A CIO’s success depends on how well he/she influences a variety of internal and external people/teams, and it is particularly difficult to get things done when dealing with a random group of people that he/she doesn’t directly manage. Influence management is the ability to influence others, especially those that an IT leader may lack direct influence over. How important is this skill for a CIO? How can an IT leader develop this skill?
Brian Simmermon, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Subaru of America, Inc.
Brian Simmermon is Chief Information Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. Brian joined SOA in 2005. Prior to joining SOA, Brian was Senior Vice President of Enterprise Applications Development at QVC... More View all posts
Brian Simmermon is Chief Information Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. Brian joined SOA in 2005. Prior to joining SOA, Brian was Senior Vice President of Enterprise Applications Development at QVC, Inc. where he orchestrated a strategic move to Enterprise applications in UK, Germany, Japan and the US. From 1986-2003, Brian was with the Franklin Mint, most recently as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He took on progressive leadership roles such as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of European Operations with facilities in 11 international locations. Brian's accomplishments include a strategic business plan that reduced costs by 60 percent; P&L responsibility for the $120 million European business; and the successful launch of an e-commerce Web site. Brian is active in several Information Technology organizations including the Society of Information Management Professionals and the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group. He also is chair person for a local CIO round table group. Less View all posts
Gerry McCartney, VP of Technology and CIO, Purdue University
Gerry McCartney is the VP of Technology and CIO for Purdue University. In June 2009, he became the first Olga Oesterle England professor of information technology. Gerry is currently interested in the commercial opportunities for creating n... More View all posts
Gerry McCartney is the VP of Technology and CIO for Purdue University. In June 2009, he became the first Olga Oesterle England professor of information technology. Gerry is currently interested in the commercial opportunities for creating new markets in quantitative research. He is also investigating the declining role of the general purpose computing facility as a cost center, and the changing relationship between education and the use of technology. Previously, Gerry served as Associate Dean and CIO of the Wharton School for 11 years. Gerry is a frequent speaker at industry and education events on topics surrounding the strategic use of technology and future trends in technology. Less View all posts
Kevin Walker, SVP and CIO, American Electric Power
Kevin Walker is senior vice president and chief information officer for American Electric Power. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio, serving approximately 1.44 million customers in Ohio and the northern We... More View all posts
Kevin Walker is senior vice president and chief information officer for American Electric Power. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio, serving approximately 1.44 million customers in Ohio and the northern West Virginia panhandle, with authority for distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory relationships. Before joining AEP in 2004, Kevin was vice president, Maintenance and Construction Services, for Consolidated Edison of New York, including the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester. Kevin was instrumental in directing recovery of energy service following the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Kevin spent approximately 13 years with Consolidated Edison in various leadership positions. He served as Waterside Plant Manager, Steam Operations Department Manager, and as New York City public affairs liaison was the primary interface with the New York City mayor's office during the administration of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Kevin also served for more than six years as a Captain in the United States Army. Kevin serves as board chair for the Ohio Business Development Coalition, and the Columbus/Franklin County Community Action Agency Task Force. He serves on the board of various organizations and is board advisor for Comprehensive Development Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports mentoring and development programs for the Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School. In 2005, Kevin Walker was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of corporate America's 75 top black business leaders. He was also featured in the 2006 edition of Who's Who in Black Columbus (Ohio). In 1999, he received the Harlem YMCA's Black Achiever in Industry Award. Less View all posts