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2017 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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  • "In a constantly changing world, the best strategy for success is connecting with cross-industry professionals at these summits. The key to networking is paying it forward."

    Mamatha Chamarthi
    SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO
    ZF TRW

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 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Steven Ambrose
    VP & CIO
    DTE Energy

    Steven B. Ambrose is vice president and chief information officer for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.

    Ambrose is responsible for securing, operating, and applying the company’s information technology assets toward achieving the company’s strategic objectives.

    Prior to his current role, Ambrose was director of Enterprise Performance Management where he was responsible for the oversight of corporate performance, and served as the chief of staff to the CEO where he coordinated various corporate-wide initiatives.

    Ambrose joined DTE Energy in 1998 and served in a variety of progressively more  responsible information technology (IT) roles including the oversight of the company’s enterprise business systems, the IT operations of DTE Energy’s non-utility affiliates, and the stewardship of the company’s IT strategy and enterprise architecture.

    Ambrose earned an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, a master’s certificate in management information systems from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue College.

    Ambrose serves on the board of directors of TechTown and Powerley.

  • 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.

  • Mamatha Chamarthi
    SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO
    ZF TRW

  • Bill Cummings
    Global CISO

  • Rajiv Das
    Chief Security Officer and Deputy Director
    State of Michigan

    Rajiv Das is a senior Information Technology leader with broad-based management consulting experience who specializes in transforming organizations. He accelerates organization performance by defining strategies that align IT with the business, and driving large scale program implementations, technology integration, involving cross-functional, multi-vendor, and teams with large operating budgets. Collaborative & Innovative business partner who builds, and motivates highly successful teams and leaders to exceed customer expectations.

    He has delivered large scale programs as Delivery Executive (healthcare), transformed organization as CIO (Chief Information Officer – Teamster Welfare Fund), delivered business strategy & center of excellence for agencies as General Manager at State of Michigan. In addition, he also is an adjunct faculty at School of Business at Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan teaching graduate level courses on “Big Data”. His expertise spans over finance, healthcare and public sector verticals for large scale system integration, ERP implementation, business intelligence operation, etc.

    In his current role as Chief Security officer for State of Michigan, he is member of the senior IT Leadership team reporting to Chief Information Officer, as part of Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Rajiv is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of State of Michigan information and IT assets as well as the following key assignments -

    • Develop & deliver the tactical and strategic plan initiatives for cyber and infrastructure security
    • Collaborate with state, federal and corporate partners for cyber security initiatives

    Rajiv is an alumnus of Michigan State University – Eli Broad College of Business where he earned his MBA and is a resident of Okemos, Michigan.

  • Thomas Farrington
    EVP & CIO
    Perrigo Company

    Tom has been Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Perrigo Company plc, since October 2006. He has also overseen Perrigo’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, Global M&A Integration, and Perrigo’s E-Commerce business unit since 2010.

    During his tenure at Perrigo, Tom has led the company’s integration efforts over 27 acquisitions resulting in expansion into more than 35 countries, built out a global shared services platform, launched the company’s direct to consumer sales breaking into new markets and innovative retail opportunities, and has gained end consumer insights relative to over the counter healthcare purchases.

    Perrigo is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic products.  Perrigo is the world’s largest store brand manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products and infant formulas.

    Prior to Perrigo Tom served as Chief Information Officer for the F. Dohmen Co. and served as a division President for JASCORP LLC. Prior to that he held various senior positions in information technology and finance at Dell and BP Amoco.

  • Kay Fuhrman
    Heidrick & Struggles

    Kay Fuhrman focuses on senior level search assignments in the Energy and Utility sectors and serves in the Industrial practice. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Kay spent over 8 years as Vice President of Business Development for Alliance Data leading large scale outsourcing sales pursuits with energy and utility companies throughout North America. In this role, Kay also managed the company’s strategic partnerships with technology and key service providers leveraged for the delivery of Alliance Data’s solutions. Kay began her career in Dayton Ohio spending 11 years with DPL, Inc. At DPL, Kay started and led the company’s unregulated operations including a retail energy company serving industrial and commercial customers throughout the Midwest and DPL’s street lighting operations across West Central Ohio. Following DPL, Kay spent 2 years with Aquila Energy running the company’s retail energy business across the central United States. Kay holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from The University of Dayton. She also holds a BS in Business Administration from Wright State University. Kay has served on the board of directors for Texas Energy Association for Marketers since 2002. In addition, Kay has served as National Committee Chair for National Energy Marketers Association in 2005 and 2006.

