CIO Practice

In the new ‘Digital’ reality, the consumerisation of technology has given rise to a new breed of CIO. Traditional enterprise technologies are fast becoming vendor led commodities; whilst our CIO’s, now more than ever, are leading the business through Innovation and transformation. The need for this balancing act, between operational excellence and business innovation, is why over 50% of CIO’s now hold positions of trust at the board room table.

At Norman Broadbent we understand that to deal with the challenges that you face today, you need a true business partner to create your technology and information strategy. Whether you are looking for innovative ways to disrupt the market, protecting your assets from cyber-attack, implementing market beating data & analytics or migrating to the cloud; our CIO Practice can help you to secure the best possible outcomes for your business.

We work in close partnership with our sector specialist colleagues, operating across private, public and private equity backed businesses to deliver board level and senior technology leadership assignments including:

• Chief Information Officer
• COO Technology
• Chief Digital Officer
• Chief Technology Officer
• IT Directors
• Heads of IT

Case Studies

Client: FTSE 250 Insurance Sector
Job Title: Chief Information Officer
Location: London
Following a period of aggressive M&A activity, a step change in technology leadership was required within this international £5bn turnover Insurer. A new digital strategy was needed to drive sales opportunities through the group and take advantage of new products. At the same time a rationalisation of operations across the businesses had to happen so as to provide cost savings and scalability. After an exhaustive salary benchmarking exercise and search, a shortlist of five candidates were presented and one was appointed. In the time since the new CIO took over, she has enabled significant top line growth as well as bottom line savings.

Client: Private Equity Backed Software Company
Job Title: Chief Technology Officer
Location: UK
Financial restructuring of this PE backed software business created the requirement for a highly commercial Chief Technology Officer. The CEO required a true business partner to accelerate growth through new products and strong financial acumen. As with most roles of this kind the business also required a leader that would impress both new and existing customers alike, providing the best possible package for success. This highly successful search has enabled significant financial and reputational gains for the client.

Client: Global Online Retailer
Job Title: CIO
Location: EU
A victim of its own success, this household name in multi brand online fashion retail required a fresh approach to its technology strategy. Very high volumes of business, combined with geographical expansion saw the need for a new, agile approach to end to end Ecommerce delivery, as well as new product development. An extensive search was conducted to find a strong leader and change manager to transform this business. After the presentation of a varied and comprehensive short list, a successful appointment was made.

FTSE 250 Global Logistics Business
Job Title: Global CIO
Location: South East
After many years of under investment in technology, the newly appointed CEO of this global supply chain business reached out to us to appoint a CIO. The business operated on a low margin, high volume basis and suffered heavy penalties for any systemic failures suffered by its customers. This meant that any transformation and professionalization of technology had to be handled with almost surgical care. Several very experienced CIO’s were short listed for this role where cultural fit played such a key part. A successful appointment was followed by the careful evolution of IT and process internally, which subsequently led to the development of technology as a commercial customer facing product.

Contact us

If you would like to hear more about our experience and how we may be able to help your business, please contact Neil Pilkington for an initial confidential discussion.

Neil Pilkington
Norman Broadbent Executive Search