CIO ASEAN is proud to unveil the expanded CIO75 ASEAN Awards in 2021, recognising the top 75 senior technology executives driving innovation, strengthening resiliency, and influencing rapid change across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.\nThe CIO75 ASEAN Awards are aligned to IDG\u2019s global awards program and viewed as a mark of excellence within the enterprise. First launched as the CIO50 ASEAN awards in 2019, the decision to expand the initiative to 75 awards was in recognition of a wealth of standout submissions, increased interest levels, and a desire to showcase examples of best transformation practice across all markets and sectors in Southeast Asia, focussing on the ASEAN countries and Hong Kong.\nCIO75 ASEAN registered a record year in 2021 with more than 150 nominations submitted, over 20 industry sectors on show and eight markets represented\u2014spanning Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Myanmar.\nCIO75 ASEAN is not only a true representation of the regional market but a true illustration of the outstanding achievements delivered by individuals, wider teams and entire organisations.\nThis is a market continuing to overcome ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions\u2014some of which have been in place for more than 18 months\u2014while battling some of the worst outbreaks of infections and encountering the most devastating societal and economic implications in the process.\nYet this is a market which presses on unperturbed, raising the bar for industry excellence through the deployment of bleeding-edge technologies and enhanced business models. Two words perfectly illustrates the DNA of the CIO75 ASEAN in 2021\u2014tough and transformative in equal measure.\nSuch work also cements CIO75 ASEAN as the leading awards program for technology leaders in the region, forming part of a broader Asia-Pacific initiative alongside the CIO50 Australia, CIO50 New Zealand, and CIO100 India awards. These are in addition to CIO100 awards in the US and UK, plus the recent launch of CIO50 Middle East awards.\nWinners were unveiled during a celebration ceremony hosted virtually and attended by more than 300 technology executives from across the region.\n\n\n\n\nHonouring the leading CIOs in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong\nThe top ranked CIO in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in 2021 is Jimmy Ng, Group CIO of DBS Bank. Shaped by a customer-centric mindset\u2014a philosophy which flows both top-down and bottom-up\u2014Singapore-based Jimmy spearheaded 3 bold new developments during the past 12-24 months.\nFirstly, blockchain in the form of DBS Digital Exchange (DDEx)\u2014a first-of-its-kind private exchange built on blockchain technology that enables Institutional and Accredited Investors to leverage a fully integrated tokenisation, trading, and custody ecosystem for digital assets.\nSecondly, public cloud in the form of Evolve\u2014a continuous delivery platform which enables DBS to adopt public cloud at scale, regardless of cloud service vendor, allowing the business to increase public cloud adoption by over 600%.\nThirdly, AI in the form of JOY\u2014a contextual servicing function that enables the introduction of relevant products and services to customers for a more intuitive, seamless banking experience. JOY helped generate new revenue streams for DBS, driving a year-on-year 130% increase in Foreign Exchange volume and a 79% increase in revenue.\nOther CIO75 ASEAN awardees, starting in numerical order include:\n#1: Jimmy Ng\u2014Group CIO, DBS Bank\n#2: Ivan Ng\u2014Group CTO, City Developments Limited (CDL)\n#3: Suhail Suresh\u2014Group CTO, Maybank\n#4: Rama Sridhar\u2014EVP of Digital, Mastercard\n#5: Peter Tay\u2014Chief Digital Officer, NTUC Income\n#6: Benjamin Mann\u2014CTO, foodpanda\n#7: Henry Mo\u2014CIO, First Shanghai Group\n#8: Alvin Ong\u2014CIO, NTU\n#9: Francisco Castillo\u2014CIO, Maynilad Water Services\n#10: Miao Song\u2014Global CIO, GLP\n#11: Jim Sarka\u2014Regional CIO, Johnson & Johnson\n#12: Stuart Gurr\u2014Group CIO, Deutsche Bank\n#13: Rahul Shinde\u2014CIO, Coca-Cola (Vietnam)\n#14: Abhishek Singh\u2014CDO, Royal Golden Eagle (RGE)\n#15: Michelle Wu\u2014Regional CIO, Ingram Micro\n#16: Glen Francis\u2014CTO, Singapore Press Holdings\n#17: Herman Widjaja\u2014CTO, Tokopedia \/ Aswin Utomo\u2014CIO, Tokopedia\n#18: Carlo Malana\u2014CIO, Globe