  • Greggory Garrett
    CEO & Managing Director
    CGS Advisors LLC

    Greggory R. Garrett is the CEO and Managing Director of CGS Advisors, LLC. For the last 15 years he has pushed the limits of corporate cultures by developing and implementing unique market-based strategies. He is a visionary leader who prides himself in recognizing commonsense solutions for complex problems and motivating teams to reach well beyond the typical boundaries to achieve greatness. Prior to launching CGS Advisors, Gregg was the Chief Strategy Officer for IT & Innovation at Volkswagen Group of America. Before his time with VW, Gregg led corporate strategy & marketing for a division of Deutsche Telekom, and was part of Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting practice.
    Gregg holds an MBA from Michigan State’s Broad School for Executive Management, and a Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

  • Vicki Harper
    Director of Information Technology
    Acument Global Technologies

  • Meredith Harper
    Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer
    Henry Ford Health System

  • Sonny Hashmi
    Managing Director, Global Government

    Sonny Hashmi is the Managing Director of Global Government Strategy at Box. In his role, Sonny is responsible for developing and executing a go- to Market strategy for Box within global public sectors, and represents Box as a cloud computing thought-leader in government. Sonny also serves as part of the Editorial Advisory board for GovernmentCIO magazine, and works for Federal, State and Local and international government customers on cloud and mobility strategy. 

    Prior to joining Box, Sonny served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).  Since joining GSA in 2011, Sonny managed the agency's $600 million Information Technology (IT) budget and ensuring alignment with agency and the administration's strategic objectives, information security and enterprise architecture. Sonny led several technology initiatives at GSA, that leveraged emerging technologies to modernize and improve GSA operations. He also provided oversight of GSA’s IT projects, implemented the digital government strategy and was a major force towards adoption of cloud for GSA’s email, collaboration and applications as well as creating agile practices for cloud development.

    Sonny has also served as the CTO for the District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He championed and successfully delivered many initiatives including large system modernization projects, implementation of a District-wide business intelligence platform for agency financial management and oversaw business process automation. Sonny also worked for private sector organizations leading large scale initiatives for federal, state and local government agencies.

    Sonny is active in the federal IT community. He received the 2013 Federal 100 award for Digital Government Innovation - as a “cloud expander.”

    Other awards include his team’s win of the 2011 GCN award for (Cloud) Enterprise E-mail and Collaboration, and as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Hayman Service to America medal.  Named as among the five most social federal CIOs on Twitter, he is actively engaged on social media and online federal IT communities of interest. You can follow Sonny on Twitter at @Sonny_h.

    Sonny has a master’s in engineering from Purdue University and a master’s certificate in innovation management from the University of Maryland.

  • Linglong He
    Quicken Loans

    Linglong He is the Chief Information Officer of Quicken Loans Inc.  With more than 20 years of experience within technology, Linglong is responsible for the overall vision and leadership for technology initiatives across the business. Since joining the company in 1996, Linglong has served in many roles, including Director of Database and Systems Engineering, Software Engineer, Oracle DBA, Progress DBA and as a UNIX System administrator. Technology drives the business at Quicken Loans. The company placed in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005. Quicken Loans ranked highest in “customer satisfaction” among all home lenders in the United States for the fourth consecutive year in a benchmark study of mortgage origination by J.D. Power in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Linglong is a founding member of “Experience IT” alongside other other Detroit technology leaders. The program aims to provide continued education, work experience and job opportunities for IT professionals and college students as they advance their technology careers. Linglong has a strong passion for developing leaders and is actively involved with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT)  and the We Build Character organizations.  She also currently sits on the board for the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) and has won the Crain’s Detroit Business CIO Award in 2013. Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Linglong taught Civil Engineering for seven years in China. She earned her Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Wuhan University. She also obtained an undergraduate degree from Hohai University.

  • Beverly Lieberman
    Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

    Beverly Lieberman is President of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates, Inc., an internationally recognized executive search firm founded in 1957.  The firm provides retained executive search services across multiple industries while specializing in Information Technology.

