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Career Profile: CIO, BearingPoint Inc.

Name: Eric Goldfarb
Title/Employer: CIO and Executive VP, BearingPoint Inc.

Age: 42
Education: BA, University of Michigan
Tenure in IT industry: 20 years
First ever tech job: Software developer for Domino's Pizza Inc.

What is your current role?
I direct BearingPoint's worldwide information technology team and oversee the company's capital technology investments, strategy, and services.

What's been your best job and why?

The poet Robert Frost wrote that "the difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week." I never have looked at the roles I have served as "jobs." My career has been 20 years of a single passion for what I do and a drive to make people and things better. I have always been in positions where I have had to use technology to increase the profitability of a company and create value for the client, for the shareholder and for the employees. In other words--I am in it.

What do you think is the number one non-IT skill IT professionals need today?
The ability to communicate and connect with your client as well as having the ability to work with people in order to assure results are delivered. Everything I do involves engaging, persuading and working with other people. You have to have the organization's best interest at heart and be motivated to make things better for your team members.

What do you credit your career success to (mentor, influence from colleagues, education, etc.)?
I have spent my career leading people. My success is a proxy of the teammates who helped me to be successful. Nothing is more gratifying to me than seeing them promoted and advance in their careers.

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