Timeline: The Emergence of the CLO

History of the corporate Chief Learning Officer:

  • 1981: Bill Wiggenhorn founds Motorola University
  • Mid-1990s: Jack Welch gives Steve Kerr the title of Chief Learning Officer at GE
  • 1999: Jeanne Meister publishes "blueprint" for corporate universities: Corporate Universities: Lessons In Building A World-Class Work Force
  • 2000: Business Horizons article profiles 10 pioneering CLOs; concludes that CLOs use learning strategically with increased pressure to produce tangible value from learning investments
  • 2002: T&D article "Meet the New Chief Learning Officers" discusses competencies
  • 2002: CLO Magazine debuts; "The CLO's Role" discusses role (change agent, business ally, financial manager, learning leader)
  • 2004: ASTD publishes updated competency model for workplace learning professionals
  • 2004: ASTD Launches LXN (Learning Executives Network)
  • 2004: First CLO Symposium in Dana Point, California
  • 2006: ASTD/Penn publishes research on 92 CLOs in "Profiling a New Breed of Learning Executive"
  • 2006: Penn launches program for CLOs