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ERICH GAZAUI - Chief Information Officer, Loot Crate Inc.

FINALIST - CIO OF THE YEAR

In late 2016, Erich Gazaui joined Loot Crate and is now the Chief Information Officer where he is restructuring the department, focusing on initiatives for scalable growth, infrastructure stability and process maturity; using internal systems to codify business logic, providing the company with a competitive advantage and erecting a higher barrier to entry for others in the subscription box space. He uses a great mix of technical and business savvy to reach across organizational boundaries and provide lasting quantifiable improvement. Fluent in Accounting, Human Resources and Legal, he is consistently able to bridge groups and find solutions.

He has been a transformational technology leader for Loot Crate. He inherited a young team and has applied maturity and leadership to mitigate these weaknesses, while tackling the tech debt with a strategic focus on maintaining Loot Crate’s leadership position within the subscription e commerce space. All this while driving the team to launch eight new products and two new ecommerce sites.

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JONATHAN WONG - Chief Information Officer, Playboy Enterprises Inc.

FINALIST - CIO OF THE YEAR

Jonathan Wong is a global technology leader with nearly two decades of experience and a breadth of expertise in developing and leading world-class technology solutions for multi-billion-dollar corporates and agile growth companies alike. He concurrently serves as Chief Information Officer for three portfolio companies (Playboy, Playboy Television, and RealD 3D) owned by Rizvi Traverse, a private equity fund.

His core competencies include driving business strategy, performance, and growth and leading large-scale business activity. He also specializes in evaluating and delivering cutting-edge technology capability to world-leading brands, in a highly efficient manner. He devises and executes global technology strategies that drive competitive advantage, while optimizing performance, cost, efficiency, and risk management. He is highly experienced in identifying, scoping, and implementing large-scale architectural and organizational designs, and managing large multi site IT applications and infrastructure.

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JONATHAN CHOW - SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

FINALIST - CTO OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC COMPANY)

Jonathan Chow is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading producer and promoter of live entertainment. Live Nation Entertainment is the parent company of Ticketmaster and the House of Blues.

Chow joined Live Nation in October of 2012. He is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the enterprise wide Information Security and compliance program for Live Nation Entertainment and its subsidiaries worldwide; including the Live Nation Concert business, Ticketmaster and the House of Blues concert hall and restaurant chain. He has built a remarkable team of what is now a total of 43 employees on the Information Security Team. Chow believes in everyone’s greatness and aspires for all his team to grow, learn, and build internally. He always takes the time to sit down and help guide and mentor each individual.

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