Upcoming Summits

2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

  • "HMG summits provide you with a different view on how companies run, as well as a different lens through which to see yourself."

    Ted Colbert
    CIO & SVP, Information & Analytics
    The Boeing Company

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 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Thomas Anderson
    Enterprise Cloud Leader
    GE Digital

    Thomas Anderson is the Enterprise Cloud Leader for GE Digital.  Tom is responsible for coordinating General Electric’s company wide internal cloud transformation.  GE is building their next generation IT infrastructure and moving 90% of their IT assets from the data center to the cloud.

    Prior, Tom served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE Transportation Global Services & Solutions.   Tom was instrumental in building GE Transportation’s big data and analytics capability for the railroad industry.  In addition, he was responsible for significantly reducing software development cycle time by championing the adoption of DevOps and Agile practices

    Tom spent six years in IT internal audit and served as General Electric’s Chief IT Auditor prior to joining the Transportation business.  He is credited with establishing GE’s industry leading IT Security internal audit capabilities, helping GE keep pace with increasing cyber threats.  In recognition of his efforts, Tom was the recipient of the 2011 GE Chairman’s award.

    Tom earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).  He is a graduate of GE’s Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) and GE’s Corporate Audit Staff (CAS) executive leadership program.

  • Michael Anderson
    Special Agent in Charge, Chicago

    On 9/21/2015, Director Comey announced his appointment of Michael J. Anderson as special agent in charge SAC, Chicago. On July 9, 2012, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller named Mr. Anderson as special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Division. Mr. Anderson most recently served as section chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Anderson began his career as a special agent with the FBI in July 1995. He first reported to the Miami Division where he investigated public corruption, including a juror bribery case involving a continuing criminal enterprise that imported more than 75 tons of cocaine into the Miami metropolitan area. 

    In 2001, he was promoted to a supervisory special agent position in the Public Corruption Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division, where he served as the FBI Headquarters liaison to numerous investigations, including Operation Wrinkled Robe, a New Orleansbased judicial corruption case. In 2003, Mr. Anderson re-wrote the FBI’s Public Corruption Field Guide. 

    Later that year, Mr. Anderson reported to the Washington Field Office to supervise investigations into public corruption, government fraud, and civil rights. During his tenure, he supervised the investigation of super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson. 
    In 2006, Mr. Anderson returned to the Public Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters as its chief. In this role, he oversaw the Hurricane Fraud Initiative to address Katrina-related public corruption and government fraud, and he launched the International Contract Corruption Initiative (ICCI) targeting Iraq reconstruction-related fraud and corruption. The ICCI eventually evolved into a permanent unit in Criminal Investigative Division. 

    In 2007, Mr. Anderson reported to the Dallas Division as an assistant special agent in charge overseeing intelligence, public corruption, white-collar crime, civil rights, covert operations, and the foreign language program. Mr. Anderson returned to FBI Headquarters in January 2011 as the chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division. Among other duties, he oversaw the FBI’s performance appraisal and management system, awards, payroll and benefits, 

    retirements, the on-boarding new employees program, and the Human Resources Division service center. Before joining the FBI, Mr. Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Iowa and was employed by KPMG. He also received a juris doctorate degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He is a certified public accountant and attorney.



  • 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.

  • Ramón Baez
    CIO Evangelist at HMG Strategy
    Former SVP, Customer Evangelist
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Ramón Baez is the Former Senior Vice President, Customer Evangelist for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Ramón champions customer centricity. Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes in relationship to drive the company’s business. In his role, he advised customers and partners through frank practitioner-to-practitioner discussions on how to make and implement decisions about emerging digital technologies in their operations, products and business models; which will have a positive impact in the market place.

    Ramón joined Hewlett-Packard in 2012, as a senior vice president and global chief information officer (CIO), a role in which he oversaw the worldwide information technology (IT) strategy and all of the company’s IT assets that supported Hewlett-Packard employees and helped to drive strategic company priorities. This included global application development, the company’s private cloud, IT security, data management, technology infrastructure, and telecommunication networks. He also serves as chairman of enterprise-wide Diversity & Inclusion Board, an entity that serves as the strategic governing body for global diversity and inclusion (D&I) at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The board works closely with company leaders to champion the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    His career spans 40 years at global Fortune 100 companies in the manufacturing, packaged goods, aerospace and defense industries, and products and services for the scientific community. Prior to HP, he held chief information officers positions at Kimberly Clark Corp., Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group. Ramón began his career at Northrop Grumman, where he spent 25 years and finished as CIO for its electronics systems sensor sector.

