Presented by Caroline Jellinck, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

CEO’s are becoming increasingly aware that technology needs to be an executive partner in advancing the business agenda.  However, as the technical expert, not all CIO’s understand how to position themselves and their teams to meet these business expectations.  Learn what CEO’s expect of their CIO’s and technology teams and how to position yourself and your people for success at the table.

Key Take-Aways:

How can CIOs bridge the gap between the technical and business sides to deliver value to the organization?  From a CEO perspective the following measures are key: Stock price, EBIDA, Performance/Growth, Access to capital, effective decision making, engaged productive employee.  IT solutions are interwoven with all of these and CIO influence is critical.  The CIO growth path has three phases: Functional Expert, Transformational Leader and Emerging Business Leader.  Jellinck gave good advice on how to move toward the Emerging Business Leader Role – and noted that not everyone will be able or willing to make this transition.  The skill sets that CIOs need to exhibit are relationship management, innovation, business and communication skills. The presentation ended on a more practical note – with tips and advice on interviewing and resume preparation.