CIO Marina Johnson

CIO Marina Johnson in the HSS Security Operations Center

HSS Chief Information Officer Marina Johnson was a finalist for the Colorado Technology Association APEX Award–CIO of the Year for 2014. The annual APEX Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievers in Technology and Information Technology, were presented at a November 5 dinner attended by more than 800 Colorado technology leaders and companies.

There were 34 nominations for the 2014 CIO of the Year Award. From these, three finalists were selected: HSS’s Marina Johnson and the CIOs of CH2M Hill and Pinnacol Assurance. The nominee from CH2M Hill, a $6.8-billion company, won the 2014 award. “I was honored to be named a finalist for this prestigious award,” said Johnson following the awards banquet. “I also was pleased to have HSS recognized for its commitment to applying technology and systems to provide greater value for customers.”

As CIO, Johnson is responsible for researching, evaluating, selecting, and implementing cost-effective technology strategies that make HSS and its employees more productive and competitive and increase customer value. She and her team support all HSS information systems and IT infrastructure in the headquarters and remote offices, including telecommu­nications, networks, collaboration and communication systems, field technology, and the HSS Security Operations Center.

Because HSS provides outsourcing services to its cus­tomers, Johnson believes in using that business model for many IT functions. As a result, in 2002, HSS was among the first companies to go to the “cloud” for its critical data applications. In 2005, Johnson led the Steering Committee responsible for the HSS Operations Support Center (now Security Operations Center) redesign, construction, and technology upgrade. In 2007, she directed the transfer of all technology to the new HSS corporate headquarters with only 10 minutes of downtime during the overnight move. In 2011, HSS beta tested, and adopted, Microsoft Office 365. She is currently leading the application of Big Data to improve productivity and utilize predictive analytics to increase the application of security technology and drive greater customer value. Recent projects also include updating the HSS corporate office network infrastructure.

“A key part of every CIO’s job,” continued Johnson, “is to listen to and work closely with company leadership. We must ensure that our technology choices are appropriate for the company’s goals and support the delivery of exceptional service to all of our customers.”

Watch Johnson’s award nomination video here.