Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews)

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Twice-weekly conversations with top executives and thought leaders at the intersection of business, technology, and innovation. Each episode of Technovation explores the technology trends that are transforming business, and the leaders driving digital change inside their organizations. Produced by Metis Strategy and hosted by firm President Peter High, Technovation is the premier podcast for IT and technology professionals with the largest collection of interviews with elite CIOs, CTOs, and CDOs.

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The Future of Customer Experience with Cisco SVP Thimaya Subaiya

688: Thimaya Subaiya, SVP and GM of Global Customer Experience at Cisco, shares his perspective on changing customer expectations and their impact on the future of work. He shares the hallmarks of great customer experience in the digital age, highlights shifting customer priorities, and articulates the ways in which companies are responding to these changes. He also discusses how hyper-automation is changing collaboration tools and shares his thoughts on what the future might hold. Finally, Thimaya looks ahead at other trends in technology on his radar, including the expansion of 5G and continued prevalence of data analytics.

22m
Aug 11
Former Under Secretary of State Keith Krach on Building Trust in Technology

687: In this interview, Keith Krach, former CEO of DocuSign and former Under Secretary of State, discusses his remarkably diverse set of career experiences. Keith reflects on the evolution and adoption of robotics and the internet and the genesis behind Ariba. He also talks about the importance of trust in technology and how that paved the way for DocuSign. We then discuss his time in policy as Under Secretary of State and developing the Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue. Finally, Keith shares his perspective on current geopolitical topics including US-China relations, China’s relationship with Taiwan, and the future of tech diplomacy.

48m
Aug 08
The Remarkable Career of IT Pioneer Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley

686: Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley, entrepreneur and venture philanthropist, reflects on her storied career as an IT pioneer. After escaping Nazi Germany and arriving in the UK as a child, she went on to hold a series of influential positions in the technology industry. Dame Stephanie describes the trials and tribulations of starting a company as a woman in the 1960s, building client relationships as a woman-led business, and adopting an ahead-of-its-time approach to workplace flexibility. She also shares her passion for autism research, her role as a “venture philanthropist,” in the space, and progress made in developing an autism treatment. Finally, Dame Stephanie discusses her memoir, Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story, and how she remains active and productive in the later years of her life.

34m
Aug 04
Digital Healthcare with Intermountain Health CDIO Craig Richardville

685: Craig Richardville, Chief Digital and Information Officer of Intermountain Healthcare, discusses the evolution of digital in the healthcare space across his career as a digital executive in the industry. Craig shares how he helped drive a patient-first perspective when it came to digital and his focus on cloud adoption and a mobile-first orientation to set a better foundation for the company. He also discusses the pathway he and his peers have taken going from running support organizations to running strategic drivers for their companies at present.

27m
Aug 01
Education in the Digital Age with Pearson CIO Marykay Wells

684: Marykay Wells, CIO of Pearson, discusses the remarkable transformation she has driven at Pearson to reinvent itself for the digital age. Marykay dissects the pandemic's impact on digital learning platforms and their adoption, including Pearson’s own Pearson+ platform. She also covers how this digital learning has translated into internal training at Pearson and how it has shifted the company’s focus from primarily B2B into a B2C orientation. Marykay describes the internal innovation competitions the company holds to identify opportunities and how she has moved the IT organization towards a new IT service model. Finally, Marykay talks about the up-and-coming trends in technology she sees and gives advice for people looking to follow in her footsteps as a tech executive.

26m
Jul 28
Technology-led Business Model Innovation at Wells Fargo & Autodesk

683: Ather Williams III; EVP & Head of Strategy, Digital, and Innovation at Wells Fargo; and Prakash Kota, SVP & Chief Information Officer of Autodesk, discuss the technology-led business model innovations at their respective companies. Prakash begins with the digital transformation he has led at Autodesk. Both executives then give their perspectives on identifying and operationalizing innovation opportunities and adopting an agile mindset to measure the value realized from these opportunities.

