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For Vanguard CIO, Running IT Comes Second

Vanguard is bringing a true techie back in to lead IT, but his job will be about a lot more than technology.

Two intriguing ideas I heard in the past week:

One, a CIO should focus on running the company first, and on running IT second.

Two, swapping CIOs--or executives in any position--can be a virtue in itself, because the change brings in new ideas and thinking.

Those are my characterizations, and they're surely oversimplications. But they're ideas that I took away from talking with two executives, Paul Heller and John Marcante, about a recent executive shuffle at Vanguard, the mutual fund company.

To read the entire original article, visit InformationWeek.

Chris Murphy is editor of InformationWeek and leader of its Strategic CIO community. He has been covering technology leadership and strategy issues for InformationWeek since 1999. Before that, he was editor of the Budapest Business Journal, a business newspaper in Hungary; ... View Full Bio

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