Phoenix 2017 Skyline
PHOENIX, AZ – 1/13/2017 – We’re in the eye of a storm of enormous change. Industries are being disrupted by digital transformation and new business models. How CIOs respond to these gargantuan challenges and the actions they take to grow the business and add value will be the source of the discussion at the 2017 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit, produced by HMG Strategy and to be held on February 14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. 

“We’re at a crossroads in business where the digital economy is taking us on a new path,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “CIOs are uniquely positioned to orchestrate the changes that are required by the business, but they must demonstrate courageous leadership to drive the level of innovation and transformation that’s needed for companies to thrive.” 

The Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit will open with a compelling executive keynote interview between Hunter Muller and Stephen Gold, EVP Business and Technology Operations & CIO at CVS Health. The two will discuss how industry and market shifts are forcing CIOs to remodel themselves – but not necessarily in the ways that conventional wisdom would suggest. 

Other scintillating topics of discussion at the Phoenix conference will include an executive keynote address delivered by Elaine Zelby, Director of Executive Programs at Capriza, on opportunities for transforming business applications into systems of engagement; the daring vision needed to re-imagine the enterprise in the next era of the digital age; the strategic leadership characteristics required by technology executives to succeed in a world of accelerated change; the top challenges (and opportunities) for enterprise security today and into the future; best practices for deriving insights and value from data; future trends that will impact the enterprise; and the courageous mindset that’s required by CIOs to drive innovation. 

Distinguished speakers participating at the Phoenix Summit will include Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.; David Atrostic, VP & CIO, Able Aerospace and Execute to Win; David Bruno, Managing Partner, ZRG Partners, LLC; Brian Chan, Global Head of IT Infrastructure, Avnet; Max Chan, VP Global Information Solutions, Corporate Services Group, Avnet; Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry; Ed Escobedo, Head of Information Security Business Services, PayPal; Joe Gagnon, SVP/General Manager Cloud – Chief Customer Officer, Aspect Software; Gunjan Goel, SVP IT, Major Programmes, Cobham Plc; Stephen Gold, EVP Business and Technology Operations & CIO, CVS Health; Michael Goul, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University; Jason Grovert, Vice President IT, CalAtlantic Homes; Kevin Haskew, SVP & CIO, ON Semiconductor; Jim Haskin, SVP & CIO, Aspect Software; Vishwa Hassan, Director – Business Insights/Analytics and Enterprise Applications, Intel Corporation; Graeme Hay, Managing Director – Global Head of Enterprise Computing Engineering, Morgan Stanley; John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI; Nathan Johnson, SVP & CIO, Werner Enterprises; Sheila Lehker, SVP, Cizek Associates, Inc.; Mike Lettman, CISO, State of Arizona; Umesh Manathkar, Corporate VP & CIO, Amkor Technology; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC; Derek Neighbors, CTO, Tanga; Bill Owen, SVP & CIO, JDA Software; Steve Phillips, Former SVP & CIO, Avnet, Inc.; Tianbing (TQ) Qian, SVP & CIO, Ports America; Kevin Sauer, CIO, Preferred Homecare; Diane Smigel, President, Palladium IT Advisors; Michael Spandau, SVP Global IT & CIO, Fender Musical Instruments; and Jason Wilhite, Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence Solutions, Salt River Project.  

Sponsor Partners for the summit include Capriza, appOrbit, Datalink, and Level 3 Communications. Association Partners include the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), Arizona Technology Council, and Year Up. The Research Partner for the summit series is Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart.  

About HMG Strategy 

HMG Strategy is the world’s foremost provider of pioneering networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of the CIO/IT leader. Our regional CIO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders is the strongest, most trusted network of executives. Additionally, our partnerships with the world’s leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO. 

The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Summits were given the distinction by as one of “Ten Must-Attend Conferences in 2015.” HMG Strategy has a growing expanse of thought leadership housed on their open digital platform known as the ‘Research & Resource Center.’ The company’s ‘Transformational CIO Blog’ was recently recognized by CDW’s BizTech Magazine as one of “50 Must-Read IT Blogs 2015.” 

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