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 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.

How to remain relevant in a changing IT world

How to remain relevant in a changing IT world

Humana CIO Brian LeClaire learned a lesson in relevance early in his career — and he’s used it to drive the health insurance giant’s innovation roadmap.

JetBlue CIO drives innovation through IT’s ‘toolkit’

JetBlue CIO drives innovation through IT’s ‘toolkit’

Eash Sundaram has built on JetBlue’s technology-driven legacy by pioneering new ideas from all fronts, including a new venture-capital arm.

Ford CIO: IT is a ‘people business’

Ford CIO: IT is a ‘people business’

Ford CIO Marcy Klevorn focuses heavily on culture and talent as the car manufacturer strengthens its tech posture in an era of massive disruption.

Being pushed out of your comfort zone can make your IT career

Being pushed out of your comfort zone can make your IT career

Vanguard CIO John Marcante was working his dream job as the head of the company’s software development team. However, things were about to change.

How one CIO navigated the path from sales to IT leader

How one CIO navigated the path from sales to IT leader

Anthem CIO Tom Miller says authenticity and his non-IT background make him a more effective CIO.

GE CIO says IT leaders need to focus on customers’ revenue

GE CIO says IT leaders need to focus on customers’ revenue

Understanding how GE’s customers make money has shaped CIO Jim Fowler’s leadership philosophy — and helped him carve out big goals as GE transforms into a digital industrial company.

PwC’s CIO on the power of collaboration

PwC’s CIO on the power of collaboration

Sigal Zarmi’s experience leading a pan-European system rollout taught her valuable lessons in building consensus, working through cultural differences and implementing the right change-management policies.

Mylan exec builds culture of leadership

Mylan exec builds culture of leadership

Former CIO Michael Smith focused on succession when transforming Mylan’s IT organization. It worked — and it could continue to pay dividends.

CIO of healthcare giant drives the need for speed

CIO of healthcare giant drives the need for speed

Channeling deep experience in leading change programs, Stuart McGuigan is reshaping Johnson & Johnson’s digital approach to healthcare.

Deloitte CIO finds strategic value in IT's 'sacred' obligation

Deloitte CIO finds strategic value in IT's 'sacred' obligation

How often do you meet a CIO who has the strategic seat at the table and can also drill down deep on operational issues? Deloitte CIO Larry Quinlan is that rare executive.

Setting IT goals and making them matter

Setting IT goals and making them matter

Veteran CIO Sue Kozik uses her results-oriented leadership to change the conversation in healthcare IT.

Changing the IT conversation at Pfizer

Changing the IT conversation at Pfizer

CIO Jeff Keisling has led a new era of IT-business collaboration at the pharmaceutical giant, leading to breakthroughs on multiple levels.

Lessons learned on the journey to the CIO office

Lessons learned on the journey to the CIO office

Boeing CIO Ted Colbert discusses how balance and harmony led him to the C-suite at the aerospace and defense giant.

Building IT value with Midwestern values

Building IT value with Midwestern values

Chris Hjelm rebuilt an IT service culture and innovation machine at grocery retailer Kroger, partly by sticking to a professional moral compass.

Keys to anticipating the road ahead

Keys to anticipating the road ahead

In the first installment of CIO Confessions, Procter & Gamble’s Filippo Passerini offers advice for the next generation of CIOs and IT execs on success as he embarks on his next professional adventures.

The C in CIO Isn’t for Celebrity

The best IT leaders have a powerful but rarely discussed trait: humility.

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