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Forum on World Class IT - 350 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

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June 6, 2011: Michael Del Priore, Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Church & Dwight

Among other topics, Michael discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • How Church & Dwight organizes on a global basis and leverages expertise from the center with global platforms
  • The importance of defining a multiyear strategy that can drive decision making in order to reach an optimal end state
  • How effective governance, architecture planning, and demand management can help deliver on multiple, varying business needs
  • The optimal balance between in-house IT staff and external powers, and how the latter should use the expertise to perform commodity functions in order to free up in-house capabilities to lead strategic initiatives
  • The best practice of sharing one’s IT strategy with a core group of external partners in order to improve alignment and reap synergies
  • Eye on the trends: The consumerization of IT and skepticism over the business case for some of it, cloud computing and the flexibility the private and public cloud options offer, and the huge opportunity that business intelligence has to make IT a difference maker

Michael Del Priore’s Biography

Michael Del Priore is the Vice President and Global CIO of Church & Dwight. In this role, Michael is responsible for leading the Information Technology function globally by developing the IT strategy and delivering the capabilities required to achieve the company’s strategic objectives.

Prior to his time at Church & Dwight, Michael was Vice President and Global Head of Commercial Operations IT for Roche Pharma. Michael was hired to build a new global organization to support Pharma commercial activities at Roche including Affiliates, Strategic Marketing, and the Life Cycle Teams. In addition, Michael functioned as the IT Region Head for North America.

Prior to joining Roche, Michael held a series of IT leadership roles in divisions of Philip Morris (Altria) where he provided IT leadership to Corporate functions as well as international and domestic businesses. Michael began his career as a Consultant at Andersen.

Michael holds a BS degree in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany, and an MBA in Corporate Finance From Pace University.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview