Twenty Outstanding Tech Executives Named Finalists for the HCLTech Supercharging Progress Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, May 15, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Twenty outstanding technology executives from across the United States have been named Finalists in four HCLTech Supercharging Progress categories in The 21st Annual American Business Awards®, the top honors for achievement in the workplace in the USA.

A jury of technology professionals from around the world will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award placements from among the Finalists. The placements will be revealed during The American Business Awards’ banquet at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, June 13.

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The Finalists are:

Excellence in Transforming Business
Fiserv Inc., Brookfield, Wisconsin: Samir Ghuge, Head Strategy & Planning, Office of COO
Marriott International, Memphis, Tennessee: Naveen Manga, CTO
Papa Johns, Louisville, Kentucky: Yasaswi Pulavarti, VP, Digital Transformation and Engineering
Tenet Healthcare, Dallas, Texas: Paola Arbour, CIO
Verizon, Irving, Texas: Senthil Muthusamy, VP
WestRock Fulfillment Company, Duluth, Georgia: Joseph Hinkle, Vice President

Leadership in Next Gen Technology
Canadian Tire Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Linda Siksna, SVP
Legend Biotech, Somerset, New Jersey: Dadong Li, Head of Information Technology
Sonoco Products Company, Hartsville, South Carolina: Andrea White, CIO
Verizon, New York, New York: Praveen Atreya, VP

Leading Through Uncertainty
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Durham, North Carolina: Jo Abernathy, Chief Information Officer
Disney Parks Experience and Products, Orlando, Florida: Gail Evans, EVP-Chief Digital & Technology Officer
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan: Sucheta Walimbe, Global Head Infrastructure
Keurig Dr Pepper Inc., Boston, Massachusetts: John A. Gigerich, CIO
Stanley Black & Decker, Hartford, Connecticut: Stephen Desiderio, VP Global IT Operation

New Normal Digital Transformer
GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Agam Upadhyay, SVP & Chief Technology Officer
Portland General Electric, Portland, Oregon: John Kochavatr, CIO and VP, Customer & Digital Solutions
IHG, Atlanta, Georgia: Alvin Smith, Vice President Global Infrastructure Architecture
The Walt Disney Company, Seattle, Washington: Diane Jurgens, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
True Value, Chicago, Illinois: John Armbrecht, CTO & CIO

HCLTech is a long-time sponsor of The American Business Awards. HCLTech is a global technology company, home to more than 225,900 people across 60 countries, delivering industry-leading capabilities centered around digital, engineering and cloud, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products. We work with clients across all major verticals, providing industry solutions for Financial Services, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Technology and Services, Telecom and Media, Retail and CPG, and Public Services. Consolidated revenues as of 12 months ending March 2023 totaled $12.6 billion. To learn how we can supercharge progress for you, visit

Stevie Awards President Maggie Miller commented on the Finalists: “We’re privileged to have HCLTech continue as a sponsor of the ABAs and to have so many accomplished technology executives as Finalists for Stevie Awards. All of them will be recognized as Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie winners, and we look forward to welcoming them on stage to receive their due recognition on June 13.”

The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace, from customer service and marketing to management, new product development, and technology. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in other categories in the ABAs were announced in April. The full list of those winners is featured at

Sponsors of The 2023 American Business Awards include HCLTech, Melissa Sones Consulting, and SoftPro.

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