Chief Information Officer (CIO)

What is Chief Information Officer (CIO)?


The ‘Chief Information Officer’ or CIO is the position given to the most senior individual handling the overall IT infrastructure as well as the hardware and software requirements of the company. The designation might also be renamed as ‘Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO)’ or ‘Information Technology (IT) Director’ in some organizations.


Normally, the CIO reports directly to the CEO of the company and hence, they have multiple management level decision making responsibilities. In some organizations, the CIO might also report to the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).


The CIO is also responsible for looking after the various technologies throughout the company and improvising them further. Since the significance of technology is growing daily, the CIO’s duties have never been more relevant.

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