20m
Jul 25
How Union Pacific’s CIO is Modernizing the 160-Year-Old Railroad

682: In this interview, Rahul Jalali, Chief Information Officer of Union Pacific, discusses with Peter High the transformation efforts to modernize the 160-year-old railroad. Rahul covers his purview as CIO, what it means to be a tech executive at a railway company, and the internal operational lens of his purview. He also reflects on his experience in B2C functions and how they have informed his B2B role at Union Pacific. Rahul also describes what he means by transforming Union Pacific into a platform company, creating a high-performing culture through recruitment and DE&I, and why he has chosen to rebrand IT at the company. Finally, Rahul looks ahead at trends in technology that he is keeping abreast of and clues us into the keys to his career success.

40m
Jul 21
How Tech Executives at Toyota Financial Services and Stellantis are Building Talent for Digital Operating Models

681: In this interview, Mamatha Chamarthi, Head of Software Business and Product Management P&L at Stellantis, and Vipin Gupta, Group Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Toyota Financial Services (TFS), discuss building talent for digital operating models. Vipin begins with an overview of the product orientation model he has adopted within the financial services industry and talks about the Digital Academy he has created to train non-technical talent throughout the organization. Mamatha describes the skills and experiences needed to be a successful product owner at Stellantis. Finally, both executives discuss how they curated their career paths from IT to become broader business leaders within their respective organizations.

21m
Jul 18
Intel Fellow Andres Rodriguez on Optimizing Artificial Intelligence Hardware and Software

680: In this interview, Intel Fellow Andres Rodriguez discusses the work he and his team are doing to advance artificial intelligence and its applications. Andres speaks to the historical evolution of artificial intelligence, the work being done to democratize access to AI algorithms, and the benefits and risks that AI can pose to society. Andres also provides a unique look at the hardware side of artificial intelligence, the trade-offs in complexity with its software counterpart, and how companies of all sizes can train and distill large AI models into smaller more applicable models. Finally, Andres explains how open-source communities are advancing the progress being made in AI and how citizen developers and people without engineering backgrounds can be easily trained to become familiar with the tools behind AI.

39m
Jul 14
The Journey from CIO to COO with Chris Drumgoole and Jeff Smith

679: In this interview, Chris Drumgoole, COO of DXC Technology, and Jeff Smith, COO of World Fuel Services, discuss their journey going from the CIO role to COO. Jeff shares his method to operationalize culture and measure the productivity of his teams. Chris then talks about how he uses the Net Promoter Score (NPS) to gauge employee satisfaction at DXC. Finally, both executives opine on the mindset shifts as they entered the role of the COO and give their perspective on the current supply chain challenges that companies are facing.

21m
Jul 11
Elevance Health (formerly Anthem) Global CIO Anil Bhatt on Empathetic Technology

678: In this interview, Anil Bhatt, Global CIO of Elevance Health (formerly Anthem Inc.), discusses the remarkable work he has done over his tenure and the ascent of technology at the company. Anil covers the work he and his team are doing to humanize the solutions Elevance Health provides and make technology more empathetic as the pandemic has accelerated people's willingness to engage with technology. He also talks about the way Elevance Health is leveraging artificial intelligence and how it is helping to bring about experience personalization across a variety of different constituents. Finally, Anil touches on how he structures and facilitates collaboration across the large team he leads, what trends in technology are on his radar for Elevance Health’s future, and what he sees were the keys to his career success. This episode was recorded before Anthem, Inc. rebranded to Elevance Health on June 28, 2022.

31m
Jul 07
Innovation Ecosystems as a Source of Growth with Teddy Bekele and Ryan Snyder

677: In this interview, Teddy Bekele, SVP & CTO of Land O’Lakes, and Ryan Snyder, SVP & CIO of Thermo Fisher Scientific, discuss how innovation ecosystems act as a source of growth for their respective companies. Teddy describes what Land O'Lakes's innovation ecosystem looks like, IT's role within it, and how those ecosystems interact. Ryan then talks about how he connects the dots across the business and influences innovation and why he believes single-instance tech applications are the right move for Thermo Fisher instead of firm-wide consolidation. Finally, Teddy and Ryan speak about how they interact with C-suite peers to work with these ecosystems and drive broader innovation across the company.

