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Thursday March 19, 2015

3 Things Every CDO Needs to Become a Board Director

Despite the phenomenal growth in the number of Chief Digital Officers and Chief Data Officers, it appears – oddly – that the majority of corporate boards still lack digital and data depth.

For example, the Harvard Business Review reported that only nine companies – less than 2% of the Fortune 500 – have boards that are considered to be “highly digital.” 

Similarly, the Telegraph article revealed that only three companies on the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have three or more tech-savvy board members.

In spite of these troubling statistics, the demand for digitally savvy board members is there.

Almost a dozen CDOs became board members in the last two years, including Starbucks CDO Adam Brotman, who joined the board of Neiman Marcus Group.

What do CDOs need to know to succeed on this path?

A good start would be to watch this video of the fireside chat between CDO Club founder David Mathison and Index Ventures Partner Saul Klein from the CDO Summit in London at the BBC.

Saul covers a few things every CDO must understand to succeed in the boardroom:

1. Think like a Chief Security Officer. Avoid the breach!
2. Money is easy to get, good advice is not. Seek out mentors!
3. Everything is global. See the bigger picture!


NYC 2015 CDO Summit Speakers 

Johanna Murphy
Chief Marketing Officer
and Digital Director
Ivanka Trump
Dr. Didier Bonnet
Senior Vice President and Global Practice Leader
Capgemini Consulting
Jessica Federer
Chief Digital Officer
Ganesh Bell
Chief Digital Officer & GM,
Software and Analytics
General Electric
Alexander van Boetzelaer
Managing Director
R&D Solutions
Elsevier Inc.
Fernando Alvarez
Chief Digital Officer
Capgemini Consulting
Jim Rosenberg
Chief of Digital Strategy
Brock Weatherup
Chief Digital Officer / SVP

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Thomson Reuters
3 Times Square
New York City, USA

Dr. Didier Bonnet

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NYC CDO Summit 

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Join us for the 3rd annual Chief Digital Officer summit, presented by Capgemini and hosted by Thomson Reuters on 29 April 2015. We’re excited to announce a partial list of speakers below:
  • Fernando Alvarez: Chief Digital Officer at Capgemini Consulting
  • Rajesh Anandan: Senior Vice President at UNICEF Ventures
  • Ganesh Bell: Chief Digital Officer & GM, Software and Analytics at General Electric
  • Dr. Didier Bonnet: SVP and Global Practice Leader at Capgemini Consulting
  • Jessica Federer: Chief Digital Officer at Bayer
  • Tony Fross: Vice President of North America Practice Lead, Digital Customer Experience at Capgemini Consulting
  • David Mathison: Curator, CDO Summit; Founder, CDO Club
  • Jen McClure: Vice President, Digital & Social Media at Thomson Reuters
  • Johanna Murphy: Chief Marketing Officer and Digital Director at Ivanka Trump
  • Keyvan Peymani: Managing Director, Digital Strategy Division at ICM Partners
  • Jaime Punishill: Head of Cross Channel Customer Strategy at TIAA-CREF
  • Jim Rosenberg: Chief of Digital Stragey at UNICEF
  • Jo Ann Saitta: Chief Digital Officer at The CDM Group
  • Steven Schwartz: Global Managing Director, Reuters News Agency at Thomson Reuters
  • Sumita Singh: Senior Vice President Marketing, Corporate Markets at Elsevier
  • Sree Sreenivasan: Chief Digital Officer at Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Many more coming

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“It was wonderful to attend this inaugural event. The Chief Digital Officer Summit exceeded my expectations and fostered an atmosphere where the right conversations were taking place with the right people. A huge thank you to David Mathison for putting together what will become a staple event in the international digital space.”
Rob Gordon IV: Chief Digital Officer, America’s Promise Alliance

“The Chief Digital Officer Summit was engaging as much as it was informative. Bringing these incredible leaders together in one place and for one day speaks to David Mathison’s extensive network, his ability to understand the needs of his clients, and to be ahead of the curve in this important space. It was a great use of my time, and I learned more than I ever thought I would. Great networking as well!”

– Sandy Soto: VP Executive Talent Acquisition, HSNi

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The CDO Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media.  Our gatherings include the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in intimate, collegial, and supportive environments designed to encourage networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing. Visit the website.

About the CDO Club:

The CDO Club is the world’s first, largest, and most powerful network of C-suite digital leaders.  Our 1,000+ members receive access to breaking news, original research, career development support, networking opportunities, and inspirational events such as the CDO Summit.  Visit the website.

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