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With A Major Digital Transformation In Place, SunTrust CIO Anil Cheriyan Exits

Peter High interviews Anil Cheriyan, the former CIO of SunTrust. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Anil’s plans after he retires from SunTrust, including traveling, continuing to serve on advisory boards for late-stage growth startups, continuing to consult and advise companies, and pursuing a board position at a public company
  • How Anil came to advise growth-stage startups by developing relations during his tenure as CIO, and the ways in which startups benefit from a CIOs perspective, such as on the topics of attracting talent and pursuing revenue opportunities
  • How Anil addressed SunTrust’s fragmented approach to digital by hiring business segment CTOs, a Chief Data Officer, and an enterprise-level Chief Digital Officer, all of which reported to him as CIO
  • The siloed state SunTrust’s technology group was in when Anil joined, and how Anil broke those silos down over the course of a six-year transformation that implemented a new operating model to drive alignment, cost transparency, and strategic investment decisions
  • The advantages Anil sees to having been a consultant earlier in his career, including gaining experience in driving change management and business alignment, as well as working closely with the leadership team at SunTrust
  • SunTrust’s transition from an innovation strategy of ad hoc hackathons and collaborative office hours to a comprehensive framework that leveraged an agile way of working, a DevOps mindset, and new technologies like the cloud and AI

Brad Strock, Chief Information Officer of PayPal

Peter High interviews Brad Strock, CIO of PayPal. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of PayPal’s business, as well as Brad’s purview as CIO
  • PayPal’s transformation into a more customer-centric company, such as giving customers more choices of funding vehicles
  • How PayPal has successfully navigated the shift to mobile, resulting in a 50 percent increase in mobile payment volume in 2017
  • The top priorities that Brad is focused on, including security, stability, strategically enabling the company’s business strategy, and improving the company’s ability to effectively collaborate
  • Brad’s experience going from Bank of America, a traditional finance organization, to PayPal, one of the first digitally native companies in the finance space
  • Brad’s career path, including his path from engineer to finance industry to technology executive
  • Eye on the Trends: financial inclusion of the over 2 billion people globally without financial services, AI/ML/process robotics

Jody Davids, Chief Information Officer of PepsiCo

In this interview, Jody Davids discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, and World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Jody’s career path from administrative assistant to Global CIO
  • The contrast in leadership styles between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Nike’s Bill Knight, and the impact that had on her own development as a leader
  • The broad experience she gained at Cardinal Health, including overseeing the expansion of IT shared services
  • Her focus on standardizing data and using analytics to improve organizational decision making
  • How her organization provides services to an incredibly wide range of customers in over 200 countries
  • The value of CIOs serving on corporate boards, both to the board as well as to the CIO
  • Eye on the trends: Blockchain

Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises

In this interview, Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, IT Infrastructure, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Digital Transformation journey at Royal Caribbean
  • Importance of Executive sponsorship for IT
  • Role of CIO to as an interconnector between Enterprise strategy and IT implementation
  • Value of technology from a customer point of view
  • IT’s ability to gain customer feedback in a B2C organization
  • The needs of Data management and analytics
  • Implications of shadow IT
  • Bleeding technology trends for IT
  • Relevance of cross functional teams to help push innovation within IT forward

Former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy’s New Focus On Social Media Innovation

Scott McNealy, CEO of Wayin
Peter High interviews Scott McNealy, Co-Founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems, and current CEO of Wayin. They discuss his involvement in multiple waves of the Internet, the future of the CIO role, and a variety of other topics.

Quest Diagnostics’ Board-Level CIO Drives Data-Driven Services

Lidia Fonseca, CIO of Quest Diagnostics
Peter High interviews Lidia Fonseca, Chief Information Officer of Quest Diagnostics. They discuss her role as CIO, the huge opportunity for Big Data and Analytics within healthcare, and how she balances security with innovation, as well as a variety of other topics.

The First Ever CIO of $16 Billion Micron Technology

Trevor Schulze, Chief Information Officer of Micron Technology
Peter High interviews Trevor Schulze, the first-ever CIO of Micron Technology, about his first days at the organization, how his job began as the first ever CIO of the organization, how Micron Technology manages its talent, as well as a variety of other topics.

Forbes CIO-plus Series: Tim Theriault, Walgreens

Chief Information, Innovation, and Improvement Officer- a leader that is never settled
Peter High speaks with Tim Theriault about the constant search for new avenues for adding business value.

Innovative CIOs Show How to Make Money With IT, Peter High featured in CIO article

Peter featured in CIO article on how CIOs are driving new revenue streams
A select few CIOs are generating cold hard cash through innovation and collaboration. We rounded up examples of CIOs who generate revenue with IT, either by boosting sales or developing a product or service sold externally.