What Organizations Look For in a Chief Digital Officer (CDO)
Information Age talks to Rhys Grossman
Information-Age.com recently discussed the rise of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) with Rhys Grossman, Russell Reynolds Associates, to gain further insight into the shifting landscape for c-suite positions in technology / information. See below as Rhys explains what experience and skills organizations are looking for in CDO candidates:
Over the past 18 months, organisations as diverse as the City of New York, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKlein and Starbucks have all appointed CDOs. According to Rhys Grossman of Russell Reynolds Associates, large organisations from sectors including government, consumer packaged goods, media and retail are scrabbling to fill these CDO positions.
“We’re being asked to find those people who are steeped in e-commerce, but with the leadership skills, influencing skills and general management credibility to take a role with a direct line to the chief executive,” he says.
Unfortunately for aspiring IT managers, CDOs are rarely recruited from within the IT department, he says. “Typically, they are coming out of companies such as Amazon.com and eBay, not the department that looks after the desktops.”
According to Russell Reynolds Associates’s Grossman, what businesses are looking for in a CDO above all is someone with the vision to understand the possibilities that technology offers, says Grossman. “I think that favours those that have held a chief technology officer role rather than chief information officers,” he says. “But it depends on the candidate, and their credibility with the C-level team.”
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