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2015 IGI Awards


The Information Governance Initiative (IGI) Awards are given to individuals and organizations demonstrating excellence in information governance. Awards are given in seven different categories that recognize the individual and organizational contributions that Information Governance (IG) practitioners and providers have made to advance the adoption, professionalization, and profile of IG as a discipline and a market. The IGI Awards incorporate a public online nomination and voting process - look for your chance to nominate and vote for deserving awards winners in 2016.

Meet the winners of the 2015 IGI Awards.

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                         2015 CIGO of the Year

2015 CIGO of the Year

A working Information Governance professional with the title Chief Information Governance Officer (CIGO) who has demonstrated excellence in their field in 2015.

JoAnn C. Stonier is responsible for worldwide privacy compliance and information governance for the enterprise. Ms. Stonier is responsible for identifying MasterCard’s data strategy as an element of the company’s product and business strategy as well as for the management of privacy and data protection compliance and regulatory engagement on a global basis. Ms. Stonier and her team of global professionals help business colleagues understand the opportunities associated with MasterCard’s information assets as well as understand the risks and relevant legal requirements that need to be addressed related to the collection, use and disclosure of personal data. Prior to joining MasterCard in 2008, Ms. Stonier was the Chief Privacy Officer for American Express Company. She also held various roles of increasing responsibility at American Express, including Chief Operating Officer, American Express Tax & Business Services; Vice President, Acquisition Integration;and Vice President & Assistant to the Chairman. Ms. Stonier has worked at Waldenbooks, Inc., PepsiCo and started her career as an auditor for PriceWaterhouse Coopers. In addition to her work at MasterCard, Ms. Stonier is an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute where she teaches business strategy and international business, in the Design Management Master’s program.

2015 IG Professional of the Year


2015 IG Professional of the Year

A working Information Governance professional who has demonstrated excellence in the development of their organization’s IG program in 2015.


Aaron Crews is Senior Associate General Counsel and global head of eDiscovery at Walmart. In this role, Aaron is responsible for Walmart’s eDiscovery process and strategy, as well as the legal portion of the company’s information governance programs. In addition, Aaron collaborates with other groups within Walmart regarding data privacy, information security, technology, and related issues. Prior to joining Walmart, Aaron was an equity shareholder at Littler Mendelson, and one of the firm’s eDiscovery Counsel. At Littler, Aaron litigated issues and counseled clients regarding eDiscovery, information governance and data management, cross-border data flows, data privacy, data security, investigations, electronic evidence, and related areas. Aaron is a frequent speaker on legal technology topics, is widely published in the eDiscovery, computer forensics, and information governance spaces, and currently sits on the boards of several organizations dedicated to thought leadership in spaces related to eDiscovery, information governance, data privacy and data security, forensics, and technology.

2015 IGI Professional of the Year Honorable Mentions


2015 IG Professional of the Year Honorable Mention

A working Information Governance professional who has demonstrated excellence in the development of their organization’s IG program in 2015.


Abhishek Agarwal is the Chief Privacy Officer at Baxter International, where he manages global privacy compliance portfolio. His main focus is to advise business on compliance matters and main the culture of compliance.
Previously, Abhishek has gained experience working at fortune 100 companies such as Kraft Foods, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, and E&Y Consulting where he has worked on large Information Security & Risk initiatives like Identity & Access Management, Information Risk Assessments, Information Ownership & Classification, Information Asset Management and Vendor Governance and Management.

In relation to security compliance, he has managed large technology initiatives such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Cloud Computing, Virtualization (VDI), Next Generation Network (NGN), Brand Protection in Cyber space, Social Media Monitoring and risk assessment.

Abhishek is well verse with the latest prevailing regulations in financial industry and in relations with Privacy. He has developed information security risk programs to comply with federal regulations namely, OCC & OCR requirements, HIPAA/HITECH, GLBA, EU DPA, PIPEDA, FACT Act, FTC regulations (COPPA, DNC), US:EU/Swiss SafeHarbor.
He is experienced in establishing compliance programs based on industry best practices namely, a unique combination of ISO 27001/02, GAPP, PCI, BITS.

He is an active member International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), a member of the Information Systems Audit and Compliance Association (ISACA), a certified Information Risk and System Control (CRISC) and certified with ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certification.
He received both an Electrical & Electronic Engineering (B.E. 1997) and a MBA (MBA 1999) from Pittsburg State University, also received Certificate in Strategy and Negotiations from University of Chicago - Booth School of Business.


