Company: Cosmetic Essence Inc.
Annual Revenue: $250 million
Location: Holmdel, N.J., a mile outside Anderson's hometown
Skill Set: Cosmetic Essence needed a CIO with the ability to respond to rapid growth.
Help Wanted: A headhunter called me out of the blue.
Selling Point: It's a bunch of cowboys having a lot of fun. Solid business people actually doing a lot of great work while they had very strained technologies.
Unexpected Perk: Free perfume
How did you get that job, anyhow?: They told me I had tremendous business sense. They didn't want a cleaned-up nerd but someone who could hang with the CFO.
Ellen O'Brien, a former senior editor at CIO Decisions, is now a senior editor at Storage magazine. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was first published in June 2006