C-Suite Career Advice: Rorie Devine, CTO, Hailo

We ask industry leading C-suite professionals for their expert career advice...

We ask industry leading C-suite professionals for their expert career advice...

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  Name: Rorie Devine

  Company: Hailo

  Job Title: CTO

  Location: London, UK


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
You need to balance being task focused and relationship focused. Earlier in my career I was very results orientated and learnt as I got more experienced that the more senior you become in an organisation the more important relationships become. At any company other than early stage startups CTOs execute through people and not technology at the end of the day.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Don’t define yourself by your skill set…look to add business value in anything and everything you do. The more business impact you deliver the more successful you will be.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
I wouldn’t necessarily aim for a c-level position as a goal in its own right. I would focus on maximising business success from whatever role you’re in and increased responsibility will naturally follow.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
I worked out once that six members of my management team at Betfair are now at the c-level. I take a lot of pride in that…it’s great to see people develop and be successful.