The first CFO ever named to our list, Mike Smiley was nominated as a leader who “intuitively understands” enterprise technology and serves as co-executive sponsor of the data governance steering committee at Zebra, a manufacturer of radio frequency identification technologies.
Along with product master data management, Zebra is investing in ERP, an undertaking to which Smiley is obligated. “Data is critical to our business and we have struggled with that,” he says. Three Zebra execs from business sit on the committee; Smiley sees his job as corralling resources and supporting the roadmap process. “You realize there are different levels to a vision like this.”
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