Tag Archives: CIO Career Path

CIO Hall of Famer Steve Phillips Joins Alorica As CIO

Steve Phillips has joined Alorica as their new Chief Information Officer after serving in the same role at the $17 billion revenue Avnet. Steve will now focus on prioritizing Alorica’s business needs from an IT perspective and enhancing operational excellence.

How Alvina Antar And Zuora Drive The Subscription Economy

Peter High interviews Alvina Antar, the Chief Information Officer of Zuora. They discuss Zuora’s goal to enable all companies to be successful in the Subscription Economy, Alvina’s personal relationships with innovative CIOs, the evolution of the CIO role, among other topics.

Former Motorola CIO Greg Meyers Takes On The Same Role at $13B Syngenta

Greg Meyers has joined $13 billion revenue Syngenta, as chief information officer (CIO) in Basel, Switzerland. Greg will now focus on leading information technology for a global agricultural innovator that is helping improve worldwide food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Previously, Meyers served as CIO of Motorola Solutions for the past four years.

The Most Influential Person In UK IT Discusses Digital Transformation

Peter High interviews Mayank Prakash, the Chief Digital and Information Officer of the United Kingdom’s Department of Work and Pensions. They discuss Mayank’s view on the bi-modal approach, Mayank’s reasons for leaving the private sector, how the DWP uses diverse user personas to ensure it meets the needs of over 22 million British citizens, among other topics.

Tom Keiser: From CIO Of Gap And Limited Brands To COO of Zendesk

In this interview, Peter High interviews Tom Keiser, the Chief Operating Officer of Zendesk. They discuss Tom’s transition to the COO role, Zendesks investment in AI and machine learning, ways in which the CIO has been reinvigorated, among other topics.

Board-Level CIO Series Summary in Forbes

This summary page provides access to the multi-part Board-Level CIO series in Forbes
The Board-Level CIO series in Forbes explores what the CIOs at some of the world’s most recognizable firms did that led to inclusion of the CIO seat at the organization’s board

After Five Years Of Transformation, GM CIO Randy Mott Has The Company Primed For Innovation

In this interview, Peter High interviews Randy Mott, CIO of General Motors. They discuss the perspective Randy gains from serving on a board, his perspective on autonomous vehicles and disruption in the auto industry, the strategic importance of GM’s innovation centers, among other topics.

7-Eleven CDO And CIO Creates Experiences Of The Future For Customers

In this interview, Peter high interviews Gurmeet Singh, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, and Chief Information Officer of 7-Eleven. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • 7-Eleven’s multi-year journey to become a digitally-enabled organization, including Gurmeet’s “full stack transformation” approach which encompasses consumer-facing technology, back-end technology, infrastructure, and the organizational stack
  • How digital is a strategic pillar at 7-Eleven, mandated directly by the CEO
  • The critical importance of technical talent to 7-Eleven’s future, and Gurmeet’s strategy for attracting top talent – such as highlighting his credibility as a leader and telling a compelling story
  • The ways in which Gurmeet is redefining convenience with software, such as the recognition that the closest store to a customer is the phone in their pocket, and 7-Eleven’s use of APIs and new interfaces to create delightful experiences
  • The expansion of 7-Eleven’s loyalty program from its initial focus on beverages to as a full-fledged loyalty offering that is available on mobile, web, digital loyalty card, and even chatbot
  • 7-Eleven’s approach to experimenting with emerging technologies, including their distinction between technologies that are ready to scale and technologies that are still in the proof of concept phase, a new R&D center, and a CTO function that reports to Gurmeet

Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory And Stephen Gillett Create Chronicle To Revolutionize CyberSecurity

Peter High interviews Stephen Gillett, Co-Founder and CEO of Chronicle. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Stephen’s transition from Symantec to Google/Alphabet, including how his original role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GV led to his work with their moonshot factory, X
  • X’s process for identifying which moonshots to pursue, which include (1) addressing a huge problem, (2) employing a radical solution, and (3) using relatively feasible technology
  • Stephen’s ambition to work on an ambitious enterprise security project, and how that led to a cybersecurity project within X that resulted in Chronicle
  • A high level overview of Chronicle, which will offer an intelligence and analytics platform to help enterprises manage their own security-related data, and a malware intelligence service
  • The benefits of being an Alphabet company, including the ability to leverage Google’s infrastructure and machine learning expertise, their ability to attract talent, and the credibility they have with potential customers
  • Stephen’s diverse career and how that prepared him to be a CEO, such as honing the ability to see things from a holistic perspective, which is one of the advantages IT has over many other functions within an organization
  • Stephen’s perspective on digital, having been one of the first executive to carry the digital title, such as how digital can be applied to internal operations as well as to the customer experience

CIO-Plus Series Summary in Forbes

This summary page provides access to the multi-part CIO-Plus series in Forbes
The CIO-Plus series in Forbes explores the trend of CIOs who are taking on more C-level titles. Most CIOs where many hats. The good news is, those hats are getting more strategic.