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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 co-chair of the InformationWeek Conference. He has been covering technology leadership and CIO strategy issues for InformationWeek since 1999. Before that, he was editor of the Budapest Business Journal, a business newspaper in ... View Full Bio

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