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2017 Washington, D.C. CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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  • "HMG attracts some of the best and brightest CIOs, as well as partners. This network has taught me more that I can take back to Freddie Mac and apply than anywhere else."

    Robert Lux
    EVP & CIO
    Freddie Mac

Event Highlights

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age


Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CIO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CIO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 Washington, D.C. CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Aileen Alexander
    Senior Client Partner - Co-Leader Global Cybersecurity Practice
    Korn Ferry

  • Bharat Amin
    VP & CIO
    Newport News Shipbuilding

  • Renee Arrington
    Senior Vice President
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    Renee Arrington is a senior vice president, shareholder and CIO Practice Leader for Pearson Partners International, a top 25 nationally ranked retained search firm. Renee was a Partner in the CIO and Technology Practices of two global search firms before joining Pearson Partners.

    An active member of the SIM Dallas Chapter, Renee has written a column for CIO Decisions magazine, and has been quoted in national media. She is a frequent keynote speaker at IT conferences and a member of the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

    Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris.

  • Lt. Gen. William Bender
    Chief Information Dominance & CIO
    United States Air Force

    Lt. Gen. William J. "Bill" Bender is the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Bender leads three directorates and supports 54,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He has overall responsibility of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio as the senior authority for Information Technology investment strategy, networks and network-centric policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Chief Information Officer, General Bender provides oversight of portfolio management, delivers enterprise architecture, and enforces freedom of information act and privacy act laws. He integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking air, space, and terrestrial assets. Additionally, he shapes doctrine, strategy, and policy for all cyberspace operations and support activities.

    General Bender was commissioned in 1983 after earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Manhattan College. He has held staff assignments at Air Mobility Command, Headquarters U.S. European Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. His commands include an airlift squadron, an operations group, an air refueling wing, an airlift wing, and the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center. He has also served as Vice Commander of the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Deputy Chief, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in the T-37, T-38, C/KC-135A/E/R, KC-10, EC-18B, E/KE-3A/B, C-141B, C-17A, C-130E and C-130J.

  • Tom Berray
    Managing Partner
    Cabot Consultants

    Tom Berray is a specialist in top-tier executive searches across all functional roles for technology companies and technology executives across all industries. His areas of expertise include business development, human resources, operations, sales and marketing, and technology. During his 10+ years in executive recruiting, Tom has conducted searches for early-stage, venture-backed to Fortune 100 companies in software, internet, aerospace/defense, biotechnology, energy, financial services, government and professional services, healthcare, and not-for-profit industries. Prior to joining Cabot, Tom was a Principal with the Technology practice of Heidrick & Struggles, the world's largest search firm at the time. At Heidrick, Tom's expertise was on recruiting CIOs, CTOs, VPs of Engineering and other senior IT executives across all industries, as well as senior executives for high technology companies in the hardware, software, and services areas. Before joining the executive search industry, Tom was a Director with the Gartner's Executive Programs, where his primary responsibility was to act as a personal advisor to over 200 Chief Information and Chief Technology Officers. Prior to Gartner, Tom held positions in systems analysis, and sales and marketing at Computer Associates and Xerox Corporation.Tom's board roles include serving as the Secretary of the Washington CTO Roundtable, IT Industry Advisory for the American Public University System (APUS), Co-Chair of the Annual Fund for The Potomac School, and former President of the Great Falls Swim & Tennis Club. Tom is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Great Falls. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University and is an active member of Duke's Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee.

  • David Bray
    Senior Executive & CIO
    Federal Communications Commission

    Dr. David A. Bray began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a Department of Energy facility. In later roles he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. From 1998-2000 he volunteered as an occasional crew lead with Habitat for Humanity International in the Philippines, Honduras, Romania, and Nepal while also working as a project manager with Yahoo! and a Microsoft partner firm. He then joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program’s technology response to during 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory System in 2003, and other international public health emergencies. He later completed a PhD in Information Systems from Emory University and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Bray volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to help “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, Dr. Bray became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the "Internet of Everything" in 2015. Dr. Bray has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC’s IT Transformation since 2013. He was selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Visiting Associate for the Cybersecurity Working Group on Culture at the University of Oxford in 2014. He also has been named one of the “Fed 100” for 2015 and the “Most Social CIO” globally for 2015, tweeting as @fcc_cio.

