In crisis situations,
this cIO helps deliver
services to children,
squeezing value out
What do you do in your spare
time? I try to spend as much time
at home as possible. [Murdoch has
been married for 29 years and
has two grown children.]
Do you have any hobbies?
coaching baseball (summer semi-pro
baseball at the college level) and
football (at a private high school).
What’s the best business book
you’ve read? It’s Your Ship:
Management Techniques from
the Best Damn Ship in the Navy,
by capt. D. Michael Abrashoff.
If you weren’t in technology, what
would you want to do for a career?
this might sound kind of corny,
but I’m doing it now. I’m working
for good; I’m working for a cause.
KEN MURDOCH’S colleagues at the Save the Children Federation venture where few corporate workers go: war-torn countries, poverty-stricken regions and areas devastated by natural disasters. Yet this CIO’s 30-member IT team must provide the same technologies that businesspeople in posh office buildings expect. Consider, for
example, that Save the Children was one of the first nongovernmental organizations to have its
networks restored and running following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Murdoch’s
IT team made Skype operational again in less than 24 hours, allowing Save the Children officials to appear on news shows to provide information and appeal for aid, while the organization’s remaining IT infrastructure was up in less than 72 hours. Murdoch credits his team for
such successes. Here he discusses other aspects of leading Save the Children’s IT operations.