To move up (or to stay put) while others are moving out be sure to make friends with the leadership team that's going to remain
Jim Ward's move from acting CIO to official CIO in August came amid an "organizational realignment" at his company, transportation and logistics provider Pacer International. Much like typical corporate restructurings, the realignment at Pacer is intended to streamline operations, strengthen core businesses and encourage integration across businesses, according to the company.
Jerry Wackerhagen was promoted from executive VP and CIO of Cash America International to president of retail lending services amid a management "realignment" designed "to establish management efficiencies and facilitate future growth," according to a company press release. (Some companies have given up the dirty word "restructuring" in favour of the kinder, gentler realignment.)
To move up (or to stay put) while others are moving out (assuming you still want to work for your firm after it's been restructured or realigned) be sure to make friends with the leadership team that's going to remain after such changes, says Gerry McNamara, a recruiter with Heidrick & Struggles. If your newly restructured company is in acquisition mode, McNamara says a CIO has to be able to answer the following questions about an acquisition target if he or she wants a chance to stay on board:
- Who has the better systems, and how long will that take to determine?
- How quickly can we move the acquired company's data over to our systems?
- How much will it cost?
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