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Candid conversations with leading CIOs about their most pressing challenges and how they solve them. 

CIO Classified is a show for CIOs, decision-makers, and tech leaders that want to push their business forward and stay on the cutting edge.

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CIO Classified brings together the world’s leading CIOs to discuss the most pressing issues facing senior technology leaders today and how they’re addressing them. 

The podcast offers listeners a front-row view of the real-life challenges of the modern CIO, providing a forum for IT leaders to share their secrets, strategies and tactics that accelerate their digital agenda and have earned them a seat at the table.

Each week, we sit down with two top CIOs for a candid conversation about a series of topics. These CIOs come from different industries and company sizes but they share one similarity: 

They are driving their companies’ digital agenda and building the infrastructure for the future of work.

Whether you’re a CIO mapping your company’s next big move, or someone who’s hoping to get there someday – this podcast is for you.

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Episode 33
Johan Dowdy, Global Head of IT at Asana, and AP Purakayastha, Group CTO at Skillsoft and SumTotal, analyze the always-evolving job description of an IT leader, before sharing valuable insights on improving employee experience and engagement.
Episode 32
Shivani Govil, Chief Product Officer at CCC Intelligent Solutions, and Seth Rachlin, Executive Vice President at Capgemini, discuss the ways digital technology is transforming the insurance industry and share advice on balancing internal innovation with external stability.
Episode 31
Michael Oberlaender, CISO at LogMeIn, and Wayne Sadin, a Board IT Advisor at Via Group Partners, talk about today’s biggest threats in cybersecurity, risk management responsibility, and preparing for a sophisticated digital world.
Episode 30
Adam Rasner, VP of Technology Operations at AutoNation, and Claire Hough, CTO at Carbon Health, discuss their experiences as Tech Leaders in historically analog-first industries, building infrastructure for the digital native customer, prioritizing the employee experience, and much more.
Episode 29
Brian Peterson, Co-Founder and CTO of Dialpad and Olivia Rose, CISO and VP of IT & Security of Amplitude, talk about increasing productivity, security in remote work, advice for going public, and much more.
Episode 28
Mike Kelly, CIO of Red Hat, and George Gerchow, Chief Security Officer at Sumo Logic, talk about how to build a culture of security and foster innovation in a secure environment, and why CIOs play a critical role in creating the employee experience.
Episode 27
Mark Settle, Seven-time CIO and Author, and Viral Bajaria, Co-Founder and CTO, 6sense, talk about what’s going on in the startup scene, the different facets of digital transformation, mistakes to avoid when scaling your company, and much more.
Welcome to CIO Classified Season 3
Episode 26
In the Season 2 finale, we’ve put together the best advice we’ve received for CIOs trying to figure out how to navigate a post-covid work environment.
Episode 25
Paul Meller, Global Head of Engineering at EY, and Ash Fontana, Author of “The AI-First Company”, discuss the current and future state of AI, what role AI should be playing in your company, how to set yourself up for success when it comes to AI, and much more.
Episode 24
Yousuf Khan, Partner at Ridge Ventures and Cathy Southwick, CIO of Pure Storage share how they handled the transition from Cathy taking over the role of CIO from Yousuf. They discuss the secrets to making a transition successful, how to maintain a positive relationship with your predecessor, advice for CIOs to be more effective earlier in their role, and much more.
Episode 23
Paolo Negri, Co-founder and CTO of Contentful and Martin Paton, CTO of Kin + Carta Europe discuss the importance of no code and low code tools, the benefits of headless CMS, and the future of digital experiences.
Episode 22
Alex Hood, Chief Product Officer at Asana, and Abhinav Asthana, Co-founder and CEO at Postman, discuss how to scale hypergrowth products, build community at your company, and stop bottlenecks from happening.
Episode 21
Rathi Murthy, CTO at Verizon Media, and Leyla Seka, Partner at Operator Collective, discuss building diversity, the future of 5G, and fostering innovation.
Episode 20
Gary Sorrentino, Global Deputy CIO at Zoom, and Charles Bonomo, Global CIO at MSC Industrial Supply, discuss the nuances of a hybrid workforce, digital transformation amidst the pandemic, and how to be a collaborative CIO.
Episode 19
Diana McKenzie, four time board member and previous CIO at Workday and Yousuf Khan, Partner at Ridge Ventures, discuss what board members do, the value of a CIO on a board and how to get a board seat.
Episode 18
Fleming Shi, CTO at Barracuda Networks and Raffael Marty, previous Chief Research and Intelligence Officer at Forcepoint, discuss how you can work against hackers, the nuances of cybersecurity and how to empower your employees against cyber threats.
Episode 17
Arvind KC, VP of Engineering at Google, and Prakash Kota, CIO at Autodesk, discuss how to better your employee experience, drive innovation, and create a frictionless environment.
Episode 16
Srini Tanikella, Vice President of IT at SMART Global Holdings and Vipin Arora, previous Head of IT at Hilmar Cheese Company discuss how to personalize your company’s IT, how to keep your IT competitive, and what CIOs need to know going into 2021.
Episode 15
Sasha Siddhartha, Co-founder and CTO of Thrive Market and Nick Rockwell, Senior VP of Engineering and Infrastructure at Fastly discuss the importance of goal setting, cross-functional relationships, and how your IT can enhance your customer’s experience.
Episode 14
Uzi Dvir, Global CIO of WalkMe and Hitendra Mishra, VP Information Technology at Stitch Fix discuss how digital adoption impacts all of us, the importance of human connection, and how they’re applying AI to push their companies forward.
Episode 13
Sharon Mandell, SVP Chief Information Officer of Juniper Networks and Alvina Antar, CIO of Okta, discuss the importance of mentorship on the road to becoming a CIO. They also unpack how a strong network of industry peers can help you not only do your best work, but help you decide what work is worth focusing on.
Episode 12
John Stecher, CTO of Blackstone, and Anisha Vaswani, the CIO of Toast and previous CIO of Box discuss everything from what it takes to be a good CIO or CTO, to which details really, really matter when you’re working remotely.
Episode 11
On this episode of CIO Classified, we revisit our favorite moments from Season 1.
Welcome to CIO Classified Season 2

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