  • Elaine Cheng
    CFA Institute

  • Patricia Collins Weedon
    Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Security Officer
    Discovery Communications

    As Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Security Officer at Discovery Communications, Patricia Collins Weedon is responsible for Discovery’s global cyber security operations, technical security strategy and architecture, information security governance and IT risk management.  She also creates award-winning information security awareness programs around cyber security to engage employees and partners.

    Ms. Collins Weedon has a long record of success in a variety of information security, IT risk and IT compliance positions, in both private and government sectors. Prior to joining Discovery in 2015, she served as Vice President and Global Chief Information Security Officer for Quintiles, where she was responsible for the company’s worldwide cyber security, with concentration in biotechnology information and data protection, in a highly regulatory compliance industry.  Ms. Collins Weedon also previously served as Vice President of Information Security and Compliance for Warner Brothers, where she was responsible for all global aspects of information security and compliance worldwide. Additionally, she has more than ten years of experience within federal government supporting classified intelligence security operations.

    Her roles within information security and data privacy management, as well as her wealth of global protection and security leadership experience, including the management of strategic converged security and business data protection programs, have established her as a thought leader in the cyber security and information security space.  

    Ms. Collins Weedon graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Executive Scholars Program, and achieved information security awards throughout her career.  Ms. Collins Weedon is based at Discovery’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • Esteban Deleon
    Chief Executive Officer
    Renegade Strategies Corporation

  • Amy Doherty
    SVP & CIO

    Amy Doherty serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at AARP. Amy started with AARP in December 2011, providing leadership to application portfolio management and Enterprise Resource Planning. Since joining AARP, she has worked in roles of increasing responsibility in Information Technology Services (ITS).  

    In her role as CIO, Amy will help shape AARP’s future by enabling new technology solutions and services that help its members and people 50+ live their best lives. As AARP’s Chief Information Officer, she will continue to drive the transformation of the IT organization  from a “cost center” to a “value center,” running IT like a business, strengthening AARP’s Information Security infrastructure, and improve IT's ability to execute, and boost stability, efficiency, and resiliency throughout the organization.

  • Paul Fipps
    CIO & EVP, Global Operations
    Under Armour

    Paul Fipps is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Operations at Under Armour (UA). In this role, he leads Information Technology, Analytics, Operations, Logistics, Strategy, and Corporate Real Estate globally. Fipps is focused on driving operational excellence and using analytics to drive the organization.

    Fipps joined Under Armour in January 2014 as Senior Vice President, Global Operations and oversaw Global Sales Operations, Planning, and Global Logistics and Distribution.  In 2015 he assumed the role of Chief Information Officer and implemented new technology investments and introduced a new operating model that enabled UA’s global expansion.

    Prior to joining UA, Paul Fipps served as Chief Information Officer and Corporate Vice President of Business Services at The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG) – a leading distributor of fine wines, spirits, beer, bottled water and other beverages in the United States. While at CSG, he led the strategic development and execution of CSG’s multi-functional shared services organization. Before entering into the corporate world, Fipps proudly served in the armed forces as a member of the United States Army.

    Fipps currently serves on the Board of Directors for America’s SAP User Group (ASUG) and Howard University’s Supply Chain Management Advisory Board. Previously, he served on University of Baltimore’s MIS Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence, Digital as a Competitive Advantage, and SAP Technology.

    Paul Fipps holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Baltimore and received his Masters of Business Administration from UB’s Merrick School of Business.

    Fipps, his wife Amy and two daughters reside in Mount Airy, Maryland. 

  • Yuvi Kochar
    Managing Director
    Kochar Consulting

  • James Lamb
    Chief Information Officer
    Interstate Hotels & Resorts

    James Lamb is the Chief Information Officer for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and responsible for the design and delivery of innovative technical and business solutions to meet the diverse needs of the Company and its global hotel portfolio.

    Prior to joining Interstate, James held a variety of IT positions within the hospitality industry, including senior vice president of information technology/chief information officer for Global Hyatt Corporation and chief information officer for Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. In addition, he spent 16 years working for IT services firms, EDS and later Perot Systems, where he was responsible for creating solutions to meet the needs of clients in the manufacturing, publishing, financial, and travel and leisure industries.

    James received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University.

  • Aaron Levie
    CEO, Co-Founder, & Chairman

    Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder, Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind
    Box’s product and platform strategy, which focuses on incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses
    work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served as a member of Box’s board of directors since April 2005. Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.

