CIO Directory 2020

The CIO role is one that has, over the years, grown significantly. Since the coining of the name in the early 1980s through to today, the CIO position has evolved from overseeing mainframes to driving digital transformation in a cloud-enabled world.
And with that shift, the strategic importance of the CIO to the organisation has also grown.

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But if the critical role of the CIO was ever in doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic put that notion to rest as businesses struggled to find their new normal. 2020 will be a year we will never forget, for many reasons. It has shown us that people are resilient and will rise to any situation, no matter how tough.

For many organisations, the ability to enable employees to work remotely came to the fore as nations locked down populations to try to stop the spread of the virus. A major role-player in meeting the new challenges encountered during the pandemic was the CIO. This directory pays tribute to them all for navigating us through this turbulent time. From our research, it is clear that as a whole, CIOs have never been busier than these past few months.

A key focus for the 2020 edition of the Brainstorm CIO Directory has been to unpack the CIO’s strategic technology vision and to see how they adapted their business to navigate the changing world around them. A resilient CIO must be aware and cognisant of all dangers to the company – even something as obscure as a global pandemic. With this in mind, we investigate what these innovators perceive as the next big challenge and how it will impact their IT function over the next 12 months. We also put the spotlight on what they consider their number one priority for the year ahead. The answers make for enlightening reading. Changing scenarios require changing skill sets.

This is the 11th edition of the directory, which has become an annual institution for the Brainstorm team, and I hope for you, our readers. From our side, it was great touching base with the CIOs and I want to thank you all for taking the time to participate in this publication, especially as many of you were dealing with such hectic workloads at the time. I also need to thank our sponsors and advertisers, many of whom have supported the publication since its inception. Thanks as well to my team of writers who religiously track down the CIOs and get their profiles written. And finally, I would like to recognise the larger Brainstorm team for making this publication a reality. My special thanks to Caryn Berman, Patricia Czakan, Sindiso Khupe, Carmel Singh, Morena Gaud, Lizzie Mangwiro, Xolile Mbusi, Adrian Hinchcliffe, Zack Hoosen, Dominique Leongson and Masha Regasek.

Happy reading!


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