Brian P. Watson

Brian Watson is VP of Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners, where he and his colleagues help companies source and vet the emerging technology companies that drive innovation and create competitive advantage. He previously served as Co-Head of CIO Networks at Metis Strategy, a business and technology strategy consulting firm. Brian is the author of Confessions of a Successful CIO: How the Best CIOs Tackle Their Toughest Business Challenges (Wiley, March 2014), which was a top-rated title on Amazon and has appeared on numerous “must-read” lists for current and aspiring IT leaders. He also served as Editor in Chief of CIO Insight. Brian has spoken and moderated CIO panels and fireside chats at IT leadership events across the U.S. Brian holds degrees from Bucknell University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Fairfield County, Conn, with his wife and two sons. Follow Brian on Twitter @BrianWatsonCIO.

How Johnson & Johnson embraced agile to drive digital transformation

Innovation pays off for Synchrony Financial

Innovation pays off for Synchrony Financial

The credit card provider, spun out of GE, has weaved together a unique innovation framework, highlighted by a network of successful innovation labs.

Comcast CIO takes leading role in customer experience

Comcast CIO takes leading role in customer experience

Rick Rioboli, the cable giant’s IT leader, channels a unique background to bridge the gap between product innovation and customer satisfaction.

CBRE CIO fosters a tech-driven culture

CBRE CIO fosters a tech-driven culture

Capital One alum Chandra Dhandapani infused the real estate company with progressive leadership at a time when the industry is turning to cutting-edge technology.

How Dow’s CIO balances mega-M&A and digital transformation

How Dow’s CIO balances mega-M&A and digital transformation

Melanie Kalmar became CIO at a time of massive change for the chemical giant. Now she’s calling on past experience to guide the company into its next chapter.

Your crisis management playbook: What to do when the worst happens

Your crisis management playbook: What to do when the worst happens

Dana Deasy has faced more calamities over the course of his career than practically any CIO. Here’s his advice for tackling the worst of crises.

Leadership bootcamp: Lessons from military veteran CIOs

Leadership bootcamp: Lessons from military veteran CIOs

The U.S. Armed Forces takes leadership training seriously. Here, a trio of IT leaders reflect on the key leadership competencies they learned while serving in the military.

CIO career path: Building a resume for the COO role

CIO career path: Building a resume for the COO role

Steve Bandrowczak’s career path—which includes a solid mix of business and IT leadership—serves as a guide for climbing the executive ladder.

The art of maintaining business buy-in

The art of maintaining business buy-in

IT leaders must consistently demonstrate value and hone C-Suite relationships to maintain buy-in for key initiatives — an increasingly difficult challenge in an era when speed trumps all.

Silicon Valley VCs have a message for CIOs

Silicon Valley VCs have a message for CIOs

Luminaries from the VC community say CIOs can make great gains by collaborating with early-stage companies, but only if they keep their business priorities straight and drop the buzzwords.

Move to public cloud displays CIO’s clout

Move to public cloud displays CIO’s clout

Veteran IT leader Steve Randich arrived at FINRA and found a burning platform — leading him to move the regulator’s 'crown jewels' to AWS.

How CIOs can drive change by setting a vision

How CIOs can drive change by setting a vision

Sysco IT chief Wayne Shurts has a long track record of rallying his troops around a vision for change.

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