The Path From CIO To Chief Digital Officer: How To Make It Happen

The articles, reports, and heated conversations are all over the Web: Should CIOs become Chief Digital Officers (CDOs)? Is the CDO replacing the CIO (Chief Information Officer)?

Are CIOs willing – let alone prepared – to become CDOs?

The fact is, many high-profile CIOs have already become CDOs, such as:

  • Stephen Gillett: Moved from CIO at Starbucks to CDO/President of Digital at Best Buy (and is now COO at Symantec)
  • Stephen Laster: Mved from CIO at Harvard University to become CDO at McGraw-Hill Education
  • Steven R. Smith: Migrated from CIO to CDO at AccuWeather
  • Fred Argir: Previously CIO at Fingerhut and The Sports Authority and is now SVP and CDO at Toys R Us
  • Michael Smith: Previously CIO at Michael is now at Hearst Magazines Digital Media (pictured below at the 2013 CDO Summit)

Prior to his role as Chief Digital Officer at Forbes, Michael Smith was CIO at

<see also: Should CIOs be rebranding themselves as CDOs?>

 So, as CIOs are being told by analysts that 2014 is the critical year to focus on business strategy, the key question is: What can a CIO actually do to move into the prestigious, more strategic-business-focused CDO position?

The answer to that question depends on.....

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If you are tasked with understanding what digital leaders must do in order to succeed in almost any industry, the best place to learn more is at the fast-approaching NYC Chief Digital Officer Summitpresented by Capgemini on April 29 2015.

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NYC 2015 Speakers:

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Dr. Didier Bonnet
SVP and Global Practice Leader
Capgemini Consulting

Jessica Federer
Chief Digital Officer

Jo Ann Saitta
Chief Digital Officer
The CDM Group

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Johanna Murphy
CMO & Digital Director
Ivanka Trump

Sree Sreenivasan
Chief Digital Officer
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sumita Singh
Senior Vice President
Marketing, Corporate Markets

The CDO Summit is the “must-attend” digital event of the year. The 2013 and 2014 CDO Summits received stellar endorsements from dozens of speakers and attendees alike:

  “Sometimes a conference comes along that hits the trifecta – hot topic, high-caliber attendees, and stellar location. The first Chief Digital Officer Summit reached that mark with ease, and I look forward to attending the next one.”
Eric Hellweg
Managing Director, Digital Strategy/Editorial Director
Harvard Business Review

“The Chief Digital Officer Summit was outstanding. Why? Candid panels with top players in the digital community. Splendid break-time conversations. And, savvy facilitation, Mathison Style.”
Margaret Molloy
Chief Marketing Officer

“David, here’s a handy C^3 test for conference value: Did I learn at least three new perspectives? Check. Did I meet at least three interesting people? Check. Did I take back at least three relevant pieces of news I can use? Check. Flying colors for the Chief Digital Officer Summit 2013! Thank you so much, and yes, I’d be very pleased to participate next year!”
Perry Hewitt
Chief Digital Officer
Harvard University

“Congratulations on an exceptional first CDO Summit. I truly enjoyed all the panel discussions as well as the intimate environment where I was able to meet such amazing people. The conversations were very enlightening and touched on all the challenges my team and I face on a technology, content, and culture front. I look forward to participating next year.”
Laxmi Wordham
Chief Digital Officer
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

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  • Tracey Cooper

    Great information for those VPs of technology who are trying to figure out what their next step could be. It will be interesting to see how this evolves over the next few years as we see more CIO/CTO’s transition to the CDO role. That’s from the tech side. I’d like to hear from CMO’s who are transitioning over to the CDO role and/or picking up some digital responsibilities as well.


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