Since joining the technology group in April 2013, Andreas Fitze has implemented a number of major IT projects. Under his leadership, the department has built up its IT governance, strategy and architecture. In addition, the indispensable ICT committees and the introduction of an Enterprise Architecture Management system have created the necessary basis for the long-term success of Corporate IT.
Urs Breitmeier, CEO of the RUAG Group, is delighted that this award has gone to a member of top management at RUAG and thus also pays tribute to the company's progress as a whole: “Since joining RUAG, Andreas Fitze has transformed the company’s IT landscape and ensured that it can support RUAG's further development over the coming years. The main focus was on simplifying the architecture and processes. Despite this redesign, the overall IT costs for the group have steadily fallen. Andreas Fitze and his team have thus helped RUAG to improve its results and competitiveness even in a difficult environment.”
The CIO Award is presented by the training company Confare in cooperation with EY Switzerland, the CIO Guide and the Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen. The jury comprised IT decision-makers and experts from the worlds of business and science, who selected the winner of the CIO Award from a large number of submissions.
RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defense for use on land, in the air and in space. 57% of RUAG's products and services are destined for the civil market and 43% for the military market.
The Group is headquartered in Berne, Switzerland. It has production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Australia and the USA. Around 8,100 employees – of whom 410 are trainees – generate sales of some CHF 1.8 billion.