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Should a CIO report to a CEO or not?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

After SOX entered the frail of governance, several companies have recognized and reorganized - several companies have moved CIOs to report to CFO.

There is no right answer for this question - the answer to this question would depend on your industry risk and what ‘internal client’ are you serving primarily. If your CIO is primarily serving executive management initiatives, CIO may report to CEO directly however if the majority of IT delivery is focussed around Finance and your industry risk of inventory is less or zero, it makes sense for CIO to report to CFO. 

In my experence, high technology companies tend to have their CIO report to CEO than the CFO because, the CIO works closely with the CEO on scaling or run-transform-grow plans.