IGI Adds the CFO Voice

IGI Adds CFO Perspective to Advisory Board

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are pleased to announce that Craig Callé has joined the IGI Advisory Board.

Craig combines a rich background in technology with extensive finance experience. He was the CFO at Amazon.com responsible for Digital Media, including Kindle and Audible.com, and the North American Books e-Craig Callécommerce businesses. He also was divisional CFO and Treasurer at Gateway, helping to lead the turnaround and sale of the company to Acer. He also helped lead the consolidation of the global consumer packaging industry as SVP-Finance and Treasurer at Crown Holdings, having joined that company from Salomon Brothers. Most recently, he was SHI International Corp’s Chief Strategy Officer and also was responsible for all pre-sales support, partner management and service delivery functions, including its IT Asset Management Group. Today, Craig is CEO of Source Callé LLC, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm that helps organizations mitigate risk and create value by treating data as the critical asset.

The IGI Advisory Board is a small group of executives and senior subject matter experts representing the various facets of Information Governance. Advisory Board members help to guide the focus and strategy of the IGI.

We sat down last week with Craig to discuss his new role on the IGI Advisory Board.[/vc_column_text][divider_line type=”divider_shadow_top”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]IGI: What excites you about the IGI organization?

Craig: IGI is on to something big and transformational. Organizations of all kinds are working in a golden age of technology that presents tremendous risks like cybersecurity and rewards like Big Data. Ten years from now, we will look back on today’s somewhat foggy technology landscape and recognize that IGI added necessary clarity and direction through its dedication to Information Governance thought leadership.

IGI: Why did you decide to get involved with the IGI? 

Craig: The IGI founders are smart and interesting people who share some of my core convictions that data and information assets deserve the strongest possible representation within an organization. I like being part of an entity that I can learn from and contribute to at the same time.

IGI: Given what you know about us, what is the most important thing we do for the Information Governance community?

Craig: The IG practice is evolving and it gets expressed in organizations in many different ways. It is still rare to see an executive exert true, comprehensive ownership of data and information assets, but the payoff can be tremendous. These assets tend to be balkanized within the lines of business and in functional support groups, and they reside in both physical and digital forms. IG practitioners should strive to execute a dual mandate of risk mitigation and value creation, and that’s a tall order for any executive. IGI can play an essential role in the journey by bringing all the stakeholders to a forum where issues can be explored and best practices promoted. By promoting Information Governance best practices, IGI can help practitioners deliver to their organizations lower risk (e.g. cybersecurity, compliance, litigation), stronger control (e.g. elimination of ‘shadow IT’), reduced storage and other expenses, and higher return on data and information assets, among other benefits.

IGI: How do you imagine helping the IGI and the IGI Community?

Craig: I met a lot of great people at the IGI’s recent < add link> InfoGovCon event<add link>. I developed a better understanding of IG as reflected in disciplines with which I am less familiar, such as records management, litigation support, privacy and compliance, all generally treeing up in an organization to the General Counsel. I would like to contribute my perspectives from a background that is more closely aligned with the CFO and CIO to promote broader perspectives on the IG role in organizations.

Having been a CFO, I spend a lot of time helping people in that role figure out the Information Governance puzzle. Many CFOs still do not realize how important it is to operate their business with greater controls around their data and information assets, and there are Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, FTC and a host of other regulatory implications to consider. These assets get recorded in an organization’s Goodwill and Intangible Asset balance sheet account, which can be quite large, and there is a lot more scholarship that needs to be applied to this area.

IGI: Where do you think the IGI should make connections that would help us to continue to advance the practice of information governance?

Craig: My practice uses Information Governance as a foundation from which I help organizations reduce risk (e.g. cybersecurity, litigation, compliance) and create value (e.g. data analytics).  I would like to help IGI attract a broader group of technology providers as event sponsors and attract executives from other disciplines (e.g. CMOs, CDOs, CFOs, CIO, CISOs) who have a stake in data and information assets.

 

Craig was a featured speaker at InfoGovCon15 this past September, and in his first official role as an IGI Advisory Board member, will participate in a panel at the Chief Data Officer Summit this December featuring Founder and Executive Director, Barclay T. Blair and Co-Founder and Chair, Bennett B. Borden.  Learn more about the IGI and our Advisory Board.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]