P&G Leader Honored For Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership

University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Honors Filippo Passerini
Monday, September 17, 2012 4:21 pm EDT

University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has named Procter & Gamble Group President of Global Business Services (GBS) and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Filippo Passerini, recipient of the inaugural Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership. Passerini was selected by a group of his peers for the enduring impact he has had on not only P&G, but also the IT industry at large.   

“I’m deeply honored and humbled by this award from the Haas School and the highly-distinguished panel of judges,” said Passerini. “It recognizes that at P&G, we are achieving our vision of transforming IT from a back office commodity to a strategic and competitive advantage — a journey we continue each day. This wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous talent and drive of our organization — and I share this accomplishment with all of them.”

The Haas School established the award in memory of Haas alumnus Don Fisher, co-founder of The Gap and supporter of the IT Leadership program at Haas, and Max Hopper, the visionary behind American Airlines’ SABRE Systems that computerized and revolutionized travel reservations. The prize honors a currently active CIO for his or her lifetime achievements in CIO leadership. 

“Our bicostal panel of judges identified 22 distinguished candidates and four finalists. Mr. Passerini was selected for the magnitude of his accomplishments coupled with his reputation as a well-respected yet humble leader,” says Jim Spitze, Executive Director of the Fisher CIO Leadership Program at Berkeley-Haas.  

A native of Rome, Passerini first joined Procter & Gamble in 1981 as a Systems Analyst in Italy. Since then, he has held leadership roles in the U.K., Latin America, Greece, Turkey, and the United States. Passerini led the integration of P&G’s IT and services groups to form one of the largest and most progressive shared services organizations in the world, GBS. Under his leadership, the GBS organization has focused on transforming the way business is done—driving productivity, efficiencies, and innovation for the Company. To date, GBS has delivered more than one billion dollars in savings to P&G. 

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