Earl Newsome, Corporate CIO and VP of Digital, TE Connectivity (2015), Vice President and Chief Information Officer Praxair, Inc. (2016)
Earl Newsome was appointed vice president and chief information officer of Praxair, Inc. in 2016. He is responsible for global information technology services.
Most recently, Newsome served as CIO and vice president of Digital for TE Connectivity, a global manufacturer of connectivity and sensor solutions, where he built and optimized a high-performing IT organization across the company’s diverse business units and functions.
Prior to his role with TE Connectivity, Newsome developed and managed a long-term IT Shared Services strategy for the Estee Lauder Companies, which included a global SAP deployment and the creation of the company’s Global Innovation Lab. He was also a Partner at Deloitte & Touche and held senior management positions at Bowne & Company and Owens-Illinois.
Newsome earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, where he remains involved as part of the West Point Mentor Program.
Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2016 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.
The CIO’s goal is always to accelerate the strategies of the business to facilitate company-wide growth. We implement systems (people, processes, technologies and culture) to facilitate that goal. To enable our Information Solutions organization to support of our company vision and goals, it’s necessary for the CIO to put the customer at the center of everything we do, and this is done in four ways:
- Align Priorities – make sure the customer is at the center of our strategy
- Agile IT – have the right operating model, flexibility and speed to get ahead and stay ahead
- Affordable IT – save money to reinvest into the business or return to the business
- Aptitude – develop talent that blends technical skills, business savviness and emotional intelligence (EQ). I call these employees “triple deep” professionals.
Ultimately, our business will succeed by leveraging universal “triple deep” expertise. At TE we focus on ensuring that the right people, technology, products and culture are helping to drive growth and accelerate the business. Often, people focus entirely on developing business and technical skills, and let interpersonal skills fall to the side. In any business, though, people skills are paramount.
Taking this notion a step further, I always consider developing these skills in terms of how we climb the four-level competency curve. We start at the lowest level with unconscious incompetence, where you aren’t aware of the things you’re incompetent in. Then, you move along to conscious incompetence, conscious competence and ultimately, unconscious competence. Unconscious competence is when you excel by habit. You are doing excellent things unconsciously because they are ingrained in your DNA. This unconscious competence is the only way to consistently achieve a competitive advantage.
At TE, we strive for unconscious competence by engraining programs augmented around inclusion and diversity and “triple deep” professional skills into the everyday functions of our business. As we focus on the workforce of 2020, it’s imperative that we move up that competency curve.
Taking the pervasive world of digital and the emerging role of IoT into consideration, the question becomes how do we better prepare for the future? How do we attract and maintain the right talent? How can we actually help grow the potential talent pool?
Supporting STEM efforts is the obvious answer. What’s critical though, is that we do it beyond the traditional top engineering universities. We need to incorporate the immense power of women and minorities into our talent pool. In order to take advantage of new technologies and innovations, we need the right set of engineers, visionaries and business leaders. To stay on the cutting edge of harnessing new technology, we must groom diverse talent early on.
The best way to accomplish this is to use adaptive learning techniques. Adaptive learning means using technology to design delivery strategies and content that work the way the student best learns. This calls for a complete transformation of our learning technologies to tailor the learning experience so all students succeed.
As we continue to help produce, consume and provide IoT solutions and SMART [Sensors, Maker Machines, Augmented Humans, Robotics and Thinking Machines] technologies, the need for new talent, new thinking and new approaches grows. To keep up, we must strive to hire the best people and provide them with the tools they need.
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit: www.TE.com.