Gartner Research

Early Trends in Recruiting Chief Digital Officers

Published: 14 November 2013

ID: G00258352

Analyst(s): Ken McGee


In this research, professional recruiters provide early insight into the characteristics and backgrounds commonly requested by their clients when they are retained to search for a new chief digital officer.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Enterprises that search for a chief digital officer (CDO) only to mirror their competitors, without completely understanding their needs, will increase the likelihood of senior executives formulating failed digital business initiatives
  • Job specifications for new CDOs commonly given to recruiters suggest that many CIOs may not be an automatic choice for a CDO
  • Senior executives who launch their searches for CDOs only after business threats materialize will relegate themselves to catch-up mode, needlessly ceding advantage to competitors

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