Michael Lehman is the CIO of Batteries Plus, and a Governing Body Member of the Milwaukee CIO Community. He is a seasoned technology and business operations executive, leading strategy, business optimizations, and security.
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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.
My career started as a Developer (Mainframe Cobol) and then I transitioned to a Project Manager with Johnson Controls. From there I was IT Director in the Roundy's / Pick 'n Save cooperative. I now reside as the Vice President and CIO at Batteries Plus.
What is one of your guiding leadership principles?
Empower your team.
With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CIO role going in the next 1-2 years?
CISOs will need to focus on incorporating AI while managing company growth.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CIO?
Listen, ask questions, always learn, and then be decisive.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
One fun fact is that I have an immediate family member inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
What is the value of joining an Evanta community?
Networking and peer learning.
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