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Procter & Gamble names Coke IT vet as new CIO

Clint Boulton | April 20, 2017
The consumer packaged goods company welcomes Javier Polit at a time when industry players are eyeing mobile applications, IoT and analytics to get closer to consumers.

Speed to innovation is a passion point for Polit. In his 2016 post for Coca Cola, he adopted the tone of a paranoid operator in saying he thinks and acts with the urgency of a company that is behind. "The rate of change is so rapid that the very principles of Moore’s law fall short," Polit said. "Digital, virtual and augmented reality, not too long ago, were future capabilities. Now, they’re part of our daily lives. I would add to that list robotics, artificial intelligence, intelligence augmentation and autonomous vehicles (self-navigation)."

It is unclear what is next for Clement-Holmes, whom Taylor credited with driving change for a company where "IT was emerging as a key business enabler and information security was surfacing as more enterprise-critical."

Clement-Holmes, who began her P&G career as a systems analyst in 1983, most recently oversaw global IT infrastructure, enterprise architecture, corporate applications, IT innovation, as well as supplying workplace and productivity technologies for the company’s distributed employees.

Clement-Holmes also served as P&G’s chief diversity officer from 2010 to 2012 -- well before such positions became fashionable in the wake of Silicon Valley's struggles to boost diversity quotas.


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