    He continues to serve on boards of DocuSign, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, EdSource, Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), Trpz.com as well as his most recent appointment as Board of Directors for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals boards.

    He deeply believes that business leaders need to take really good care of themselves, as if they were corporate athletes.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne in California.

  • Tim Dickson
    Vice President, Front Office IT
    Motorola Solutions, Inc.

  • Kevin Glynn
    DSC Logistics

  • Laszlo Gonc
    CISO Partner
    MVP Advisory Group, LLC

  • Mark Griesbaum
    Managing Partner
    Affinity4U, LLC

    Mark Griesbaum is the Managing Partner of affinITy4U, LLC since November, 2014.  affinITy4U, LLC is focused in the following key areas:  IT Strategy/Vision Development, Operational Integration, Top Line Revenue Growth, and Executive Leadership Development. Mark was the Senior Vice President of Business Operations at TCS Education System (TCS ES) from 2010-2015. Mark oversaw marketing, admissions operations, instructional design, student management, information technology, international services, and the learning management system for online-blended programs of TCS ES affiliates, which included The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College, and The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. Mark joined TCS ES as President of TCS Online in 2010. Prior to joining TCS ES, Mark was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cardean Learning Group.  Prior to Cardean, Mark was Chief Information Officer at Career Education Corporation, where he engineered a world class IT that was leveraged to grow the organization from $200 million in revenue to over $2.0 Billion in a five (5) year period. Mr. Griesbaum’s award-winning leadership was acknowledged by Computerworld Magazine, where he was recognized as one of Computerworld’s “Premier 100 IT Leaders 2006.”

  • Daphne Jones
    Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer - GE Healthcare Global Services
    General Electric

  • Sandee Kastrul
    President and Co-founder
    i.c. stars

  • Jason Kolb
    Chief Technology Officer

  • Ricardo Lafosse
    Cook County Government

    Ricardo Lafosse is the Chief Information Security Officer for Cook County under the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, providing strategic information security leadership for the second largest County in the United States. In his role, Lafosse is responsible for the implementation and governance of the County’s information security program, including IT-compliance and risk activities.

    Lafosse has been the catalyst for establishing a county-wide IT risk management vision and strategy for Cook County, including development of a County-wide comprehensive IT security risk program. He proactively works with business units to implement practices and procedures that meet County information security standards and policies and advises County executives on the most effective use of information security and risk management strategies to improve the cybersecurity posture of the County.

    Mr. Lafosse introduced Cook County’s first information security ordinance which passed in June of 2014. The ordinance calls for the creation of minimum information security requirements developed by a multi-agency IT working group led by the County’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The CISO will be charged with reviewing agency adoption and compliance and providing annual reports to the Cook County Board. Lafosse’s vision, dedication and leadership have earned national recognition for Cook County’s information security program as one of the leading local government programs in the country. Lafosse’s cyber security thought leadership and innovation has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government. Lafosse currently serves as the Government Sector Chief for Chicago Infragard.

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader
    Diversified Search

    Tony Leng is a Managing Director at Diversified Search and leads the CIO and Technology practices. He also manages the firm’s San Francisco office. Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted senior IT management searches for organizations such as Axalta, Delta Dental, Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Franklin Templeton Investments, Visa, Esurance, Levi Strauss, Blue Shield, TE Connectivity, REI, PG&E, and Polycom. He has also conducted technology searches for companies such as Broadvision, Hypercom, JDA Software, Symmetricom, Backflip Software, SAP and OpenTV. Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million public IT company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone associated company. Tony specializes in CIO search and is a frequent speaker at CIO conferences. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing CIOs today and authors a blog, “Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com).


    Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past ten years. The Forum is a monthly venue for CIOs to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded CIOs the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis. Participating companies have included: Delta Dental, Esurance, Dolby, Gap, Levi Strauss, Dignity Health, PG&E, BioRad, Uber, Genentech, CBS Interactive, McKesson, Macys.com, Clorox, Matson, Charlotte Russe, Kaiser Permanente, Williams-Sonoma, Bebe, Raley’s, Restoration Hardware, Cost Plus, Ross Stores, VMWare, Facebook, Schwab, Salesforce.com, GoPro, Safeway, Franklin Templeton, AirBNB, DocuSign, One Kings Lane, Splunk, and Blue Shield among others.

