Tag Archives: Role of the CIO

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

Pawan Verma Leads Customer Experience As CIO And CTO Of Foot Locker

In this interview, Peter high interviews Pawan Verma, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Foot Locker. Among the 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

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.

Beyond CIO Series Summary in Forbes

This page is the hub to the ongoing Beyond CIO series in Forbes
The most talented IT executives are advancing beyond CIO to take on the very top leadership positions of companies. In this new series, Peter High profiles examples of this promising trend for current IT leaders.

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

Steve Phillpott, Chief Information Officer of Western Digital

Peter High interviews Steve Phillpott, the CIO of Western Digital. They discuss systems and applications integration, change management, digital capabilities and analytics, among other topics.

Diane Schwarz, VP and Chief Information Officer of Textron Inc.

In this interview, Diane Schwarz discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How IT is structured within Textron, and how dual reporting structures are used to enable business-unit IT and enterprise-level IT effectively collaborate
  • The criteria that business units use to find a balance between shared services and specialized solutions
  • How Diane’s strategic plan – which focuses on (1) advancing the business, (2) making IT easy, (3) protecting the enterprise, and (4) succeeding with talent – keeps the business units moving in a coordinating direction while allowing variability for specific strategies
  • How Diane uses ideation events and hackathons to drive innovation across the business and provide the environment for employees to grow outside of their comfort zone
  • How IT is made easy by emphasizing communication and maintaining comprehensive knowledge bases on IT tools
  • Diane’s career progression, and why she advises aspiring CIOs to gain experience both inside and outside of IT
  • Eye on the trends: the diffusion of technology through all business functions, and machine learning and artificial intelligence

Greg Carmichael, President & CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp

In this interview, Greg Carmichael, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The role of technology in Fifth Third’s business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) relationships
  • Fifth Third’s multi-pronged technology division
  • Firth Third’s three-phrased strategy for developing and delivering new technologies
  • Why CIOs need to know each business within the enterprise
  • Greg’s career path from CIO to CEO

Bill Graff, CIO of Cerner

In this interview, Bill Graff, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class Principle Five, IT & External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Bill’s 13-year career path at Cerner
  • The critical skills needed for IT leaders
  • How previously being a part of a revenue-enhancing division of Cerner shaped how Bill runs IT
  • Bill’s purview as CIO: security, data centers, corporate IT, infrastructure, IT finance and governance
  • Advice for scaling quickly: robust processes, internal relationships and external relationships
  • Eye on the trends: public cloud, partnering analytics with artificial intelligence, gamification