When an industry hits the skids, as high tech did in 2001, a spike in executive management turnover usually ensues. Following that logic, you\u2019d think IT executives would be leaving mortgage, construction and real estate companies in droves, what with the housing market experiencing its deepest and most protracted slump in years. But they\u2019re not. For all intents and purposes, management inside the housing industry has remained relatively stable.\n\n\u201cThere has been a slight trend upward [in management churn] in the mortgage industry, but it\u2019s not been as big as one would have expected at this point,\u201d says Richard Jacovitz, senior VP and research director at Liberum Research, a provider of investment research focused on management change. \u201cIt may be that the shakeout hasn\u2019t wheeled its way through the personnel end.\u201d\n\nIt may also be that many of the subprime lenders hit hardest by the slump have already gone out of business: New Century Financial filed for Chapter 11 in April (its former CIO-turned-COO Joseph Eckroth found a new home with Hertz as its CIO in June). Mortgage Lenders Network discontinued its wholesale lending operation in January, a month after Ownit Mortgage Solutions closed up shop.\n\nJim Bond, managing director and head of technology practice with executive search firm Horton International, advises CIOs in the housing industry to begin looking for new jobs elsewhere now. Ironically, Bond sees a lot of opportunities for CIOs with high-tech startups, whose investors are seeking experienced CIOs to build the companies\u2019 infrastructures for growth. \u201cCIOs I talk to are getting lots of calls from the venture capital community,\u201d he says.\n\nThat may mean going from one boom and bust industry to another.