It is what the 'I' stands for –Information, Innovation, Insight, Improvement, and Influence, that needs to be represented by CIOs in the boardroom.
There is no question that businesses need digital leadership in today's boardrooms, as information becomes the life blood of business, digitalization is in every forward-thinking business’s agenda, and globalization turns to be the new normal of business expansion. All of these brings the significant opportunities and responsibilities for the new breed of CIOs: Do you want a seat in the Boardroom, which gaps shall you bridge? Digital gap, information gap, innovation gap or global gap?
CIOs are seeking impact, they're seeking influence - so a seat on the board is definitely in their minds. Companies who do value the input of CIOs are generally very progressive in their thinking, and as such, they tend to do very well. So CIOs should build the credibility with your executive colleagues through making valued contributions and demonstrating effective delivery at whatever level you can achieve, and you will find that you are listened to and invited to contribute further. Digital moves center stage, there should be at least one person in the executive team who is competent in respect of 'digital governance', that person should be the CIO.