March 3, 2014

External Affairs Branch
(916) 795-3991
Robert Udall Glazier, Deputy Executive Officer
Brad Pacheco, Chief, Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Fred Sater, Information Officer

SACRAMENTO, CA – Two members of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) information technology (IT) team – Dason McJimsey and Chris Riesen – received IT Leadership Awards during closing ceremonies of the California CIO Academy at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on Wednesday, February 26. The awards recognized IT managers or supervisors, who, over the last year, demonstrated exceptional leadership, customer service and public stewardship through leading a team, serving the organization, implementing innovative solutions and serving constituents.

Dason McJimsey, Data Processing Manager III, Information Technology Services Branch, received the IT Leadership Award for leading a team of 91 employees who were responsible for the majority of the application development and maintenance activities for my|CalPERS, resolving numerous challenges, establishing a comprehensive knowledge transfer plan and fostering a culture of excellence within his team.

Chris Riesen, Chief Enterprise Architect, Information Technology Services Branch, who leads a team of six managers and 59 employees, received the IT Leadership Award for leading the business intelligence initiative, in partnership with program areas, that has led CalPERS to become an organization run in the most efficient and effective manner - and for his role in delivering the very best customer service today and in the future.

"Dason and Chris are key members of our IT leadership team, who consistently overcome challenges in their assignments and deliver measurable results," said Liana Bailey-Crimmins, CalPERS Chief Information Officer.

Developed by and for government, the annual California CIO Academy is designed to address the most important policy, management and leadership issues surrounding the future of digital government and the role of the public sector CIO in the State of California.

CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the U.S., with $283.5 billion in assets. CalPERS administers health and retirement benefits on behalf of 3,089 public school, local agency and state employers. There are nearly 1.7 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and more than 1.3 million in its health plans. For more information about CalPERS visit