Figure 14: Insider vs. Outsider – Business vs. IT Background
An understandable pattern emerges. When looking outside for a CIO, companies want technology background in general and CIO experience in particular. When promoting familiar internal candidates, they are more comfortable with proven executives whose IT experience may be limited. Especially when companies want to inject greater business orientation in their IT organizations, they are likely to put in one of their own rather than hiring from the outside.
An interesting facet of business background is board membership. A dozen of the CIOs list membership on the boards of non-profits and associations, but only five serve on public company boards. So public board service is not yet a common experience or expectation, even though CIOs must work with the board regularly in many corporations. We are seeing an increasing trend in CIOs being invited to boards, but this is a nascent situation. Given that half of these CIOs are under 50, we would expect many of them to grow into board roles over time.
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