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How a CIO Becomes a CEO

The trek from CIO to CEO can feel like a trip up Everest, but John Boushy is one of the esteemed few to make the climb. Peter High interviews Boushy for Forbes on how he went from CIO at Harrah’s Entertainment to CEO of Ameristar Casinos. What really worked in Boushy’s favor was his versatility in accepting jobs, starting with five years in IT but then taking a prestigious executive assistant position, working side by side with the CEO himself. It was as the executive assistant that he learned the value of growth strategy development, board governance, and the importance of talent, and it convinced him to develop communication and influencing skills. When Boushy became CIO, his diverse skill set allowed him to oversee IT and continue work in marketing at the same time. His workload was such that he was almost the equivalent of COO for a period, ultimately gaining experience in IT, marketing, casinos, hotel and food & beverage operations, construction, and several other areas. It was this vast collection of knowledge that allowed Boushy to hop ship and become CEO of Ameristar Casinos. Boushy hopes other CIOs think of the CIO role as a business role rather than a technical role, and that they too attempt to diversify their experiences to build a CEO-worthy skillset.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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