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Wednesday, 28. June 2017

First CIO Foundation Fellows Meeting

With its “CIO Young Talent Awards,” the CIO Foundation has promoted young talent with scholarships for study in the Part-Time MBA Program at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management since 2011. Mutual learning and networking are at the top of the agenda, and not only in the context of a degree program at WHU. As a result, at the initiative of Florian Kronenbitter (Head of MHP IT, CIO YTA Award Finalist 2015), on April 27 Porsche in Stuttgart was the scene of the 1st Fellows Meeting.

The 13 participants were welcomed by Porsche CIO Dr. Sven Lorenz: “I still vividly recall the announcement of the creation of the CIO Foundation. I was delighted at once. Because more than ever before, we need to offer our top talents in IT exciting opportunities for career development and provide them with innovative continuing education. In this respect, we here at Porsche, and I as CIO, are very pleased to support the activities of the CIO Foundation. It is our pleasure to host the 1st Fellows Meeting.”   

The opening remarks were followed by a tour of the plant and a visit to the Porsche Museum. Attendees were extremely impressed, not only by the high-tech manufacturing at the Zuffenhausen site but also by the history of Porsche. Many were surprised to learn that Porsche had planned and manufactured innovative electric vehicles right from the outset of its existence. With the “Porsche Mission E,” an electric sports car planned for the years ahead, the company has thus come full circle while at the same time opening up new perspectives for IT in cars. Conversations during the factory tour were correspondingly lively, and visitors were excited to see how humans and IT interact in production. “I’m actually not a ‘gearhead,’ as the Americans say,” said Horst Ellermann, Publisher of the CIO Magazine, “but here in production, you really do catch a spark of fascination.” The dinner that followed offered sufficient time for Fellows to interact, and for conversations with the Porsche CIO about the role of IT in business and the future self-image of the CIO.

On behalf of the Foundation and Fellows, Dr. Peter Kreutter, Director of the WHU Foundation and member of the Board of Trustees of the CIO Foundation, thanked Dr. Sven Lorenz and Florian Kronenbitter for the invitation: “It’s great to see how the talents that have been sponsored continue to develop and actively dedicate themselves to further development of the mission of the CIO Foundation. Thank you for this, for the invitation to visit Porsche, and for the enriching day in the midst of the Fellows!”

The 2nd Fellows Meeting of the CIO Foundation is planned for November 30, 2017, in conjunction with the “WHU Capital Dialog” in Berlin.