Rhonda Vetere on running IT at the speed of business | Straight Talk

Rhonda Vetere on running IT at the speed of business

Rhonda Vetere
Chief Technology Officer
Estée Lauder Companies

*(UPDATE: In January 2018, Rhonda Vetere was named President, Data Analytics of nThrive)

Estée Lauder Companies is an American manufacturer and marketer of a wide assortment of luxury cosmetic products. The company also offers its products across a diverse portfolio of brands such as Clinique, Aramis, Bobbi Brown, La Mer and many more. The company is based out of New York City, with international distribution of its goods through retail and digital channels to over 150 countries.

Rhonda Vetere has more than two decades of experience in information technology management across industries, from banking to technology to personal care products. She specializes in mergers and acquisition, insourcing/outsourcing, and managing global teams. Vetere has worked in New York, London, and Mumbai, and has managed teams of up to 20,000 people. She is also the coauthor of a special edition book, "Enterprise Service Management for Dummies".

Here are some key takeaways from Rhonda’s interview:

Building IT from the ground up 

IT serves as the foundation for all processes at an organization. It’s important to stay updated with the latest technologies and replace legacy infrastructure with current tools and techniques to innovate.

Changing role of a CTO/CIO in the 21st century

CTOs and CIOs are integrating officers. They integrate sections of the enterprise to add value to the business as a whole. They need to be business-savvy. They should adapt faster to change and induce integration at the macro level; their role isn’t limited to just decision-making. 

Diversity matters

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ recipe to bring in change initiatives. Every person and geography is different. For women in technology, I’d say treat people the way they like to be treated, share in the results, work for the people, and give everyone a chance. 

For more in-depth insights watch the video above.

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