City of Charlotte leader named Nonprofit CIO of the Year

Jordan-Ashley Walker

​CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2017) – Jeff Stovall, the City of Charlotte’s chief information officer (CIO), has been honored for his work to establish Charlotte as a world-class digital city.

On Friday, Stovall was named the 2017 Nonprofit CIO of the Year at the Charlotte CIO of the Year Awards, the premiere technology executive recognition program of its kind. The award recognizes chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership, on behalf of the Charlotte CIO Leadership Association.

“I’m excited that Jeff is being recognized for his leadership and vision as a CIO,” said City Manager Marcus D. Jones. “He is well-respected by his peers in the industry, as well as his colleagues in city government. The City of Charlotte is privileged to have Jeff as its CIO.”

Stovall joined the City of Charlotte as its first chief information officer in 2008. He is responsible for leading the city's Innovation and Technology Department, which provides executive-level leadership for the city’s Technology Governance Policy, delive​​rs technology services to city departments and partnership agencies, and coordinates information technology initiatives across the organization to support, enhance and advance citizen service delivery.​​

Stovall directed the city's technology preparations for the successful 2012 Democratic National Convention. Prior to the City of Charlotte, Stovall was the director of IT merger integration planning for Sprint Nextel, where he was res​p​onsible for leading multiple post-merger integration efforts. His background also includes leadership positions in corporate transformation management, telecom product development and marketing and industrial project engineering.

“I am honored to be selected as a 2017 CIO of the Year awardee, but it’s really the power of great teams that keeps us on track with how to best utilize technology to make Charlotte a winning city,” Stovall said. “I’m blessed to be a leader of a fantastic Innovation & Technology team which strives to make a difference for our community.”

Charlotte CIO of the Year finalists and winners were selected through an independent peer-review process, led by prior award recipients.

The following selection criteria were used in choosing this year’s winners:

  • Innovation in strategy and implementation of enterprise-wide IT systems.
  • Leadership and management effectiveness.
  • Business value created as a direct result of IT operations for the organization.
  • Community involvement in industry and/or philanthropy outside their organization.