22m
Jul 04
Cigna Chief Digital & Analytics Officer Katya Andresen on Telehealth Acceleration

674: In this interview, Katya Andresen, Chief Digital and Analytics Officer of Cigna, discusses her impressive and diverse career path and the insights that she’s drawn from it along the way. She begins with an overview of Cigna's business and the two sides of her purview as Chief Digital and Analytics Officer. Katya covers the company’s broader data strategy, the way she assembles and structures her teams, the overlaps present across the multiple teams she leads, and reflection on the acceleration of telemedicine with Cigna’s release of MDLIVE and more. Finally, she discusses the process of onboarding during the pandemic, orienting herself at the company, and what trends in technology are on her radar.

47m
Jun 30
Innovation in Financial Services with Citizens, Comerica, Ally, & Truist Executives

676: In this interview, four executives from the financial services industry give their perspectives on talent, data, and innovation at their respective companies and what the future of the industry looks like. Citizens Bank’s Michael Ruttledge discusses the company’s in-house engineering academies and training programs and how automation is helping with a more efficient self-service-focused customer experience. Comerica’s Megan Crespi covers the DE&I recruiting programs at the company and her thoughts on the “Amazoning” of customer expectations. Ally Bank’s Sathish Muthukrishnan talks about leveraging data to differentiate the digital-born company from its competitors. Finally, Truist’s Scott Case gives insight into the merger of BB&T and SunTrust that formed the company and how its Digital Straddle helped facilitate the merger during the pandemic.

38m
Jun 27
NFL Chief Data & Analytics Officer Paul Ballew on the Evolution of Data Teams

674: In this interview, Paul Ballew, Chief Data and Analytics Officer of the NFL, discusses the role that data and analytics play in the most popular of American sports, as well as the evolution of the disciplines associated with each from across his career. He reflects on the early stages of his journey in data and analytics, the limitations he faced throughout its evolution, and how it's being used now for personalizing the customer experience across the NFL’s constituent groups. Paul also describes how the roles in data analytics have changed, why Chief Data Officer tenures tend to be shorter on average, and the way the teams and reporting relationships have changed throughout the years. Finally, Paul talks about how his background suits him well for a position on the board of Hyatt Hotels, trends in analytics that excite him, and the keys to success that he believes have led to his career ascension.

36m
Jun 23
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian on the Evolution of Cloud and Collaboration Tools

673: In this interview, Thomas Kurian, Chief Executive Officer of Google Cloud, discusses the future ahead for cloud technology. He begins with an assessment of where we as a society are currently in the evolution of cloud computing and how Google’s Cloud Platform differs from the rest of the players in the space. Thomas then describes Google’s ambitious mission of training 40 million people on cloud technology, why it’s important, and how Google plans on achieving it. Finally, Thomas looks ahead at the future of work and the role technology and collaboration tools will play in managing a hybrid workforce.

15m
Jun 20
Avery Dennison CIO Nick Colisto on Sustainability and ESG Strategy

672: In this interview, Nick Colisto, Chief Information Officer of Avery Dennison, shares the remarkable work Avery Dennison and IT more specifically, are doing relative to environmental, social, and governance or ESG goals, a topic of great consequence and interest to many technology and digital executives currently. Nick shares the three goals in ESG and how each connects to both doing good and good business practices. He talks about the impacts of this ESG strategy on recruiting, IT, and the CIO role more specifically. Finally, Nick looks ahead at trends in sustainability and the work that he hopes to achieve at Avery Dennison in the near future.

29m
Jun 16
Rockwell Automation CIO Chris Nardecchia on Delivering the Art of the Possible

671: In this interview, Chris Nardecchia, Chief Information Officer of Rockwell Automation, discusses some of the necessary ingredients that he and his team have put in place in order to bring about the company’s remarkable transformation. Chris talks about the broader strategy of the company, the power of the CIO role in driving unique value, and how the company’s strategy contains both an internal and external lens. He addresses some of the impediments to transformation in the industrial sector, describes the process of recruiting and retaining top talent, and upskilling talent within and outside the organization to deliver the art of the possible. Finally, Chris looks ahead at the trends in technology and talent he has on his radar and the keys to his career success.