Telecom\n#19: Sharon Ng\u2014CIO, Ministry Family (Singapore)\n#20: Aaron Lee\u2014CIO, Blue Insurance\n#21: Shashank Singh\u2014Group CTO, Validus Capital\n#22: Dr. Michael Gorriz\u2014Group CIO, Standard Chartered Bank\n#23: Jarung Kiatsupapong\u2014CIO, Kasikorn Business-Technology Group (KBTG)\n#24: Sanjay Thomas\u2014CIO, Advanced Info Service (AIS)\n#25: Winnie Rebancos\u2014CIO, Coca-Cola (Philippines)\nCIO of the Year (Innovation)\n\nRama Sridhar\u2014EVP of Digital, Mastercard\n\nCIO of the Year (Leadership)\n\nBenjamin Mann\u2014CTO, foodpanda\n\nAfter 25 highlighted CIOs and organisations, the remaining 50 honourees recognised and ones to watch are listed alphabetically by company. To view the CIO75 ASEAN award winners\u2014click here.\nRevenue-generating CIOs take transformation reins\nAs demonstrated through CIO75 ASEAN submissions, CIOs in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong stepped up to grab the reins of digital transformation during the past 12-18 months\u2014 leading businesses to recalibrate operations, create new touchpoints and orchestrate a near-overnight shift to remote work amidst unprecedented change.\nAccording to State of the CIO findings\u201492% of CIOs spearheaded transformation efforts compared to other lines of business\u2014resulting in almost every IT executive\u2014at 97% - noting that their individual role has become more digital and innovation focused.\nWithin this context, 87% of CIOs implemented new technologies, IT strategies and\/or methodologies due to the pandemic\u2014CIOs led the charge in 2020, built the foundations for growth in 2021 and now have the backing to execute in 2022.\nTherefore\u2014and unsurprisingly\u2014the influence of the CIO is expanding, resulting in more than half of IT executives in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong\u201454% to be precise\u2014self-identifying as transformational, significantly higher than global counterparts at 47%.\nState of the CIO research suggests that as CIOs dig deeper into transformational activities, they continue to expand their domain to take on additional responsibilities and oversight in non-traditional areas.\nOne of the most significant focuses for all CIOs is creating new revenue-generating initiatives, including the development of new products and services.\nSpecifically, 74% of CIOs are now tasked with revenue responsibilities and 42% now manage a team tasked with creating new revenue-generating programs. Delving deeper, 47% of CIOs continue to introduce new revenue streams, 52% are tasked with increasing top-line revenue and 61% are required to boost profitability.\nTo put this into context, CIOs in Manila, Jakarta or Bangkok are now just as likely as CIOs in New York, London or Dubai to take ownership of revenue-generating responsibilities\u2014local IT executives have been served with a revenue-driven agenda.\nThe pace-setting CIOs are also interacting directly with their own customers, 78% compared to 69% are prioritising having weekly or monthly meetings with internal executive leaders.\nIn other words, CIOs are moving beyond the confines of the IT department or even the wider organisation to take control of the customer conversation. They are using deep levels of expertise and forward-thinking mindsets to support the business in aggressively taking market share, driving up revenue and profits in the process.\nThe CIO75 ASEAN awards criteria\nIn 2021, CIO75 ASEAN was judged on the core pillars of innovation and leadership, honouring transformational, inspiring, and enduring CIOs at both in-country and regional levels within Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.\n\nUnder the innovation pillar, the nomination described the technology innovations introduced over the past two years that changed the way the business operates.\nUnder the leadership pillar, the nomination outlined the ways in which the technology leader collaborated and influenced the wider organisation and its leadership team.\n\nAll entries were reviewed by a select and independent CIO75 ASEAN judging panel, who rated each section of the questionnaire to determine the final list. The most powerful nominations provided real-world examples of where technology and digital chiefs are successfully providing value to organisations, driving innovation and leading teams.\nIDG congratulates all CIO75 ASEAN winners and finalists in 2021.