Top 10 CIO/CTOs
Richtopia compiled a list of what it sees as the most influential CTOs and CIOs operating today, based on social media influence and its klout scores, taking into account various metrics from Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Youtube, LinkedIn and Instagram. We take a close look at the top 10.
10 | Mark McArdle
A PwC exec, the Belfast born director oversees a whole host of digital transformation programmes from within the UK. A man of extensive experience, McArdle formerly delivered projects to government and private sector firms, as well as those in the tech, media, travel, oil and gas, healthcare and retail sectors.
9 | Ryan Fay
A columnist for CIO Online, and recognised among its Top 10 Most Influential CIOs in 2017, Fay spreads his influence across 170 countries and 180 languages, in his global role at ACI Speciality Benefits. With a constant focus on technology, Fay is a vocal advocate of what he calls ‘the Quentin Tarantino method’ – starting each organisational change with the end in mind, with close customer collaboration.
8 | Mike D. Kail
The founder of app security startup Cybric, Kail has a spectacular track record for scalable architectures. With tours of service at Yahoo (as CIO and SVP of Infrastructure) and Netflix (VP of IT Operations) beforehand, his candid industry commentary is lauded on social media, with Kail a regular on Huff Post’s ‘Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter’.
7 | Oliver Bussmann
With no fewer than eight active job roles, the Swiss supremo has a quarter century’s experience in high tech and financial services, at the likes of UBS, Deutsche Bank, IBM and Allianz. In 2016, Bussmann launched his own company for consultancy, coaching and thought leadership, presumably as there were no remaining conglomerates to work for.
6 | David Chou
Responsible for digital and information system strategy at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri – and numerous organisations as an advisor – unlike most CIOs, David Chou’s work is actually saving lives. A Harvard Business School alumnus, he leads the charge towards the digitisation of healthcare, and believes the system should strive to be more like Amazon.
5 | Tim Crawford
The CIO’s CIO, Tim Crawford’s AVOA organisation represents a vast network of Chief Information Officers and executive leaders, with a pledge to segue from traditional to transformative IT. With roles at Konica Minolta, Philips, Stanford University and Knight-Ridder in the rearview, Crawford is a leading authority in all matters relating to cloud computing, data analytics and IoT.
4 | Mike Quindazzi
Managing Director and Business Development Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Southwest region, Quindazzi boasts 30 years of industry expertise. With a $900mn business unit under his direct supervision, he consults on all manner of exciting and emerging technologies – from augmented reality, IoT and robotics through to big data, cybersecurity and insurtech.
3 | Mike Krieger
A Brazilian entrepreneur who co-founded Instagram (yet boasts a mere 357,000 followers), Krieger and fellow Stanford grad Kevin Systrom launched the photo-sharing platform in 2010, growing its user base to 30mn prior to Facebook’s famous $1bn buy-out two years later. According to his own LinkedIn profile, Krieger has spent the past few years “scaling the Instagram engineering team into a 50-plus person organisation”.
2 | David A. Bray, PhD
An Eisenhower Fellow and Harvard Executive In-Residence, Dr. Bray began working on computer simulations for the US government as a 15-year-old prodigy. Numerous worthy jobs ensued – including at the Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a voluntary deployment to Afghanistan that earned him a NATO Service Medal – before he became the Federal Communications Commission’s CIO in 2013.
1 | Werner Vogels, PhD
With the unenviable job description of driving innovation into the planet’s most pioneering company, Amazon’s VP and CTO has a résumé that’s as wide-ranging as his employer. Mandatory service in the Royal Netherlands Army was followed by radiology and computer science studies, before a spate of research roles led him to Amazon in 2004. Vogels is hailed as a key architect of the firm’s revolutionary cloud service.