In 2007, Michael Spears became CIO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance.
It wasn’t the usual promotion.
Spears had spent two years as the NCCI’s chief data officer, and he kept that role when be became CIO.
In his dual capacity, he oversees both the IT department and the data resources division, though they operate as separate entities. Over the years, he says, the CIO and CDO roles have sometimes been held by different people and sometimes by the same person.Spears has taken some ribbing for his CIO role from his colleagues in the data analytics world. “I was just at a data conference where people were making fun of me for being in both roles.

They said, ‘You can’t get lumped in with IT—it’s just bits and bytes. You won’t be respected for the knowledge you have about data.’ But it doesn’t have to be that way.
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