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2017 Atlanta CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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The St. Regis Atlanta, Atlanta, GA


  • "HMG summits provide invaluable opportunities to network and learn from peer executives who face many of the same challenges I do... in an environment that encourages an open and honest dialogue."

    Anil Cheriyan
    EVP & CIO
    SunTrust Bank

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 Atlanta CIO Executive Leadership Summit.


  • Eric Anderson
    Partner - Global Head of FinTech Practice
    Egon Zehnder

    Eric is the Managing Partner for the Egon Zehnder Atlanta office and the Head of the “FinTech” practice group. He is a core member of the Financial Services and Technology Practices serving industry clients in executive search, board search and management appraisal capacities. He is also a member of the Financial Officers practice having accomplished numerous senior level assignments.

    Eric’s consulting work touches on a broad array of functional areas, including senior general management positions as well as senior level functional leadership roles in a variety of sectors including financial services, software, services and high technology in both public and private equity backed companies.

    Prior to joining Egon Zehnder International, Eric was the President of BISYS Compliance and Licensing Services where his responsibilities included growing the Education, Licensing and Advanced Designations’ business for BISYS. BISYS was sold to Citibank in 2005.

    Prior to joining BISYS, Eric gained significant experience in the technology field as a Vice President for S1 Corporation, a financial services software company, covering sales, marketing and general management in the U.S. and internationally. He served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of Knowledge Alliance, an information technology consulting organization, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ExecuTrain Corporation. Additionally, Eric worked for Baxter Healthcare in various international sales, marketing and operations roles.

    Eric has a BS in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami. After university, he served in the Armed Forces as a helicopter pilot in the Army. Eric, his wife Pam and their three children reside in Alpharetta, Georgia.

  • Shoukat Ali Bhamani
    CIO, CPO, & VP Digitalization
    Schaeffler Group Americas

    Shoukat Ali Bhamani is the Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIO & CDO) for the Schaeffler Group Americas, a global automotive, industrial & aerospace manufacturer with $3.2B revenue and 13,000 employees in Americas.  Over the past 20 years, Shoukat has led several operational and strategic business functions to support a double digit growth in the manufacturing environment. This includes Strategic Planning, General Management, R&D, Program Management, Quality Systems, Continuous Improvement, Process Management and IT. His effective transformation leadership has successfully aligned the IT priorities to the business needs via program management, roadmaps, goals, KPIs and strategic initiatives, across multiple platforms & business units, nationally & internationally.  Resulting in a uniform SAP landscape region wide, measurable business improvements, additional sales opportunities, optimized business processes & supply chain, efficient technology & infrastructure, IT cost transparency, and a high performance IT team to support business growth & strategy. He has recently taken over the responsibility of digital transformation and is in the process of prioritizing business needs. 

    His business experience includes 10+ years of successful customer relationships to manage key programs & business development to support a significant increase in market share and bottom line.  His R&D contribution includes several new product development initiatives to meet the market challenges of new innovation and technology.  His international experience includes major programs across multiple platforms & business units, including product development, manufacturing, investment, cost reduction & IT projects in US, Canada, Mexico, Japan & Germany. Shoukat received his Bachelor's (NED) and Master's (McGill) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.  He lives in Fort Mill, SC with his wife and two children

  • Anil Cheriyan
    EVP & CIO
    SunTrust Bank

    Anil Cheriyan is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at SunTrust Banks, Inc. He is responsible for SunTrust’s Enterprise Information Services (EIS) division, the organizational unit that provides the company’s overall technology, operations and information-related support. 

    In this capacity, he oversees the planning, prioritization, design, development and operations of all of the bank’s applications data and infrastructure needs. In addition, Mr. Cheriyan has responsibility for the bank’s operations including contact centers, digital channel operations, payments and deposit operations. 

    Prior to joining SunTrust in April 2012, Mr. Cheriyan was a senior partner at IBM Global Business Services, where he served financial services industry clients and most recently led the Insurance Industry Practice. Before joining IBM in 2002, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and served in leadership roles including global, industry and technology practices. Previously he was a senior consultant with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and information services manager for TVS Clayton, Ltd. 

