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CIO role: Is IT facing a leadership crisis?

Meridith Levinson | Oct. 24, 2011
David Reynolds wants to be a CIO, and the 35-year-old systems manager for the Rhode Island Blood Center may well be on his way.

Reynolds says he plans to continue to hone his technical, financial, business and soft skills with the goal of someday becoming a great CIO. "The ability to work with other managers, truly understand their daily activities and anticipate their needs is an invaluable skill for an IT professional," he says.

What exactly about the CIO role appeals to him? "When you're at that level, you've every bit as influential as any other member of the company," says Reynolds. "What project doesn't run through the IT department?"


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