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British CIOs Are Less Likely To Sit On Company Boards

A survey carried out by IT Infrastructure software company, Progress software, found out that less than half of UK's top IT executives have a place on their company boards or are involved in strategic, long term decisions.

This compares with France's 69 percent, making them the best place in Europe for CIOs to thrive and prosper; in contrast, only a quarter of CIO in Sweden are invited to board room, by far the worst performer.

The results also showed that CIOs were less likely to be involved in the planning stages of any major company projects, with most of them being called in at much later stages.

While some, like ITweek, lament the fact that CIOs are left outside the boardroom and point out to the fact that this could undermine the competitiveness of UK companies, others like CIO UK Magazine say that CIOs don't need to be on the board as long as they have the members' attention.

Still, the stereotype of a younger, hippier, Blackberry/iPhone flanked, Geek/CIO contrasts sharply with the image of traditional board members and Progress's report can be considered as a barometer to measure the influence of CIOs in the everyday running of companies across Europe.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.