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CIO Academy Panel Discussion: Grabbing and Passing the Baton, Without Dropping It!

February 24, 2015 | 3:00 AM

Sponsored by Accenture, Cisco and Deloitte

The following panel discussion will be held at the California Public Sector CIO Academy on Tues., Feb. 24 at 11:30 am.  View the complete event agenda here.

Becoming a CIO means you’ve entered the "relay race!" You asked for it, and now you’ve got it – you have been selected as a new Chief Information Officer and so the work begins to make a successful transition from your current role to your new role. The institutional knowledge that you will be taking with you must be preserved and passed on to the team you will leave behind. And, as you assess your new department you will begin the process of developing your transition plan to minimize disruption and speed time-to-productivity. Critical information must be preserved and passed in both directions to ensure an effective transition for CIOs. This session will engage the audience in humorous, insightful and provocative discussions with experienced CIOs sharing how they manage transitions when they accept new roles, continuously plan for knowledge transfer, and assess capabilities to identify strengths and weaknesses of the new team. Participants will leave the session with new insights and a thoughtfully prepared guide to take with them, as they pursue their dreams of entering the "relay race."


  • Jim Wang, SSS III Supervisor / ITLA 22, Department of Water Resources, State of California
  • Eliza Yam, SSS III / ITLA 22, Department of Water Resources, State of California


  • Joe Panora, Information Technology Leadership, State of California (ret.)
  • Carlos Quant, Agency Information Officer, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, State of California
  • Jan Ross, Chief of Information Technology, State Treasurer’s Office, State of California
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