Technovation with Peter High - 377 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Technovation with Peter High, 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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Tom Nealon, Board Member at Southwest Airlines and Fossil Group

In this interview, Tom Nealon, Board member at Southwest Airlines and Fossil Group, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Tom’s journey from company to company and what led him to become a CIO and a member of the Board of Directors and his emphasis of being a “business guy specializing in technology.”
  • The uniqueness of Tom’s background always having technology being a part of his life but not necessarily having the requisite technology background and instead having a business background.
  • How Tom, as an IT executive, ended up taking on the responsibility of corporate strategy – a traditionally very “business” role.
  • The value from the perspective gained from being on a management team and a Board of Directors simultaneously.
  • Tom’s belief in being driven, motivated and curious about the work one does and not specifically being ambitious to achieve a specific title or board position.
  • Eye on the Trends: The growing importance of and requirement for CIOs gaining a business understanding and driving towards being business leaders with deep technology understanding rather than being technology specialists working with the business.

Randy Mott, Senior Vice President, Global Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of General Motors

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Randy Mott, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of General Motors. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • How GM has evolved over the years that Randy has spent as CIO including switching from an outsourced IT workforce to an entirely incourced one by hiring thousands of new IT employees, consolidating data center operations into two enterprise data centers, and expanding the footprint towards new talent by creating four innovation centers.
  • Randy’s perspective on how GM has been able to cut costs by providing automation for manual processes and the importance of taking advantages of new technologies.
  • How GM’s IT team has been able to innovate including delivering new products and services driven by technology by creating a mobile center for customers, and developing a private cloud to increase efficiency.
  • An overview of GM’s organizational structure, which is a centralized organization with both a vertical executives that have teams and report up the line and horizontal executives that support the vertical executives.
  • Randy’s take on GM’s recruiting successes and pitch which is made successful by having a large footprint and ability to reach a large audience of college graduates, giving graduates the ability to pick which innovation center to work for, and having a reputation of being a successful company that gives them a lot of choice and opportunity.
  • Randy’s perspective on driverless cars and how the company has been working on Cruise Automation.
  • Randy’s advice to boards of smaller companies including increasing the use of direct reports of global CIO’s due to their amount of talent and exposure to what is happening across a broad technology.
  • Randy’s advice to CIO’s looking to be on a board of an external company as well as his advice to CEO’s who are hesitant to allow CIO’s of that opportunity to be more progressive as it is a win-win situation.
  • Randy’s emphasis on the application of new technology and the importance of evaluating the advancements of technology annually in a period of time where failure to innovate will result in major losses.

Angela Yochem, Global Chief Information Officer for BDP International

In this interview, Angela Yochem, Global CIO at BDP International, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The unique learning experiences she gained at BDP by virtue of being a global company with close ties to the global economy and marketplace
  • Angela’s rise to becoming a Board-level CIO and the unique advantages that can be gained from serving as a member of a Board of Directors
  • The historical reasons behind why CIOs haven’t traditionally served on Boards and her advice for other CIOs who wish to become Board-ready
  • The current state of women in IT, it’s potential growth and her concerns for the future
  • The unique advantages she gained from her non-traditional background with an undergraduate degree in Music
  • Eye on the Trends: The increasing impact of technology in companies and how the recognition of that fact is causing Boards to seek out CIOs

Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Infrastructure at Lenovo

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Kim Stevenson, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Infrastructure of Lenovo. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Kim’s purview at Lenovo, which includes leading the data center infrastructure segment, the high-performance computing and artificial intelligence segment, the software-defined infrastructure segment, and the IoT segment
  • The three things boards and CEOs expect from their CIO, which are (1) to reimagine and define the customer experience, (2) extreme productivity, and (3) that they invent and deliver new products and services
  • The values of having worked in technology-centric organizations and the advantages of having been both a buyer and a seller of technology, including being able to work with more knowledgeable customers
  • The diversity of Lenovo, where the company’s top 25 executives represent 16 different nationalities, and a great many women hold executive leadership positions
  • The benefits of Fu Pan, Lenovo’s unique take on the post-mortem analysis, which focuses on what went right and how to replicate it rather than what went wrong and how to avoid it
  • Kim’s experience on corporate boards, and her belief that the end-to-end visibility and well-rounded set of experiences make technologists increasingly attractive for board membership
  • Kim’s thoughts on the state of women in technology, including her belief that there are more than enough qualified women, but the challenge is that people recruit from their own network, which is often limited
  • Eye on the Trends: private cloud, containers, micro-services, and 5G