    Tony received a Bachelor of Commerce (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.

  • Susan Malisch
    VP & CIO
    Loyola University Chicago

    Susan Malisch currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, Susan leads the development and implementation of the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and delivers IT services that support student learning, faculty research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service. Prior to joining Loyola, she held technology leadership roles at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, and ATT (formerly Southwestern Bell Communications). Ms. Malisch was the recipient of the 2010 CIO of the Year award from the Executives Club of Chicago and the Association of IT Professionals. Ms. Malisch is the current President for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Information Management and volunteers with a number of educational and professional organizations. Ms. Malisch earned a B.S.B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Paul Martin
    Corporate VP & CIO
    Baxter International

    Paul E. Martin, is corporate vice president and chief information officer at Baxter and has responsibility for the company's global information technology function supporting Baxter's businesses worldwide, including its sales, manufacturing, science and technology, and supply chain operations. Martin joined Baxter in January 2011 from REXAM PLC, the U.K.-based packaging manufacturer, where he held the position of group chief information officer, responsible for all information technology functions across more than 20 countries. During his 11 years with REXAM, Martin served in a variety of key senior management positions including vice president and CIO Beverage Can Americas and head of information technology for American National Can (acquired by REXAM PLC). Prior to Rexam, he worked for The CIT Group, BNSF Railway and Frito Lay. Martin received his degree in management information systems from Western Kentucky University.

  • 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). 

  • Rob McGillen
    Chief Digital Officer and CIO at AIA Corporation
    Founder & CEO
    Practically Digital LLC

    A 24-year veteran of the Information Technology industry, Mr. McGillen is the founder and CEO of Practically Digital, a digital transformation consulting firm based in Chicago IL.   Mr. McGillen was previously with Grant Thornton LLP in leadership roles worldwide over 18 years, including Global head of technology and CIO for Grant Thornton LLP from 2008 to 2015.  Rob is recognized as a thought leader, speaker, and futurist on the topics of digital business and global transformation.  

    Mr. McGillen is responsible currently for the digital transformation for the promotional products company AIA (www.aiacommunity.com), providing digital leadership for the owners, customers, and employees of AIA.  


  • Bud McQuade
    Vice President of Information Technology

  • 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.



  • John Parkinson
    Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Strategy & Technology
    Allstate Insurance

    John has several decades of international experience as an operational executive and consultant. He has filled senior executive roles in Consumer Finance (as CTO and CISO of TransUnion LLC) and Commercial Specialty Insurance (as SVP Global Program Management Office at AXIS Capital Holdings). He also served for five years as the CTO for Capgemini in North America. Before Capgemini he was a senior partner at Ernst & Young in the UK and US, filling a number of client service, business development and practice management roles over almost two decades. His first career was in the health care informatics industry.

    John also has experience as an independent director for several private companies and as an advisory board member for a public company.

    In 2003 he was named as one of the world’s 25 most influential consultants. In 2005 he was named as one of the Computerworld 100 Leaders in IT.

    John has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Information Sciences from Exeter University in the UK. He has written five books on software development; wrote the Strong Signals column for CIO Insight for several years and is a regular contributor to CFO.com CXOUSA.com and Venture Beat. He has delivered over 50 conference papers and has been published in HBR and the Wall Street Journal. An example of his work as a solution architect is included in the Computerworld Smithsonian Collection. 

  • Jeff Pashalides
    Sequoia Capital

    Jeff Pashalides joined Sequoia Capital in 2014 to establish, build, and lead Sequoia’s corporate practice. His team works closely with founders, investors, and corporate CXOs on a broad range of strategic projects. Selected initiatives include partnerships, capital raising, M&A, lighthouse customers, the Sequoia CXO network, and Sequoia's executive briefing center, among others.

    Before Sequoia, Jeff led finance and corporate development at TrueCar through their IPO. Before TrueCar, Jeff was a senior M&A banker advising technology companies of all stages, most recently as the Head of SaaS Advisory at Blackstone. Jeff previously worked at Credit Suisse and was a founding employee at Union Square Advisors. He has a computer science degree from Brown University and played for the #1 nationally ranked Stanford baseball team.

