16 women showcased in the World’s Top 100 Chief Information Officers list

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16 women have been showcased in the World’s Top 100 Chief Information Officers list.

The list, compiled by cyber security and IT operations company Tanium, highlights 16 women from across leading major businesses, including PwC, American Airlines, Unilever and Morrisons.

Almost one third of the CIOs featured are businesses with UK headquarters, demonstrating the UK’s position. Of that 30, one fifth are women such as Rachel Murphy, NHS Digital and Anna Barsby, Morrisons. This exceeds the global average of 16 per cent.

In a world of big data and with less than a year until the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, introducing large fines for data breaches, the CIO has become one of the most important leaders in the C-suite.

Within the list, the retail sector dominates with nearly one in five CIOs on the list working in the industry. These include major fashion houses like Burberry and Harvey Nichols, as well as John Lewis and the Post Office.

The financial sector comes in closely behind with 16 per cent, followed by the communications and technology industry. In contrast, high-value sectors such as pharmaceuticals and professional services accounted for less than five per cent of the list.

The CIO 100 were chosen by their peers based on a range of criteria including the IT systems changes they’ve spearheaded, the impact they’ve had within and beyond their organisation, as well as their wider contribution to improving information management and security.

Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier Communications CEO and Tanium Board Member said, “It is fantastic to see so many female leaders recognised in the top 100.”

“The CIO leads a critical business function and I encourage more organisations to unleash the skills and expertise of women in the tech sector.”

“It’s just good business.”

You can view the full list here.

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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