33m
Jun 13
Hanover Insurance Group Executive Willard Lee on Innovation Through Co-Creation

670: In this interview, Willard Lee, Chief Information and Innovation Officer of The Hanover Insurance Group, discusses the topic of continuous modernization and innovation through co-creation. Will begins with an overview of The Hanover Insurance Group's business model and the two sides of his purview. He shares his career journey through various roles in IT, operations, and other business lines; how they culminated in his current role in both IT and innovation; and how they have positioned him to better seize opportunities in innovation. Will also covers how his team is set up, its intersections across the rest of the business, and the role of IT in the agent, customer, and employee journeys. Finally, Will touches on the role of data and analytics at the company, his perspective on rising InsurTech players, future trends, and the keys to his career success.

35m
Jun 09
Ingram Micro CDO Sanjib Sahoo on Value-Driven Development

669: In this interview, Sanjib Sahoo, EVP and Chief Digital Officer of Ingram Micro, covers the topic of value-driven development and creating tangible value through digital. Sanjib shares how he looks at internal processes and behaviors models those of the customers and helps improve the external practices Ingram Micro adopts. He discusses the vision at Ingram Micro, the internal cultural change that is necessary to achieve the vision, and how he recruits and retains top talent to drive that vision. Finally, he looks ahead at the tech trends he is excited about and talks about what he views as the key to his career success.

26m
Jun 06
American Airlines CIO Maya Leibman on Delivering Value Faster to Customers

668: In this interview, Maya Leibman, Chief Information Officer of American Airlines, covers the company’s mission of “delivering value faster” to customers and leveraging technology to improve the customer experience. She begins by reflecting on the challenges American has faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the new sources of innovation that arose during the time, and how the next generation strategic initiatives that began at the company prior to the pandemic became a major source of resilience. Maya also discusses how technology is being leveraged to improve customer and employee experiences, how her experience as President of AAdvantage Loyalty Program influenced how she views the customer experience, and how her long tenure as CIO has opened up a world of opportunities. Finally, she talks about her personal and professional growth as a woman in technology, the trends she is excited to see in customer experience design, and the keys to her continued success.

30m
Jun 02
Upstart Founder & CEO Dave Girouard on Leveraging AI for More Inclusive Lending

667: In this interview, Dave Girouard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Upstart, covers the topic of how Upstart is leveraging artificial intelligence models to increase people’s access to credit. He provides an overview of the company’s business model, how it collects the data it uses across multiple constituents, and the learning process he went through during the development of the company. He then describes the way artificial intelligence fits into the model, why this approach is its differentiator, and what hurdles he faced along the way. Finally, Dave talks about the company’s IPO, why this was the right time to go public, and how his experience at Google Cloud set him up for success with Upstart.

28m
May 30
Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox on Compassionate and Purposeful Leadership

666: In this interview, Pres. Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico and President of Centro Fox, covers the topic of leadership and the key traits that determine a successful leader. He starts by giving a thumbnail sketch of the state of politics currently in Mexico and other Latin American countries and describes the evolution that Mexico has undergone to become a hub for technology and talent in the global economy. Pres. Fox also shares his perspective on the current war in Ukraine and why leadership needs to be both compassionate and purposeful in order for it to work. Finally, Pres. Fox talks about what makes him optimistic for the future and the work that he is doing now to make it a better place for everyone.

22m
May 26
Autodesk CIO Prakash Kota on Becoming a People-Focused Enterprise

665: In this interview, Prakash Kota, SVP and Chief Information Officer of Autodesk, covers the topic of Autodesk’s transformation into a customer-centric organization with a focus on people and processes. Prakash provides an overview of Autodesk’s business, his purview as CIO, and what the migration towards customer-centricity has looked like. He describes the way his role as an IT leader and consumer of cloud services and prepared him for the transformation at Autodesk as well as how his various roles at the company has given him a unique perspective in IT. Specifically, Prakash looks at the way IT has played a role in improving both the customer and employee experience, recruiting top talent, and providing growth opportunities for current talent at the company. Finally, Prakash looks at the trends in technology that his team is focusing on and what the keys to success were in his personal career path.

