When Mike Zahigian became CIO of Amgen in 2017, he realized that technologists at the $22 billion biotechnology company sat in a number of different organizations, not only in IT. Even though these people did not report into his own organization, Zahigian was concerned about their career path and what kind of development plan was in place for them.
“We want Amgen to be the best place to work for technologists,” says Zahigian. “The only way we can promote them into leadership positions is to give them a progression of experiences. How do we reach into other organizations to make that happen?”
So, Zahigian and leaders from two other groups — global business services and strategy and innovation — met to form the Technology Talent Forum. The charter: Build a talent model for technologists regardless of department so that “we could grow our leaders from the inside rather than acquire them from the outside,” he says.
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