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In Episode 42 of the CXO2 Minute, Wayne explains what he’s doing in the backyard next to his Weber grill, and how it relates to a remarkable CIO transition, and what that says about current management and strategy trends.
00:08 — Wayne highlights Alan Matula, former CIO of Shell, and the remarkable trajectory of his career since joining Weber Grills.
00:40 — Early this year, Weber promoted Matula to CTO and made him responsible for digitization, IOT and aspects of R&D within the company. Months later he was named interim CEO with an apparent shot to secure the job for good.
01:26 — Matula’s promotion represents the advantages of trusting a business with someone intimately familiar with major undertakings such as supply chain management and ERP system upgrades.
02:18 — Weber is known for adding connected IoT elements to its grill product lines, which is another advantage of Matula’s technology-focused skill set, experience, and background, since it will help the backyard grill company to the next level and compete with popular rivals such as Traeger Grills.
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