January 24, 2011, 3:51 PM — The $5.5 billion Clorox company brought in Ralph Loura as CIO last April because, among other things, it realized it wasn't getting what it wanted out of an extensive HP outsourcing deal. In quick order, Loura and his reformed leadership team fixed some outstanding tech issues and re-established internal control of the company's tech direction. Loura talked about what he found when he joined, what he has accomplished so far and what he's planning next with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix.
By way of background, Clorox is a 98-year-old company based in Oakland, Calif., that has 30-plus global brands. These brands include the namesake bleach and everything from Kingsford Charcoal to KC Masterpiece Barbeque Sauce, Glad bags, Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing and Burt's Bees, a natural personal care product line. The company employs some 8,300 people, about half of which are plant-based, and has 120 people in IT. There are another 300 to 400 IT people working on the Clorox account at HP.
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