episode 713

AstraZeneca CDO/CIO Cindy Hoots on Leveraging the Global Innovation Ecosystem

Cindy Hoots is the Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer of AstraZeneca, a nearly $38 billion revenue pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. She's held that role for nearly three years. In that role, her mission is to leverage technology to make a meaningful impact on the lives of a billion people. Cindy has been a technology executive at a number of major companies prior to her time at AstraZeneca, including Unilever, BAT, SABMiller, ITT, and Mars. November 07, 2022

713: Cindy discusses tapping into the global talent network and leveraging the company’s innovation hubs around the world. She explains her purview as both CIO and CDO, why she chose to commingle her team between digital and IT, and how she manages the global team. Cindy gives insight into change management practices, creating firm buy-in to ensure successful execution, and why startup ecosystems around the world are becoming more popular. Finally, she talks about the lessons she learned coming out of the pandemic, trends in technology on her radar, and the keys to her continued success.

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The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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