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CIOs still lack IT influence on the board, survey says

Antony Savvas

CIOs are still being sidelined when it comes to reporting to their boards on IT issues, shows research commissioned by security software firm McAfee.

The research reveals that only 47% of CIOs are presenting IT issues in board discussions.

In almost half (45%) of the organisations surveyed it remains the CEO who takes the lead on IT issues, and one-fifth of CFOs represent the IT department.

McAfee said the figures highlight how IT chiefs still need to do more to raise their visibility and influence, as IT is increasingly considered core to business reputation and success.

McAfee commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to conduct the research, which explored the evolving relationship between the CIO and the board.

The EMEA-based survey polled 185 senior executives from a range of industries. More than a third were CEOs and 30% were CIOs.


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