Top 10 Countries with most Chief Digital Officers

According to the CDO Club's annual Chief Digital Officer Talent Map 2014, the countries with the most Chief Digital Officers are:
  • Raw Number rank: (1) U.S. (2) U.K. (3) Australia and Spain (tie) (4) France and Italy (tie) (5) Germany
  • Per Capita: (1) Finland (2) Australia (3) U.S. (4) Singapore (5) U.K.
  • More than 100 of new CDO hires in 2013 were in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and U.K.
  • CDO hires were also reported in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, and Vietnam
CDO Club founder David Mathison presented these findings during his opening keynote at the CDO Summit in NYC at Time Warner in April 2014.

He also reported that:
  • In 2013, seven CDOs became CEO or President, and four became board directors
  • Salaries for CDOs ranged from $250,000 to $750,000
  • 81% of CDOs are male; 90% are Caucasian; and 98% are between the ages of 30 and 59
  • The advertising sector claims the largest percentage of CDOs, with 36%, followed by media (18%), publishing (13%), nonprofit (10%), financial (8%), retail (7%), and PR (3%)
  • Globally, 68% of CDOs are located in North America (down from 88% in 2013), followed by 23% in Europe (up from 7%); 6% in Asia; 2% in MEA; and 1% in South America
Read the rest of the article and watch the full video or his keynote here.

With so much growth in England and Europe, its no surprise that we'll be holding our inaugural CDO Summit in the U.K. on October 29, 2014 in London England at the BBC.

You can read more on that below.

Meantime, enjoy our previous articles from the blog here:
Its time for the inaugural UK CDO Summit!
The premier event for digital leaders
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
At the BBC Media Centre in London, England
Lock in your seat now - register today
  • Keynotes
    • Michael Comish: Group Chief Digital Officer at Tesco, PLC
    • Ralph Rivera: Director or Future Media at the BBC
    • Mark Dearnley: Chief Digital and Information Officer at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • TBA 
  • Panels featuring digital leaders from:
    • BBC WW
    • The British Library
    • Pearson PLC
    • Grey EMEA
    • RTÉ
    • Bartle Bogle Hegarty
    • Blackwell's
    • Mindshare
    • More...

Keynotes and Featured Speakers:

Mark Dearnley
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
Michael Comish
Group Chief Digital Officer
Tesco PLC
Ralph Rivera
Future Media BBC

Select Speakers:

Chris Whiteley
VP Global Digital Strategy & New Business Development 
BBC Worldwide
Jon Williams
Chief Digital Officer & Executive Creative Director 
Juan Lopez-Valcarcel
Former Chief Digital Officer
Matthew Cashmore
Digital Director
Mel Exon
Co-founder BBH Labs 
Bartle Bogle Hegarty
Múirne Laffan
Managing Director,
RTÉ Digital 
Norm Johnston
Chief Digital Officer
Richard Boulderstone
Chief Digital Officer
The British Library

Agenda (Draft):

Wednesday October 29, 2014
7:00-8:00: Registration and breakfast. Networking in Anteroom

8:00-8:15: Welcome by host: BBC
8:15-8:45: OPENING REMARKS: David Mathison: CDO Talent Map U.K. 2014
  • David Mathison: Curator, CDO Summit; Founder, CDO Club

9:00-9:45: KEYNOTE: Michael Comish
  • Michael Comish: Group Chief Digital Officer at Tesco, PLC

10:00-10:45: PANEL
10:45-11:15: Mid-morning break in Anteroom
11:15-12:00: KEYNOTE: Ralph Rivera: Director, Future Media at BBC
  • Ralph Rivera: Director, Future Media at BBC

12:00-12:45: PANEL 
12:45:-14:00: Lunch in Anteroom
13:30-4:00: Partner presentation
14:00-14:45: KEYNOTE: Mark Dearnley: Chief Digital and Information Officer at HMRC
  • Mark Dearnley: Chief Information and Digital Officer at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

15:00-15:45: PANEL 
15:45-16:15: Mid-afternoon break in Anteroom
16:15-17:00: PANEL
18:00-19:00: NETWORK RECEPTION in Anteroom


“Sometimes a conference comes along that hits the trifecta – hot topic, high-caliber attendees, and stellar location. The first Chief Digital Officer Summit reached that mark with ease, and I look forward to attending the next one.”
Eric Hellweg 
Managing Director, Digital Strategy/Editorial Director 
Harvard Business Review 
“The Chief Digital Officer Summit was a very relevant topic for today’s times. I was impressed by the caliber and diversity of the panel speakers, all of whom had something unique and valuable to offer. A great opportunity to learn from the best.”
Amanda Jones-Orengo 
Towers Watson 
“Great conference, David Mathison! The topics were relevant, the panelists and speakers top notch, the setting was intimate, and the connections were truly valuable for any senior executive in the digital space. Thanks for pulling it together. I really look forward to attending next year.”
Lisa Choi Owens 
Scripps Networks 
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