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IT directors who move between organisations are more likely to find themselves on the board of a company than those who work their way up within a single firm.

This is the preliminary finding of a report carried out by Computer Weekly and IT executive development organisation the Impact Programme. The report details in-depth interviews with 23 IT directors from the Times top 50 companies.

"These are the movers and shakers in the IT industry," said Brinley Platts, business development director at Impact. "Those with the biggest jobs controlling the biggest budgets."

Early analysis of the study's findings has led Platts to identify four distinct types of IT director: the mobile IT professional; the immobile IT professional; the general manager; and the consultant.

"We found that 65% of senior IT professionals who have proactively managed their career by moving between different organisations now find themselves sitting on the board," said Platts. "Of the six that have stayed within one company all their working life, none has a place on the committee."

Platts defined the "general manager" as a senior official within an organisation who has had a variety of jobs and who has ended up as head of IT. The "consultant" is the senior IT professional who has moved around companies but has stayed within the same industry. These people are all on the board, said Platts.

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