29m
May 23
Autodesk CIO Prakash Kota on Becoming a People-Focused Enterprise

665: In this interview, Prakash Kota, SVP and Chief Information Officer of Autodesk, covers the topic of Autodesk’s transformation into a customer-centric organization with a focus on people and processes. Prakash provides an overview of Autodesk’s business, his purview as CIO, and what the migration towards customer-centricity has looked like. He describes the way his role as an IT leader and consumer of cloud services and prepared him for the transformation at Autodesk as well as how his various roles at the company has given him a unique perspective in IT. Specifically, Prakash looks at the way IT has played a role in improving both the customer and employee experience, recruiting top talent, and providing growth opportunities for current talent at the company. Finally, Prakash looks at the trends in technology that his team is focusing on and what the keys to success were in his personal career path.

29m
May 23
Unum Group CIO & CDO Puneet Bhasin on the Combination of Operations & Technology

664: In this interview, Puneet Bhasin; EVP, Global CIO, and CDO of Unum Group; discusses the combination of business operations and technology in his career. Puneet begins with an overview of Unum Group and his purview as both CIO and CDO. He talks about the skill sets he looks for in talent when building his team and how they contribute to the company’s focus on creating value through platforms in addition to other areas of innovation at Unum. Puneet also shares his career experience in both operations and technology and covers the ways the CIO role translates into adjacent areas of influence in a company. Finally, Puneet gives his perspective on his pathway to board membership, trends in technology that are on his radar, and the keys to his success in his field.

22m
May 19
Unum Group CIO & CDO Puneet Bhasin on the Combination of Operations & Technology

664: In this interview, Puneet Bhasin; EVP, Global CIO, and CDO of Unum Group; discusses the combination of business operations and technology in his career. Puneet begins with an overview of Unum Group and his purview as both CIO and CDO. He talks about the skill sets he looks for in talent when building his team and how they contribute to the company’s focus on creating value through platforms in addition to other areas of innovation at Unum. Puneet also shares his career experience in both operations and technology and covers the ways the CIO role translates into adjacent areas of influence in a company. Finally, Puneet gives his perspective on his pathway to board membership, trends in technology that are on his radar, and the keys to his success in his field.

22m
May 19
CTO Dan Blanchard of IHG on Using Digital Channels to Build a Resilient Business Model

663: In this interview, Dan Blanchard, SVP and Chief Technology Officer of IHG, covers the topic of leveraging digital channels to build a resilient business model. Dan begins with an overview of IHG, the company’s differentiating factors in the hospitality space, and his purview as CTO. He recalls the nimble strategy the company adopted during the early stages of the pandemic and how he focused on new digital channels as well as transitioning towards next-generation capabilities through an art-of-the-possible mindset. Finally, Dan gives his perspective on emerging trends in technology that could impact the hospitality industry and the keys he attributes to his successful career.

35m
May 16
CTO Dan Blanchard of IHG on Using Digital Channels to Build a Resilient Business Model

663: In this interview, Dan Blanchard, SVP and Chief Technology Officer of IHG, covers the topic of leveraging digital channels to build a resilient business model. Dan begins with an overview of IHG, the company’s differentiating factors in the hospitality space, and his purview as CTO. He recalls the nimble strategy the company adopted during the early stages of the pandemic and how he focused on new digital channels as well as transitioning towards next-generation capabilities through an art-of-the-possible mindset. Finally, Dan gives his perspective on emerging trends in technology that could impact the hospitality industry and the keys he attributes to his successful career.

35m
May 16
General Catalyst Managing Partner Hemant Taneja on Intended Consequences of Investments

662: In this interview, we discuss the thesis behind Unscaled and how companies need to be intentional about scaling their businesses. Hemant emphasizes the importance of integrating General Catalyst's values in the companies he grows and looking at long-term consequences of these investments. He also gives his perspective on social good businesses and how artificial intelligence can be used to measure consequences of investment decisions. Finally, we discuss how Hemant’s approach to investing has changed over the pandemic, why writing allows him to become convicted in his own thinking, and other keys to his successful career.

31m
May 12