The hiring of Chief Digital Officers continues apace, with new hires over the last 30 days at McDonald’s, IDG Communications, Axa Insurance, the City of Vancouver, and more.
These new positions underscore the importance of Chief Digital Officers across all industries – not just advertising, media, and publishing – but also in sectors typically slow to adopt new technology such as restaurants, municipalities, and regulated industries such as insurance, banking, and finance.
As discussed in the upcoming Chief Digital Officer Talent Map 2013, these recent hires also fit the profile of the “typical” Chief Digital Officer. Of course, optimal skill-sets will differ by sector, but overall, CDOs are generally professional leaders and business builders with digital DNA who have P&L responsibility and backgrounds in General Management, Corporate and Business Development, entrepreneurial disruption, and the ability to get buy-in from multiple stakeholders across company silos.
The new, first-ever CDO at McDonald’s, Atif Rafiq, was most recently General Manager of Kindle Direct at Amazon. Before that he was General Manager at Yahoo! and founding member of the Corporate Strategy and Business Development groups at AOL. He had P&L responsibility for $400MM in annual sales, and was founder/CEO of a venture-backed firm where he raised over $10 million.
In September, IDG Communications named Peter Longo as Chief Digital Officer. In this role, Peter is responsible for digital strategy and operations for IDG Consumer & SMB, IDG Enterprise, and the IDG TechNetwork. Peter continues his role and keeps his title as CEO of IDG TechNetwork. He was previously President of Zinio Systems and an EVP with Ziff Davis.
The new CDO at Axa Insurance previously held global business development and senior marketing and category roles at Colgate Palmolive and Reckitt Benckiser.
Another new CDO in the insurance industry was hired in September at April, the French multi-specialist global insurer, with a similar profile.
The new Chief Digital Officer for the City of Vancouver formerly held global channel systems development and digital channel development positions at HSBC Technology and Services.
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