“Are you a technical person or a business person?”
That’s the question that ABB chief executive Ulrich Spiesshofer asked Guido Jouret back in 2016, when the latter was interviewing for the job of chief digital officer (CDO) at the $33.8 billion Swiss-Swedish company.
“I just told him ‘Yes’,” Jouret laughs, “because I see myself as both, but also because I see the IoT as needing both.”
It’s a good answer. It certainly may have helped Jouret win the job at ABB – his appointment was duly announced in September 2016. And sure enough, those dual strands of technical expertise and business savvy run not just through Jouret’s own job, but also ABB’s wider IoT strategy.