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Narrowing the Search for Exceptional CIOs

Monday, May 1, 2017
George Westerman

The fast-moving digital economy is making one thing clear for technology leaders: There’s never been a better time to be a great CIO, and there’s never been a worse time to be an average one.

Average CIOs manage IT well. They have consolidated messy infrastructure, reduced IT costs, and even moved applications to the cloud. But that’s not enough. Better CIOs aim to be strategic business partners, working closely with their peers to identify opportunities and deliver value. The exceptional CIOs think even bigger than that: They see the power of technology to rethink the business, and they steer the conversation so that their business colleagues share that vision.

Those big thinkers are the CIO leaders we will recognize with the 2017 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on May 24. The backgrounds of our four finalists, representing the worlds of health care, banking, insurance and energy, reflect the qualities that every company should look for in their IT Leaders today.

Vision and determination may be the assets shared most by these diverse leaders. They have built on extensive experience to identify opportunities and drive transformation in their enterprises.

David Gledhill speaks unabashedly about “re-imagining banking.” Stephen Gold is helping to reinvent the way a CVS treats its corporate and consumer customers across many different lines of business. Julia Davis brings a fresh perspective to tradition-bound insurance practices, including radically accelerating the way her company pays for many claims. And Carlo Bozzoli is reinventing operations and business models in a giant utility enterprise. For each, digital technology is a key to solving familiar problems in new ways, and to identify opportunities for their companies.

 

Note: At the May 24 event, David Gledhill, Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank Ltd., was named the award winner. Read more details here.

Read the full blog on Medium here.