A good CIO is much more a change agent than a technologist : Gary Reiner, Operating Partner at global investment firm General Atlantic Llc (GA)
Updated on: 14 May 2016
The operating partner at General Atlantic talks about his passion for technology, the business of tech, industry trends and Indian start-ups
Mumbai:Gary Reiner, operating partner at global investment firm General Atlantic Llc (GA), has a deep understanding of both business and technology—and the business of technology. Having served as senior vice-president and chief information officer (CIO) of General Electric Co. (GE), where he led merger and acquisition (M&A), sourcing, IT, operations and quality, Reiner joined GA in 2010. In earlier roles, he was a partner with the Boston Consulting Group, where he drove strategies and operations improvements for high-technology businesses.
Reiner is a director on the boards of Citigroup Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (after HP split into two entities—HP Inc. and HPE). He is also on the boards of companies that GA has invested in, such as CitiusTech, Box, Appirio, Mu Sigma and SnapAV.
In an interview in Mumbai, Reiner spoke about his passion for technology despite a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also talked about technology trends and Indian start-ups. Edited excerpts:
What's your specific role at GA?
Other than being an operating partner, my specific role is to be part of the team which looks at technology companies that we want to partner with, that we would want to invest in and help grow. I'm involved with six such companies and we try to help them grow much faster than they otherwise would have.
How does GA identify the companies it wants to invest in?