Helicopter CIOs: stop micromanaging

CIOs usually have progressed to their position from the technical world. But where does providing hands-on support from that experience become micromanagement?
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After studying industrial engineering at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and receiving a master’s in supply chain and manufacturing management from Linkoping University in Sweden, Francois Estellon started his career as a manufacturing and quality engineer in diverse heavy industries. He soon joined PwC Germany as a senior consultant for a large chemical company’s global ERP implementation.

Eventually he started his own consulting firm, and over the course of five years grew the business into a multimillion-dollar operation across Germany, France, Canada and the U.S. The firm focused on management and IT consulting for asset-intensive industries with a wide range of clients in oil and gas, chemicals, aerospace and defense, and medical devices. The company was sold in 2006, and Estellon took a leadership role in the newly formed global consulting footprint.

In 2008, he joined Bucyrus International, a mining machinery manufacturer, as director for global application, and soon became global CIO. In 2013, Estellon joined Gardner Denver, a private manufacturer of compressors and pumps for the industrial, energy and medical sector. He is CIO for the company responsible for the global IT footprint.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Francois Estellon and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.