Tera Ladner is Group Vice President of Corporate Records and Information Management at SunTrust Bank’s corporate headquarters located in Atlanta, Georgia. She is responsible for the end to end program governing and putting into operation lifecycle management of all records and information within the Bank. She is currently sponsoring a project migrating various internal document repository systems and all electronically stored information including email to a hosted cloud solution.

Prior to joining SunTrust, Tera worked in the electric utility industry for 11 years, implementing enterprise-wide Records and Information Management Programs at two separate organizations. Within these roles, she was highly involved in all aspects of program implementation including records inventories, developing policies, procedures and retention schedules, leading a records committee, developing and administering training and handling vendor selection and continued relationships for off-site storage, records & media destruction and technology solutions. In both organizations, she led the team in evaluating, choosing, and implementation of an enterprise-wide Electronic Records Management System.

Tera holds a bachelors degree in Marketing and completed her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State Law School in December of 2010. She is a Certified Records Manager and a certified Information Governance Professional. She served on the Atlanta ARMA Board of Directors for 10 years. Tera currently serves as President Elect for ARMA International and will begin her two year role as President and Board Chair in July of 2016.

2015 IG Program of the Year


2015 IG Program of the Year

An organization that has demonstrated excellence in the development, advancement,  and management of its Information Governance Program in 2015.


Gilead Sciences’ Information Governance group combines people, skills, and technology to create policies, procedures, and controls to minimize risks and meet requirements. Gilead has a dedicated in-house eDiscovery and Digital Evidence team consisting of forensic professionals with over 20 years of experience. This team uses best-in-class tools like EnCase and Relativity to appropriately navigate data through the EDRM. The Office of the General Counsel has sponsored the Data Protection Working Group that is a team of knowledge experts strategically selected throughout the organization to craft policies and procedures regarding global privacy and information security. Gilead leadership is committed to creating an Information Governance group that takes a consolidated global approach to privacy, eDiscovery, information security, and records management. This approach allows Gilead Sciences to create comprehensive strategies that are nimble and forward-thinking. As laws and technology continue to advance, Gilead’s Information Governance group will continue to play a critical role for Gilead Sciences as we continue to grow and expand our global footprint.


2015 IG Program of the Year Honorable Mention

An organization that has demonstrated excellence in the development, advancement,  and management of its Information Governance Program in 2015.


McKesson is ranked 11th on the FORTUNE 500 with more than $179 billion in annual revenue. The company delivers vital medicines, medical supplies and health care information technology solutions that touch the lives of patients in every health care setting. McKesson is committed to creating a health care system that leads to lower costs, fewer mistakes, higher quality and better health for all.


Tejon Ranch Company (NYSE:TRC) is a fully diversified integrated real estate company and agribusiness, whose principal asset is California’s historic Tejon Ranch. Located along Interstate 5 approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Bakersfield, the 270,000-acre ranch is the largest single piece of private property in the state. At 422 square miles, it is just about as large as the City of Los Angeles and about 40% the size of Rhode Island.

Tejon Ranch Company’s real estate developments include the world-class Tejon Ranch Commerce Center, a 1,450-acre commercial/industrial center located at the junction of I-5 and Highway 99. The Commerce Center is also the location of the Outlets at Tejon, an upscale outlet retail center the Company developed in partnership with The Rockefeller Group. In addition, Tejon Ranch Company is developing several master planned residential communities, including a fully-approved mountain resort community known as Tejon Mountain Village. The Company is also planning two other communities: Centennial, a landmark new town in Los Angeles County that’s designed to serve as a model of sustainable development for 21st century California; and Grapevine, a similar master planned community located near the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center in Kern County.

In addition to real estate, the Company has extensive agriculture and ranching operations. The property also includes significant oil, gas and other mineral resources, which provide a substantial stream of yearly royalty revenue. Tejon Ranch Company also runs a full outdoors program, with exclusive hunting clubs and various equestrian operations. The diverse topography of the ranch also makes it a favorite location for the filming of movies, television programs and commercials.


2015 IG Evangelist of the Year

An Individual working in any capacity in Information Governance who has contributed the most to the promotion and advancement of Information Governance in 2015, as evidenced by either personal activities or the activities of organizations

they manage.


Christopher Surdak is an industry-recognized expert in Collaboration and Content Management, Big Data, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, and Cloud Computing with over 20 years of professional experience..

