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Computerworld names Calvin Rhodes a Premier 100 Technology Leader

November 24, 2015

IDG's Computerworld has selected Calvin Rhodes, Georgia CIO and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority, as a 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leaders honoree. This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

"The Premier 100 awards program showcases the strategic thinking of an elite group of IT leaders who are using technology to digitally transform their organizations," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "These dedicated executives are creating nimble IT organizations to respond quickly to today's business needs, and to the influx of technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, social media, mobile and wearables. They are actively recruiting talented IT pros for their departments and grooming them to take on new roles. They're also constantly adjusting their risk management strategies to align with the evolving security landscape."

As Georgia CIO and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority since 2011, Mr. Rhodes has led a successful public/private partnership to consolidate and modernize the state’s IT enterprise. He leads a related initiative to make it easier for state agencies to benefit from IT marketplace changes. Mr. Rhodes also oversees statewide IT policies and standards. He serves on the Board of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and was recently elected as its secretary-treasurer.  He is also an active member of the Georgia Chief Information Leadership Association and serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Science and Technology Executive Committee.

 “Calvin has a keen ability to bring together teams from both the public and private sectors to work toward a common goal - using technology effectively to equip state agencies to serve Georgians,” said David Werner, Chief Operating Officer in the Office of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “The honor is well-deserved.”

Mr. Rhodes said the award brings attention to the exciting work going on in the provision of IT services for the state of Georgia.  “I am honored by the recognition and appreciative of the support and commitment of those who are working every day to make Georgia’s progress possible,” he said. “We are continually evolving our service delivery model to ensure that state government has access to the right technology at the right time.”

The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of the AGENDA16 Conference held March 21 - 23, 2016. The conference will be attended by more than 300 influential business and senior IT executives.


About the Premier 100 Technology Leadership Awards
The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at: 

About Computerworld
Computerworld helps senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG). Company information is available at