Automation Anywhere’s new Chief Information Officer Yousuf Khan
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Yousuf Khan has been named the first ever Chief Information Officer of Automation Anywhere, a Silicon Valley-based robotic processing automation company that provides a developer of robotic process automation software, which employs software bots to complete enterprise level tasks. Khan will be responsible for leading and overseeing the vision, strategy and operations of Automation Anywhere’s IT department globally. He will also provide strategic IT leadership and direction for all business units and functions, delivering technology solutions that power innovation and operational excellence throughout the organization.
Khan’s experience is particularly deep in technology, especially among digital native companies. For example, he was most recently CIO and Vice President of Customer Success at cloud-based AI platform Moveworks. He has also served as CIO of Pure Storage, Qualys, and Hult International Business School. At several of his stops, he has been the first ever CIO, as he is now.
When asked about Khan’s appointment, Automation Anywhere’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mihir Shukla said, “The CIO role is critical at Automation Anywhere as we enter our next phase of growth and continue to lead the global RPA market. Yousuf’s deep experience and strong track record of success leading IT organizations in ultra-high growth environments will help us achieve an even higher level of operational excellence. He is an outstanding addition to the management team and we’re excited to have him.”
Khan noted, “Today, a well-positioned digital-era CIO needs to encompass a much wider vantage point within an organization. Not only is a CIO expected to make technology decisions but also heavily influence major business goals, by keeping a pulse on the entire business. I see my role, as a CIO around two key vantage points. One is to architect an operational transformation of our company driven by sound technology decisions working with other executive leaders. The second is to represent how impactful Automation Anywhere’s technology is to organizations by leveraging our own continued use of RPA in the company.”
Khan notes that he is excited about the journey from enterprise architecture to transformational business architecture. Relative to this, he went on to mention, “Here at Automation Anywhere, intelligent automation is at the very heart of that journey. At Automation Anywhere, there’s a huge demand to implement internally many of the same software bots we sell to customers into multiple departments here. Being able to outline a clear automation strategy will be my top priority.”
Peter High is President of Metis Strategy , a business and IT advisory firm. His latest book is Implementing World Class IT Strategy . He is also the author of World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs . Peter moderates the Technovation podcast series. He speaks at conferences around the world. Follow him on Twitter @PeterAHigh.