From Chief Digital Officer to CEO: 6 Tips from HarperCollinsUK CEO Charlie Redmayne


Charlie Redmayne: CEO at HarperCollins UK gives Keynote at the Chief Digital Officer Summit London 2014

“The reason that I’m the CEO of HarperCollins is that my business is fundamentally challenged by the things that I do,” said Charlie Redmayne, CEO at HarperCollins U.K., at the inaugural U.K. Chief Digital Officer Summit at the BBC in London, England, on October 29, 2014.

“All of our businesses are fundamentally challenged by the things the people in this room are experts in.”

Formerly EVP and Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins, Redmayne has experienced both the ‘digital disruptor’ and the ‘incumbent executive’ sides of the rapidly changing publishing industry.

And he is not alone; increasingly, the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) title is seen as a favorable route to advance to CEO.

In 2013, seven Chief Digital Officers became CEO or President of their companies, while four became board directors, according to research conducted by the CDO Club and presented in David Mathison’s CDO Talent Map.

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Charlie Redmayne: CEO of HaperCollins UK keynote “From CDO to CEO: How to Make the Transition”

Notable examples include Jean-Briac Perrette, CDO of Discovery Communications, now CEO of Discovery Networks International; Alex Bombeck at Havas Worldwide; and Paul Gunning, who was Global CDO at Tribal and DDB Chicago and is now CEO at DDB Chicago.

Mathison has pointed out that this career trajectory should not be surprising, given his research which shows that:

  • More than 60% of CDOs in the Advertising sector had previous experience as CEO, President, GM, or Executive Director.
  • More than 30% of CDOs in the Media sector had previous experience as CEO, President, GM, or Executive Director.

We’ve covered this topic before, at the NYC CDO Summit
See “From CDO to CEO”

In an extended discussion with Mathison, Redmayne revealed 6 unique lessons that can be applied by budding CDOs’ in the publishing industry and beyond. Watch the video below for more.....

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