Jo-ann M. Olsovsky, 2010 Honoree

Vice president, technology services, CIO
BNSF Railway Co.
Fort Worth,, Texas
First job:
"At age 19, I was hired by AT&T as a technician."
Most valuable career advice:
"Always have a sense of urgency. Be tenacious, prepared and precise, and deliver a business value."
Would you advise young people to pursue an IT career?
"Yes. Technology is fascinating. We are surrounded by technology -- home PCs, flat-screen TVs, GPS, the Internet, iPhones, etc. Imagine having to do without all that innovation and IT. Think of all the future potential."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Don't take a knife to a gunfight. Develop yourself and your people, and pay attention to your smoke detector (your gut)."
Favorite sport:
What's in your MP3 or CD player right now?
Creed, Nickelback, The Eagles, George Strait
Technology pet peeve:
Slow response
Favorite TV show:
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