Being a CIO is typically equated with managing information systems which typically has people who have technology backgrounds. Another way to look at IT as a flow of information which can optimized like a supply chain logistics. One guy who is supply chain expert is Frank Frankovsky at Facebook who is ex-Dell.
Speaking of Dell, Dell's new CIO has a supply chain expertise from GM.
Adriana Karaboutis, recruited in March 2010, is the new global CIO and reports directly to Brian Gladden, Dell's CFO. She was previously vice president of global operations and technology IT, which means she was responsible for Dell's supply chain, procurement, and product development systems.
Dell CIO Adriana Karaboutis
Prior to coming to Dell, Karaboutis was global manufacturing and labor information officer at General Motors, which means she was responsible for all of the systems that are used for car assembly and parts stamping. Before that, she was in charge of GM's purchasing and supply chain systems.
Karaboutis spent six years at GM, and before that,15 at the Ford Motor Company, starting out as a programmer/analyst and rising up through the ranks to run manufacturing, supply chain, purchasing and finance systems.
The official Dell press release is here.