At a Glance
William Genovese, CIO Advisory Partner, Kyndryl
Focus Areas: Business Continuity, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, FinTech
Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio: William Genovese
Social Media: LinkedIn
Highlighted Content: Next Generation Digital Financial Services: V School, Next Generation Digital Financial Services: BTOES
Thinkers360 Leaderboards: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Cloud Computing 2023, Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Continuity 2022, Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Blockchain 2022
Thought Leader and Influencer Interview
Thinkers360 thought leader interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with William Genovese, CIO Advisory Partner at Kyndryl.
Genovese is an innovative IT professional with over 20 years of experience driving revenue and profit increases through value-enabling technologies for employers and clients around the world. He shares all his work on his website and workfolio.
William is featured in Thinkers360’s annual Leaderboards Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Cloud Computing 2023, Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Continuity 2022, and Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Blockchain 2022, among others.
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Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background and areas of expertise
WG: As an internationally respected CIO and CTO who has lived and worked across Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas, I possess considerable multicultural awareness as well as adaptability. Over the course of my career, I have amassed an impressive track record of growing revenues, delivering next-generation digital solutions and optimizing operations.
As a clearly known and acknowledged innovator, I have focused on what’s coming next in terms of emerging technology application and adoption such as Quantum Computing, AI, Blockchain, and Next Generation Analytics and Computing.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
WG: I am a CIO Advisory Partner with Kyndryl in their Kyndryl Consult (formerly Advisory and Implementation Services Practice area). I advise Enterprise CxO’s on Technology and Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation and Emerging Technology. I work primarily in the Financial Services, Healthcare, and Telecomm industry vertical domains. I am also very active in advising startups and introducing them to Kyndryl for further collaboration, business development and solution development and partnerships.
There really is no typical day as they all can vary widely depending on what I am involved in. I am a member of our Innovation Committe, Working Group and Advisory Board as well as a key member on our Quantum Computing working group. One day I can be preparing for a meeting with a client CIO, the next day working with solution development with one of our partners, and another day meeting with potential new technology partners.
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
WG: Working at the intersection of emerging technology and the shifting goalposts of what is considered innovation. I’d also add connecting people and smaller companies with larger opportunities and to work further with Kyndryl. My career has had me working for very large global IT providers and Fortune 50 clients and enterprises to very small companies of under 10 employees. I enjoy these opportunities to work with both worlds on “both sides of the fence”. My role lets me work also at the intersection of “the art of the possible” with what is currently available as well whether that be technology or services. I enjoy working with my team of Executive CxO advisors; we have over 175 years of combined experience on our team!
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands who wish to engage you as a thought leader?
WG: This is a validation of your experience as a thought leader and a continuous feedback loop that allows you to adjust your business and technical strategies and advice for clients and the industry. Leading brands are “proof in the pudding” of what is working and what isn’t. Although I would add that even their thesis needs to be tested and re-tested again due to changing industries, market, and emerging technology strategy.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
WG: I use the platform to grow my personal brand and eminence, participate and contribute thought leadership articles and follow and read what the community submits as well. I’ve been very active in the various thought leadership expert rankings and will continue to do so.
Editor’s Note: See William’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
WG: Yes, #1 is if someone offers you a great opportunity to live and work in another country for an extended period of time outside your own–then definitely accept the opportunity. The cultural, societal, business, and technical skills and new experiences you will pick up are unparalleled for your development as a professional and as a human! Be eternally optimistic but cautiously skeptical. Don’t be a naysayer just to reject everything; go into a situation with positive optimism and evaluate and assess broadly and deeply always. Keep a realistic forward-looking horizon in scope: shorter term – 1, 3, 5, 10 years. Longer-term: Next generation only. What can you foresee playing out in our children’s lives? Never ever stop being curious and learning. Learn more about what’s coming around the curve to be prepared for the future!
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