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Chris Patrick is the Global Head of Egon Zehnder’s Technology Officers Practice. Based in Dallas, he advises CEOs and boards on recruitment, assessment, and succession planning for CIOs, CTOs, Chief Cyber Security Officers, and other rapidly evolving enterprise IT, digital, and risk management roles. He works closely with boards on a wide range of technology mandates across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Chris was Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Chatham Technologies, an early-stage telecommunications systems manufacturer. Previously, he was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young Consulting and an MD80 Project Manager for McDonnell Douglas in Los Angeles.

Chris has a BS from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is on the board of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He’s an avid cyclist who also enjoys skiing and wine.

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CIO Dive – Expectations of the CIO Are Changing — More Business, Less Technology

CIO Dive – Expectations of the CIO Are Changing — More Business, Less Technology

CIOs need to be savvy leaders with business acumen and strategy running through their core. They cannot abandon the technology roots which propelled them… Read more

The Great Digital Opportunity: Technology Officers in the Age of COVID-19

The Great Digital Opportunity: Technology Officers in the Age of COVID-19

As businesses rapidly embraced technology to enable remote work and preserve business continuity, technology officers see a new task for the weeks and months… Read more

CIO - 7 Reasons CIOs Quit (Or Lose Their Jobs)

CIO - 7 Reasons CIOs Quit (Or Lose Their Jobs)

On average, CIOs leave companies every four years, often spurred by broad changes in corporate strategy or role. CIOs also exit because they can’t… Read more

Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Legacy organizations must respond – or risk their survival. While each organization will transform itself in a different way, each transformation is certain to… Read more

Interview with Cathie Black, Hearst Magazines

Interview with Cathie Black, Hearst Magazines

“We had a choice. We could sit back and let the negative discussion of our industry take its course, or we could take action.” Read more

CIOs in the Boardroom: Don’t Be a ‘One-Note Piano’

CIOs in the Boardroom: Don’t Be a ‘One-Note Piano’

We once heard a board chairman call a CIO serving on his board a “one-note piano,” because the CIO repeated his same theme over… Read more

Agenda – Alain Serhan and Chris Patrick – Tapping Internal Talent to Drive Digital Change

Agenda – Alain Serhan and Chris Patrick – Tapping Internal Talent to Drive Digital Change

Companies facing digital disruption need to elevate the importance of digital expertise and tap their internal talent pool more effectively. Read more

CIO – CIOs Need to Tie Tech Investment to Business Strategy

CIO – CIOs Need to Tie Tech Investment to Business Strategy

Companies pursuing digital strategies often recruit new leaders to architect the changes required for growth, reports CIO.com. In such cases CIOs need to take… Read more

Executive Search Review – US CISOs Need to Gain Global Exposure

Executive Search Review – US CISOs Need to Gain Global Exposure

American CISOs aspiring to top global jobs need to follow a more international career path, writes Egon Zehnder consultant Kal Bittianda in the Executive… Read more

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015 New York

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015 New York

The combination of data ubiquity, decentralized control and sophisticated new underworld actors presents organizations with a perfect storm to be confronted by their information… Read more

High CISO Turnover

High CISO Turnover

With the ongoing drumbeat of security breaches at corporations and other institutions, it shouldn’t be surprising that the job of chief information security officer… Read more

Evaluating and Attracting Your Next CISO: More Sophisticated Approaches For a More Sophisticated Role

Evaluating and Attracting Your Next CISO: More Sophisticated Approaches For a More Sophisticated Role

The role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has changed dramatically in the last decade. No longer merely a digital sheriff called on… Read more

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015

Cybersecurity Dinner 2015

In February 2015, President Obama, speaking at a White House Summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, declared that the Internet has become a sort… Read more

Top Priorities for CIOs

Top Priorities for CIOs

Management and policy priorities were hotly debated by technology executives at the recent CIO Network Conference organized by The Wall Street Journal. Read more

CIOs in the Boardroom: Don’t Be a ‘One-Note Piano’

CIOs in the Boardroom: Don’t Be a ‘One-Note Piano’

We once heard a board chairman call a CIO serving on his board a “one-note piano,” because the CIO repeated his same theme over… Read more

CIOs Can Avoid Being DOA in the Boardroom

CIOs Can Avoid Being DOA in the Boardroom

CIOs need to prove they can bring more than narrow technology expertise to the table if they want to land a seat in the… Read more

Your Leadership Portfolio: Developing the Competencies of a Future-State CIO

Your Leadership Portfolio: Developing the Competencies of a Future-State CIO

Outstanding CIOs most resemble outstanding CEOs. That was the eye-opening benchmark established when the CIO Executive Council, as part of its Future-State CIO® initiative,… Read more

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