Can a CIO be successful without IT Experience?

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Chief Security Officer in Software, 10,001+ employees
Anything is possible, but in my experience a CIO with IT experience is more effective and impactful because they have been in the trenches and understand the impact, effort and cultural cost on a deeper level than someone who has never been in IT.
VP of Global IT and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, 501 - 1,000 employees
I think so, but the work experience gives great insight which would be extremely helpful in many situations.
C-Suite in Government, 51 - 200 employees
It depends on the role of the CIO and if they need to be a visionary or if they are just being someone who is leading an "operations" team. Also, leaders do not always possess the skills in the trenches, but they are good at motivating teams. So the bottom line is in the role of the CIO. What is expected determines the need of IT expereience.
Director Of Technology in Education, 51 - 200 employees
Yeah, sure. I think it would be wrong to say it would be *impossible* for CIO to be successful without IT experience.

So it must be possible.

Probability of success? How successful? Those questions are harder to answer.
General Manager America at HCL Technologies (Infrastructure Services Division) in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Yes, more than often I have seen CIO as a strategist and visionary than being technical.

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