    Ms. Lieberman joined Halbrecht Associates in 1986 and became the owner in 1991.  She has successfully managed searches for Fortune 500 companies as well as early-stage businesses.  Industries served include healthcare, insurance, higher education, financial services, retail, manufacturing, government, management consulting, high technology, law and communications.

    In addition to executive search, Ms. Lieberman has established an executive coaching practice.  She coaches senior executives in the areas of performance improvement and career development.

    Ms. Lieberman has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan and graduated from the prestigious M.I.T Sloan School Executive Management Program.

    Prior to joining Halbrecht Associates, Ms. Lieberman was a Human Resource executive with a Fortune 500 multinational conglomerate and a leading New England bank, where she managed major recruitment efforts for professional and senior level technical staff. 

    Ms. Lieberman is a frequent speaker at professional societies and conferences and is often quoted in major business and trade publications.  She has been a featured writer for CIO Magazine.  Ms. Lieberman is a long-standing member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  In addition, Ms. Lieberman is a Board member of the University of Bridgeport’s Industry Advisory Board.  Ms. Lieberman was selected by Executive Recruiter News as one of the 50 leading retained search professionals.  She is also recognized by John Sibbald’s The Career Makers, as one of the nation’s top recruiters

  • Lesley Ma
    Global CIO, Cadillac
    General Motors

  • Christopher Mandelaris
    Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer
    Chemical Bank

    Christopher Mandelaris is the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for Chemical Bank responsible for Information Assurance, Privacy, IT Governance and IT Risk for the organization. 

    Mandelaris was most recently with Talmer Bank as Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer. He started his career in IT Infrastructure Ford Motor Credit as a system analyst and currently holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from Walsh College of Business and maintains several certifications as C|CISO, CISM, CRISC, CISA, PMP, MCSA, ITILv3, Six Sigma Greenbelt, MCP and CNA.

    Chemical Bank has 266 branch locations in Michigan and Northeast Ohio and total about $16 billion in assets and $13 billion in deposits. It is the sixth largest bank in Michigan by deposits, and the only one of those six headquartered in Michigan.

  • Jim Maxim
    President of MaximTrak
    Chief Digital Officer

    Jim Maxim Jr. is co-founder and President of MaximTrak Technologies and is responsible for overall company operations. Mr. Maxim remains deeply involved in product design & development and is the primary executive leading the future growth of MaximTrak into new territories globally.

    Prior to starting-up MaximTrak, Mr. Maxim served at General Electric in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at GE Aircraft Engines, a $12 Billion Division. Jim focused most of his efforts towards leading acquisitions and divestitures geared toward building GE's position in Avionics and Aeronautical Electronics.

    Prior to joining GE, Mr. Maxim spent several years with Lucent Technologies in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions group and was responsible for managing acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures at the peak of the dot com era geared at redefining the global communications equipment manufacturer. Prior to joining the Lucent M&A Team, Mr. Maxim held many positions at Lucent and started off his career in the Company's premier Financial Leadership Development Program where he was stationed in assignments around the world.

    Mr. Maxim earned his MBA from Babson College, Olin School of Business and holds a B.S. in Finance from Ithaca College. Jim Maxim lives in Wayne, PA with his wife and two children.



  • 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.



  • Mike Osment
    CIO/ CTO
    The Taubman Company

    Michael Osment has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of Information Technology including CIO experience at Fortune 100 companies including GM, TRW and ITT Automotive.  He has served as CIO and CTO for the last five years at the Taubman Company, the global, premier owner/operator of enclosed shopping malls.  While there he has driven their technology innovation process and expanded the reach of technology outside of traditional Information Technology to providing new services to shoppers and retailers.  Prior to Taubman, Michael worked as a management consultant for AlixPartners, the acknowledged globbal, leader in corporate turnaround and bankruptcy consulting, working on many of their largest, highest profile clients.  Michael possesses a BS and MBA (with distinction) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

  • Kevin Parlette
    VP, IT (CIO)
    Dana Incorporated

    As VP of IT, Kevin Parlette is responsible for establishing and executing the technology vision and strategy for Dana Corp. Parlette’s team manages Dana’s entire IT scope including business unit and corporate functional support, network services, security, plant systems, multiple data center support, project management, security and telephony.

