Chief Digital Officers (CDO) & Digital NEDs

The pressures surrounding digital disruption and security are intensifying and the digitization debate is gathering pace. Yet when it comes to exactly how organizations are addressing digitization, the picture remains fragmented and multiple questions surround its role.

To what extent is digital an agent of change for your organization?
Should you continue with business as usual? Or deliberately engineer digital into specific parts of your supply chain? 
Should digitization have a higher purpose, to drive innovation or even transform your business model? If so, in what time frame, and with what resources?
As the tide of digitization sweeps across all major industries, all CXOs and Boards must address the impact it can and should have on their organization. Unsurprisingly, the demand for new leadership capabilities, new competencies and skills, is surging.
In this competitive talent landscape, Amrop has helped clients to place top level Chief Digital Officers and Digital Non-Executive Board roles in a range of industries, from Telecommunications and Banking to High Tech, Consulting and beyond. We can help hiring organizations unpack the leadership requirements and technology challenges surrounding these pivotal roles within their specific organizational context.
Defining the profile of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and Digital NED
An executive or a board member with professional operating experience from a company within the software, hardware, infrastructure, internet, cloud, digital, online, telecommunications, social media, or similar tech sectors. S/he has worked in such a company within minimum the past 5-10 years. Alternatively, a CIO or CTO from other companies.
Crucially, we will support you to ask the right questions, find the answers, and implement solutions in the right place, at the right time.

Digital Leadership Matrix

Board- responsible for setting overall digital strategy, managing reputation, risk and ethics.

CDO and CIO- work together on privacy engineering strategies.

DPO – Under GDPR regulation, a compulsory role for companies with personal data as their core business, ensuring compliance with data protection law. The DPO is responsible for data protection compliance.

Analysts and data scientists

Legal & compliance specialists 

Data engineers

Will need to be able to access data securely, and to understand and control how best to apply privacy engineering techniques to maximise data utility.

Will want to have confidence that the organization is meeting and exceeding compliance regulation.

Will be required to build privacy protection into the data platform at each stage of the data pipeline.

Digital Competency Matrix

Board– ideally integrate a digital/technological Non-Executive Board Member, whose role is to catalyze and guide in critical areas, including cyber security and data privacy. At minimum, ensure his or her input to board meetings and the board agenda in either live or written form. Assign a dedicated Strategy Day to connect the Board and Executive Management on the digital/technical theme – outside the boardroom. Install a formal coaching system – regular sessions between a board and Executive Management team member (CDO, CIO, or DPO).

CDO and CIO– A ‘T-shaped’ profile – hands-on experience of IT culture change, plus a broad, ideally international, track record in areas such as digital disruption, accelerating innovation, and fine-tuning customer-centricity. Must have a clear perspective on managing online security risks.

DPO– expert knowledge of data protection law and practice, enabling him or her to deal effectively with all data protection matters in a timely way. S/he must inform and advise relevant stakeholders (controller, processor, employees processing personal data) on GDPR obligations, and monitor compliance, adopting an advisory and consultative role.