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High 5: Stephen Pickett, CIO Of PenskeHigh 5: Stephen Pickett, CIO Of Penske

As the new president of the Society for Information Management, Stephen Pickett is on a mission to encourage young, talented people to go into IT.

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

February 25, 2006

2 Min Read

Stephen Pickett. CIO of Penske Photograph by Bridget Barrett
Stephen Pickett
CIO at Penske
Interview by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee


Don't Get Out Your Clubs--Yet
Without the industry building up its bench-strength, "when we want retire, we won't be able to leave our companies."


Juggling home and work has become easier for Pickett, thanks to his PDA, instant messaging, and E-mail. "I can be accessible, but I decide if I need to respond. I manage my time."


When he's not trying to lure talent to IT or running things at Penske, a truck leasing and logistics company, Pickett loves to read on the beach and play golf. He most recently read "The World Is Flat," by Thomas Friedman. Pickett also admits to a secret pleasure: "I'm a computer nerd. I play with my PC a lot."


Handheld Future
Many young people turn away from tech careers because they worry that IT jobs are going offshore. The trend is exaggerated, Pickett says. "Anytime someone says jobs are going offshore, I talk about [personal technology] devices. As they become ubiquitous, I see the industry growing to absorb the talent of the future."


Energy Factor
"The biggest challenges to CIOs today are keeping the energy level absolutely high, attention to detail, and integrity. If you can manage all three, you can improve the business." Pickett keeps Penske's IT group jazzed by investigating the potential of disruptive technologies.

About the Author(s)

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Senior Writer, InformationWeek

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee is a former editor for InformationWeek.

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