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Top 10 CIOs

We take a look at the CIOs from the largest companies that have such a role, in order to understand the evolving responsibilities of the traditional head of IT

10 | Bill Braun

Energy giant Chevron’s CIO is Bill Braun. A long time veteran of the firm, he started in 1991 as a programmer. He attained his current role in 2015. He has previously spoken of the evolving role of the CIO in evaluating emerging technologies. “The nimbleness and speed at which we need to be able to move is much more compressed,” Braun said. “It’s really critical that we’re able to react faster.”

Company: Chevron

Based in: San Ramon, California

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-braun-687152/

9 | Martin Hoffman

Martin Hoffman serves as German automotive industry giant Volkswagen’s CIO. The University of Mannheim and ETH Zurich-educated German has been with the company since 2001, serving in his current role since December 2011. He is on record as encouraging a Silicon Valley-like IT department, establishing an innovation centre known as Digital:Lab in collaboration with American software company Pivotal. “We are creating completely new products for our customers, and are therefore turning Volkswagen from a car manufacturer into a mobility provider,” he explained.

Company: Volkswagen

Based in: Wolfsburg

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-hofmann-4b90405/?originalSubdomain=de

8 | Ben Fried

Google’s Chief Information Officer is Ben Fried, a role he has occupied since 2008. As CIO of one of the world’s most technologically advanced companies, he has identified machine learning as the most exciting new technology, saying: “I have teams finding places where machine learning can solve problems that we didn’t think computers could solve. That’s really exciting. I didn’t even think these sorts of things were remotely possible a decade ago.”  Fried studied computer science at Columbia University

Company: Alphabet (Google)

Based in: Mountain View, California

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/befried

7 | Kurt Delbene

Formerly filled by Jim DuBois up until 2017, Microsoft replaced the role of CIO with a Chief Digital Officer in the form of Kurt DelBene, the title changing suggesting an expansion of the remit away from just matters of information technology. DelBene is a Microsoft alumnus, having worked for the company for over 20 years in total, previously heading up the company’s Office suite of products. He studied industrial engineering at the University of Arizona, and also holds MBA and MS degrees.

Company: Microsoft

Based in: Redmond, Washington

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kurtdelbene/

6 | Terry Halvorsen

In 2017, Samsung Electronics hired the former CIO of the United States Department of Defense in the form of Terry Halvorsen. Halvorsen also brings his experience as the CIO of the US Navy to his task of keeping Samsung’s IT department shipshape. The former US Army officer has emphasised his commitment to security, having been reported as saying “the best investment anybody can make in security, has very little to do, initially, with technology. It’s making sure you have educated your workforce on IT, operations, cyber hygiene.”

Company: Samsung (Samsung Electronics)

Based in: Seoul, South Korea

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-halvorsen-a42575141

5 | Saul Van Beurden

Saul Van Beurden was previously CIO at fellow financial giant JPMorgan Chase before joining Wells Fargo in April 2019. The Head of Technology position was itself created in 2018, again reflecting the movement for CIOs to also have a role in strategy. At the time of his appointment, the company’s CEO said: “Saul’s proven track record in technology and risk remediation makes him the ideal choice to lead our technology transformation efforts. We have made great strides enhancing our technology and information security capabilities over the last few years, and Saul’s leadership will accelerate that work.”

Company: Wells Fargo

Based in: San Francisco, California

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saulvanbeurden/

4 | Jay Crotts

Jay Crotts is a long-term employee of Oil and Gas giant Shell, having been at the company since 1986. He previously served as CIO for various smaller constituents of Shell’s larger business, including IT Services, Lubricants and Motiva. With a Masters in telecommunications Management, he told I-CIO “technology has never been more innovative, exciting and rapidly changing. But it is important that IT professionals get more excited about the business outcome they deliver than the actual technology.”

Company: Royal Dutch Shell

Based in: The Hague, Netherlands

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-crotts/?originalSubdomain=nl

3 | Liu Qiuwan

Previously General Manager of Information Technology, Liu Qiuwan joined the state-owned Bank of China in 2017. Liu possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Xi’an Mining College. Liu has made public his interest in moving the bank towards the fintech sphere, including blockchain, which it has been implementing with a focus on “data sharing, cross-border payment, digital currency, digital bills”.

Company: Bank of China

Based in: Beijing, China

2 | Jessica Tan

Jessica Tan serves as CIO, COO and co-CEO at Chinese financial services organisation Ping An Insurance. One of the higher profile members of this list, she was ranked 22nd on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2019. Tan was previously a partner at management consultants McKinsey and received a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She prizes an open culture, saying of Ping An: “There's no sacred ground that you can’t touch, and that’s a philosophy that has really helped us over the years.”

Company: Ping An Insurance Group

Based in: Shenzhen, China

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-tan-077b84b/?originalSubdomain=sg

1 | Lori Beer

One of two women on this list, Lori Beer joined JPMorgan Chase in 2014, and served as the CIO for the company’s Corporate & Investment Bank before becoming Group CIO. With a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Dayton, Beer’s remit is described by the company as involving the management of a budget of over $11bn for the firm’s technology and infrastructure worldwide. Beer has instituted initiatives to recruit female talent, saying of one: “The program has brought some great women technologists into the firm — women who might otherwise have embarked on a completely different career path”.

