Company takes home two awards at Light Reading's Leading Lights awards
Sandi Mays, CIO at Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), was named the “Most Inspiring Woman in Comms” at Light Reading’s 2016 Leading Lights awards. Zayo also earned top honors at the awards for its new Ethernet product, FlexConnect, in the “Most innovative Enterprise Service” category. The usage-based Ethernet product for cloud and data center connectivity provides an on-demand option for high-performance connectivity.
Mays, who leads Tranzact, IT, Big Data, Cyber Security, Billing, and Client Service Management was part of Zayo’s founding team and has served in a variety of leadership roles over the past decade at the company. She and her team developed and manage Tranzact, the company’s innovative platform for purchasing and managing bandwidth.
Mays is a champion of diversity, inclusion and engagement at Zayo and in the community. Her team includes 63 percent women, and she has hired more than 50 percent women over the past two years. Proving that diversity isn’t just a numbers game, her teams’ employee satisfaction ratings consistently have the top scores in the company. “Having a team that is high performing and diverse go hand-in-hand,” Mays says. “Zayo’s recruiting and retention programs consistently attract a diverse group of candidates. It used to be challenging to hire diverse talent. Now it just seems natural.”
She is responsible for establishing the company’s zForce mentoring program and development initiative. Mays also takes her commitment to mentoring outside of the office, working with young women in the Greenhouse scholars program, participating in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference and staying involved with Women in IT, Dreamforce, the CU Technology Club, STEM events and regular hackathons. Mays is also one of three women named to the 2016 Salesforce CIO Advisory Board.
“Sandi is an exceptional leader, and is passionate about delivering what she calls an effortless customer experience for our external and internal customers,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO of Zayo, who has worked alongside Mays across four companies since 1993. “In addition to excellent business and technical skills, she has the unique ability to bring people together. No matter what role she has played at Zayo, she and her teams have consistently delivered strong performance and results.”