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Gartner Fellows Interview: Patricia Oelrich, Board of Directors, Pepco Holdings, on CIOs, Their Boards and Risk Management

Published: 03 March 2016

ID: G00274309

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Wheatman , Paul Proctor , Rob McMillan


A corporate director with extensive experience in IT operations, financial and audit functions, and risk management offers insights into how CIOs and other IT leaders can interact effectively with their boards of directors.

Table Of Contents


  • Introducing Patricia Oelrich, Board of Directors, Pepco Holdings
  • The Interview
    • Understanding the Role of the Board of Directors: Oversight, Not Management
    • The CIO and the IT Organization Need to Be — and Be Seen to Be — Business Partners
    • Risk Oversight vs. Risk Management
    • The Stakeholders Are Changing, and There Are More of Them
    • What IT Needs to Know About Communicating With the Board of Directors

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