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The Chief Digital Officer Takes Centre Stage

June 19, 2014: “The Chief Digital Officer Talent Map 2013 , published by CDO Club, reveals:
• In 2005 the first CDO was appointed; in 2013 there were 488 CDOs worldwide; by 2014 forecasts suggest there will be 1,000 – 1,500 CDOs worldwide, see Exhibit 2;
• Since the beginning of 2013,190 new Chief Digital Officers have been hired globally;
• More than 75 CDOs have been hired across Western and Eastern Europe;
• In Australia, 45 percent of business leaders in Australia have a CDO; and
• Out of the 36 percent of CDOs who moved on to new roles in 2013, 77 percent moved into a c-suite position, either CEO, President, MD or board director.”

The rise of the chief digital officer

June 12, 2014: “The number of CDOs doubled in 2013 to 500 and it is predicted that there will be 1,000 by the end of 2014. The CDO is becoming fundamental to business. In many cases they will take over from the traditional CMO and CTO or CIO roles, although the extent of this will depend on the size of company and requirements. It’s not about nice-to-have digital campaigns, but how the company is run, managed, directed and led.”

Rise of the Digital Banker

June 5, 2014: “These banks are part of a bigger trend in which companies in all industries (especially advertising, media and publishing) have been adopting the chief digital officer title. In 2005, there was exactly one CDO in the entire world: Jason Hirschhorn at MTV. In 2013, there were 488, according to the Chief Digital Officer Club. The group predicts that by the end of this year, there will be 1,000 CDOs worldwide.”

SURVEY: Number of Chief Digital Officers is on the rise

May 15, 2014: “Seven chief digital officers moved up the career ladder to CEO in 2013, according to the CDO Club’s 2014 Talent Map, but another data point may help explain why CDOs are experiencing a quick rise to the top: Sixty percent of CDOs in the advertising sector previously held the title of CEO, president, general manager, or managing director.”

“That’s a mindboggling figure,” CDO Club Founder and Curator David Mathison said at a recent CDO Summit. “These are people who obviously have general management skills, they’ve run companies before, and it’s very clear that the time is right for these people to step up.”

Women in IT find CDO role especially appealing

May 14, 2014: “The recent selection of Rachel S. Haot as Chief Digital Officer of the Year by the CDO Club reminded me of a recent research finding that the ranks of the CDO seem especially attractive to women. In fact, female CDOs outnumber female CIOs by two-to-one, according to Gartner.

I wrote about that trend in FierceCIO recently, noting that “women who aspire for a career in IT leadership may want to consider the role of the chief digital officer.”

Even the Chief Digital Officer Club made special note of the fact it was naming a woman to the top CDO spot this year. In an email to FierceCIO, CDO Club founder David Mathison noted that “Haot is only the second CDO–and the first female–to be awarded this recognition.”

“Despite the across-the-board presence of CDOs in numerous industries, Mathison does confirm a trend that may speak volumes about why the role attracts more women. The numbers are heavily stacked toward the industries of media, advertising and publishing–industries that have long attracted a strong female workforce.”

Europe following US as number of global CDOs doubles

“The role of chief digital officer is beginning to take off in Europe, while salaries of CDOs working outside of public sector and non-profit organisations are ranging from $250,000 to $750,000.

That is according to updated research from the CDO Club, which said that the number of worldwide CDOs in 2013 doubled to nearly 500. It forecasted “conservatively” that the number of global chief digital officers would double again to 1,000 by the end of 2014. Most chief digital officers are operating in the media, advertising and publishing industries, the study found.”

Number of Chief Digital Officers Doubled in 2013; Seven CDOs Became CEO and Four CDOs Became Board Directors, According to the CDO Club

NEW YORK and OXFORD England, May 12, 2014: According to new data from the CDO Club, the number of Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) doubled from 2012 to nearly 500 in 2013, continuing a trend of doubling each year.  The CDO Club conservatively forecasts that the number of global CDOs will double again in 2014, to 1,000 CDOs by the end of the year.  CDO Club founder David Mathison presented his CDO Talent Map 2014 findings at the second annual CDO Summit, held in April 2014 at Time Warner in New York City.

New York State’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel S. Haot Named Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2014 by CDO Club

NEW YORK, May 6, 2014: Rachel S. Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology at the State of New York, was named the 2014 Chief Digital Officer of the Year by the CDO Club.  The award was given to Haot after her keynote presentation, “Improving Government and Public Engagement through Digital Innovation,” at the Chief Digital Officer Summit on April 22, 2014, at Time Warner in New York City.