Nine Fascinating Facts About Today's CIOs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-27-2014 Email

Have you ever wondered about how many CIOs are promoted internally and how many are recruited outside their organization? Or whether companies are making progress in appointing women and ethnically diverse executives as CIOs? Or if it's common for CIOs to have not majored in a tech-related field while an undergraduate? If these topics are intriguing, then you'll want to check out the following mix of interesting research from Russell Reynolds Associates. The findings were compiled based upon an analysis of CIOs currently working for the Fortune 100 companies. And while the resulting statistical breakouts represent a hodgepodge of subject matter, they are revealing about the face of the modern CIO. Much of the research focuses on differences between internally promoted and externally recruited CIOs. And other data conveys the relative lack of progress when it comes to gender and ethnic diversity and CIO hiring, with both women and minorities being underrepresented in the CIO ranks. "As organizations and their customers are increasingly diverse and as technology becomes pervasive across the customer experience," says Shawn Banerji, managing director at Russell Reynolds, "progressive organizations are seeking CIO leaders who reflect this demographic across their leadership and employee ranks." For more about the research, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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