Beyond CIO | episode 394

Schneider Electric CDO Herve Coureil

Herve Coureil is the Chief Digital Officer of Schneider Electric. Following a tenure as the company’s Chief Information Officer, Herve was elevated to the CDO role to bring the IT function, the IoT group, and the customer experience group together. This role was created because the company believed that with its digital transformation moving to full steam, it would make a bigger difference to take a holistic approach. The solution was a digital unit that helps each business unit serve its customers better. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Herve was the CFO at APC-MCE. May 20, 2019

394: Schneider Electric CDO Herve Coureil discusses how Schneider has blended talent in the new digital unit. Herve believes the organization needs to balance the internal and external view,  Herve does not believe in a digital organization that only includes external digital talent looking in from the outside or an exclusively internal team that is made up of subject matter experts, without an infusion of external talent. To create a mix, Schneider has focused on reskilling, retraining, and learning internally so everybody has the basic skills that go with digital while simultaneously recruiting new talent that can bring subject matter expertise and new digital skills to the team. We also discuss Herve’s take on the cloud, AI, and blockchain, how Herve manages such a large, distributed team, how his experience as a CFO helps him in his current role, among other topics.

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This episode sponsored by Fortinet.

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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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