  • Robert Lux
    EVP & CIO
    Freddie Mac

    Robert Lux was named EVP and CIO in 2010. He is a member of the company's senior operating committee and reports directly to CEO Don Layton. Lux is responsible for the company’s information technology assets and services. In this capacity, he oversees end-to-end technology solutions that ensure delivery of strong operational platforms and integrated services throughout Freddie Mac’s businesses. Prior to coming to Freddie Mac, Lux was a principal at Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company, where he was responsible for leading teams on three continents in the delivery of commercial risk modeling applications for the insurance industry. Prior to that, Lux was chief architect for GMAC Financial Services and CTO for GMAC Residential Capital. Lux also held IT leadership positions at EDS and Reuters. He has more than 30 years experience in the IT industry and more than 10 years experience in the mortgage industry. He is a current member of the MBA's Residential Technology Steering Committee and earned the MBA's Certified Mortgage Technologist designation. Lux earned an M.S. in management of technology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in commerce and engineering from Drexel University.

  • Joe Malfesi
    VP Infrastructure Services
    Transaction Network Services, Inc.

    Joe Malfesi is currently Vice President, Infrastructure Services at Transaction Network Systems, Inc. (TNS), a global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions. With a presence in over 60 countries, Mr. Malfesi utilizes his extensive experience in both information technology and business line management to ensure non-stop availability of the infrastructure. Prior to joining TNS, Mr. Malfesi was the Chief Technology Operations Officer at Amtrak where he was named by the Maryland/D.C. Technology Council as the 2011 IT Executive of the Year-Government for his management of a major infrastructure improvement program relocating data centers and changing network providers while supporting the concurrent rollout of “Big Bang” SAP and the introduction of eTicketing.

    In 1989 Mr. Malfesi joined Hughes Network Systems (HNS) as the senior information technology officer where he blueprinted the system architecture that supported a 600% revenue growth. His last role at HNS was as Chief Technology Officer, focusing on evaluating emerging technologies, developing roadmaps, reducing infrastructure costs and leading the development for business continuity and information security strategies. Mr. Malfesi has also held management positions at a computer manufacturer, a health care services company, and an appliance distributor.

    Mr. Malfesi graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Marketing Management. He also holds an M.B.A. from New York University with concentrations in Computer Applications and Accounting. He is board Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and was named to the International Who’s Who of Information Technology in 1998. Mr. Malfesi has been an active member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) for over twenty years and is currently the Chairman of the Capital Area Chapter and a member of the Advanced Practices Council. He has been a guest speaker at the Robert H. Smith School of Business CIO Forum, SAP Admin & Infrastructure Conference and a judge at the annual American University Kogod Case Competition since 2005.

  • Israel Martinez
    Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO
    Axon Global

    Israel is a professional in cyber strategy and innovation empowering boards and companies that have decided to reclaim cyber dominance.  He’s recognized as an expert in Cyber Enterprise Risk Management, as well as an NACD Full Board Member and Leadership Fellow, obtaining the highest credentials for Board Directorship. His board experience includes training directors, advisory and board service with: F500; National Bar Associations; American University Kogod Cyber Governance Center; The Association for Corporate Growth, representing 14K companies; Globes International (Tel Aviv’s “WSJ”); the Global Manufacturing ISAO, sharing threat information for 29K companies; and the Axon Global Alliance®. Martinez is also an accomplished thought leader and speaker with appearances in: The WSJ MarketWatch ®, NACD ® Annual Board Leadership Conferences, DHS Office of Analysis & Intelligence training conferences, Forbes CEO Conferences, CIO Magazine, U.S. Federal Reserve, and U.S. Congress.  As the CEO of Axon Global Services, recognized as leaders by the U.S. Secret Service and DHS, he is currently an advisor in cyber to the President’s 100-day team. He’s the recipient of, the HITEC top 100, The U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom (also awarded to Ronald Reagan and General Schwarzkopf), and his recent post graduate certifications include; business strategy at Harvard, Intelligence Analysis (TCOLE) at SMU, Cyber Counter Terrorism & Defense at DHS, and FINTECH Blockchain at MIT (2017). 

  • Matthew McCormack
    VP & CISO
    EMC Consulting

  • Andre Mendes
    CIO/ CTO
    Broadcasting Board of Governors

    In his current position Mr. Mendes serves as the CIO/CTO of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors and Director, Technology Services and Innovation for the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau.

    With this portfolio, Mr. Mendes oversees the largest digital audio distribution system in the world through a $1.2B global network that includes 84 transmitting stations, utilizes 14 geo-stationary satellites, 1400+ affiliates, redundant circumnavigating fiber and a growing global MPLS network. BBG broadcasts reach a weekly audience of 187 million in 100 countries in over 55 languages.

