Because he might be the best person to run the business. Would you want your business run by second rate people. I worked for a high tech company that was run well by technology people for years. When management types (MBAs) were brought in, the company went down hill.
Let's face it. The CIO is still the new kid in the boardroom. Best case they are viewed as noobs that don't really understand the business with a department that is a drain on the bottom line. Worst case they are seen as interlopers that don't deserve a key to the executive washroom. They should be locked away with the engineers and other technical types. Unless these attitudes change, the CIO is in fact doomed.
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