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The Strategic Imperative: Why CIOs Need a Seat at the Board Table

The Strategic Imperative: Why CIOs Need a Seat at the Board Table


By Simon Elkinson, Piccadilly One


In today’s digital age, the role of the Chief Information Officer has evolved far beyond managing IT infrastructure and support. CIOs are now pivotal in driving innovation, shaping business strategy, and ensuring the competitive edge of organisations. Despite their critical role, many CIOs still lack representation at the board level. Here’s why it’s essential for CIOs to be on the board of organisations.


Digital Transformation Leadership

Digital transformation is at the heart of modern business strategies. According to Gartner, digital business initiatives will require 60% of CIOs to act as the primary leaders of digital transformations by 2025. A CIO on the board ensures that digital initiatives align with the company's strategic goals and receive the necessary investment and support.


Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Business

CIOs possess a unique perspective that bridges technology and business. Their understanding of how technology can drive business outcomes is invaluable. A CIO on the board can effectively communicate the impact of technological investments on the company's bottom line, fostering better decision-making and resource allocation.


Cybersecurity and Risk Management

In an era where cyber threats are increasingly sophisticated, cybersecurity is a top priority. According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime is predicted to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. A CIO on the board can provide crucial insights into risk management strategies, ensuring that cybersecurity measures are robust and integrated into the broader business strategy.


Innovation and Competitive Advantage

Innovation is a key driver of competitive advantage. CIOs are at the forefront of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT). By having a seat at the board table, CIOs can advocate for the adoption of these technologies, driving innovation and positioning the company ahead of competitors.


Data-Driven Decision Making

Data is the new oil, and CIOs are the custodians of this valuable resource. With access to vast amounts of data, CIOs can provide the board with critical insights and analytics to inform strategic decisions. Their expertise ensures that data governance and analytics are prioritised, leading to more informed and effective decision-making.


Aligning IT and Business Goals

Having a CIO on the board ensures that IT and business goals are closely aligned. This alignment is crucial for the success of IT initiatives and for achieving overall business objectives. A CIO’s presence on the board ensures that IT projects are not viewed in isolation but as integral components of the business strategy.


Talent Management and Culture

CIOs play a significant role in shaping the company’s culture, particularly in fostering innovation and agility. By being part of the board, CIOs can influence talent management strategies, ensuring that the organisation attracts and retains top tech talent. They can also advocate for a culture that embraces change and continuous improvement.



The inclusion of CIOs on the board is not just a strategic advantage but a necessity in today’s technology-driven business landscape. Their expertise in digital transformation, risk management, innovation, and data analytics is critical for informed decision-making and maintaining a competitive edge.


At Piccadilly One, we recognise the strategic value of having CIOs in leadership roles. By integrating CIOs into the board, organisations can ensure that their technology strategy is aligned with their business goals, paving the way for sustained growth and success.


For further insights and discussions on the evolving role of CIOs, feel free to reach out or explore resources from Gartner, Cybersecurity Ventures, and other leading industry analysts.


Simon Elkinson, Director at Piccadilly One

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