Company: JPMorgan Chase

Based in: New York, New York

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-beer-93355a/

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10 | Bill Braun

Energy giant Chevron’s CIO is Bill Braun. A long time veteran of the firm, he started in 1991 as a programmer. He attained his current role in 2015. He has previously spoken of the evolving role of the CIO in evaluating emerging technologies. “The nimbleness and speed at which we need to be able to move is much more compressed,” Braun said. “It’s really critical that we’re able to react faster.”

Company: Chevron

Based in: San Ramon, California

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-braun-687152/

9 | Martin Hoffman

Martin Hoffman serves as German automotive industry giant Volkswagen’s CIO. The University of Mannheim and ETH Zurich-educated German has been with the company since 2001, serving in his current role since December 2011. He is on record as encouraging a Silicon Valley-like IT department, establishing an innovation centre known as Digital:Lab in collaboration with American software company Pivotal. “We are creating completely new products for our customers, and are therefore turning Volkswagen from a car manufacturer into a mobility provider,” he explained.

Company: Volkswagen

Based in: Wolfsburg

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-hofmann-4b90405/?originalSubdomain=de

8 | Ben Fried

Google’s Chief Information Officer is Ben Fried, a role he has occupied since 2008. As CIO of one of the world’s most technologically advanced companies, he has identified machine learning as the most exciting new technology, saying: “I have teams finding places where machine learning can solve problems that we didn’t think computers could solve. That’s really exciting. I didn’t even think these sorts of things were remotely possible a decade ago.”  Fried studied computer science at Columbia University

Company: Alphabet (Google)

Based in: Mountain View, California

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/befried

7 | Kurt Delbene

Formerly filled by Jim DuBois up until 2017, Microsoft replaced the role of CIO with a Chief Digital Officer in the form of Kurt DelBene, the title changing suggesting an expansion of the remit away from just matters of information technology. DelBene is a Microsoft alumnus, having worked for the company for over 20 years in total, previously heading up the company’s Office suite of products. He studied industrial engineering at the University of Arizona, and also holds MBA and MS degrees.

Company: Microsoft

Based in: Redmond, Washington

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kurtdelbene/

6 | Terry Halvorsen

In 2017, Samsung Electronics hired the former CIO of the United States Department of Defense in the form of Terry Halvorsen. Halvorsen also brings his experience as the CIO of the US Navy to his task of keeping Samsung’s IT department shipshape. The former US Army officer has emphasised his commitment to security, having been reported as saying “the best investment anybody can make in security, has very little to do, initially, with technology. It’s making sure you have educated your workforce on IT, operations, cyber hygiene.”

Company: Samsung (Samsung Electronics)

Based in: Seoul, South Korea

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-halvorsen-a42575141

5 | Saul Van Beurden

Saul Van Beurden was previously CIO at fellow financial giant JPMorgan Chase before joining Wells Fargo in April 2019. The Head of Technology position was itself created in 2018, again reflecting the movement for CIOs to also have a role in strategy. At the time of his appointment, the company’s CEO said: “Saul’s proven track record in technology and risk remediation makes him the ideal choice to lead our technology transformation efforts. We have made great strides enhancing our technology and information security capabilities over the last few years, and Saul’s leadership will accelerate that work.”

Company: Wells Fargo

Based in: San Francisco, California

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saulvanbeurden/

4 | Jay Crotts

Jay Crotts is a long-term employee of Oil and Gas giant Shell, having been at the company since 1986. He previously served as CIO for various smaller constituents of Shell’s larger business, including IT Services, Lubricants and Motiva. With a Masters in telecommunications Management, he told I-CIO “technology has never been more innovative, exciting and rapidly changing. But it is important that IT professionals get more excited about the business outcome they deliver than the actual technology.”

Company: Royal Dutch Shell

Based in: The Hague, Netherlands

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-crotts/?originalSubdomain=nl

3 | Liu Qiuwan

Previously General Manager of Information Technology, Liu Qiuwan joined the state-owned Bank of China in 2017. Liu possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Xi’an Mining College. Liu has made public his interest in moving the bank towards the fintech sphere, including blockchain, which it has been implementing with a focus on “data sharing, cross-border payment, digital currency, digital bills”.

Company: Bank of China

Based in: Beijing, China

2 | Jessica Tan

Jessica Tan serves as CIO, COO and co-CEO at Chinese financial services organisation Ping An Insurance. One of the higher profile members of this list, she was ranked 22nd on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2019. Tan was previously a partner at management consultants McKinsey and received a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She prizes an open culture, saying of Ping An: “There's no sacred ground that you can’t touch, and that’s a philosophy that has really helped us over the years.”

Company: Ping An Insurance Group

Based in: Shenzhen, China

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-tan-077b84b/?originalSubdomain=sg

1 | Lori Beer

One of two women on this list, Lori Beer joined JPMorgan Chase in 2014, and served as the CIO for the company’s Corporate & Investment Bank before becoming Group CIO. With a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Dayton, Beer’s remit is described by the company as involving the management of a budget of over $11bn for the firm’s technology and infrastructure worldwide. Beer has instituted initiatives to recruit female talent, saying of one: “The program has brought some great women technologists into the firm — women who might otherwise have embarked on a completely different career path”.

Company: JPMorgan Chase

Based in: New York, New York

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-beer-93355a/

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