Is it So Bad for the CIO to Report to the CFO?
The hierarchy inside a company reflects its values and priorities. It can be a sensitive topic for CIOs. Who your boss is — CEO, CFO, COO, someone else — can color the way other executives view you and your staff.
Conventional wisdom says that the CIO must report to the CEO or risk losing stature, authority and access to the power center of the company. Reporting to the CFO is bad, the theory goes, because IT is then viewed as a nonstrategic operations group where the governing principle is saving money.