Forum on World Class IT - 346 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.

Podcast tags Archives: Role of CIO

Charlie Feld (Special Series Part 1 of 2), CEO of The Feld Group

In this interview, Charlie Feld, Founder and CEO of The Feld Group, an IT leadership development firm, discusses principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His career path as a CIO Hall of Famer
  • The “blind spot” that many executives have for IT
  • The history and transformation of IT and the CIO role
  • Customer-focused IT
  • The skill sets for the future IT leader
  • Eye on the trends: The evolution of the CIO into a strategic business leader

Kevin Hart, EVP and CTO of Cox Communications

In this interview, Kevin Hart, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cox Communications, the third-largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the country, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio, and principle four, IT & Business Partnership, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The uniqueness of his role at CTO at Cox
  • His first 100 days plan for his CTO role
  • How he has implemented a faster pace of innovation within technology at Cox, in order to compete within the rapidly-evolving video entertainment market
  • Eye on the Trends: Aligning IT initiatives with overall business goals at firms through evolving roles of the CIOs and CTO, and the steps Ken has undertaken to institutionalize formalized training programs such as CIO University

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

Mark Dajani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Mondelez International

In this interview, Mark Dajani, Chief Information Officer at Mondelez International, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, Principle four, and IT & Business Partnerships, and Principle five, External Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Background on Mondelez International
  • His role as Chief Information Officer and his area of purview
  • The responsibility of processes in Mark’s CIO role and how he proactively added that role to his set of responsibilities
  • How he organizes his team
  • The external focus of IT and ways in which he has tuned his organization to be customer-centric
  • His views on Chief Digital Officers and how digital responsibility should be leveraged within an organization
  • The focus on innovation and how he ensures the innovation process at the organization
  • Some thoughts about how organizations can change their infrastructure to realize higher benefits
  • Ensuring a strong infrastructure floor to ensure that legacy technology doesn’t get in the way
  • How he manages change management to prepare the organization for new areas

Norm Fjeldheim, CIO and Head of Global Facilities of Illumina

In this interview, Norm Fjeldheim, CIO and Head of Global Facilities at Illumina, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; Principle Two, Infrastructure; and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Illumina’s role in improving health
  • Multiple management and organizational roles for CIOs
  • Importance of technology to drive strategic decisions
  • Cyber security
  • Marriage of technology and facilities
  • Collaboration between employees and divisions
  • Eye on the Trends: DevOps Model

Pawan Verma, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Foot Locker

In this interview, Peter High and Pawan Verma discuss World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnership, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Among the other topics they discuss include:

  • Pawan’s diverse role as Global CIO/CTO, which encompasses overseeing Foot Locker’s global technology function, the digital supply chain, digital marketing and the customer experience across physical and digital touchpoints, and driving loyalty
  • How Foot Locker uses customer journey mapping to activate strong signals and amplify weak signals to better understand the rapidly changing expectations of their customers
  • Why machine learning and data analytics is playing an increasingly important role in enabling rapid decision making, and the ways in which the technical team of data scientists collaborates with the business
  • The three foundational elements of Foot Locker’s customer loyalty strategy, which include (1) engage and earn, (2) redeem, and (3) freshness
  • The customer-facing aspects of Pawan’s responsibilities, and how having end-to-end visibility enables him to find synergies, respond to customers more quickly, and serve them in a more meaningful way
  • Eye on the Trends: artificial intelligence, blockchain, experiential commerce, connectivity and networks

June Drewry, Former Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb Insurance and Aon Corporation

In this interview, June Drewry, Former Global Chief Information Officer of Chubb Insurance and Aon Corporation, discusses principle one, People, principle three, Project and Portfolio Management, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, of World Class IT with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • First steps when becoming a global CIO
  • The need for careful decisions on standardization and centralization with a dilligent exceptions process
  • The value of focusing more on streamlining architecture, reuse, data sharing, and portfolio management
  • The usefulness of an Office of the CIO
  • Pushing leaders to operate at a level higher than one’s position
  • Eye on the trends: Ubiquitous access to data, consumerization of IT and the empowerment and pressure from executives outside of IT that is creates, the balance of leveraging cloud computing and maintain a secure environment, and the emerging ability to turn big data into information

Scott McNealy, CEO of Wayin

In this interview, Scott McNealy, CEO of Wayin, talks with Peter High. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The inspiration behind Wayin, his digital marketing software company
  • The disadvantages of locating a company in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • The tremendous growth of Wayin and EngageSciences
  • The sophistication and evolution of executives who have worked with Wayin’s offering
  • How Wayin uses insights and real-time campaign tweaking to change the decisions it makes
  • How his work at multiple times of the Internet’s growth will fuel his activities around new trends including cloud, mobile, and social
  • The resources he uses to remain abreast of innovation and technology
  • The future of the Chief Information Officer role
  • Eye on the Trends: Big Data, and the intersection of new and old industries

Bruce Hoffmeister, Global Chief Information Officer of Marriott International

n this interview, Bruce Hoffmeister, Global CIO at Marriott International, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT and Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Discussion on the unique paths taken by Bruce as a CIO, and the benefits of a financial background in a tech-oriented position
  • Marriot’s digital business, and the role of IT and its partnership with other departments to facilitate technologic development and to create the best guest experience
  • The opportunity, because of smart devices, to communicate with customers and connect with them at all points of their journey, and to allow guests to interact with the company in the ways that they want to
  • The future of loyalty programs for hotels, and the changing habits and desires of younger travelers, and the implication those changes have on hotel’s programming
  • Marriot’s structure of IT, and the benefits of having an outward-focused technology system that possesses a better understanding of the overall business
  • Eye on the Trends: An “invisible” technology system, in which technology is able to meet customers’ needs so well that it is almost invisible in its seamless and effortless execution

Trevor Schulze, CIO of Micron Technology

In this interview, Trevor Schulze, Chief Information Officer of Micron Technology , discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he became the first CIO of Micron Technology, and how he prepared to start the role
  • How his experience as an IT executive has helped him converse with senior management
  • How he organized himself during his first 100 days in the role of CIO
  • Some examples of the quick wins and organization changes he made upon joining Micron technology
  • Strategic imperatives within IT that he determined early in his tenure
  • Measures of success and how he has tracked the success of IT
  • How he has worked in companies that have IT as a focal area of the organization during his career path at many major technology brands
  • The war for talent within IT companies and how Micron’s university grants have helped benefit the organization to find strong talent within IT
  • How he considers the input of younger employees and the experience of more tenured employees
  • Eye on the Trends: Data as a strategic asset, machine learning, security