episode 606

Managing Small Teams: Owens Corning CIO Steve Zerby on Operating a Small-Scale IT Team

Steve Zerby is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Owens Corning, a roughly $7 billion revenue company that produces roofing installation and composite materials. Steve's been with the company for more than two decades and has been his current role for roughly eight and a half years. Among a total team of 20,000 employees, IT makes up roughly only 1% of the total employees. October 28, 2021

606: In this interview, Steve Zerby, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Owens Corning, focuses on the culture and structure of a small IT team within a company. Steve provides an overview of Owens Corning’s business and the role of technology and digital in a large and broad organization. He gives insight into how the IT organization operates and how it forms a culture that focuses on employee retention. Steve discusses how he manages relationships both internally as a small IT organization and externally with contractors and partners within an ecosystem. Finally, he talks about his tenure as CIO, the benefits of having a continuity of leadership in his role, how Owens Corning stays innovative with a small team with low attrition, and various trends in technology he looks forward to.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho and Transmit Security.


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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