What does a top CIO do next?
The CIO 100 class of 2012 and 2013 have left the CIO role, what does it mean for our community?
You’ve worked hard. You’ve climbed your way to the top of the tree. You’ve made it to be CIO, and there’s certainly plenty to get on with. Maybe you’ve even been recognised in the CIO 100…
But what comes next? Is it the same role in a new company? Or are there other fields that the experience and knowledge every CIO gains in post can transfer their skills to? And when CIOs move on, what do they leave behind?
We recently reported on the move of Richard Thwaite, who was in last year’s CIO 100 as CIO of the Metropolitan Police, and has now moved to management consultant, Chaucer Consulting, as its director of technology advisory. Thwaite’s motivation in moving was to help other CIOs leverage the capabilities of technology vendors more effectively, and it was the skill set he acquired as CIO of Ford of Europe and the Metropolitan Police which have given him the tools to do this.
UCLH’s CIO James Thomas topped the 2013 CIO 100. Last year, he joined integration and services vendor Atos to head its healthcare consulting division in the UK and Ireland as we reported at the time. Again, his pioneering and transformational work at UCLH will now be harnessed for Atos’s clients.
In 2012, easyJet CIO Trevor Didcock was ranked top of the CIO 100. Now, after four and a half years, he is choosing to move away from the company where he has overseen radical transformation and brought IT driven tools to bear on the way easyJet runs both front and back office functions.
The goals behind Didcock’s departure are both career-led and personal. „I was doing some of the things I’d done before“ he admits, „but the trigger was that a major transformation programme is just getting underway and will take a further two or three years. Changing CIOs in the middle of such transformation is disruptive, so I either needed to leave at the end of the process or go now…“
Didcock is keen to share his knowledge and expertise as well as run his own business. Here he has a head start: The company he set up in 2010 to support Home Service USA in its purchase of National Grid Emergency Services from National Grid plc, Integrum Consulting, will now serve as a platform for both acquisition, as well as big transformational and change advice and support for private and public organisations. And personally, he wanted to enjoy more time with his family and leisure activities by creating a more flexible career.
Source: CIO Magazine