by Ben Worthen

CIO Ones to Watch: How to Make the Leap to CIO

Jul 01, 20063 mins
IDG EventsIT Leadership

Jeff Chasney, EVP of strategic planning and CIO, CKE Restaurants

What he looks for in a prot¿: The willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Ones to Watch winner: Tom Lindblom, VP and CTO

Why I nominated him: Tom has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, so he knows the business inside out. And he spends an inordinate amount of time keeping abreast of technology and regulatory changes.

What he needs to do to become a CIO: “Tom’s avenues are to move to another company where he can take on such a role or to wait for me to vacate the CIO role so that he can step into it.”

Charles Church, CIO, Preparedness Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

What he looks for in a prot¿: Intelligence, independence, and someone who can bring structure to a chaotic, fast-paced environment.

Ones to Watch winner: Matt Coose, director, engineering and PMO

Why I nominated him: Matt is able to see the big picture while still focusing on the details needed to make something a reality.

What he needs to do to become a CIO: “Matt is ready to be a CIO now. I am lucky he chooses to contribute to improving our nation’s preparedness posture as part of the Preparedness Directorate Information and Technology team.”

Marilyn Delmont, CIO, City of Chandler, Ariz.

What she looks for in a prot¿: Strong interpersonal and problem resolution skills. Someone who seeks to improve himself. The ability to make tough decisions.

Ones to Watch winner: Tyrone Howard, project management office manager

Why I nominated him: Ty has the ability to connect with people and is always open to learning new things. He wants to be the best in whatever he does.

What he needs to do to become a CIO: “More exposure and insight into all of the business aspects of the city…[And] continue educating himself on the role and responsibilities of a CIO.”

Art Lofton, VP & CIO, Integrated Systems Sector, Northrop ¿Grumman

What he looks for in a prot¿: Good leadership skills and a drive to achieve personal goals.

Ones to Watch Winner: Alex Seefried, IT program director, Airborne Early Warning & Early Warning Systems

Why I nominated him: Alex has the ability to clearly articulate a vision and motivate his team to achieve it.

What he needs to do to become a CIO: “Luck. He is clearly prepared. It’s just a matter of opportunity standing between him and a CIO position.”