    Parlette is an effective and creative leader with more than 20 years of progressive, multi-disciplined experience within the global OEM/automotive industries. In addition to his experience leading and transforming the IT organization into a business-focused organization, Parlette also has a strong background in strategic and financial planning, organizational development and multi-plant global operations as the former VP of finance, North America.

    Parlette received a BBA in finance and an MBA, both from the University of Toledo.

  • 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.

  • Patrick Quint
    Vice President IT Business Process Office

  • Paul Renko
    Sr. Manager, Enterprise & Emerging IT
    Ford Motor Company

  • Vijay Sankaran
    TD Ameritrade

  • Eric Schrock
    Chief Technology Officer

    Eric was a founding engineer at Sun’s Fishworks group that created the ZFS Storage Appliance product line. At Sun and later Oracle, he led the distributed data management and storage platform integration strategies. Prior to that, he worked on a variety of teams in the Solaris kernel group, including the ZFS, Zones, and fault management teams. He is a leader in the illumos community, holds two patents and has several pending. He joined Delphix in 2010 and has a BS in Computer Science, with honors, from Brown University.

  • Raj Singh
    EVP & CIO

    As CIO at FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Ford franchise dealers, Singh is in his 2nd year of overseeing an IT department of professionals and 50+ technology providers and vendors at FordDirect.  He is responsible for application development and management, product developments, technology compliance, infrastructure management, data security and technical innovation.  Singh leads an IT annual budget of more than $110M. Some of his key responsibilities and systems involve Digital Strategy, Lead Management, Inventory Management, Incentives, Online-Offline Integration, Dealer Digital Footprint Management, ERP Systems, Data Platform and Analytics. Prior to joining FordDirect, Singh was the Executive Director of IT at Consumers Energy, where he led a portfolio of more than 290+ applications and over 400+ global technology resources including vendor partner resources.  He led a team of over 175+ employees and over 200+ consultants.  Singh was also responsible for building a flexible, nimble delivery model, including business intelligence and IT transformation. Singh holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and a Master in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Master of Program Management from George Washington University. He is also Project Management Professional-certified (PMP), SAP COE-certified, and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • Jim Suchara
    Vice President IT
    Amerisure Insurance

  • George Surdu
    Chief Strategy Officer
    HTC Global Services

  • Angie Tuglus
    EVP of Operations
    Ally Financial, Inc.

  • Sangy Vatsa
    Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    Comerica Bank

    Mr. Sangy Vatsa is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Comerica Bank. He joined the Bank in 2016 and is responsible for all of technology, information security, enterprise data office and technology risk at the Bank.

    Prior to joining Comerica Bank, Mr. Vatsa served as the Chief Information Officer for global customer service, credit, collections and payments issuance at The American Express Company. He has more than 26 years of experience in information technology. Since joining American Express in 2006, he served in leadership roles for IT Strategy, Architecture and Innovation, Enterprise Shared Services and Delivery, Global Business Travel and Corporate Payments Digital Capabilities. Prior to American Express, he spent 13 years at Ford Motor Company.

    Mr. Vatsa holds a master of business administration degree from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a master of computer and information systems degree and a bachelor of electronics and telecommunications engineering degree.  He is active in the industry, both with technology companies and with non-profit companies.


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

George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Technology Leadership to Drive Disruption and Competitive Advantage

Jim MaximPresident of MaximTrak and Chief Digital Officer, RouteOne

Vijay Sankaran, CIO, TD Ameritrade

George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services

Angie Tuglus, EVP of Operations, Ally Financial, Inc.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Every industry is being hit with seismic shift in a global digital world.  Connected devices, mobility, robotics, AI are all reshaping the competitive landscape and disrupting industries with amazing force and astonishing speed.  The CEO and Board are looking for technology leadership to accelerate the vision of senior management and to disrupt the market place.  Are you ready to take on this challenge?

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

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

Sonny Hashmi, Managing Director, Global Government, 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 Managing Director, Sonny Hashmi, will share lessons learned on how to innovate quickly and nimbly to reinvent your products and build modern customer experiences. 

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Information Security and Innovation – How Can We Have Both?

