A third of CIOs target CEO or COO as next move

Almost a third of CIOs in the UK are considering the role of COO or CEO as their next career step according to Deloitte’s first international CIO survey, which also suggested pressure is being lifted on the budget constraints of IT departments.

The study of more than 700 CIOs, which included 90 IT executives in the UK, revealed that 31% of CIOs are eyeing up the post of COO and CEO at their organisations rather than a sideways move to another C-level IT role.

Head of Deloitte’s technology consulting practice Kevin Walsh said: “The CIO has never played a more prominent role in the boardroom, nor have they had more opportunities to get closer to the strategy of their business than now.

“Some IT leaders are already playing a far stronger role at executive level; this is underpinned by the finding that almost a third of British CIOs are considering a CEO or COO role as their next career move.”

SOURCE: cio.co.uk