Given the rise of technology as a center of power in corporate America it was perhaps inevitable that the executives charged with running the technology of a business would eventually need to perform in a manner more typical of a chief executive than a chief engineer.

A recent roundtable of top technology executives from Chase Manhattan Corp., Royal Bank Financial Group, American International Group Inc., and Cigna Inc. shows that - in their eyes at least - chief information officers are ready for, if not on the verge of, occupying the CEO suite.

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