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Interim CTO (Chief Technology Officer)




What is an interim CTO?

An interim CTO is an experienced temporary leader who takes responsibility for leading the technical operations in an organization. The role works closely with the IT department and management to monitor and ensure efficiency and innovation in the business. Some common tasks include technical planning, strategic IT management, risk management, and reporting. Interim CTOs have a broad understanding of technology and can contribute to developing and creating value within the organization.


 Why hire an interim CTO?

  1. Technology Transformation: An interim CTO is valuable during periods of significant technology transformation, such as implementing new systems, upgrading infrastructure, or driving digital initiatives.
  2. IT Department Restructuring: They can lead the restructuring of IT departments, optimizing processes, improving efficiency, and aligning technology with business objectives.
  3. Innovation and R&D Projects: Interim CTOs bring expertise in leading innovation and research and development (R&D) projects, fostering a culture of creativity and driving technological advancements.
  4. Crisis Management: In times of IT emergencies or cybersecurity incidents, an interim CTO provides immediate technical expertise, risk mitigation, and recovery strategies.
  5. Interim Leadership Gap: When organizations are in the process of recruiting a permanent CTO, an interim CTO can bridge the gap, ensuring continuity in technology strategy, operations, and decision-making.

Hiring an interim CTO enables organizations to benefit from experienced technology leadership, strategic guidance, and effective management of technology-related initiatives. They drive innovation, optimize IT functions, and help organizations achieve their technological goals.


How do we find the best interim CTO candidate for you?

We have perfected our method over more than 20 years and built a network of over 3000 experienced leaders, with a global reach of 60,000 interim leaders. Our primary strength as an interim service provider is understanding, evaluating, and finding solutions while continuously following up on the business. We also assess the effectiveness of the interim assignment for 2-3 years after completion. When you reach out to solve your leadership challenge, we follow this process:

  1. Together with you, we define the assignment and set the objectives for the assignment period.
  2. We advertise the assignment to our interim leaders, screen the best applicants, and send them to you anonymously.
  3. Together with you, we select candidates for interviews and conduct them (all candidates are quality assured before the interview).
  4. You choose your preferred interim leader.
  5. The interim leader begins the assignment!

We provide ongoing support and follow-up for both you and the interim leader throughout the assignment.



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