Abhinav Mittal

Global Head - Group IT Strategy & Governance
Al Naboodah Group

The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group is a family company business in the UAW that deals in civil engineering, building, and MEP as well as represent a diverse portfolio of global brands in the transportation, travel, heavy equipment, electrical, logistics, and furniture & fit-out arenas.

Abhinav Mittal has more than decade of experience in it, working with large diversified, professional and family run global corporations. He has managed programs on business transformation with teams from leading business consultants such as McKinsey, Bain, and E&Y. He holds an MBA from the Great Lakes Institute of Management and leadership diploma from Harvard Business School.

Key takeaways from Abhinav’s interview:

Role of IT in digital transformation of Al Naboodah Group

In a large and diversified organization, it is important to bring in IT governance that creates a common baseline service catalog for all stakeholders. The end goal is to make business more agile and increase cost efficiency.

Changing role of a CXO in the 21st Century Enterprise

Businesses now want to manage and own the data that drives their business. CXOs need to reflect this drive and act at the collaboration point between business and technology. CIOs need to put themselves in the shoes of the CEO and make decisions from a business perspective.

Role of IT in driving innovation

The usage of the word “innovation” is overused and overhyped. IT innovation can be anything that improves business – from a small product change to a whole new product or service line. It needs to add value to the organization.

Advice to aspiring IT leaders

IT leaders need to understand their role changes with the scale of operations that different businesses have. But the common responsibility remains to manage trust and technology.

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