CIOs shatter 'successor paradox'

Promotion from within gives organizations continuity of direction, which is much needed in IT

Most companies look externally to recruit CIOs even though naming and grooming a successor is widely seen as the duty of a CIO. This is a problem because IT plans and projects are long-term endeavors, requiring continuity in direction, writes Martha Heller, president of recruiting firm Heller Search Associates. Lately, however, there have been a few CIOs who have broken this "successor paradox."

It takes time and energy for a CIO to develop institutional and architectural knowledge, and it requires an "architectural dig" when starting in a new environment, Heller writes in a post at CIO magazine. By promoting from within, the following organizations help ensure that strategies and implementations remain on target.

At Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Paul T. Browne was recently named CIO, a responsibility he will add to his duties as senior vice president in charge of the applied informatics department. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission just promoted Pamela C. Dyson from CTO to deputy CIO. She started at the SEC as an assistant director for Enterprise Operations.

T-Mobile promoted Jeff Wiggin from vice president of IT to CIO.  He went to T-Mobile after serving as vice president of at Chico's and senior director of IT at Home Depot.

At BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Jerry Toscano moved into the CIO role after serving as interim CIO for about the past nine months. Earlier in his career, he had been director of IT for BlueCross BlueShield of Rochester.

For more:
- see Martha Heller's post at CIO

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