Matt Carey, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Home Depot

In this interview, Matt Carey, EVP and CIO of The Home Depot, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Matt’s role at Home Depot and the steps Home Depot has taken to improve its technology preparedness since he joined
  • How Home Depot used technology to transform itself to a customer-centric retailer despite the global economic downturn of 2007 and 2008
  • How Home Depot integrate IT and Business functions to facilitate understanding across the enterprise and ultimately improve customer experience
  • Matt’s involvements in multiple Board of Directors and the unique advantages that can be gained from serving as a member of a Board of Directors
  • The historical reasons behind why CIOs haven’t traditionally served on Boards and Matt’s advice for other CIOs who wish to become Board-ready
  • The changing expectation, roles, and responsibilities in today’s corporate IT departments
  • Eye on the Trends: The increasing desire of boards to include CIOs as companies, regardless of industry, and their customers become more technology centric with regard to the services provided or desired

Cathie Kozik, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at PSAV

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Cathie Kozik, the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at PSAV. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of PSAV’s business as well as Kozik’s role as CIO to bring the company to a point where technology is an enabler instead of something in the way, which has been done with increased mobility among other things
  • Cathie’s view on the company’s digital transformation focused on the technician experience, business insight through data analytics, and looking to other industries for ideas
  • Ways Cathie finds opportunities for her staff to learn such as sending them to spend a day out in the field as a technician giving them the chance to see how the company makes money
  • An overview of Cathie’s experience on a board which includes her personal path to membership and the lessons she has learned in terms of leadership by watching managers deal with the challenge of growing immensely while not losing focus on the core vision of the business
  • Cathie’s advice to peers looking to join a board which is centered around the importance of showing your interest, exposing yourself to organizations beyond your own, and joining impactful clubs to build your profile
  • An overview of the work necessary with women’s involvement in IT including showing young women the benefits of IT, refuting the notion that women cannot be mothers and business leaders, and most importantly, giving women the crucial business experience to grow and develop
  • A glimpse into the future of technology trends which includes blockchain, AI, and user interfaces focusing on how to implement these technologies and what they can provide.
  • Cathie’s view on the benefits and downfalls of technology and her hope to plot a practical course through them 732229
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Christopher Hjelm, Senior VP, CIO for The Kroger Co.

In this interview, Christopher Hjelm, Senior VP, CIO for The Kroger Co., discusses World Class IT principle two, infrastructure, and principle four, IT & business partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His role at Kroger
  • How his team manages to interact with customers and vendors within this industry
  • Innovation in self-service and customers’ adoption of and interaction with developments in technology
  • His experience as a board member on Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and Rehabcare Group, Inc., among others
  • Eye on the Trends: open sourcing of technology to increase productivity and increasing data analytics

Gary Reiner, Operating Partner at General Atlantic

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Gary Reiner, an Operating Partner at General Atlantic. Among the topics they discuss include.

  • Gary’s responsibility as Operating Partner focused on helping companies which he advises grow.
  • Gary’s perspective from serving on boards such as Citigroup and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and the different experience resulting from them.
  • How Gary keeps up with the pulse of enterprise buying by keeping in touch with previous colleagues and through the exposure being a board provides.
  • Ways in which the CIO has evolved and become more exciting due to the migration to machine learning, new technology, and the increasing importance of developing software quickly.
  • Ways in which companies can make the challenging technological transformation by either leveraging and refactoring old software, or by developing applications that replace their legacy.
  • Eye on the Trends: Machine Learning

Marina Levinson, Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures

In this interview, Marina Levinson, Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures, discusses World Class IT principle 1, People, principle 2, Infrastructure, and principle 5, External Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her career path from CIO to Venture Capital
  • Advice on utilizing the VC community and building relationships within Silicon Valley
  • Her recent board positions and how she turned her CIO position into board level participation
  • Advice on how to become more board-ready as a CIO
  • Eye on the Trends: Cloud, Virtualization, Security, Big Data and Mobile Analytics
  • Andi Karaboutis, Vice President of Technology and Business Solutions of Biogen

    In this interview, Andi Karaboutis, Vice President of Technology and Business Solutions of Biogen, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, and IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • Her new role as the Vice President of Technology and Business Solutions at Biogen
    • How she has gone from a CIO to a Beyond-CIO role in a new industry, and how others could follow
    • The role of traditional education in her history, at Biogen, and within the industry
    • Her innovation mandate and how she plans resources to develop innovative ideas
    • Her recent appointment to the board of Advance Auto Parts, and how she became board-ready as an IT leader
    • Her working relationship with Biogen’s new CIO (Matt Griffiths) and how he she works with the CIO