Bill Cummings, Global CISO, Adient

Rajiv Das, Chief Security Officer and Deputy Director, State of Michigan

Meredith Harper, Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Moderator: Christopher Mandelaris, Chief Information Security Officer, Chemical Bank

Information security is often viewed as roadblock to innovation and moving quickly in a highly competitive environment. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage. We will provide strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM  


Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Transformational CIO Award to Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO of ZF TRW

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM   

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Insights to Drive Your Career Ascent

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

Kay Fuhrman, Partner,Heidrick & Struggles

Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

The leadership skills and experiences required for IT executive positions is changing as companies need transformational leaders to drive innovation and digital disruption.  But leading organizational change is no easy task, especially in long-established companies where cultural roots run deep.

This session will explore the leadership qualities and experiences that search recruiters are being asked by their clients to look for in filling executive roles as well as for external board positions.  Learn insights to drive your career ascent.

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Laying the Foundation for the Digital Roadmap

Vicki Harper, Director of Information Technology, Acument Global Technologies

Patrick Quint, Executive Director Automotive Experience, Adient

Eric Schrock, Chief Technology Officer, Delphix

TBD: CenturyLink

Moderator: Raj Singh, EVP & CIO, FordDirect

As business continues to change at unprecedented 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.

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Collaborative Innovation in the Connected Era

Steven Ambrose, VP & CIO, DTE Energy

Mike Osment, CIO/CTO, The Taubman Company

Paul Renko, Sr. Manager, Enterprise & Emerging IT - Ford Motor Company

Jim Suchara, Vice President IT, Amerisure Insurance

Moderator: Greggory Garrett, CEO & Managing Director, CGS Advisors LLC

Embracing digital disruption, how do you get to the next generation of what-if?  Looking at new combinations of technology, how do you create a valuable frictionless customer experience that drives loyalty?  How do you commercialize these new experiences?  Who will be your unexpected new competitors?  Levering provocative futures through unusual partnerships, this panel has address these questions to create their company’s new digital strategies. 

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Thomas Farrington, EVP & CIO, Perrigo Company

Linglong He, CIO, Quicken Loans

Lesley Ma, Global CIO, Cadillac, General Motors

Kevin Parlette, VP, IT (CIO), Dana Commercial Vehicle

Sangy Vatsa, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Comerica Bank

Moderator: Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO, ZF TRW

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.  Given the challenging operating markets of their business, these transformational CIOs will reflect back on the strategies, insights, and inspiration from today’s conversations, and give insights as to how they are courageously driving innovation to create new business value in their industries to chart their company’s future.

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM  

Summit Wrap-up and Raffle Prizes

Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy & George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM  

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


Platinum Partners

  • 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.

  • Delphix

    Delphix enables companies to release applications 10x faster by delivering secure, virtualized data, while using half the infrastructure. Delphix software delivers the right data to the right team at the right time, on premises or in the cloud—instead of relying on IT teams to manually move data across systems. Over 30% of the Global 100 use Delphix to deliver data across development, testing, and reporting environments, improving developer productivity and data security.


Gold Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading provider of cloud-based Technology Business Management (TBM) software that helps CIOs manage the business of IT. Apptio’s suite of applications uses business analytics to provide facts and insights about technology cost, value, and quality so IT leaders can make faster, data-driven decisions. The purpose-built applications help companies align technology spend to business outcomes and automate IT processes like cost transparency, benchmarking, showback/chargeback, operational efficiency, and planning. Powering Apptio’s applications is a next generation, in-memory cost analytics platform. Hundreds of customers, including more than a third of the Fortune 100, choose Apptio as their business system of record for IT. For more information, visit the Apptio website or the Apptio blog at www.apptio.com.

  • ServiceNow

    Your enterprise needs to move faster, but lack of process and legacy tools hold you back. Every day, thousands of customer requests, IT incidents, and HR cases follow their own paths—moving back and forth between people, machines, and departments. Unstructured. Undocumented. Unimproved for years. With the ServiceNow System of ActionTM you can replace these unstructured work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future. Now every employee, customer, and machine can make requests on a single cloud platform. Every department working on these requests can assign and prioritize, collaborate, get down to root cause issues, gain real-time insights, and drive to action. Your employees are energized, your service levels improve, and you realize game-changing economics. Work at LightspeedTM.


Supporting Partners

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Alliance Partners

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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).

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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

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

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