The perfect chief digital officer (CDO) can influence business strategy, align an organisation's technology function and then deliver on that strategy.
That's the opinion of Darren Price, group CIO at insurer RSA, having just gone through a lengthy process of recuiting a new group CDO to work under him.
Price told V3 that it's very hard to find a candidate with the right blend of skills, and that applicants fell generally into one of two camps.
"I saw two extremes. Some had a real technology bias, and others were all about digital culture, digital thinking and creativity," he explained.
"So you had some people saying they need 300 people outside their office to develop digital, and others demanding full creative control of everything the business delivers, its organisation and overall culture."
Price was looking for someone with a more balanced outlook, taking aspects from both camps but exhibiting strong, overriding commercial awareness.
"You want someone commercially driven who understands the commercial opportunity [presented by digital] and can execute it. You need someone who can understand and influence strategy, align themselves with the business and deliver," he said.
However, Price acknowledged that recruiting for any role is never a one-size-fits-all process.
"Not all organisations are standard in what they need from a digital transformation. So what you're really looking for is someone who can guide the organisation through the process, and build capability," he said.
RSA completed a data centre migration project in early July as part of a digital transformation project being undertaken with Wipro.
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