    Mr. Cheriyan plays an active role in the business and technology communities. He is on the Board of Oglethorpe University, Viewpointe Archive Services, TechBridge and the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Additionally, he is a member of the Research Board and the Wall St. Journal CIO Network. 

    Mr. Cheriyan earned his Master of Science and Master of Philosophy Degrees in Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from The Imperial College in London, UK. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and has three adult children.

  • Nelson Chu
    Managing Director
    Kinetic Ventures

    Nelson joined Kinetic Ventures in 1998. His investment activities focus on information and infrastructure technologies, enterprise and Internet software, and other emerging software and hardware technologies. He has led a broad range of Kinetic investments including LogicBlox-Predictix (acquired by Infor), Tower Cloud (acquired by Communications Sales & Leasing; NASDAQ: CSAL), BroadWare (acquired by Cisco; NASDAQ: CSCO), VerticalOne (acquired by SONE; NASDAQ: SONE), FoodBuy (acquired by Compass Group; LSE: CPG.L), Cardlytics, and Instant Financial. Prior to joining Kinetic Ventures, Nelson was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and a Development Manager with Oracle. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Virginia Tech, his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

  • Lee W. Crump
    Group VP & CIO
    Rollins, Inc.

    Lee W. Crump is the CIO and Group Vice President of Business Support for Rollins, Inc. Rollins, based in Atlanta, has annual revenues of over $1.5 billion and is the parent company of Orkin Pest Control, and other well-known pest control companies. Prior to joining Rollins in 2009 Crump spent ten years as the CIO of the largest and most profitable ServiceMaster subsidiary based in Memphis, TN.  In 2012 Crump was named Georgia CIO of the Year (Global Division) by the GeorgiaCIO Association. In his current capacity, he manages a team of 150 professionals and is responsible for all Information Technology (IT) and Program Management (PMO). Mr. Crump holds the PMP credential from the Project Management Institute and has a long track record of successfully delivering major systems implementations. He served as the Six Sigma Executive Deployment Champion in his previous role with ServiceMaster. He has spent over 35 years in IT, equally divided between IT Executive Management and Business Consulting. Mr. Crump serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Year-Up Atlanta  and CFY, Inc. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the GeorgiaCIO Association where he is Chair of Programs, and the Association of Telecommunications Professionals (ATP). He is a past Board Member of Georgia Junior Achievement and CHRIS Kids. He is a volunteer and mentor for Pathbuilders Achieva, as well as Year-Up Atlanta, where in 2013 he received the Year-Up Urban Empowerment Award. He is a member of American Mensa, the GeorgiaCIO Association, the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Technology Association of Georgia, (TAG

  • John Damalas
    Vice President – Data & Analytics
    GE Power

    John is currently the Vice President – Data & Analytics for GE Power Services which includes responsibility for Data Science, Enterprise Data Management and Risk/Contract analytics product management within the Digital Technology function.

    Prior to this role, he held the position of IT Leader for Analytics, Business Intelligence and Shop Operations within the Global Services and Solutions division of GE’s Transportation business.  In this role, John helped establish the technical strategy of the analytics and data platforms to support their data science and prognostics organizations. Additional responsibilities included implementation and support of a custom developed software platform to manage locomotive repairs across a global network of field sites.

    John began his career at GE in 2006 in GE’s Information Management Leadership Program and has held various roles with GE’s Corporate Audit Staff as well as throughout GE’s Power business.  John earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He and his wife are currently located in Atlanta with their 2 dogs.

  • Jay Ferro
    EVP, Chief Information and Technology Officer
    ExamWorks

     

  • John Iannarelli
    Former Senior Executive Advisor
    FBI

    John G. Iannarelli recently retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which he was a member of the SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, and the Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords shooting.  John previously served at FBI Headquarters as their national spokesperson and on the Cyber Division Executive staff.  In Phoenix, John was the Cyber squad supervisor before promotion to Assistant Special Agent in Charge, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence investigations throughout Arizona.  John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science for his contributions to the field of cyber investigations.

    John is the author of several other books, to include Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers, and Information Governance Security, how businesses can protect their sensitive data from loss or compromise.  His recently released How to Stop A Terrorist, is a guide for the average person to recognize and help prevent terrorism. John is a highly sought after speaker and has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican where he met personally with Pope Francis to discuss the evolution of cyber crime.

