Lee Congdon, Chief Information Officer of Red Hat

March 31, 2014

Among other topics, Lee discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The necessary steps that need to be taken by CIOs to be viewed as strategic partners and advisors within organizations
  • The evolution of Lee’s responsibilities as a CIO within Red Hat, and the challenges of heading an engineer-dominant staff
  • The significance and direction of innovation within the IT department at Red Hat
  • How open-source, non-hierarchical organizations can flourish with the implementation of an Agile infrastructure
  • Eye on the trends: The ever-increasing importance of cloud-computing and consumer based collaboration solutions
  • Q&A: Lee answers questions pertaining to how the CMO and CIO partner with each other at Red Hat

Lee Congdon’s Biography

Lee is the chief information officer of Red Hat, and in that role, he is responsible for the company’s global information systems, including the technology strategy, enterprise architecture, information technology governance, solutions delivery, and systems operations supporting the company. His role includes enabling Red Hat’s business through services such as knowledge management, technology innovation, technology-enabled collaboration, and process improvement.

Prior to joining Red Hat, he was Managing Vice President, Information Technology at Capital One where he developed and delivered information technology solutions for the firm’s corporate functions and Global Financial Services group. Before Capital One, Lee was Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, at Nasdaq, where he led the organization’s efforts to identify, implement, and operate technology solutions for Nasdaq Japan, Nasdaq Europe, and other strategic global ventures. Earlier, at Citicorp, Lee led multiple global technology initiatives for the private bank and the corporate bank. Lee began his career at IBM as an operating system developer and held several technology and technical marketing positions of increasing responsibility with that firm.

Lee holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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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