A CEO role is in the sights of some CIOs - we look at those who made the leap from CIO to Chief Executive Officer
We take a look at the CIOs, CTOs and business technology executives who made the step to a CEO role.
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August 3, 2017
1. Philip Clarke - Tesco CIO to CEO
Philip Clarke © Fliickr Queens University Belfast
Featured in the 2008 edition of the CIO 100, Philip Clarke started at Tesco as a 14-year-old shelf stacker before re-joining the supermarket chain as a graduate trainee. Clarke became a Tesco board director in 1998, taking responsibility for the company's supply chain with tech responsibility coming a year later. Clarke became Chief Executive in 2011 and
stepped down from the role in 2014 following a profit warning.
2. Sarah Wilkinson - Home Office CTO and CEO of NHS Digital
A member of the 2016
CIO 100 and a keynote speaker at the 2015 CIO Summit, Sarah Wilkinson has spent over a decade working in executive tech roles including positions at Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Lehman Brothers. Wilkinson was the Chief Technology Officer at the Home Office in 2015 and will become CEO at NHS Digital in June.
3. Rachel Dunscombe - NHS Digital Academy CEO
A keynote speaker at the
2016 CIO Summit and in the highest echelons of the 2016 and 2017 editions of the CIO 100, Rachel Dunscombe has spent over a decade working in executive tech roles at the NHS. Dunscombe is the Director of Digital and CIO at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and will become inaugural CEO at the new NHS Digital Academy.
4. Jamie Miller - GE CIO to GE Transportation CEO
Former CIO for GE Jamie Miller became president and
CEO for GE Transportation in October 2015. Since her appointment, Miller has spoken about her plans to deliver the company's industrial technology strategy supplying to rail, mining and drilling industries. Miller has stepped down from her CEO role and is now the Chief Financial Officer at GE.
5. Clive Selley - BT CIO and CEO of BT Openreach
Featuring in the
CIO 100 for four consecutive years from 2012-2015, Clive Selley has driven technology to BT since April 2010 before becoming CEO of BT's Openreach business in January 2016. Selley had already been CEO of BT Innovate & Design alongside his role as the organisation's Group CIO, as well as being CEO of BT Technology, Service & Operations.
6. Dawn Lepore - Charles Schwab CIO to Drugstore.com CEO
Dawn Lepore was a CIO and Vice Chairman of Technology for Charles Schwab, credited for her role in the company's successful e-commerce business. Lepore then became president, CEO and chair of online retailer Drugstore.com, and has worked as an interim CEO for Prosper.com for 11 months. Lepore has also discussed the
steps CIOs should take to become CEOs. She is now the CEO of Lake Bay Partners.
7. Antony Watson - Barclays CIO and Uphold CEO
A high-flyer in the
2013 CIO 100, Anthony Watson was Managing Director and CIO of Europe, Middle East and Global Operations of Barclays from October 2009 until February 2014 when he left to become CIO of Nike. Watson then joined startup Bitreserve as COO and president in April 2015, become CEO of the rebranded company Uphold later in the year.
8. Bill Ruh - GE CDO and CEO of GE Digital
Bill Ruh's computer software career has included roles of a CTO for Concept Five Technologies, before become Chief Digital Officer of GE and CEO of GE Digital in September 2015. Ruh recently spoke to CIO UK about his joint role as
CEO and Chief Digital Officer.
9. David Yu - Betfair CTO to CEO
David Yu has spent over a decade working for internet-based businesses including Bear River Associates, Zip2 and AltaVista before joining one of largest online gambling organisations Betfair as a CTO in 2001 and moving on to the COO role. Yu became the Befair CEO in 2006 before leaving the role in 2011.
10. Luis Alvarez - BT Global Services CEO
Initially starting as a multimedia and internet director for BT in 1999, Luis Alvarez became president of BT in Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. Since his appointment as CEO of BT Group Services in 2012, Alvarez spoke to
CIO UK about what makes a good CIO. Alvarez stepped down from his CEO role in June 2017.
11. Andrew Rashbass - CIO to CEO at The Economist
Andrew Rashbass © CKGSB
Andrew Rashbass was IT Director at
The Economist, where he also had roles as a publisher and managing director before becoming CEO of Economist.com and then CEO of the Economist Group. Rashbass then become CEO of Thomson Reuters in November 2013. Rashbass has been credited with the successful transition moving from print to digital driving an effective subscription base, and he is now executive chairman of DMGT-owned Euromoney.