James P. Knight, 2009 Honoree

Global CIO
Chubb & Son Inc.
Warren, , N.J.
First job:
"At 10 years of age, delivering microfilm around Manhattan for my father's business."
Most valuable career advice:
"Work hard, do the right thing and everything else will fall into place."
Favorite vice:
"Electronics, such as iPods, BlackBerries, navigation systems, etc."
What do you love about IT?
"Boundless possibilities, everyday challenges, true criticality and strategic importance to the business."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, the Dalai Lama and Ronald Reagan
In whom do you confide when weighing professional decisions?
"Mentors, senior IT leadership team and various confidantes, regardless of position in the organization."
Passion outside of work:
"Golf, skiing, reading, parenting and inspiring my daughter to be the best that she can be."
In high school, I should have been voted "Most Likely to ..."
"move to New York City."
Favorite book:
Kane and Abel, a 1979 novel by British author Jeffrey Archer
Favorite movie:
It's A Wonderful Life
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I'm basically a WSYWIG kind of person, so there are probably few real surprises to people who know me. However, they might be surprised to know that when I was younger, my fantasy was to be a rock star."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"I've compiled/adopted my ?rules to live/lead by' from mentors, books and people such as Colin Powell. They include: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Always have options. Accept accountability. Accept what you cannot change and move on. Always ac
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