    A former San Diego Police Officer and a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, to include studies of international criminal and civil law at Oxford, England, John is also an attorney admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is currently a private consultant, whose clients have included the both the FBI and a national professional sports league.

  • Steve Kendrick
    President
    KER Partners

    Steve Kendrick is President of KER Partners, LLC.  His background includes over 25 years of successful retained executive search industry and corporate recruitment professional experience. This experience includes leading successful search engagements and client relationships across commercial industry segments including financial services, payment systems, consumer retail, online-eCommerce, logistics-transportation, industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare.  He has served industry leading clients including global Fortune 500 multinationals, mid-cap-mid-market public/private firms, as well as private equity backed portfolio companies.

    Prior to KER Partners, Steve was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles’ Dallas office and a key member of the firm’s global Information Technology Officers Practice.  He was also a Principal at Spencer Stuart and an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates previously. He also served as president of a Dallas-based retained executive search boutique specializing in recruiting IT executive leaders and CIOs.

    Prior to entering executive search, Steve spent six years with EDS Corporation, performing both technical and professional recruiting, as well as providing recruitment training and counsel on employment-related issues.  He began his career as a district manager with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, where he was responsible for sales management and operations.

    Steve is an active speaker and panelist at key industry forums on topics including executive IT leadership development, career management and succession planning.  He is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and the Society for Information Management (SIM).

    Steve earned his undergraduate degree in business from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, along with graduate studies at the University of Texas in Dallas.

     

  • Rohit Lal
    Director, Enterprise Architecture
    CONA Services - A Coca-Cola System IT Services Company

    Rohit Lal is responsible for the Enterprise Architecture for CONA, supporting a strategic business transformation initiative of The Coca-Cola Company by developing, deploying, and operating a single instance of an SAP-based business solution for six franchise bottlers. The combined revenue of these businesses is expected to be $22 billion by 2018. 

    Over his career, Rohit has worked in sales and consulting, as well as industry roles, and has led several functions to support business growth and strategy in global and mid-market companies in the Consumer Goods and Industrial/ Electronics verticals. Areas of focus included IT strategy and architecture, infrastructure design and delivery, product lifecycle and application development, governance, outsourcing, procurement and supplier management.                                                    

    Rohit joined The Coca-Cola Company to help select an outsourced managed services and data center provider to host multiple global bottlers in a single instance US-based SAP-centric solution that was subsequently migrated to a private cloud. Recent innovations have included a HANA/ Hadoop data strategy, a Customer Lifecycle SaaS platform for mobile field sales, an API-based approach to deliver loosely coupled applications, cloud integration, and eCommerce and digital content management. Rohit has a Chemical Engineering degree from The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

  • Jimmy Lummis
    Interim Director of Cyber Security and CISO
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Jimmy Lummis is currently the Interim Director of Cyber Security and Chief Information Security Officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Jimmy’s major responsibilities include leadership of the CyberSecurity operations, engineering, security policy and regulatory compliance teams. 

    Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Jimmy has spent his entire career in the field of Information Security as a security consultant and advisor working for Ernest & Young LLP, Oracle, and the State of Georgia.

  • Ross Mason
    Founder
    HINRI

  • Laura Miller
    SVP, Global Solutions Delivery
    InterContinental Hotels Group

  • 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.

     

     

  • David Nagel
    Senior Director of Cyber Security
    Genuine Parts Company

  • Edwina Payne
    VP & CIO
    Halyard Health

    As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Edwina is responsible for Halyard’s global information technology strategy development and delivery, including architecture, applications, data management, technology, telecommunications networks, and day-to-day operational support.

    Prior to accepting this role, Edwina served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet.  She led their IT organization’s transformation, creating a global organization focused on delivering competitive advantage for the Company.

    Edwina has more than 30 years of global IT experience, including directing strategic initiatives and leveraging technology to help organizations become more competitive. She began her corporate career at Kellogg Company, where she held leadership positions in the United States as well as Brazil and Mexico. Following Kellogg, Edwina joined Johnson & Johnson in 1999 in their DePuy orthopaedics medical device unit. She assumed roles of increasing responsibility, eventually serving as vice president and program manager for a global ERP deployment for Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices and diagnostics business until joining Zimmer Biomet in 2010.

