10 Best CIOs to Watch 2018

The Global Business Leader - John P. Repko, EVP, and Chief Information Officer


He is a highly driven and versatile global business leader who is the best at what he does. He is also a board member with the rare combination of finance perspective and information technology expertise. John carries a deep experience in functional transformations, Six Sigma, mergers and acquisitions integration, spinoffs, strategy, and finance. He is famous for being a seasoned turnaround- and growth-oriented Chief Information Officer, with a multifunctional background and extensive ERP, operations, board-facing and cybersecurity expertise.

John is a trusted advisor and partner to CEOs in global CIO roles at four large, highly complex public companies, including Tyco International, Johnson Controls and AIG. He also has experience in the Public Company Board of Directors. Currently, he cultivates and manages partner relationships with all constituencies and collaborators of organizations. Many know him because he is an innovative, engaging and accessible manager who excels at recruiting, building and motivating successful teams, developing talent, and training and coaching all team members. He can change agents valued for quickly assessing complicated situations, preparing businesses for transformation and leading initiatives.

 People admire him for being a creative problem-solver who brings a strong business focus and IT proficiency to all functions of the company and skillfully communicates plans for improvement. An adept data-based strategist, who thrives in rapidly changing, challenging environments and enthusiastically achieves goals.  Finally, he is a frequently sought-after speaker on Six Sigma, information technology governance, cybersecurity, mobility, and leadership development. 

Education, Licenses, and Certification

He finished his school in the year 1981 at the Notre Dame High School. After that, he went on to do his bachelor's in BS, Accounting, cum laude at the Villanova University and completed it in the year 1985. Later he did his MBA in IT systems at the Drexel University in 1993.

He is a certified public accountant from the state of Pennsylvania, which was issued in the year 1987 but expired in 1996.

His Role in the Industry

Initially, he started his career as an accountant, CPA at Ernst & Young. He stayed in this company for more than three years. Later he moved to Mercer County Community College as the Adjunt Associate Professor of information systems. Here he stayed for three years and soon went to join GE. He played multiple roles in the company for eight years and later in 1996 he was appointed as the Six Sigma Master Black Belt and became the Senior Vice President, Six Sigma from 1997 to 1998. Finally, he became the Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Officer, e-business Leader (GE Americom) for four years.

After that he jumped to a company called SES Satellites in the year 2001 as the Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer. He stayed here for two years and then later he went to a company called Covance and was the Vice President, Global Applications. He was part of the firm for over two years and finally, after years of experience, he is now the EVP & Chief Information Officer at AIG.

About AIG

With roots that trace back to 1919, the firm is a global insurance company with operations in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. AIG is known for providing a range of insurance products to support its clients in business and life, including general property/casualty, life insurance, and retirement and financial services through it's General Insurance, Life and Retirement and Investments business units. What unites the company across all of these products is its commitment to helping the clients prepare for what’s next. Whether that’s helping cities and communities to prepare for and recover from natural disasters or providing a financially secure retirement for millions of Americans, the firm has the specialist expertise to help clients better manage risk. In addition to doing what’s right for the clients, the company is also committed to doing the right thing for the people and the communities where it works lives and serves its customers. It’s why the firm offers its employees a flexible work arrangement and training programs so they can grow professionally. The firm also encourages its employees to give back. provide Volunteer Time Off to the global workforce, allowing them to provide hands-on support to the causes they care about most, and the firm donates over $6M each year through its matching grants program to nonprofit organizations its employee's support.