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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Lakshmi Hanspal

Global Chief Information Security Officer - Box


Lakshmi Hanspal is the Global Chief Security Officer of Box, leading the Trust Office for Box across multiple security domains including Corporate, Physical, Cyber, Customer, Product, Platform, Risk & Assurance, Compliance and Data Protection.

Lakshmi is a persuasive and recognized executive leader who provides overall transformational leadership for security strategies, with emphasis on cloud security, risk and privacy management. She has strong ability to engage with customers and senior level executives across the organization and influence buy in and consensus on key initiatives.

Lakshmi is passionate about securing digital transformation, IoT security and supporting socially conscious connected commerce. She is active in engaging and promoting Women in technical leadership roles and developing early talent for diversity within teams. Lakshmi is considered as a catalyst and harbinger of change within her professional and volunteering circles.

Prior to joining Box, Lakshmi was the Global CISO at SAP Ariba, where she protected the world’s largest dynamic digital marketplace, with more than $3 trillion in annual business commerce. Lakshmi has also held leadership roles at PayPal and Bank of America. Her career spans across 24+ years in Information Security and risk management, with 16+ years in the financial and payment space.Lakshmi is a graduate of Boston University with a Masters in Computer Science. She is actively sought-after advisor for Silicon Valley start-ups and serves on the Advisory Boards of cyber security companies. She lives in California’s Bay Area with her family and is an active volunteer within the community in coaching youth sports.

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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