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Trial by fire: How Hertz' CIO learned from failure

February 25, 2013 6:00 AM EST

The 2013 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader awards focus on accomplishments, but it's often the mistakes - and the lessons learned along the way -- they got these IT executives to where they are today. During an interview for an Premier 100 IT Leader profile, 2013 award winner Joseph Eckroth, senior vice president and CIO for The Hertz Corp, shares two stories of failure and redemption that shaped his career.

Joseph Eckroth, CIO, The Hertz Corp.Failure, says Joseph Eckroth, 2013 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader senior vice president and CIO at The Hertz Corp.  "is something that every CIO needs to experience."

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Early in his career, when he was still an engineer at Northrup Grumman, Eckroth volunteered to take the lead on the rollout of an MRP II system. It was a project that nearly went off the rails – and derailed his career at the defense contractor. “We were implementing a major IT change, and I had no clue what that meant. But I said yes,” he says.

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