Mr. Surdak has held similar roles with other leading companies such as Accenture, Siemens, Dell and Citibank. Mr. Surdak began his career with Lockheed Martin Astrospace, where he was a spacecraft systems engineer and rocket scientist.

Mr. Surdak holds a Juris Doctor from Taft University, an Executive Masters In Technology Management and a Moore Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Certificate in Information Security from Villanova University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Surdak is author of “Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities”, published by AMACOM Publishing, recipient of GetAbstract’s International Book of the Year Award, 2014. Mr. Surdak recipient of the WhartonDC Benjamin Franklin Innovator's Award for 2015. Mr. Surdak is Honoured Consultant to the FutureTrek Community of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is also contributing editor and columnist for European Business Review, China Business Review and HP Matter magazines and writer for Dataconomy.com.

Mr. Surdak provides talks, guidance and advice to global leaders on a range of technology, policy and business topics.


2015 IG Evangelist of the Year Honorable Mention

An Individual working in any capacity in Information Governance who has contributed the most to the promotion and advancement of Information Governance in 2015, as evidenced by either personal activities or the activities of organizations

they manage.


Ms. Serkes is a dynamic leader with an extensive background spanning over 25 years in software marketing, product management and corporate strategy, particularly in document processing, computer telephony and speech recognition. One of Valora’s original founders, Ms. Serkes has been actively involved in Valora since its inception in 2000. Today, Ms. Serkes oversees Sales & Marketing, Finance & Administration, Operations, Engineering and Corporate Strategy.A graduate of both Harvard Business School and MIT, Ms. Serkes is a frequent industry speaker and panelist. She is an active participant in the Women Presidents’ Organization, The Commonwealth Institute, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Massachusetts Software Council and the Network of Harvard Alumnae. Ms. Serkes serves on the boards of several technology and service start-ups. Ms. Serkes was named a 2006 “Woman to Watch” by Womens’ Business magazine.


William Shute, who joined Viewpointe in 2010, is responsible for Viewpointe’s corporate strategy, marketing, communications and product marketing. He also serves as the president of Viewpointe Clearing, Settlement and Association Services (VPCSAS), a wholly owned subsidiary, maintaining Viewpointe's long-standing commitment to world-class payment services to its customers and partners in the financial services industry. Previously, Shute led product management, where he directed the launch of OnPointe®, Viewpointe’s information governance platform, as well as the delivery of the company’s check archive and National Settlement Services. With a focus on cloud computing and information governance, Shute has authored numerous articles and spoken at leading industry events, including ARMA, CIO Finance, CIO Insurance, IBM Insight and the Summit on IT Governance, Risk and Compliance. He brings a 19-year track record of success with senior leadership positions in product, program and general management; corporate and product marketing, as well as sales and business development. Shute holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Marketing from California State University, Fullerton-College of Business and Economics and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute.

I am very honored to receive this recognition...Helping organizations drive the power and promise of Information governance is at the core of what we all do. Many thanks to the IGI and all of you.


2015 IG Service Provider of the Year

An Information Governance Services Provider  that has demonstrated excellence in their services to the Information Governance community in 2015.


Gimmal delivers information management software that makes Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 a true Enterprise Content Management system. Gimmal’s award-winning solutions enable businesses to consistently govern and manage their content wherever it exists across the enterprise. Gimmal products are cloud-ready, easy to deploy, cost effective, and they are supported by a team of experts. For more information, visit the website at gimmal.com for a tour of Gimmal products and solutions.


2015 IG Service Provider of the Year Honorable Mention

An Information Governance Services Provider  that has demonstrated excellence in their services to the Information Governance community in 2015.


Iron Mountain is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company provides advisory services for information governance strategy development and implementation, cloud-based solutions for global retention and policy development, as well as defensible disposition guidance, information governance program staffing, and core records and data management services that support 94% of the Fortune 1000. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain operates more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries to store and protect billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data.


PwC’s team of Information Risk Management ("IRM") professionals can help you define and execute your electronic communications management efforts. Our IRM practice is a dedicated group of US and global practitioners focused solely on Information Governance, policies and processes, and supporting technologies to help increase operational efficiencies, reduce overall risk and cost to our clients, and enable organizations to realize opportunities. We bring together the right mix of highly specialized skills, deep industry knowledge, and lessons learned to help resolve complex issues and identify opportunities.


2015 IG Technology Provider of the Year

An Information Governance Technology Provider  that has demonstrated excellence in their technology to the Information Governance community in 2015.


