CIO to CEO: It's not impossible

Summary:Want to align business and technology interests? Turn your CIO into a CEO.

Want to align business and technology interests? Turn your CIO into a CEO.

Impossible? Not really. Baseline magazine's Kim Nash has cooked up a list of 56 CIOs that have made the leap other top executive positions. Of course, some had more than one stop to learn the business, but they all landed in the corner office.

Some like CIOs to CEOs like Michael Capellas (Compaq CIO to MCI CEO) are well known. Others aren't exactly household names. And there are challenges.

Nash reports:

CIOs can falter outside of technology because they're unwilling to delegate or unable to strategize for an entire company rather than just one department, according to Shawn Farshchi, chief operating officer of Coremetrics, a marketing statistics and software firm in San Mateo, Calif.

Here's the entire package on one page.

Topics: CXO

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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