Directory of IT Security Managers in Energy/Oil/Electric Industry?
September 2, 2008 2:43 PM   Subscribe

Is there a directory or directories of C-Level contacts, e.g., the Director of IT, Director of Security or and other high level managers with security for major companies within Electric Utilities, Gas Utilities, Oil & Gas Pipelines, Oil and Gas Refining, and Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration? Would prefer something free, but would be willing to consider proprietary sources.
posted by Kellyu to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
That sounds like the kind of thing which, if I were on it, I'd do everything I could to get myself removed from because it would only really be useful to salesmen who would want to pester me to buy something that I don't want.
posted by Class Goat at 2:57 PM on September 2, 2008

Response by poster: The directory in mind here is very useful for recruiting people.
posted by Kellyu at 3:02 PM on September 2, 2008

Sounds a bit like Jigsaw. Or LinkedIn, with less signal.

If you're willing to upgrade to the sources the pros use, you'll want places like Harris, InfoUSA, ZapData, Hoovers, and so on.
posted by dhartung at 3:56 PM on September 2, 2008 [1 favorite]

Headhunters typically have this sort of information, and I believe there are actual books that are published yearly with this sort of info (I was at a Christmas Party at a consultancy that specialized in recruiting executive boards and saw bookcases and bookcases of this stuff - dating back a few year, mind you). So it does exist. Unfortunately, I'm not a headhunter, although I have created some pretty fantastic lists of people (CEOs, VPs, Directors, Ops managers, CTOs) of people in my community, so I know some of the issues involved.

You haven't made it clear *why* you want this info, but the only way you're going get this info is if a headhunter/recruitment company will point you in the right direction, and they probably won't, because they live and die by this form of social capital. But, then again, lists are outdated the minute they are published, so the list is not what provides you with a competitive advantage. It's the aggregate of personal knowledge, charisma, personal contacts and networking skill that makes the difference.

Hopefully someone will answer in this thread, because this is something *I'd* like to know. Maybe I'll ask a few contacts.

I should say that the C-level folks don't mind being included on a list. It's just a tool, and you never know who will come knocking on your door.
posted by KokuRyu at 3:59 PM on September 2, 2008

ah, dhartung has got it.
posted by KokuRyu at 3:59 PM on September 2, 2008

It's easy enough to get a database containing the names of the directors - that's public information.

I'm with Class Goat though; it's unlikely there are any telephone directories that would be any more effective than simply telephoning the company switchboard and asking to be put through. Senior managers have PAs/secretaries screen their mail, calls and e-mail precisely to avoid being bothered by salespeople, recruiters, etc.
posted by Mike1024 at 4:02 PM on September 2, 2008

If they're retail or consumer facing companies, you could always go the route of sites like The Consumerist, which list those numbers for consumers to complain to. Of course, those numbers don't stay alive as long and you might get lumped in with the wrong crowd.
posted by wangarific at 5:17 PM on September 2, 2008

Leadership Directories, Inc. Not free (@$190 minimum order) but accurate. Here's the page to get a drill-down list specific to your area of interest.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:52 PM on September 2, 2008 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: KokuRyu, haven't made clear why I need this because the person who assigned this didn't say. I am guessing it's fro recruiting though.
posted by Kellyu at 7:37 AM on September 3, 2008

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