As CIO, this former CFO's mission is to empower business partners

Herve Coureil spent most of his 23 years at Schneider Electric outside of IT, but now he leads a global IT operation that he helped build.

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Herve Coureil spent more than two decades building a career before landing the top technology spot at Schneider Electric, which specializes in energy management and automation. Nothing unusual there -- except for the fact that Coureil spent most of his 23 years at Schneider outside of IT, in business and financial roles. In fact, he served as chief financial officer in Schneider's Critical Power and Cooling Services unit before becoming CIO in 2009.

Even in an era when CIOs are expected to be well-versed in business, Coureil's resume is uncommon. Now, as CIO, Coureil is responsible for information technology, processes and organization globally for the Rueil-Malmaison, France-based company. He oversees a 2,400-person IT team supporting a company with a worldwide workforce of 170,000. Here Coureil talks about stepping into IT and transforming Schneider's technology strategy.

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