Beyond CIO | episode 724

Cargill CIDO Jen Hartsock on Being a Connector for Customers & Employees

Jennifer Hartsock is the Chief Information and Digital Officer of Cargill, a global food company and the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue, earning roughly $165 billion annually. In her role, Jen is responsible for the company's global technology portfolio, as well as technology, digital, and data strategies to enable Cargill's strategic growth priorities. She's a seasoned technology and digital chief having held the role of CIO at several other large-scale companies including Caterpillar, General Electric, and Baker Hughes. December 15, 2022

724: Jen discusses her philosophies in leadership and how she has used those lessons to realize the art of the possible at Cargill. She explains her preference for the term ‘digital’ over ‘IT’, describes the value both federated and centralized solutions have within her team, and shares anecdotes about how technology has improved the customer experience at the company. When it comes to leadership, Jen shares her “Four Ls of Leadership,” the “platinum rule” she lives by, and how these frameworks have pushed her to be a strategic driver in the CIO role. Finally, Jen reflects on the keys to her continued success, the progress we still have to bring more women into STEM fields, and the trends in technology that are on her roadmap.

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This episode is sponsored by Adyen.

"The platinum rule says that I want to treat other people the way that they both deserve and want to be treated."

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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