Like all other positions, the skill set needed for the CTO varies based on the type of business, industry, and maturity of the company. The person who was perfect for leading the company during its early phases may be completely wrong for the same position when the company is trying to organize innovation across multiple locations, in different lines of business, and with a larger employee base. The types of CTOs we have described can be found in companies at all stages of their lifecycle. But, there are noticeable relationships between the type of CTO selected and the phase that a business has reached in its evolution. The graphic illustrates the best application of specific types of CTOs to specific phases of the business lifecycle.
[Extracted from: "Maximizing the CTO’s Contribution to Innovation and Growth"