  • John Phillips
    EVP & CIO
    Briggs Medical Service Company

    John Phillips is an information technology executive with over 30 years of professional experience at publicly traded and privately held companies. His accountabilities and expertise include information systems strategy, daily operations, and organizational alignment. In addition to being the Chief Information Officer, John also holds executive accountability for the enterprise supply chain including inventory planning, inventory procurement, inventory deployment, distribution, warehouse management, general facilities management and inbound / outbound logistics. Prior accountabilities at Briggs Healthcare have included Customer Service, Quality Control, and Regulatory Affairs where John guided the enterprise through its first ISO 13485 certification.

    John is currently serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Briggs Healthcare and its subsidiaries (Briggs Corporation, DMS Holdings, Briggs Medical Supply Company, Mabis Healthcare, Duromed Industries, and OmniMed). Previous positions include the CIO of Uline in Waukegan, Illinois, the Corporate Director (CIO) of Information Technology & Services at Trinity Industries in Dallas, Texas, the CIO of a US Freightway’s reverse logistics subsidiary in Dallas, Texas, the Director (CIO) of Management Information Systems for PrimeSource Building Products in Carrollton, Texas, and progression through several levels of management at Frito-Lay and Texas Instruments.

    John has a Master of Arts degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology.

    John is active in several professional societies and organizations, and is a Trustee Board member for the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), and held similar Board positions for the Dallas-Fort Worth SIM Chapter.

    John has published articles in Handheld PC Magazine and Internet Week, and has been a guest speaker at many industry events including the Micro Focus International Users Conference, Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, and Gartner’s regional client briefings.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Pratt
    Chief Executive Officer
    Noodle Analytics

  • Kevin Rooney
    Executive Partner

  • Yvonne Scott
    Crowe Horwath LLP

    S. Yvonne Scott is the Chief Information Officer of Crowe Horwath, LLP. With over 3,000 staff located across 28 offices, Crowe is the eighth largest accounting firm in the United States. She joined Crowe in 2008 and is responsible for directing all aspects of the firm’s information systems and purchasing related activities. She is a key contributor the firm’s transformation and growth initiatives. Prior to joining Crowe, Yvonne was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GATX Corporation, a Fortune 1000 NYSE traded company that specializes in the leasing of long-lived assets to corporate customers. Her responsibilities included the management of all Information Systems related activities.  Before becoming GATX’s first enterprise CIO, Yvonne held various positions within the company including Manager, Information Systems Audit, Assistant Director of Information Technology; Director, GATX Chemical Logistics; Vice President, Integrated Solutions Group; Vice President, Strategic Initiatives GATX Rail, and Vice President and CIO GATX Rail. Prior to joining GATX, she worked for Unocal Corporation, a Fortune 100 NYSE traded Energy Company, leading their global internal consulting and IS audit services. Yvonne currently serves on the board of directors of i.c. stars, a non-profit organization that trains and prepares inner-city youth for careers in information technology and dedication to community involvement and leadership. She is currently serving as the chair of this organization’s governance committee and is a member of the executive committee. She also serves on customer and industry event advisory boards. Yvonne has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University. In addition, Yvonne has published articles in professional journals, frequently presents on IT leadership at professional association meetings and supplier conferences and has served as a CIO panelist at several conferences and seminars. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Certificate in Data Processing.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Mark Griesbaum, Managing Partner, Affinity4U, LLC

Laszlo Gonc, CISO Partner, MVP Advisory Group, LLC

Susan Malisch, VP & CIO, Loyola University Chicago

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner, Gartner

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Leading in a Digital Age

John Phillips, EVP & CIO, Briggs Medical Service Company

CEOs and Boards are jumping on the digital bandwagon out of fear that that their companies may end up following in the footsteps of Eastman Kodak, Blockbuster, and Sears. 

CIOs are expected by their CEOs and Boards to be digital change agents and John Phillips, EVP and CIO of Briggs Healthcare knows the journey all too well. Briggs Healthcare is heading into the final stages of a six year transformation focused on enabling the company to fulfill its digital business strategy. John's push for and delivery of a cloud-first strategy is the springboard for the company's self-declared digital-first strategy.

In this session John will unravel the sacrifices and organizational shifts necessary before a business is able to achieve its cloud / digital transformation goals. He explores the willingness of business to transform themselves, help determine the right time for change, and reveal whether or not a cloud-based platforms are mature enough to transform and run a business.  

