JetBlue's Eash Sundaram wins symposium's CIO Leadership Award

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The 16th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium recently announced that Eash Sundaram, executive vice president and chief digital and technology officer at JetBlue, is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.

Over the past 12 years, the award has recognized chief information officers who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT.

“It is with great honor that the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Awards Committee present the 2019 CIO Leadership Award to Eash Sundaram,” said George Westerman, the award co-chair. “Eash has shown extraordinary leadership in making JetBlue a smarter enterprise by introducing wave after wave of technology-driven business innovations. We’re delighted to recognize him and his team for this award.”

Sundaram serves as JetBlue's EVP, chief digital and technology officer, and the chair of JetBlue Technology Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways. He is responsible for technologies, digital and innovation for the airline and oversees strategy, vision and implementation of technology solutions that align with the value airline's business model to offer consistent service and maximize investment.

Prior to JetBlue, Sundaram worked at Pall Corporation as senior vice president of global supply chain and CIO. Before joining Pall, he served in a variety of leadership positions with increasing global responsibilities in technology operations with McKesson-PSS World Medical, i2 Technologies, ALK Technologies and the Sea Horse Group.

“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen for the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award,” said Sundaram. “JetBlue’s mission, to inspire humanity, is powered by our 22,000-plus passionate crew members. Our IT team is incredibly proud to play a role in championing the technologies that power our crew members and empower our customers. Whether we’re delivering the tools to streamline today’s operation, or looking to the innovations that will fly us into the future, a focus on culture, customer experience and technology go hand-in-hand.”

Dr. Westerman presented the award to Sundaram at the pre-symposium dinner on the evening of May 21. The three other distinguished award finalists were Gail Evans, CDO at Mercer; Kris Rao, CIO at Ricoh USA, Inc.; and Aarti Shah, senior vice president, CIO/CDO at Eli Lilly & Company.

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