President Bush tapped Kellogg\u2019s CEO Carlos Gutierrez to head the Department of Commerce earlier this week, replacing outgoing Commerce Secretary Don Evans. Commerce oversees the Technology Administration, which is in charge of setting policies to aid the development of the high-tech sector. \n\n\n\nSo what kind of leader will Gutierrez be from the CIO standpoint? My gut says a better one than Evans. Like a lot of Bush advisors, Evans\u2019 background is the Texas oil industry and he has shown little interest in technology issues or the high-tech sector. Gutierrez on the other hand, studied at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico, and Kellogg seems to be an aggressive adopter of technology. I say seems because I could hardly find any detailed information. Here\u2019s what I did find.\n\n\n\nBy 1997, Kellogg\u2019s was already pursuing a global ERP project, mentioned in this CIO article Crossing No Man\u2019s Land. \n\nIn 2004, Baseline ranked Kellog\u2019s EVP and CIO King Pouw the fourth highest paid CIO in the country (Pouw, who retired over the summer, made almost $3 million in 2003). \n\nAnd Kellogg\u2019s has been cited for an innovative use of computer driven Instant Messaging.\n\n\n\nSo, reading between the lines, I would say that Gutierrez understands the role IT plays in business. What we\u2019ll find out is whether or not he understands the role IT plays in the economy and our society.