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BLOG: CIOs can strengthen your board of directors

Kim S. Nash | April 25, 2012
Boards can gain critical technical and strategy expertise while CIOs get career benefits – and a nice side income.

Robert Dixon, global CIO of PepsiCo, earned $44,275 as a board member for WellPoint last year. Dixon joined the board in June 2011, too late to get Wellpoint’s annual stock award for board members, which was $250,000 last year. WellPoint is diving into several business development plans anchored in IT. It is launching a system to let patients use mobile devices to hold video conferences with nurses and partnering with IBM to use the Watson supercomputer to analyze data on treatment plans. I bet Dixon will get a fat stock award this year.

But here’s the big question: Why don’t companies put their own CIOs on their boards?

Kim S. Nash writes about what works and what doesn't in IT strategy.


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