CIO Executive Council Confirms CEO Expectation of CIO as Transformation Agent and Collaborative Driver of Business Growth

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – June 15, 2010 – IDG's CIO Executive Council (Council), a global peer advisory community of 750 enterprises with more than 1,400 IT leaders, has expanded its Future-State CIO® research to reflect a CEO's perspective of the changing CIO role. The Council conducted multiple one-on-one interviews with CEOs, board directors and presidents at companies including Bayer Corporation, AXA Equitable, MillerCoors, Fluor Corporation, Scottrade and Purdue University to determine CEO expectations around the CIO role — how it has evolved and what is of critical importance for true peer collaboration and executive level connectivity.

"The CIO position has changed significantly during my 30 year career, but nothing like it's changed in the last five years, with social media and its impact on company reputations, how we get information and how we learn," said Greg Babe, CEO, Bayer Corp. "It has become critically important that the CIO be at the executive table, acting as a business influencer who can advise me and be trusted to help us come to the right conclusions in achieving our business goals."

The CEO take on the Future-State CIO® will be discussed in an upcoming webinar July 15, at 12:00 p.m. ET. Louie Ehrlich, President and CIO of Chevron's Information Technology Company and CIO Executive Council Board Member, will outline the steps to becoming a Future-State CIO® based on CEO directives and experience, including how to reset expectations, enhance one's expertise and elevate stakeholder relationships. Mr. Ehrlich will share what has worked, what hasn't, and how the CIO role is driving business growth. To register for this complimentary program, visit: []

Ongoing research and analysis within the Council confirms that CIOs and their IT organizations need to evolve from traditional internally focused functional heads of IT to business strategists or the future of the profession is at risk. Progressive CEOs and business leaders understand the unique value these transformational CIOs bring to the enterprise. This is the future-state of the profession and how it will sustain itself as a valued executive position according to the Council community.

"The CIO Executive Council's main initiative is to help raise the expectation and direction of the CIO role and expand it beyond a tactical chief technologist position," said Pam Stenson, SVP and general manager of the Council. "Through leadership development, community connection and sharing of best practices, CIOs will become chief transformation agents and business strategists working alongside the CEO."

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CIO magazine's Executive Council is a global community comprised of hundreds of the world's leading chief information officers who together form the most unbiased and reality-tested peer-advisory resource available to the profession. The Council's membership represents leaders from Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations that are committed to helping one another save time and money, avoid mistakes, and make better more informed decisions. Collectively, the Council is a bellwether for the profession and voice of influence in the IT industry, around the world. CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council are part of IDG, International Data Group. Additional information can be found at [].