2008 CIO Hall of Fame

This year's inductees truly epitomize business technology leadership

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  • Combine and Conquer
  • Patricia Morrison, Former EVP and CIO, Motorola
  • Extensive MA&D experience in various industries.
  • Built consistent track record creating value from IT investments.
  • Oversaw reduction of more than $50 million in annualized IT infrastructure spend at Motorola with no direct impact to the most strategic programs.
  • Aligned IT strategic investments to expand go-to-market channels worldwide.
  • Drove adoption of SOA, middleware, Web 2.0 capabilities, SaaS and strong architecture governance to meet business needs. Implemented incident and change-management processes which resulted in 30 percent improvement in cycle time and $25 million reduction in cost of poor quality.
  • Won 2008 CIO 100 Award.
  • Office Depot EVP and CIO from 20022005. Managed global information systems, including successful e-commerce platform. During tenure, integrated Guilbert acquisition and put in place best-in-class forecasting, replenishment, and merchandise and store planning applications.
  • CIO for Quaker Oats in 2000. Developed information systems plan and technology architecture to support key business initiatives.
  • After PepsiCo's acquisition of Quaker, led IT efforts merging Tropicana and Gatorade businesses.
  • Held CIO posts in General Electric's electrical distribution and controls division, and GE industrial systems.
  • Held systems management and IT leadership positions at Procter & Gamble. Created IT career path in marketing analysis that is still in place today.
  • Former Motorola Chairman and CEO Ed Zander once witnessed Morrison's poise and substance at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. "I was with her when she sung the national anthem in front of 35,000 people. Without music. In an opera voice. Sang right out on the field," he says of Morrison, a trained opera singer who auditioned for the gig. "That alone tells me about her character." Of Motorola's senior leadership, he says Morrison "was one of those lynchpin people. A lot of people just think about their department. But Patty is about the company and her people."
  • Next: Keith Morrow, Blockbuster
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