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IT's Best and Brightest: Premier 100 IT Leaders 2007

December 11, 2006 12:00 PM ET
Our annual awards program honors the people driving strategy and innovation in the country's leading IT departments. Read how they built their careers from the ground up, developed must-have leadership skills and now conquer daily challenges at the top.
A complete list of the class of 2007
  • How They Were Chosen
See the full list of all of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leader honorees, 2000-2007

Seven Essential Ingredients for Leadership
A few parts technical know-how, a dash of diplomacy: The Premier 100 share their top must-have skills.

Seven Common Management Obstacles
It's not an easy road, even for high-powered IT leaders. These are the issues that vex them daily.

Syncing Up With Your CEO
IT leaders say success in meeting their CEOs' goals requires deft handling of human relations.

Not Your Father's IT
No longer are IT leaders simply supporting business strategies. Instead, many are helping to design, evolve and innovate new business models.

Being a [Business] Team Player
For many Premier 100 IT leaders, the key to building successful relationships is reaching out to other executives to better understand their needs.

The Year's Best Management Stories
Need tips on becoming a better IT Leader? Read Computerworld's top stories from 2006 on leadership and management skills.


How 10 leaders played to their strengths, taking 10 very different paths to the top.

Patrick Bennett of E! Entertainment Television says being able to quickly respond to market demand is more important than ever.


Capital One Auto Finance's Dick Daniels has learned to build bridges by moving around within IT and applying lessons from other disciplines.


Lennox International's Linda Ann Goodspeed learned about leading IT from working on the business side.


Mark Hopkins of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says administrative management positions helped expose him to the business side of health care.


J. Clark Kelso, California's CIO, drew on his decades of legal experience when he helped restructure a scandal-plagued IT department.


Janice Malaszenko of Xerox Information Management has combined global understanding with technology knowledge.


Kathleen McNulty of The Schwan Food Co. says being a problem-solver has been the hallmark of her career.


James Onalfo the New York Police Department's CIO, a job assignment early in his career piqued a lifelong interest in technology.


Procter & Gamble's Filippo Passerini uses lessons learned from playing competitive chess as a teenager in his professional life.


Donna Seymour of the U.S. Maritime Administration built a successful IT career by learning and enhancing her management skills in every job she held.


True Adorning
It's what IT leaders convey without a single word that's really the hallmark of their capacity to communicate, says editor in chief Don Tennant.

IT Unleashed
This year's Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders are neck-deep in the real challenges of IT leadership in business, says columnist Frank Hayes. They're our people. They get it. And we can, too.

Talk Like a Leader
When managers share knowledge and power, they build trust among employees that the group can achieve its goals, says Judith E. Glaser, author of The DNA of Leadership. She offers tips for fine tuning your communication skills.


Your Questions Answered
Have questions about leadership? Premier 100 honorees respond to reader queries in our regular Ask a Premier 100 Leader feature. Submit your query to

Ask a Premier 100 Leader
Frank B. Modruson answers readers' questions about assuming a leadership role, hot career choices and more.

2007 Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference
Do you need to make the IT-business connection for your team, department and enterprise? Check out Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 4-6 in Palm Desert, Calif.

Cyber-Counterintelligence: Just-in-Time Security in Today's Agile IT Architecture
Webcast: Most companies' secrets are all in a computer somewhere. Yet, guidelines for determining employees' rights of access to digitized information are typically based solely on behavior models of the brick-and-mortar world. In this Premier 100 conference session, Michael Theis, chief of cyber counterintelligence for the National Reconnaissance Office, outlines some intriguing changes in human behavior observed in cyberspace and discusses how they can impact enterprise security.

Lessons Learned on the Front Lines of Disaster
Webcast: In 2005, a series of Gulf Coast hurricanes disrupted operations at thousands of companies, as data centers were ravaged, employees went missing and entire communities were evacuated. Panelists offer a candid view of where and how their IT and business continuity plans worked, what they didn't see coming and how they plan to prepare and respond the next time disaster strikes.

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