The scope of this work is to obtain a model for the critical competencies required for the role of the Brazilian CIO. For purposes of analysis, a set of six models found in the literature were considered in this research. Based on the theoretical references, a questionnaire was elaborated. The questionnaire was then applied via a web-survey and counted on the participation of 111 valid respondents, all of whom were Brazilian CIOs. Once the data collection was accomplished, exploratory factor analysis was conducted in order to obtain a Brazilian meta-model. Seven critical competencies associated with the professional performance of the Brazilian CIO were drawn from this analysis, namely knowledge of the business, understanding of the organizational context, the ability to influence the organization, technical expertise, external networking, management of the information technology operation and the capacity to innovate using new information technologies.