8:50 AM - 9:10 AM  Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining the Digital Enterprise

Daphne Jones, Sr. Executive & Chief Information Officer, GE Healthcare Global Services, General Electric

Paul Martin, Corporate VP & CIO, Baxter International

Rob McGillen, Chief Digital Officer and CIO, AIA Corporation and Found & CEO, Practically Digital LLC

Yvonne Scott, CIO, Crowe Horwath LLP

Moderator: Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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 nd 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 enterprise in the next era of the digital age.

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM  


10:50 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: The View on the New Presidential Administration

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

Israel Martinez has worked with multiple U.S. Presidential Administrations, including his involvement on President Trump’s 100-Day Team. During this executive briefing, Israel will share his perspective on the high-level direction of the Trump Administration in critical areas such as cyber security and policy making as it pertains to both the public and private sectors.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  

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

Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago, FBI

Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Cook County Government

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

John Parkinson, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Strategy & Technology, Allstate

Moderator: Laszlo Gonc, CISO Partner, MVP Advisory Group, LLC

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.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  


SIM Chicago News - Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner, Gartner

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Change Begins with Powerful Leadership

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

Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search

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

Moderator: Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars

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.

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

Thomas Anderson, Enterprise Cloud Leader, GE Digital

Tim Dickson, Vice President, Front Office IT, Motorola Solutions

Jason Kolb, Chief Technology Officer, Uptake

Stephen Pratt, Chief Executive Officer, Noodle Analytics

Moderator: Jeff Pashalides, Corporate, Sequoia Capital

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.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM


3:40 PM - 4:10 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics

Bud McQuade, Vice President of Information Technology, Duracell

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

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.

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

 A FOUNDER'S STORY: Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars

Founders experience discomfort; they leave the known for the unknown. Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit organization and social enterprise that prepares inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership. Sandee will share her founder’s story, moments of growth, and how the training became recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for “driving innovation.”

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting 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.

  • Rackspace

    Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of hosting and cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.


Platinum Partners

  • Alfresco

    Alfresco is leading the convergence of ECM and BPM, helping create efficient connected processes which present content in context. More than 1,800 companies in 195 countries rely on Alfresco, including leaders in financial services, healthcare, and the public sector. A global partner network and thousands of open source developers are ready to help you use it to accelerate your digital transformation. To learn more, visit


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.

  • Comcast Business

    Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services.

  • Information Builders Inc.

    Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com and follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs.

  • Neudesic

    Neudesic is the trusted technology partner in business innovation, delivering impactful business results to clients through digital modernization and evolution. Our consultants bring business and technology expertise together, offering a wide range of cloud and data-driven solutions, including: custom application development, comprehensive managed services, and business software products. Founded in 2002, Neudesic is a privately held company headquartered in Irvine, California, and is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2017.

  • Tintri

    Tintri VM-aware storage is built for virtualized applications and cloud. With 6 of the Fortune 15 and 20 of the Fortune 100, Tintri is the solution for large enterprises that are scaling out their virtualization and cloud architectures. Organizations including GE, Toyota, United Healthcare and NASA run Tintri and manage only virtual machines in a fraction of the footprint and at far lower cost than conventional storage. Tintri enables leaders to focus on the business applications that drive value—and that requires that they keep storage simple.

  • ScaleArc

    ScaleArc enables zero downtime for apps in a database environment. The ScaleArc software deploys transparently between apps and SQL databases to deliver an agile tier. Enterprises leverage ScaleArc to enable failover that is transparent to apps and users, perform zero downtime maintenance, and scale out database capacity with no application changes. ScaleArc deploys on prem or in the cloud and simplifies database upgrade, cloud migration, and data center projects such as building active/active data centers for high availability. Enterprises, including Dell.com, Microsoft, Nasdaq, and Virgin America, rely on ScaleArc for the critical apps responsible for revenue or reputation.


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.


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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 Chicago

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders, comprised of over 3600 members, including CIOs, prominent academicians, consultants, other senior-level IT leaders, and vendors. SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and rich intellectual capital that is applied for the future direction of IT. The Chicago SIM Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the association with more than 200 members. Chicago SIM provides a unique opportunity to interact with thought leaders throughout the technology field and to join peers in giving back to the industry and community. Chicago SIM serves the Northern Illinois area.

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Room rate is $289/night. This rate expires on May 5, 2017.

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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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