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MBJ Special Section MBJ Announcement Winners Press Release

Congratulations to our 2022 winners!




Leadership

Neal Sample

Global

Chad Steighner

Large Enterprise

Lois Brooks

Enterprise

Allen Smith


Large Corporate

Laurie Panella

Corporate

Steve Hannan

Healthcare

Jeri Koester

Global Finalists

John
Ische

Matt
Johnson

Chad
Steighner

Mark
Winger

Large Enterprise Finalists

Lois
Brooks

Martin
Christopher

Tim
Dickson

Anil
Tiwari

Enterprise Finalists

Steve
Cretney

Michael
Meinolf

Peter
Panagis

Allen
Smith

Large Corporate Finalists

Sam
Hilgendorf

Kim
Lueck

Laurie
Panella

Amy
Sterckx

Barb
Streubel

Corporate Finalists

Steve
Hannan

Derek
Hyde

Andy
Knauf

Michael
Rehberg

Erick
Schrier

Nickolo
Villanueva

Healthcare Finalists

Chero
Goswami

Angela
Johnson

Jeri
Koester

Amith
Nair

2022 Keynote

Brad Cowles , President, Core & Main

Brad Cowles is president of Core & Main, a leading distributor of waterworks and fire protection infrastructure products in the U.S, with net sales of $5.0 billion in fiscal 2021. Cowles leads several areas for the Company, including fire protection, water and wastewater supply, smart meters and geosynthetics and erosion control. Cowles was named chief operating officer of HD Supply Waterworks and Fire Protection in 2017 and helped carve out the division to become its own company, in partnership with private equity. Rebranded as Core & Main in late 2017, the company has experienced tremendous growth and became a publicly traded company (NYSE: CNM) in July 2021. Core & Main now employs 4,100 associates in 300 locations. Cowles has more than 25 years of leadership experience in growth-focused organizations. He joined HD Supply in 2005 to lead the information technology integration of more than 30 acquired companies, followed by a divestiture carve-out of the entire business from The Home Depot, and an eventual IPO. He progressed through a series of leadership roles including divisional chief information officer (CIO) for three business units, and ultimately, CIO of HD Supply. In 2016, Brad was recognized with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Prior to joining HD Supply, Cowles spent 10 years with Michelin in the U.S. and France where he gained experiences in research and development, quality and manufacturing. 

Leadership Award Recipient

Neal Sample, Northwestern Mutual (fmr)

Neal Sample was most recently EVP & Chief Information Officer and leads the Technology function at Northwestern Mutual. His key areas of accountability include technology strategy; data and analytics; enterprise information risk and cybersecurity; digital workplace solutions; and the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute. Prior to acquisition by Cigna, Sample was executive vice president, chief operating officer at Express Scripts where he was responsible for operations, technology, and enterprise transformation. He aligned overall information technology strategy and performance with pharmacy processing and fulfillment in order to create synergies that drove improvements to the member and client experiences

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