Martha Heller

Martha Heller


Martha Heller is CEO of Heller Search Associates, an IT executive recruiting firm specializing in CIO, CTO, CISO and senior technology roles in all industries. She is the author The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. To join the IT career conversation, subscribe to The Heller Report.

Articles by Martha Heller

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 2.0 blogger Martha Heller asks: What are the three top competencies for your organization's senior team?
January 22, 2013
Movers and Shakers

New Year, New CIOs

Happy New Year!  2013 has started with a bang when it comes to CIO moves.  Big firms like CSC and KPMG have new CIOs, and start-ups like Groupon are seeing CIO changes as well.  With every company becoming a technology company (whether they like it or not), CEOs will be reviewing their IT leadership very carefully.  We should see some major changes this year.
January 15, 2013

Breaking Through the CIO Paradox

The final CIO Paradox column examines three of the biggest contradictions that leaders in the CIO role face.
December 21, 2012
Movers and Shakers

Breaking the CIO Successor Paradox

It is interesting to note that a couple of the new CIOs this month were promoted from within.  These CIOs have broken what I refer to as “The CIO Successor Paradox” in The CIO Paradox, just published last month.
November 13, 2012
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Your Strategy Window

What new CIOs have in common is a short window of opportunity to address the 'Operations versus Strategy' paradox head on.
September 28, 2012

Start Recruiting IT Talent Now

To lure top tech students into the enterprise, CIOs must sell youth on the idea that Silicon Valley isn't the only place where IT is fun.
September 28, 2012
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New CIOs for the Summer

The summer is kicking off with a bang when it comes to new CIO appointments. From retail to financial services to energy to manufacturing, companies are hiring new CIOs. This is good news for you CIOs on the market.
June 26, 2012

Skills for the CIO Class of 2015

IT management is changing. Here are some of the types of experience and knowledge that companies will be looking for in their CIOs.
May 30, 2012

Busting CIO Myths

Close examination finds that some of the beliefs that CIOs hold dearest about their role in the enterprise may not stand up in the real world
April 29, 2012
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Hail to the Women CIOs!

When I last checked the stats, a mere nine percent of CIOs were women. If today’s Movers & Shakers report is a sign, that number may be growing (or the women in that nine percent are really moving and shaking).
March 1, 2012
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Fortune 500 CIO Activity

We have some major CIO hiring activity among Fortune 500 companies with new appointments at American Airlines, Xerox and Caterpillar.  In each case, the new CIO will be stepping into the shoes of executives who have been with their companies for many years.  John Heller has been with Caterpillar for 38 years; John McDermott has been at Xerox for 10, and Monte Ford has been with Ame
January 10, 2012
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Fall Brings More Hiring

Now that the dog days of summer are behind us, the IT executive market is picking up steam.  We are seeing CIO changes across a wide range of industries, and newly placed CIOs are bringing in new talent as well.  At Heller Search, we are so busy that I really have no business even writing this blog, so I’m going to keep it short, and get on with the news!
September 22, 2011
Movers and Shakers

The Road from CIO to COO

Many of my CIO friends long to replace the "I" in their title an "O". With its promise of better compensation, higher status and an unquestioned place at the table, the “O” is a letter worth fighting for.
August 10, 2011
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Advice for managing your interview

When a client decides to pass on a candidate I have submitted for an IT executive search, the reason I hear most often for the rejection is ineffective communication skills.  “She gave me high level answers with no depth,” the client will say, or “he had difficulty being concise and staying on topic.”  This always blows my mind because these
April 27, 2011
Movers and Shakers

The CIO to CEO Career Trajectory

I am delighted to report that we have another entry in the “CIO to CEO” career trajectory.
March 7, 2011
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CIOs are getting jobs!

CIOs are getting jobs! It’s true!
October 25, 2010
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Is CIO hiring picking up in September?

Despite the weather, the summer has not been all that hot when it comes to the job market.  While there have been a decent number of CIO openings, we still have “more kings than kingdoms,” which will still take some time for the market to absorb.  That being said, September is off to a good start with a greater number of openings already than in the beginning of July and of August.  The fourth
September 8, 2010

Bringing IT and the Business Together

CIOs use language, metrics and advocacy to bridge the separation between their departments and the rest of the company
July 16, 2010

How to Make Time for Strategy

Five strategic CIOs explain how to extricate yourself from the tactical weeds of operations
April 22, 2010
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Will 2010 be the year of CIO retirements?

I am betting that 2010 will be the year of CIO retirements.   CIOs who were ready to retire in 2008, but held off in 2009, may well decide that the golf course is getting impatient and the data center is getting old.
January 29, 2010
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The Antsy CIO

Tis the season of the antsy CIO.
December 11, 2009
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New CIOs to Report

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to spend some time with Tom Fountain, the new CIO of Bunge, Ltd, a $52B global agribusiness and food company.  Tom is Bunge’s first global CIO and has been charged with the not insignificant task of driving a major IT transformation to the nearly 200 year old company.  From what I could see, Tom is more than up to the task.  He has a solid stra
November 19, 2009
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Industry specialization is alive and well (and more CIO placements to report)

We seem to be in a hiring market of specialization where companies demand not only technical, leadership, and business skills of their new CIOs, but industry specialization as well. I’ve had more calls lately than I can count from CIOs who were “this close” to a new position but were beaten out by someone whose industry background was just a little more relevant.
October 28, 2009
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New CIOs at RadioShack, Fiserv, Travelport and more

Even during these dog-days of summer, CIOs are moving and shaking. While I can’t say this summer has been the most active market for CIO placements that I’ve ever seen, there have been enough announcements to constitute a blog this week, so here goes.
July 20, 2009

Global Work Experience As A Career Boost

Time spent working abroad can often provide critical experience and lead to great career opportunities. But making the transition isn't as easy as you think. CIOs share their experiences.n
June 25, 2009
Movers and Shakers

A good time to wear more hats

If you have ever thought of taking on some non-IT operational responsibility like finance, marketing, or board service, now is the time.  As companies are relying more than ever on their best executives to lead them forward, CIOs are reaching beyond IT to respond to the call.
June 22, 2009

Are You a Bear Market CIO?

In a tough economy, toss out bull market strategies and take a new approach to business development
May 26, 2009
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CIOs are on the move

For those of you betting on IT as a key to our recovery, you’ll be happy to know that Vivek Kundra, has been reinstated this week to his post as federal CIO.
March 20, 2009
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Many new CIOs to report

I am delighted to report that this week I drank from the fire hose.
February 27, 2009

A New Role for CIOs

"Tech & Ops" role represents a new level of organizational integration between IT and the business as well as a new career opportunity for CIOs.
August 4, 2008

CIO for Hire: Is This the Right Move for You?

What does it take to be a "CIO for Hire?" Three interim CIOs share their experiences and offer advice on how to tell if it's the right move for you.
April 4, 2008

Can CIOs Make Good CEOs?

Are the analysts right? Is a CIO the wrong choice to lead a company? Or can CIOs become masterful CEOs?
April 1, 2008