Five Steps to the Boardroom

According to a CIO-IIMB study only 7 percent of CIOs have been assigned board duties. We spoke to K. Ramsamy, chairman, Roots Group — who promoted his CIO to the board — to find out how you can buck that trend.

 

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According to a CIO-IIMB study only 7 percent of CIOs have been assigned board duties. We spoke to K. Ramsamy, chairman, Roots Group — who promoted his CIO to the board — to find out how you can buck that trend.

Engage with Customers

CIOs and their IT teams need to create ways to establish meaningful, business-driven, and quantifiable engagements with their customers, both internal and external. Unlike other department heads, CIOs have excellent enterprise wide perspective with access to functional silos. K. Ramsamy, chairman, Roots Group, feels that in order to be a successful director on the board a CIO “needs to possess an exceptional ability to handle people at all levels while strictly adhering to the company’s culture in every move he makes.” So if CIOs identify business model-based opportunities for customer intimacy their perspective will complement those of the CEO and CFO and that will play a crucial role in opening the doors to the boardroom. 
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