Hiring a Chief Data Officer - The Do's & Don'ts - Wyatt Partners
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  • Ask yourself whether ‘Chief Data Officer’ is the right Job Title for the role you are hiring
  • Have them report into the CEO or at the very least make sure the CEO is their biggest cheerleader
  • Have a strategic vision to create competitive advantage from your data, but also do understand that might not be able to happen immediately
  • At interview focus your assessment of potential candidates on Business Impact, Stakeholder Management & Talent Acquisition
  • Have a clear and precise vision of what success looks like for the CDO in 12/24 months’ time
  • Give the Chief Data Officer freedom and budget to make changes


  • Decide to hire a Chief Data Officer just because everyone else is
  • Hire a Chief Data Officer because they are the best Technical Specialist – This is a business role
  • Think your ideal candidate will already have a Chief Data Officer job title on their CV. (In fact the opposite maybe true)
  • Start your recruitment process until you have defined the precise leadership profile and experience the individual will need to be successful
  • Hire a CDO who is not able to demonstrate high levels of strategic vision

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