    In his former position, as SVP Strategic Planning and Global CIO for Special Olympics International, Mr. Mendes was responsible for the formulation of the organization’s Strategic Plan and all aspects of the global movement’s information technology, Internet and media infrastructures.

    Previously, as Chief Technology Integration Officer, he was responsible for developing and implementing technology strategy in both Broadcasting Engineering and Information Technology divisions of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He has also served as Chief Operating Officer at Pluvita, Inc. a biotechnology and bioinformatics startup.

    He is the recipient of multiple industry awards including:

    • 2013 Top 100 Hispanic IT Executives
    • 2011 Top 10 Breakaway Leaders (Finalist) 
    • 2008 MIT CIO Innovation Awards 
    • 2006 Mid-Atlantic IT Executive of the Year
    • 2006 Mid-Market Leadership 
    • 2005 Technology Leadership in Broadcasting 
    • 2004 Innovation in Storage Award
    • 2003 Excellence in Broadcast Engineering 
    • 2001 Premier 100 IT Leaders

    He is a co-author of the critically acclaimed “CTO Leadership Strategies” from Aspatore Books and is an internationally recognized leader in the convergence of broadcasting, IT and new media technologies. 

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a transformative CEO at HMG Strategy, LLC, the strongest executive leadership network. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in consulting with IT executive leaders, Hunter is a multi-title book author and a frequent industry speaker on transformational leadership and innovation. His concepts are used worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise.

    Through years of research and experience, Hunter has published four books: “The Transformational CIO” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), “On Top of The Cloud” (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), “Leading the Epic Revolution” (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), and “The Big Shift in IT Leadership” (John Wiley & Sons, 2015).

    HMG Strategy assists C-level executives in becoming transformational leaders. HMG Strategy hosts networking summits and provides services that are focused around innovative IT leadership, management, and technology support to CIOs and senior IT executives. HMG Strategy is "The Strongest Executive Leadership Network" with an international association of more than 300,000 global CIOs/senior IT executives, industry experts, and world-class thought leaders.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT-related charities, and Hunter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.



  • Augusto Penjasoff
    Chief Digital Innovation
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

  • Mark Polansky
    Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice
    Korn Ferry

    Mark Polansky is a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry’s Information Technology Officers Center of Expertise, an executive search practice he headed up for more than twelve years. He has been based in the firm’s New York office since joining Korn Ferry in 1997.

    Mark has extensively recruited chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief information security officers and other senior IT leadership talent across varied vertical sectors including Industrial, Consumer, Life Sciences and Higher Education. His consultative approach to search encompasses talent strategy, organization design, search process and diversity recruiting. Mark ’s clients range from the Fortune 100 (McKesson, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing) to smaller high-growth companies (Under Armour, Regeneron, DirecTV) as well as prestigious public and private universities (Harvard, Rockefeller, University of Florida).

    Before entering the search field, Mark developed and marketed information systems within the Financial Services and Higher Education sectors. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Columbia University's executive graduate program in Information Technology Management.

    Mark frequently addresses conferences and writes on information technology and career management topics.  He is the creator of the “Executive Career Counsel” column in CIO Magazine and on CIO.com. He is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and has served as President of the New York Chapter. He sits on the Advisory Boards of The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the national organization dedicated to fostering executive talent among African-American IT professionals, and HITEC, the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council.

    Mark holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Union College.

  • Shawn Purvis
    VP, CIO
    Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Shawn Purvis is vice president and chief information officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, she leads and executes all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s internal IT strategy and related responsibilities, and provides direction as the IT organization partners with customers and suppliers on innovative solutions that contribute to value delivery, user experience, and risk management.

    Ms. Purvis has more than 20 years of experience in the intelligence, information systems and defense industries. Prior to her current position she served as sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman’s former Cyber division, and was responsible for delivering full-spectrum cyber and security solutions to intelligence, defense and civilian customers globally.

    Ms. Purvis joined Northrop Grumman in 2012 serving as vice president of the Integrated Intelligence Systems (IIS) business unit in the company’s former Intelligence Systems division. In this role, Ms. Purvis was responsible for all aspects of the IIS business, including strategy, growth, customer relationships and program execution. The division had broad capabilities centered on delivering information technology solutions to solve key customer processing, exploitation and dissemination requirements.

    Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. Purvis held positions of increasing scope and responsibility with SAIC. She served as senior vice president of SAIC’s Processing Exploitation and Dissemination Operation in the Intelligence Systems business unit, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of the business, including software and systems programs, and network operations.  

    Ms. Purvis maintains strong involvement in the community as evidenced by two years of service as a board member on the Northern Virginia Family Services Council and two years as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Prince William County, Virginia. Additionally, Ms. Purvis is Northrop Grumman’s executive sponsor of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was appointed to the George Mason University Board of Visitors in 2015 and is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Cyber Council. In 2014, Ms. Purvis received the Managerial Leadership award at the 19th annual Women of Color STEM Conference.

    Ms. Purvis earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in information systems from George Mason University. She also earned a program management certification and graduated from the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

  • Edward Stelmack
    Director, Commercial Data Management Head - Commercial Operations


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age

Paul Fipps, CIO & EVP Global Operations, Under Armour

Robert Lux, EVP & CIO, Freddie Mac

Shawn Purvis, VP, CIO, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Truly successful leaders are advancing the traditional leadership role by stepping up with bold, game-changing and transformational digital strategies to grow the business, create value, dominate markets, and deliver innovation to a new generation of demanding customers. They are taking broader and more proactive roles in enterprise-level operational functions and shared services, forming business strategy and leading execution, and winning an increasing number of Board of Director seats.

This panel of executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful leaders of today – and take a look ahead at reimagining the organization in the next era of the digital age.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:Laying the Foundation for the Digital Roadmap

Bharat Amin, VP & CIO, Newport News Shipbuilding

Amy Doherty, SVP & CIO, AARP

Yuvi Kochar, Managing Director, Kochar Consulting

Augusto Penjasoff, Digital Innovation Head, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Moderator: Esteban Deleon, Chief Executive Officer, Renegade Strategies Corporation

As business continues to change at warp speed, IT executives need to be able to manage the current state while framing the future state of the business. Understanding the future trends that are on the horizon and their potential to reshape the business and drive value is critical to any IT leader.

This panel of senior executives will share discussion around emerging trends, technologies, and the companies they are placing their bets on.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Challenge of Enterprise Security Today and Into the Future

Lt. Gen. William Bender, Chief Information Dominance and CIO, United States Air Force

Patricia Collins Weedon, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Security Officer, Discovery Communications

Israel Martinez, Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO, Axon Global

Matthew McCormack, VP & CISO, EMC Consulting

Moderator: Aileen Alexander, Senior Client Partner - Co-Leader Global Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry

Emerging and significant security concerns threaten the enterprise daily and are becoming more complex as you broaden the scope from internal, to supply chain, and out to the customer. Today's CISOs are expected not only to drive efficiency, transparency and strengthen information and network security, but also to implement the best technologies and practices to establish and maintain relationships with their customers. How can CISOs balance the demand for immediate, transparent access to information while maintaining security and privacy?

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM  


SIM Capital Area News - Joe Malfesi, VP Infrastructure Services, Transaction Network Services, Inc.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  Leading Digital Transformation with Courage, Compassion, and #ChangeAgents 

David Bray, Senior Executive & CIO, Federal Communications Commission 

Hunter Muller will interview David Bray to discuss the quickest major digital transformation for a public service agenda in U.S. government history. When Dr. Bray first arrived in late 2013, the FCC had 207+ legacy IT systems that were consuming more than 85% of the FCC's budget. There had been nine CIOs in eight years, presenting a challenge for motivating a demotivated workforce. 

Under Dr. Bray's leadership the FCC is now a 100% public cloud and commercial service provider. This reduced the FCC's operations and maintenance costs from >85% of its budget to less than 50% on a flat budget. More importantly, the FCC has reduced the time it takes to start up new prototype systems from six months to now less than 48 hours using modular SaaS components. 

Dr. Bray will share how this digital transformation both prepared the FCC for new opportunities ahead and revitalized its workforce to be positive #ChangeAgents – and how you can apply a similar strategy and tactics to your own organization.

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM   

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Every Company Needs to Work Like a Digital Company.

Aaron Levie, CEO, Box

It's not about rewriting your software. It's about rewriting your company.

To transform your company and compete in the digital age, you need to work like a digital company.But being a digital company is about much more than building an app or applying technology to your existing business. You have to go deeper.You need to fundamentally rethink your products and customer experiences for the digital world. Box CEO Aaron Levie will share lessons learned on how to innovate quickly and nimbly to reinvent your products and build modern customer experiences.

