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Raise profits - Add your CIO or a technology expert to the board, 24.1.05


With technology now widely viewed as a key -- even, in some cases, the key -- to business success, you might expect that boards would be aggressively courting CIOs. But that's not the case. Last year, public relations firm Burson-Marsteller checked with more than 3,000 businesses, including the Fortune Global 500, to see how many had installed CIOs on their boards of directors. The answer: a depressing 5% (see QuickLink 45626).

Businesses that do have CIOs on their boards of directors tend to outperform their competitors, with profits averaging 6.4% above their industry averages, according to the study, which included senior IT executives such as vice presidents within the CIO category.

The argument for and against [summary]

  • Board breakdown is a strong indication of a CEO's priorities
  • But, 60% of CIO's report to the CFO or COO
  • Governance priorities at the board level should include issues about technology
  • Board membership tends to generates networking opportunities
  • Most CIO's tend to speak in terms of technology and not business
  • However, they tend to think across the organization, about all functions of a business
  • So it's important for CIO's to assert themselves concerning business matters, and to do so in business terms


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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

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