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Digital transformation is the key challenge for executives today. WHU, IDG Business Media GmbH, and DXC Technology offer an advanced program for senior executives in IT and digitalization that enhances your capabilities to lead and transform your organization into a digital, disruptive, and globalized economy. The CIO Leadership Excellence Program consists of two modules: One five-day module hosted in Düsseldorf challenges your entrepreneurial mindset and inspirational leadership capabilities. A second five-day module held in San Francisco seeks to broaden your perspective on global trends and best practices in digitalization. Join an active network of more than 150 program alumni! You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

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CategoryAdvanced Management
Next date Mar 25, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019
Locations San Francisco, USA, Hamburg, Germany, Düsseldorf
Fee 4,700.50 €

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Program content

The CIO Leadership Excellence Program provides a platform for senior professionals to enhance their capabilities to lead transformation in a digital and global business environment. It consists of two modules, which also can be booked separately – one in Düsseldorf, and one in a digitalization hotspot such as Silicon Valley/San Francisco or China. In the Basis Module in Düsseldorf , you will boost your leadership capabilities and enhance your entrepreneurial mindset. In the Abroad Module, we will embark on an experiential learning journey showcasing digital best practices. In both modules, you will broaden your professional network. An additional workshop day will provide you with exclusive insights into the German start-up scene. Enjoy being inspired by renowned faculty and experts from practice. This program is highly interactive and emphasizes peer coaching formats. Launched in 2012, the CIO Leadership Excellence Program has a tight and active network of program alumni who benefit from additional touchpoints provided by our collaboration partner IDG Business Media and DXC Technology.

Program benefits

  • Connect to peers and expand your professional network
  • Enhance your capabilities to lead your organization into a digital business environment
  • Boost your ability to inspire your team(s) and lead transformational change
  • Enrich your toolbox in agile management practices
  • Deepen your entrepreneurial mindset
  • Broaden your scope on the global level of digital transformation
  • Become a member of more than 150 program alumni who actively connect


Upon completion of each module, you will get a Certificate of Participation. Upon completion of both modules, you will get a “WHU Certificate in Leadership Excellence”.

Participant profile

This program is suitable for senior executives with at least ten years of leadership experience.

Participant job positions include:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Digitalization Officer (CDO)
  • Head of IT Strategy
  • Vice President IT
  • Vice President Digital
  • Director of Strategy

Program format and module dates

The CIO Leadership Excellence Program consists of two modules, which can be booked as a bundle or separately. Each module is five days long. The base module in fall takes place at WHU Campus Düsseldorf. The overseas module in spring takes place in San Francisco.

For more information and registration please visit the IDG website.

CIO Leadership Excellence Program: Mar 25, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019

CIO Leadership Abroad Module
  • Mar 25, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019
  • San Francisco, USA
CIO Leadership Workshop Day
  • May 08, 2019
  • Hamburg, Germany
CIO Leadership Basis Module
  • Nov 11, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019
  • Düsseldorf

Category: Advanced Management
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