Upcoming Summits

2018 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

The Hilton Palmer House, Chicago, IL


Event Highlights

Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. Because the CIO is at the center of the digital transformation journey she or he is uniquely positioned to deliver fearless leadership, fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills, partner with the C-suite and board of directors, and successfully navigate the business into the future.

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2018 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit.


  • Wes Arens
    Former Amazon Executive, Digital Advisor and Strategist

    Wes advises CEOs facing digital disruption. He provides advisory services to senior business leaders and their investors on how to improve innovation and business performance. Wes is an expert on digital transformation and the business models that are transforming how work gets done in the 21st century. 

    Wes helps CEO’s clarify their customer vision, market point of view and ask the hard questions necessary to transform the business.  Using leadership principles learned from Amazon he collaborates with senior leadership to leverage their collective intelligence to create their own culture of innovation.  This proven approach has helped dozens of companies unlock new innovations, objectively assess their own internal capabilities and operational gaps, and transform business models. The outcome is an actionable roadmap on where to place critical digital bets that aligns to broader business strategy and overall investment priorities.

    Wes currently serves private clients through Wes Arens and Advisors, LLC on digital strategy and transformation.  As a former Managing Director at managing consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, Wes led numerous digital strategy engagements at Fortune 250 companies across multiple industries (high technology, consumer package goods, retail, education, healthcare, utilities, and advanced manufacturing).

    Previously, Wes was Vice President of Merchant Services and Sales with Amazon.com, where he oversaw the commercialization of Amazon's outsourcing platform for enterprise customers.  He was responsible for driving enterprise direct sales, channels, alliances, and partnerships.  His team worked closely with leading enterprises to provide e-commerce digital capabilities that leveraged Amazon's world-class digital technologies for customer service, payments, order fulfillment and online merchandising.

    Prior to Amazon, Wes was a senior executive at Syncra Systems, a leading SaaS supply chain management company providing internet-based collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment solutions to the largest retailers and their suppliers. Wes started his career at IBM and served in various sales management roles during IBM's historic transformation from a hardware company to a services company.   When he left he was responsible for IBM’s overall global B2B market place initiatives.

    Wes grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston College and currently lives in the Seattle area.

  • Scot Berkey
    CIO
    Illinois Housing Development Authority

     

  • Monica Caldas
    SVP & CIO, Global Retail Markets
    Liberty Mutual Insurance

    Monica Caldas was formerly the Chief Information Officer for GE Transportation, driving global digital transformation, by delivering innovative solutions for GE Transportation, its customers and employees. Monica brings IT industry expertise from both the financial services and industrial sectors to deliver business model innovation through a robust digital strategy.

    Monica is also the senior executive co-sponsor for the company’s GE Girls program, a STEM based global company initiative. In addition, she is passionate about employee engagement, continuous improvement and an active member in the GE Women’s Network and Hispanic Forum.  Monica was also most recently recognized in Hispanic Executive Magazine’s Top 2016 Leaders, a finalist in the 2017 Chicago CIO Orbie Awards and recognized by Information Age Magazine as Digital Leader of the Year 2018.

    Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in business and management information systems from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Business degree from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Michael Carlin
    VP, Business Technology Solutions
    AbbVie

    Michael S. Carlin has been Vice President of Business Technology Solutions at AbbVie Inc. since September 2016. Mr. Carlin is currently responsible for the implementation and management of technology strategy and solutions supporting AbbVie’s global business areas. Previously, Mr. Carlin was the Vice President of Information Technology supporting the Research and Development area at AbbVie.

    He has strong experience leading complex global IT organizations. He previously served as Chief Information Officer of Hospira, Inc. from 2005 to 2010 where he successfully led the company's technology separation from Abbott Laboratories. Prior to Hospira, Mr. Carlin held various positions of increasing responsibility at Abbott Laboratories, Citibank and Booz Allen & Hamilton. 

    Mr. Carlin has also served on various volunteer boards including the Chicago Childcare Society, The University of Notre Dame Information Technology Board, and Northwestern University’s Masters in Technology Advisory Board. He has received recognition in the industry receiving the Illinois Technology Association Spotlight Award in 2006 given to the CIO leader for outstanding contributions in the field of Information Technology.  

    Mr. Carlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 

  • Sal DiFranco
    EVP & Global Technology Practice Leader
    DHR International

    Sal has nearly 30 years of experience as an executive recruiter, completing more than 1000 technology searches throughout his career. For the past nine years, Sal has served as Managing Partner of DHR International’s Global Advanced Technology Practice & CIO/CTO Practice, specializing in Cloud, Digital, IoT, Data & Analytics  and Software & Applications. His clients range from Fortune 500 through Venture Capital backed start-up technology firms. Sal was named a Top Producer of DHR in 2017.

    Sal has conducted a broad range of C‐level assignments, including searches for Chief Technology Officers, Chief Executive officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Product Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Chief Digital Officers.

    Previously, Sal led the Technology Practices for a Silicon Valley boutique search firm for  four years and spent six years as Global Director of Executive Search and Global Director Talent Acquisition at Lucent Technologies, where he directly led recruiting for several key business units including Bell Labs, Supply Chain & Logistics, Professional and Managed Services, Global Sales, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and subsidiaries around the world.

    Before joining Lucent, Sal founded and served as President of DiFranco & Associates, a Chicago based full‐service boutique search firm that specialized in executive sales management and technology sales for Fortune 500 companies.

    Sal earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Mass Communications from Illinois State University and holds certifications in Negotiations from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active volunteer in the Chicago suburb where he resides.

  • Lakshmi Eleswarpu
    VP, