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Zelma Cilliers LI

Zelma Cilliers

CIO - Mercedes-Benz Canada


With more than 25 years of experience working in various IT sectors, Zelma Cilliers understands the full life cycle of application management, project management and service delivery.

As the CIO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, she is responsible for leading the organization’s IT strategy. In addition to ensuring existing infrastructure and systems are operationally stable, she identifies opportunities for IT innovation, prioritizing projects that support overall business strategy.

Originally from South Africa, Zelma held IT leadership roles in Africa, Asia and Europe prior to her current position with Mercedes-Benz Canada. With experience working in complex political environments, she understands the importance of working collaboratively with key stakeholders in order to drive change and digital transformation. While at Mercedes-Benz Canada, Zelma spearheaded a Digital Transformation Focus Group, gathering feedback from employees from across the organization in order to inform the IT strategy, creating a roadmap to make the organization more digitally efficient and effective.