CIO Profiles: Suzanne Kosub Of Concentra
A female CIO gave Kosub insight into her own career path.
Senior VP and CIO, Concentra
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Career accomplishment I'm most proud of: Running a technology organization that's viewed as a value-added partner.
Most important career influencer: Early in my IT career, I met the female CIO of a large tech company and asked about her career path. She told me that it took tremendous passion and bravery to do the job. To be an effective CIO, you must have passion for leading technology people, enabling the business through technology, and being focused on customer service. You must also show bravery to be a respected member of senior management and be engaged in strategy, finance, and operations.
On The Job
IT budget: $27 million
Size of IT team: 160 employees
How I measure IT effectiveness: Concentra ranks each business unit annually, including the technology organization. This allows us to understand the satisfaction of end users and make improvements.
The next big thing for my industry: The future of healthcare is boundless. There are many opportunities we can obtain through advanced information exchange, automation, and operational and quality improvement.
The federal government's top tech priority should be ... to lead technology into more aspects of the healthcare system, creating more cost-efficient and quality outcomes.
Kids and technology careers: I'd encourage my child to find a career she's passionate about and one that makes her happy. If that's in the technology industry, I would support the decision.Personal
Colleges: University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas
Leisure activity: Golf
Business-related pet peeve: Talkers, not doers
Tech vendor I respect most: Steve Jobs
Personal computer: Mac
If I weren't a CIO, I'd be ... a lawyer or judge