Brian P. Watson

Brian Watson is Co-Head, CIO Networks at Metis Strategy, a business and technology strategy consulting firm, and a speaker and author on IT leadership issues. Watson 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 appeared on numerous “must-read” lists for current and aspiring IT leaders. Previously, Watson served as Editor in Chief of CIO Insight and in various other editorial management roles with both CIO Insight and Baseline. Previously he wrote for and contributed to newspapers in the U.S. and Ireland. Watson has spoken and moderated CIO panels at IT leadership events including the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, the Society for Information Management (SIM) SIMposium, and the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council annual conference. He has also served as a guest lecturer to SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum and as a guest speaker to various local CIO membership organizations. Outside of his writing, speaking and IT leadership analysis activities, Brian has also served as Director of Business Outreach for Workforce Opportunity Services, a 501c3 nonprofit that recruits, trains, and provides entry-level career opportunities for military veterans and underserved young professionals by partnering with academic institutions and corporations. Brian earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Fairfield County, Conn, with his wife and two sons. Follow Brian on Twitter @BrianWatsonCIO.

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