020 Global Technology Executives Who Matter 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: InnovationBusiness TransformationCourageous LeadershipTalent Development and Digital Disruption

The awards also recognize legendary technology leaders with two new award distinctions: the Elite Alumni and Lifetime Achievement awards. 

The Elite Alumni award will showcase the courageous leadership and commitment to innovation and business transformation that earns technology executives perennial acknowledgment. Recipients in the Elite Alumni category join an exclusive list of premier global technology leaders who have been recognized by HMG Strategy in the past. The program honors those top IT leaders who have delivered unparalleled value to their organizations in innovation, business transformation, courageous leadership, digital disruption and talent development.

Meanwhile, the Lifetime Achievement award recognizes those leaders who have led a long and distinguished career. Recipients in this category have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the technology industry in various positions and exhibited excellence throughout the duration of their career.

The Details

Nominations are open and are being accepted on a rolling basis. Nominations must be received at least 21 days prior to the regional summit of choice to be considered for recognition. To see HMG Strategy’s full calendar of events for 2020, click here.


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To learn more about HMG Strategy’s 2020 Global Technology Executives Who Matter Awards Program, please call (203) 221-2702 or email HMG Strategy’s Senior Research Director Tom Hoffman at tomhoffman@hmgstrategy.com.

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