Stuart Scott, whom
Microsoft fired as its CIO last week, is below average: He
didn’t make it halfway to today’s typical CIO tenure.
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Scott was in the job for
two years, but CIO normal tenure these day stands at four years
and five months, according to data collected from 558 heads of
IT in our 2008 “State of the CIO” survey.
Trends in how long
CIOs last might surprise some observers who believe executives
turn over quickly in that position. Tenure spiked to five years
in 2006 and 2007, according to our annual survey. But taking a
longer view, time on the job has been steady since 2003, at
just shy of four-and-a-half years.
Average CIO Tenure Since 2003
Average CIO tenure climbed from 2003 to 2007 but dropped in the 2008 State of the CIO poll results. (Data not available for 2005)
||Average Tenure (Years)
Looking at net results over the past
three years, the CIOs who have been in their current position a
decade or longer decreased in the past year.
Been in the Job Long?
The percentage of respondents who have held their jobs for less than two years has climbed 7 percent since our 2006 survey.
||Less than 2 years
||2 to 5 years
||5 to 10 years
||More than 10 years
Full results of
the 2008 State of the CIO survey will be released December 15.
Between now and then, we are previewing our findings. We’ve
already reported that CIO salaries and influence and rising and that IT efficiency may have little to do with IT budgets.