If you started over as a CIO what role would you hire for first? Why?

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Senior Director, Defense Programs in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
When coming on in leadership, the “who would you bring with you” question is a solid one.

Position wise, CISO is probably my go-to person to get to work.
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
The answer depends a lot on why I am replacing the last CIO.

Company is expanding- then perhaps automation staff to improve speed of execution

Company is steady state - the staff focused on Operations excellence and cost reductions
Vice President - Global Head of Emerging Technologies & Digital Innovation, Self-employed
I would say any leadership hiring would have a clear expectation setting done during the hiring cycle itself. As a leader, I would say you need a group of people with complementing skill sets. It is not about who (role) would you get first. It is about what value the person is going to add to the team concerning the organization's expectations. The IT space is very demanding and dynamic, so is the organization. If you carry thought of carrying/bringing in people in mind, there is a high chance you end up hiring the right people in the wrong roles. 
CIO in IT Services, 51 - 200 employees
I would go first with hiring a Chief Information Security Officer. This role is essential to ensure the security and integrity of an organization's sensitive information, as well as compliance with relevant security regulations. Having a dedicated resource to manage information security will be key to protecting the company's future and vital to the long-term success.

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