CIO Executive Council And IDC Add World Class CIOs To IT Leadership Coaching Programmes


By Emmanuel Oluebube, Correspondent UK

The CIO Executive Council, serving the evolving, challenging, and demanding role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and IT leaders, and IDC, the premier global provider of market intelligence and advisory services, have announced the addition of several new CIO coaches to the Council’s Pathways Executive Coaching Programme and the Women in IT Leadership Coaching Programme. These unique programmes are designed to encourage meaningful dialogue, provide constructive and practical advice, and expand participants’ knowledge and skills to accelerate personal and professional growth.

“The addition of these skilled coaches expands the depth of our programs and increases their value and relevancy to participating executives. By extending our bench, we are helping our community to enhance their professional portfolio and take their careers and training to the next level,” said Group Vice President, Client Experience & Operations, CIO Executive Council, Kathryn Marston.

The top executives joining the CIO Executive Council Coaching Bench include:

Former SVP and CIO of NetApp, Inc. and current founder of the CIO Advisory Group, LLC, Marina Levinson. “I feel passionate about helping women achieve professional success.” she said. “Having been the only woman at the executive table for much of my career, I feel like I have a unique perspective that will help women, not only in this situation, but also provide the tools needed to have a voice and leave an impact in general. This is my way to give back and help others achieve their professional objectives and at the same time ‘have it all,’ both professionally and personally.”

Former EVP and CIO at Kaiser Permanente. “The CIO Executive Council is the preeminent organization that focuses on development of IT talent,” he pointed out. “I’ve partnered with them over many years and their commitment to the profession is unquestionable.”

Former CIO at SAIC, Robert Fecteau. “Partnering with the CIO Executive Council in developing future technology leaders is a natural extension of the work I did with Pathways,” he noted. “The individuals participating in the program are there to develop their skills and I want to help these leaders in any way that I can.”

Former VP, CIO and CSO at The MITRE Corporation, Joel Jacobs. “In this new role, I’m looking forward to leveraging the experience I’ve gained through my partnership with the CIO Executive Council,” Jacobs said. “When a client learns that some of their challenges have been faced before, they can see it from another perspective. Together, we can gain new insights to apply to another opportunity.”

Independent Board Member and Former EVP and CIO at Eurpac Service, Inc, Mike Skinner. “The CIO Executive Council has been there for me and hundreds of my colleagues as we navigated the coming of age of IT and CIOs,” he said. “I’m confident the Council will be as valuable to others who lead this world into the next decade.”

“In times of uncertainty and amid rapid change, IT professionals need more guidance than ever to successfully navigate shifting business requirements and the evolving technology and vendor landscape,” added Marston, pointing to the CIO Executive Council’s rich history of supporting IT leaders and the IT community. “The Council’s leadership development programs were created to provide a dedicated resource where IT professionals can benefit from the experience and guidance of CIOs to accelerate their careers and drive personal and professional growth. In building a community of this nature, the CIO Executive Council offers a pathway to success for up and coming executives despite the challenges facing our world today.”

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