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CIOs struggle with the great talent hunt

Stephanie Overby | May 2, 2013
Finding IT pros with business skills has always been a bear. So award-winning CIOs are taking radical steps to train, recruit or grow the hybrid staff they covet.

JUDGE'S VIEW "He represents a model of a long-term CIO at one company. He has aligned IT very nicely with the business goals and management, which has driven the business to retain him over a long period--something that is not easy given the normal tenure of CIOs."

David Smoley



CAREER Smoley joined AstraZeneca as CIO last month after a lengthy stint at Flextronics International, where he oversaw the company's $250 million IT budget and 2,400 IT employees in 30 countries. In addition to adopting a "lean IT" approach that keeps costs low, he created a culture of innovation resulting in high-ROI projects, such as consolidating 80 HR systems into one global cloud-based tool.

JUDGE'S VIEW "Dave is a true thought leader in cloud/[software-as-a-service] applications and has been a champion and adviser to many CIOs."

Teri Takai


Department of Defense

CAREER After making a big impact as IT strategic planner at Ford Motor Co., she moved into the public sector as CIO for the state of Michigan and then California. Now Takai faces perhaps the biggest IT challenge of all: bringing the Pentagon and its $37 billion IT budget into the age of cloud and mobile computing.

JUDGE'S VIEW "Someone who knows technology and how to get things done in a very difficult environment. A long track record of success."

Hall of Fame Judges

Gregor Bailar, Former CIO, Capital One

Helen Cousins, CIO, Lincoln Trust Company

Charlie Feld, Founder, The Feld Group Institute

Tom Flanagan, VP & Senior Client Partner at IBM, Former CIO of Amgen

David Johns, CIO, Ascena Retail

Patty Morrison, EVP of Customer Care Shared Services & CIO, Cardinal Health

Tom Murphy, VP of IT & University CIO, University of Pennsylvania

Filippo Passerini, Group President of Global Business Services & CIO, Procter & Gamble

Andreas Resch, Managing Director, Modalis Management

Rebecca Rhoads, VP of Global Business Services & CIO, Raytheon

Ralph Szygenda, Former Group VP & CIO, GM

Tim Theriault, CIO, Walgreens

Carl Wilson, Former EVP & CIO, Marriott International

Ones to Watch Winners

Pete Corrigan

Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations

Allstate Insurance

Kevin Dana

Director of Application Management

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Chandra Dhandapani

Senior Vice President of IT & Divisional Information Officer

Capital One

Benedict Cabrera

Senior Director of Business Systems Delivery

Covanta Energy

Eric Keane

Senior Vice President & CIO of FedEx Express Solutions

FedEx Services

Raja Musunuru


The Steritech Group

Lt. Col. Bobby Saxon

Division Chief & Program Manager of Enterprise Management Decision Support

U.S. Army G-3/5/7

Brian Keinsley

Vice President of Applications Engineering


Karen Ryan

Manager of Application Administration

Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Eric Johnson


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