Druva Celebrates Customer Finalists for The New York CIO ORBIE® Awards

Ranga Rajagopalan, Chief Marketing Officer

The past few months at Druva have been exciting, reaching several key milestones – our $200M SaaS ARR milestone in August, introducing the industry’s first AI backup copilot, Dru, in October, and the official launch of our Azure VM backup this week. Even better – it’s amazing to see our customers are as excited as we are!

But something more gratifying than our own advances is celebrating the successes of our customers, both as companies and as individuals. Many of our customers are making life-changing advances to better the world as we know it, whether in healthcare, pharmaceuticals,  financial services, technology, retail, manufacturing, logistics, business services, and more. By modernizing their data protection with the cloud, these organizations receive peace of mind that their data is always secure and recoverable, are able to leave behind day-to-day management, and fully dedicate their efforts to driving positive change and progress in their respective industries. The Druva team is incredibly honored to play a small but important role in these innovative organizations’ stories.

The reason for our next set of celebrations is to honor an esteemed group of Druva customers who are finalists for The New York CIO ORBIE® Awards. For over 20 years, the CIO ORBIE Awards have recognized technology executives for leadership, innovation, and excellence in this rapidly growing, CIO-led national professional association. 

On November 9th, NYC-area chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership will be honored based on the size and scope of their organization and responsibilities. Druva is incredibly proud to be a bronze event sponsor and to support our customer finalists in person.

We’d like to personally congratulate the following Druva customers who are “CIO of the Year” finalists:

Global Finalist – Robert (Bob) McCowan, CIO, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Bob serves as senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Regeneron. With over 30 years’ global experience, Mr. McCowan leads the company’s IT organization and is responsible for global IT strategy supporting research, commercial, cyber security, and enterprise operations. He has driven an enhanced company focus on big data, innovation, and strategic IT investments that support Regeneron’s mission. Mr. McCowan previously worked at international organizations including Amgen, Artemis International, Computer Science Corporation, and Lockheed.

Enterprise Finalist – Ashish Parmar, CIO, Tapestry

With more than 20 years of leadership and technology experience across luxury retail, logistics, and consumer electronics, Ashish serves as Tapestry’s Chief Information Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, he is responsible for the group’s technology strategy, leading information security and technology operations, and overseeing the data science and analytics function. He has been named a member of Forbes 50 Innovative Technology Leaders, Business Transformation 150 Executives by Constellation Research.

Enterprise Finalist – Gary Sorrentino, Global Deputy CIO, Zoom

A former Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Gary was the Global Head of Client Cyber Awareness and Education. For over 12 years, Gary was the Chief Technology Officer for J.P. Morgan AWM’s global technology infrastructure initiatives, where he managed its data privacy program and was responsible for infrastructure, application, and end-user technology production support. In 2014, he assumed a new role as the lead for their cybersecurity efforts and developed a firm-wide “protect the client” cyber program designed to raise cybersecurity awareness among employees and clients. With almost 40 years of experience in information technology, Gary has served in various other IT leadership positions in firms across the financial services industry. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2005, Gary was Head of Global Infrastructure and Head of Technology Efficiencies at Citi Private Bank.

Corporate Finalist – Andrea Markstrom, CIO, Schulte, Roth & Zabel

Andrea has more than 30 years of experience leading global information technology organizations for large law firms and corporations. She is the founder and CEO of i.WILL, a professional networking organization helping women advance in their careers. She also serves as Chair of the NewYorkCIO Inspire Chapter, an advisory committee member for Gartner’s Evanta organization, and an advisory board member for Genesys Works. At Schulte, Roth & Zabel, she works closely with the executive committee to identify, plan, and implement technology solutions that align with the goals of the firm, our practice groups, and business departments. She leads the IT teams responsible for the firm’s various technologies and associated operations, and works to ensure that IT continues to deliver superior technology services and support.

Please join us in congratulating this group of finalists. Know that Team Druva will be cheering loudly in NYC and from afar on November 9th and for your continued successes beyond!

NYC ORBIE Awards Finalists