For many IT executives, the CIO title isn\u2019t the\n end-all and be-all; they aspire to executive roles like COO and\n CEO. But upon reaching that coveted other "O" position, some\n longtime CIOs conclude they\u2019re not cut out for it. They\n realize that their new job isn\u2019t so glamorous, or that\n the CIO job wasn\u2019t so bad. So they return to the CIO\n role. And that\u2019s A-OK, say recruiters.There\u2019s no shame in trying on a role that\n doesn\u2019t work out, says Sam Gordon, CIO practice director\n at executive search firm Harvey Nash, unless, of course,\n you\u2019ve very publicly failed in your new post. "People\n respect you more for trying something out and having battle\n scars to show for it than for not trying something new," says\n Gordon. "It\u2019s the old adage 'Anything that doesn\u2019t\n kill you only makes you stronger.' "Two longtime CIOs who had moved outside of IT recently\n became CIOs again:David Guzman, the former CIO of Owens & Minor, started\n at Accretive Commerce in April, after serving as Yankee Group's\n chief research officer. Joseph DeTullio joined media and\n entertainment industry conglomerate IMG in April, after serving\n as CEO for EquaTrax, a company that provides royalty processing\n services to the music industry. (Before that, he held CIO roles\n with Universal Music Group and The Seagram Co.)Commenting on his return to the CIO role, DeTullio says his\n CEO role didn't turn out to be such a big transition. "I went\n from a CIO role at the world\u2019s largest music company to\n the CEO role at a startup joint venture that had one purpose:\n to build a royalties platform for the entertainment and music\n industry. It wasn\u2019t that big of a change for me. I wanted\n to move back into a position with a global business and a broad\n scope of responsibility." You can\u2019t fault him for\n that.