    Edwina earned her bachelor’s degree in computer technology from Purdue University in 1986. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

    Edwina and her family live in Alpharetta, Georgia. 

     

  • Graeme Payne
    SVP & CIO Global Corporate Platforms
    Equifax

  • 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.

  • Calvin C. Rhodes
    Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority
    Governor's CIO
    State of Georgia

    Calvin C. Rhodes is the Governor’s Chief Information Officer for the state of Georgia and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority.

    Mr. Rhodes came to state government in January 2011 from Paladin Investments, a private investment company. Prior he was with Fulton Paper Company for 27 years, serving most recently as executive vice president.  Previously, Mr. Rhodes held various positions within the company, including vice president of operations and chief information officer/vice president for information technology.  

    Governor Nathan Deal named Mr. Rhodes to lead the state’s public/private partnership IT transformation and consolidation effort.  The initiative has strengthened security, modernized infrastructure and networks, improved reliability and increased transparency in the state’s IT enterprise.  Building on its successes, the state is now evolving its service delivery model to enable state agencies to more easily benefit from changes in the IT marketplace.  Mr. Rhodes and his team promote an enterprise approach to technology by establishing statewide policies, standards and guidelines based on industry best practices and federal requirements. As State CIO, Mr. Rhodes chairs Georgia’s new Statewide Cybersecurity Board, created in 2015 by executive order, to assess and strengthen the state’s security posture.

    Mr. Rhodes is a Board member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and serves as its secretary-treasurer. He is also an active member of the Georgia Chief Information Leadership Association and serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Science and Technology Executive Committee. He was honored for his leadership by the Technology Association of Georgia in October 2015. In addition, Computerworld magazine named Mr. Rhodes a 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leader in recognition of his technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Mr. Rhodes was selected by Government Technology as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2016 for his accomplishments in using technology to improve government operations and help the public sector serve citizens more effectively.

    Mr. Rhodes is a graduate of Darton State College and Georgia Southwestern University and holds a degree in computer information systems. He also earned a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

  • Dr. Kenneth Russell
    Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO
    Pfeiffer University

  • John Trainor
    VP & CIO
    Aaron's, Inc.

    John Trainor is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Aaron's, Inc., an Atlanta-based specialty retailer that leases furniture, electronics, and appliances.  Since 1999, his technology and organizational leadership has helped Aaron's grow to be a $4B organization.  Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked at the Southern Company and the United States Senate.  He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    John serves on the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Georgia Technology Summit for the Technology Association of Georgia.  He is an Advisory Board member for GeorgiaCIO's, a Board member for PowerMyLearning Atlanta, and an Executive Board member for ATP. He volunteers and raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia.

    John lives in Roswell, GA with his wife, Heather, and 3 sons, Jack, William, and Phillip.  John likes triathlons, running, and photography

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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, LLC


8:50 AM - 9:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Digital Disruption: Driving Speed to Market through Technology and Innovation

John Damalas, Vice President - Data & Analytics, GE Power

Graeme Payne, SVP & CIO Global Corporate Platform, Equifax

Dr. Kenneth Russell, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CIO, Pfeiffer University

Additional panelist being confirmed.

Moderator: Shoukat Ali Bhamani, CIO, CPO, & VP Digitalization, Schaeffler Group Americas

Progressive companies are leveraging digital technology advancements to drive innovation and to create new business value. For many, it’s about creating frictionless customer experiences. For others, the focus is on monetizing the data and revolutionizing processes. This panel will discuss advancements in technologies, such as analytics and IoT, that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge to lay the foundation for their new digital roadmap.


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Informatica


10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


11:10 AM - 11:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Boardroom Communications & Strategic Relationships

Eric Anderson, Partner - Global Head of FinTech Practice, Egon Zehnder 

Steve Kendrick, President, KER Partners

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

You need to know the art and special skill to effectively communicating with the Board of Directors. Given their experiences and personal coaching, this panel of search executives will share keys to success, including how to develop strategic relationships and critical interactions with special groups, such as the Audit Committee.