About Box:Box is building the leading Cloud Content Management platform. More than 41 million people in over 60,000 companies – including 59% of the F500 - use Box today to power real-time collaboration across geographic and organizational boundaries, without risk of data loss or security issues.

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM   

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Change Begins with Powerful Leadership

Aileen Alexander, Senior Client Partner - Co-Leader Global Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry

Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Tom Berray, Managing Partner, Cabot Consultants

Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

The secret sauce to driving transformational change is compelling leadership where senior executives clearly communicates the mission and inspire employees to strive for greatness. But driving organizational change is no easy task, especially in long-established companies where cultural roots run deep.

This session will explore the leadership qualities that search recruiters look for in senior executives along with the leadership techniques that foster long-term success.

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM   

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Elaine Cheng, CIO, CFA Institute

James Lamb, Chief Information Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

André Mendes, CIO/ CTO, U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors

Edward Stelmack, Director, Commercial Data Management Head - Commercial Operations, AstraZeneca

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Leaders who build their skills on a strong foundation of courage have a significant advantage for successfully driving innovation to create value to their organization. Today’s CIO must be prepared to embrace strategic innovation while simplifying IT and bringing legacy operations and applications into the future. To accomplish this, the CIO must be strategically aligned with the CEO and the board.

This session will address the new and dynamic mindset a CIO must employ to lead with courage and drive innovation.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the Cloud Content Management company that empowers enterprises to revolutionize how they work by securely connecting their people, information and applications. Founded in 2005, Box powers more than 71,000 businesses globally, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G, and The GAP. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more about Box, visit


Gold Partners

  • Citrix Systems, Inc.

    At Citrix, we measure the value of technology by how it benefits people. It’s about what they need to do and what they need to achieve. This vision inspires us to build mobile workspace solutions that give people new ways to work better with seamless and secure access to the apps, files and services they need on any device, wherever they go. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

  • CenturyLink

    CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.

  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage, the market's leading independent solid-state array vendor, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. The company's all-flash enterprise arrays offer significant performance and efficiency gains over mechanical disk, at a lower price point per gigabyte stored. Pure Storage FlashArrays are ideal for performance-intensive applications, including server virtualization and consolidation, VDI, OLTP database, real-time analytics and cloud computing.


Supporting Partners

  • appOrbit

    appOrbit enables the next generation of Application Life-cycle Management for both legacy and modern apps. With appOrbit, you can create full copies of your application, including the data, and seamlessly spin up the application on any infrastructure or cloud. Why does this matter? You can test code as fast as your developers can write it, increasing the frequency of code deployments from weeks to hours. You can leverage the cloud for Dev/Test and reduce infrastructure and staffing costs by up to 50%.

  • HCL

    HCL Technologies is a global IT services company with around $7B in revenue and 110,000 Ideapreneurs working in 32 countries. HCL focuses on transformational outsourcing, underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and digitalization services.

  • Pentaho

    Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, is a leading data integration and business analytics company. Pentaho’s mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness the value from all their data, including big data and IoT, enabling them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. Pentaho has over 15,000 product deployments and 1,500 commercial customers today including ABN-AMRO Clearing, BT, EMC, Landmark Halliburton, Moody's, NASDAQ and Sears Holdings Corporation.

  • Workday, Inc.

    Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Hundreds of organizations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.


Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.

  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

    Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. We are a private firm with 39 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, covering all major business regions including Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. We leverage our collective expertise to identify and assess leaders who can support the growth and success of our client organizations. Our 300 experienced consultants are supported by a global research network We complete more than 2,000 assignments annually, across a broad range of industries and functional roles.

  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. For over two decades, the Lightspeed partners have backed and helped build more than 250 companies globally, many of which have become market leaders. Lightspeed’s strategy is to be the first or lead institutional investor in companies with high growth potential in markets capable of supporting the creation of large, valuable enterprises. The Firm currently manages over $4 billion of committed capital and has invested in companies like AppDynamics, DataStax, Fusion-io, MuleSoft, Nest, Nicira.

  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).

  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

Association Partners

  • SIM Capital Area

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is an exclusive association for senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters. SIM’s Capital Area Chapter (SIMCAC) recognizes the Greater Washington, DC area as a powerhouse for nuanced and secure technology. SIM’s mission is to connect IT leaders and deliver vital knowledge creating business value and promoting personal development within the field through our events. For more information please contact tedtompkins.us@gmail.com.

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The CIO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CIOs/IT leaders. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in business and to achieve the greatest benefits through the use of information technology. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:
  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

    - OR - 
  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

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