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COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO award for the 15th time / Elmar Pritsch wins in the category “large companies”, Thorsten Pawelczyk from Tönsmeier in the category “Mittelstand” / Special prizes for Michael Müller-Wünsch from Otto and Stefan Heizmann from Guhring

Munich, November 24, 2017 – Elmar Pritsch of Robert Bosch GmbH is “CIO of the Year 2017” in the category of large companies. The media brands COMPUTERWOCHE ( and CIO-Magazin ( awarded the manager yesterday evening in Munich. The two IDG publications awarded the award for the 15th time. Bosch-CIO Pritsch, with an IT team of around 7,000 employees worldwide, has set up an IoT-specific and secure cloud service, which has significantly strengthened Stuttgart’s position as one of the leading providers in the Internet of Things (IoT). Bosch offers solutions for Smart Home, Smart City, Connected Mobility and Industry 4.0. The jury praises: “Elmar Pritsch’s activities contribute significantly to securing Bosch’s long-term competitiveness and its business success.”

Second place in the CIO ranking in the competition category “large companies” was won by Christoph Schmutz from ÖBB Personenverkehr AG, and third place went to Antje König, head of IT at the drugstore chain Rossmann.

“CIO of the Year 2017” in the competition category “Mittelstand” is Thorsten Pawelczyk from the disposal specialist Tönsmeier. Pawelczyk and his 32-employee IT department succeeded in digitizing the process chain around waste disposal and recycling. He had to overcome numerous technical and organizational hurdles. Second place in the middle class is Hubert Hoffmann from MSC Germany. The CIOs of AutoScout24 and Südleasing, Matthias Patzak and Ulrich Reidel share the same rank.

This year, the jury has also awarded two special prizes. The “Innovation Award” went to Michael Müller Wünsch, CIO of Otto Einzelgesellschaft, for using a whole range of new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, to develop Otto into a data-driven and intelligent real-time company. The “Industrial Internet Award” was presented to Stefan Heizmann. He is the CIO and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Guhring, a precision tool manufacturer, where he has launched numerous industry 4.0 innovations.

The awarding of the “CIO of the Year” award is decided by a highly qualified expert jury, which consists of the following members: Manfred Broy, founding president of the Center Digitalisierung Bayern; Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess, Director of the Institute for Information Systems and New Media at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jung, Institute for Business Informatics at the University of St. Gallen; Frank Riemensperger, Member of the Presidium of the industry association Bitkom and Germany CEO of Accenture; Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer, professor emeritus of Saarland University and founder of the Scheer Group; Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Chair of Production Systems, RWTH Aachen University. Horst Ellermann, publisher of the CIO magazine, and Heinrich Vaske, editorial director of IDG Business Media, take part in the vote on behalf of the editorial offices of COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO magazine. In addition, the “CIO of the Year Winners’ Club” with the former title holders Jan Brecht of Daimler, Wiebe van der Horst of BASF and Holger Ewald of Kuka is represented on the jury with a joint vote.

Further information on the award can be found at and as well as in the joint special issue “CIO of the Year 2017”, which will be published in the upcoming issues of COMPUTERWOCHE (ET 4 December) and CIO magazine (ET 11 December) enclosed. In addition, the special issue is available at in the app store of COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO magazine.


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