CIOs moving into roles outside of IT can rest easy during the transition knowing that in their new positions they\u2019ll rely on some of the same skills that made them successful CIOs: their ability to think strategically and to attract and retain talented individuals to carry out their plans.\n\n\nAmong the CIOs who migrated out of IT this spring:\u2022 Rudi Huber, who as Alcoa\u2019s new European president now coordinates HR, legal, media and government affairs operations in Europe and Russia.\u2022 Otis Sawyer, who now oversees IT, transportation, logistics and fabric procurement as La-Z-Boy\u2019s senior VP of corporate operations.\u2022 Bobby Burg, who was promoted to senior VP of operations and supply chain strategy at Southern Wine & Spirits.\u2022 Mike Thyken, who was appointed Select Comfort\u2019s VP of process development.\u2022 Rhonda Basset Spiers, former CIO of software maker BEA, who is now the COO of home entertainment systems provider Control4.Even though CIOs taking on non-IT roles can carry over their skills, the transition can be bumpy. Asiff Hirji, the former CIO, now COO, of TD Ameritrade, says one of the biggest challenges in the first few months of a non-IT job can be the temptation to stay involved in old projects and weigh in on technology decisions. Accordingly, he advises CIOs to distance themselves from their IT organizations. When former CIOs remain involved in the tactical aspects of IT, colleagues may not take them seriously in their new position, he says. Meanwhile, the distractions from their new responsibilities may cause them to fail.To make it easier to let go of the IT reins, Hirji recommends appointing someone you trust to the position you\u2019re vacating and handing full authority for IT decisions to that person\u2014even when, as is the case with Hirji, the new CIO reports to you. \u201cIf you do the right thing in picking your own successor, technology will take care of itself so you can stop worrying about it,\u201d he says.