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CIO-Plus is a term coined by Peter High, a columnist for Forbes and author of the book World Class IT, for a growing trend of chief information officers, usually the heads of the IT function of companies, increasingly taking on titles in addition to "chief information officer", such as "chief innovation officer", "chief improvement officer", "head of business transformation" and "Senior Vice President – Technology, Logistics and Customer Service".

Examples of the CIO-Plus[edit]

The first mention of the term was in an article dated on November 14, 2012, titled "The Emergence of the CIO-Plus".[1] In Peter High's column in Forbes, called Technovation[2], he has written articles on a number of examples of this business trend, including:

Vinnie Mirchandani notes additional examples of the CIO/CTO+:[3]

  • Rob Carter, who is also Co-CEO at Fedex Corporate Services[4]
  • Glenn Renwick, who is now CEO of Progressive Insurance[5]
  • Charlene Begley, who also headed GE's appliance/lighting business till her recent medical leave[6]
  • Vijay Ravindran, Chief Digital Officer at The Washington Post Co.[7]
  • Phiroz Darukhanavala, who has called his CTO group, Digital Business at BP for over a decade[8]
  • Steve Miranda, who heads Fusion apps for Oracle, also has many internal CIO duties[9]
  • Sukumar Rajgopal, who is also Chief Innovation Officer at Cognizant[10]

Use of the CIO-Plus Term[edit]

This business trend has been documented by trade publications such as MindSpa[11], Accelerating IT Success[12], a blog called Deal Architect[3], the University of New Hampshire[13], as well as on Twitter[14]. In his blog, Vinnie Mirchandani points out that Chris Murphy, an editor of Information Week, has also covered this trend of the chief information officer role evolving into the "chief digital officer"[15], another example of the CIO-plus, in which chief technology executives are concerned with, the needs of external customers through the use of technology. The website Business 2 Community[16] has also reflected on the trend of the CIO-plus, noting the synergies of leading IT and other functions, as has's Enterprise CIO Forum[17].

Reasons for the trend of the CIO-Plus[edit]

The original article, and growing body of work and use of the term suggests four reasons for the "CIO-Plus":

  • CIOs are structured problem solvers that can tackle problems beyond Information Technology
  • CIOs with additional responsibility offer efficiencies in managerial decision making to cut costs out of the organization
  • CIOs that can communicate have a balance to be leaders across various businesses
  • Revenue and cost improvements are delivered through technology, which is a foundational leadership opportunity for CIOs

See also[edit]


  1. ^ High, Peter (14 November 2012). "The Emergence of the CIO-Plus". Forbes. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Mirchandani,Vinnie (March 2013). "CIO Plus".
  4. ^ Rob Carter
  5. ^ Glenn Renwick
  6. ^ Charlene Begley
  7. ^ Vijay Ravindran
  8. ^ Phiroz Darukhanavala
  9. ^ Steve Miranda
  10. ^ Sukumar Rajgopal
  11. ^ MindSpa (5 December 2012). "If CIO-plus Are Emerging, Why Were They Underwater In The First Place?".
  12. ^ Friscia, John (10 March 2013). "[Reflection on] The Emergence of the CIO-Plus". Accelating IT Success (
  13. ^ Young, Joanna (14 April 2013). "Plus is the New Normal". University of New Hampshire. Archived from the original on 26 June 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Murphy, Chris (11 March 2013). "Goodbye IT, Hello Digital Business".
  16. ^ Altnam, Dawn (8 January 2013). "Are There Benefits to Being a Hybrid CIO?".
  17. ^ Dodge, John (21 November 2012). "CIO chief cook and bottle washer". Archived from the original on 28 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.

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