11:40 AM - 12:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: VC Insights: New Technology Impacts

Nelson Chu, Managing Director, Kinetic Ventures

Ross Mason, Founder, HINRI

Moderator: Rohit Lal, Director, Enterprise Architecture, CONA Services - A Coca-Cola Systems IT Services Company

The epicenter of innovation stems from VC backed start-ups. Hear what new technologies are creating new disruption and value in most enterprise organizations. Hear from prominent VCs to determine the impact and opportunity to your organization to gain a competitive edge.


12:10 PM - 1:10 PM  

Luncheon


1:10 PM - 1:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Cyber Security: Balancing Agility, Innovation, & Security

Jimmy Lummis, Interim Director of Cyber Security and CISO, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Nagel, Senior Director of Cyber Security, Genuine Parts Company

Calvin Rhodes, Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority and Governor's CIO, State of Georgia

Additional panelists are being confirmed.

Moderator: John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI

Competitive advantage requires agility and innovation. At the same time data, assets, intellectual capital must be protected. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage, providing strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.


1:50 PM - 2:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


2:20 PM - 3:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: TBD


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


3:30 PM - 4:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology

Anil Cheriyan, EVP & CIO, SunTrust Bank

Lee W. Crump, Group VP & CIO, Rollins, Inc.

Laura Miller, SVP, Global Solutions Delivery, InterContinental Hotels Group

Edwina Payne, VP & CIO, Halyard Health

John Trainor, VP & CIO, Aaron's, Inc.

Moderator: Jay Ferro, EVP Chief Information and Technology Officer, ExamWorks

The most successful CIOs are seizing the opportunity to become the “CEO of Technology.” They are developing analytical models to create validated outcomes that can be used to map strategies, transformation, and increased revenue. This executive panel will share experiences of how courageous leadership can create value and generate new waves of business growth in the modern enterprise.


4:10 PM - 5:30 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception









Presenting Partners

  • Informatica

    Informatica, the Enterprise Cloud Data Management leader, accelerates data-driven digital transformation by enabling companies to become more agile, realize new growth opportunities and create new innovations. With 100 percent focus on everything data, the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform is the industry’s most complete and modular solution, built on a microservices architecture. With over 7,000 customers worldwide, Informatica allows organizations to unleash the power of data.

    https://www.informatica.com/

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.

    http://www.apptio.com
  • CenturyLink

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

    http://www.centurylink.com/
  • Lenovo Software

    Lenovo Unified Workspace is a software product that brings together all of the business and personal tools employees use – apps, websites, file-sharing services – into a single workspace with a consistent experience on any computer, tablet or smartphone. This enables businesses to redesign their technology environment around employee flexibility and choice, while improving employee productivity, enhancing network security, reducing costs and simplifying IT management.

  • 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.

    http://www.neudesic.com
  • 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.

    https://www.purestorage.com/

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.

    https://www.hpe.com/us/en/home.html

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

    http://www.egonzehnder.com
  • 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.

    http://www.heidrick.com
  • 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.

    http://www.kornferry.com
  • 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.

    http://www.russelreynolds.com
  • 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.

    http://www.spencerstuart.com

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

  • GeorgiaCIO

    The Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GeorgiaCIO) is Georgia’s preeminent professional association for senior technology leaders. Founded in 2003, its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions from public and private companies, government, education and non-profit organizations throughout the state. The GCLA is a 501(c)(6) professional association led by a CIO Advisory Board from organizations including: Southern Company, American Cancer Society, NCR Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company. For more information about the GCLA, please visit www.georgiacio.org.

    www.georgiacio.org
  • SIM Atlanta

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is an eclectic community of senior Information Technology (IT) executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants and other IT thought leaders. It is a non-profit organization with over 38 chapters in the United States and Canada. It distinguishes itself through its extensive knowledge generation and dissemination programs. SIM offers networking opportunities at the local and national level, access to cutting edge research, a rich online knowledge repository, and leadership training and development programs. A key value proposition of the SIM Atlanta Chapter (www.simatlanta.org) is the thought provoking and intellectually stimulating discussions at the monthly meetings. In addition, SIM Atlanta partners and supports high profile CIO events such as the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards, SIMposium, Digital Ball, and PremierCIO Forum. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has repeatedly recognized SIM Atlanta for its contributions to TechBridge, a reputed non-profit IT service provider. SIM Atlanta also provides student scholarships, and supports STEM related outreach efforts.

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