Recognizing the top 25 'social' CIOs

Recognizing the top 25 'social' CIOs

Summary: As the CIO role evolves, it's important to recognize leaders in the new social world. Here's a list of the top 25 among large companies.


As guardian of corporate assets, CIO's are generally a conservative bunch: ensuring security, privacy, and confidentiality are important agenda items for any responsible CIO. Still, today's customers, employees, and other stakeholders demand unprecedented levels of communication and engagement from senior management, including the CIO.

Many CIOs feel caught between the desire for openness and the mandate for safety and protection. It's a tough balance and there are certainly no easy answers, especially during this period of cultural transition in regard to these issues. Despite the difficulty, some CIOs have forged a path that successfully manages these conflicting goals.

The chart below, put together by Mark Fidelman, Chief Social Strategist at, lists 25 top CIOs, from the world's largest companies, who engage on social channels such as Twitter and Facebook. I personally know several people on this list and can verify they understand the need for communication and openness, while still fulfilling their mandate to protect corporate assets.

When reading the list, remember there are many quiet innovators among the ranks of CIOs. To those unsung heroes I say: keep doing your thing. The value you offer is tremendous and will be recognized.

Image credit: Mark Fidelman

Image credit: Mark Fidelman

Topics: Banking, CXO, Enterprise Software

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  • Footnote from the research team

    The most striking finding in our study is that only 10% of the top-ranking Fortune 250 and Global 250 CIOs are themselves social. In fact, more than one-third (35 percent) either have no LinkedIn profile or have one with fewer than 100 connections.

    These pioneers believe CIOs need this hands-on experience -- engaging with customers, vendors and influencers in public social networks -- in order to build the credibility and know-how to drive social business transformation.

    -Jenna Dobkin, @teamharmonie
    • Thanks for pointing out the context

      From a CIO perspective, we are in the midst of transition and there are extreme differences between the top 25 and many of the rest. Eventually, others will catch up, but we are certainly not there yet.
  • .... "in the Fortune 250"

    Innovation and best approaches to social won't be limited to the 10% of the < 1%. It's anti-social to focus on those with the biggest megaphones. Viva la little CIO Revolution!
  • Gotta practice what you preach

    It is a slight stretch to say that people who don't use the social tools might not be given to the benefits of "social business" - both in terms of outward facing social, and internal social. Some portion of these people avoid it obviously because of being in prominent positions, and not wanting to be overwhelmed. However, you have to practice what you preach, so even I can't help but agree....

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