UK CIOs trail France in boardroom promotions

A survey has found France to have Europe's most CIO-friendly boardrooms, while Sweden languishes at the bottom of the boardroom-promotion heap

Chief information officers in the UK are far less likely to be appointed to the board than their counterparts across the channel.

Less than half (48 percent) of UK IT chiefs sit on the board, compared to more than two-thirds (69 percent) of CIOs in France, which has the most CIO-friendly boardrooms in Europe, according to a survey.

Bottom of the heap for boardroom promotion is Sweden, where just 26 percent of CIOs sit at the top table, followed by Germany (42 percent) and Spain (44 percent). The UK is fourth worst, with Finland, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland all faring better than Britain.

The survey also found there is a tendency for CIOs to be left out of the strategic business decision-making process.

More than a third (35 percent) of respondents said IT is called on to help deliver strategies only after they have already been determined, while just 13 percent said business strategies are only signed off if IT has committed to them.

The survey is based on the responses of CIOs, senior IT managers and department heads across 500 European businesses, and was commissioned by application infrastructure software company, Progress Software Corporation.

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