FileFacets was born in 2007 as an idea to truly implement Information Governance in Enterprise Content Management systems. At the time there was simply no solution available to content owners to easily and collaboratively classify, attribute and migrate content from file shares to ECM. Today there is FileFacets.
Over the last eight years FileFacets has grown through real-world implementations in companies across North America and the world. It has been put to the test from the Arctic to the Outback. Every feature and every function has been developed to answer actual requirements. These years of client-driven development ensures that all of your classification, attribution and migration needs are covered in one easy-to-use solution.
Our vision has always been one of inclusion a type of ”IG for Everyone” if you will. That is why we developed FileFacets as a full-featured, cost-effective SaaS solution. Auto-categorization, ROT processing capabilities and advanced metadata attribution are at the heart of our solution. Multi-repository analysis and migration, true content owner collaboration and full audit and reporting capabilities round it out.

FileFacets is led by its Founder and CEO, Chris Perram. Chris has over 25 years consulting experience across North America developing IG tools and strategies with some of the largest companies in the world. It is this range of IG experience that is poured into FileFacets.


2015 IG Technology Provider of the Year Honorable Mention

An Information Governance Technology Provider  that has demonstrated excellence in their technology to the Information Governance community in 2015.


Active Navigation is a recognized industry leader providing unique file analysis software for the discovery, transformation and ongoing control of unstructured data wherever it lies in the enterprise.

Their products play a fundamental role in any information governance strategy enabling cost, risk and efficiency savings through information audit, clean up and defensible deletion, intelligent file migration, records capture, eDiscovery collection and ongoing policy monitoring. Active Navigation's globally proven methodology is driven by 10s of thousands of hours of practical experience and empowers information, IT and legal professionals to truly understand and take control of their unstructured data.

They have a history of early innovation and leadership in file analysis and information governance, achieving Gartner Cool Vendor status and various Microsoft platform certifications as well as being a founding member of the Information Governance Initiative.


Leading organizations around the world turn to Nuix when they need fast, accurate answers for information governance, cybersecurity incident response, insider threats, litigation, regulation, privacy, risk management, and other essential challenges. Nuix makes small work of big data volumes and complex file formats. Our solutions combine advanced technology with the extensive knowledge of our global team of industry experts. We bring data to life with clarity and intelligence to solve critical business problems, reduce crime, and secure and manage information.


2015 IGI Supporter of the Year

An IGI Supporter that provided an exceptional contribution to the IGI and its mission to advance the profession and practice of information governance in 2015.


OpenText is a global, publically-traded Canadian software company with more than 8200 employees in over 140 offices around the world.

OpenText is the global leader in Enterprise Information Management. Our software solutions help large enterprises manage and secure their unstructured digital data – the kind that doesn’t easily fit into the rows and columns of a database – and use it to benefit their business and gain competitive advantage.

Today, they offer 5 solution suites to target key sources of unstructured digital data found within the enterprise. Their solutions are deployed both on premises and in the cloud.


2015 IGI Suppporter of the Year Honorable Mention

An IGI Supporter that provided an exceptional contribution to the IGI and its mission to advance the profession and practice of information governance in 2015.


Recognized as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2015 E-Discovery Magic Quadrant, kCura are the developers of the e-discovery software Relativity. Relativity has more than 120,000 active users in more than 40 countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and more than 190 of the Am Law 200. kCura helps corporations, law firms, and government agencies meet e-discovery challenges by installing Relativity on-premises and providing hosted, on-demand solutions through a global network of partners. kCura has been ranked the 175th fastest-growing technology company in North America on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 and named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune.

All of us at kCura would like to thank the IGI for this honorable mention...It’s been great working with a group so committed to evolving our industry, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support their efforts.

Viewpointe®, a leading cloud provider of information governance and payments exchange services, is recognized for its national, trusted archive of digital information containing over 33 petabytes and growing. With expertise in serving highly regulated industries, Viewpointe offers the scale, security and best-in-class infrastructure needed to meet the most complex content management and information governance requirements. Viewpointe’s information governance platform, OnPointe®, leverages your existing technology investments and streamlines your information governance processes, management, access and storage via a private cloud, helping you mitigate risk, increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

It is an honor to receive this award. Advancing information governance is a shared initiative among us all. We thank the IGI for recognizing our efforts to educate and grow this market as a supporter of the Information Governance Initiative.
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