David E. Smoley, 2010 Honoree

Senior vice president, CIO
Flextronics International
Milpitas,, Calif.
Most valuable career advice:
"Pick something to do that you like to think about."
Favorite vice:
"Really good espresso."
Would you advise young people to pursue an IT career?
"Absolutely. There will always be a need for leaders who can combine technology with business savvy."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Be open to taking risks, and be willing to go where others won't go. Stay aligned with the business and customers, take time to understand their needs and direction. Surround yourself with the very best people, and enable them to be successful."
Passions outside of work:
Family, mountain biking, international travel
A recent great read:
A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
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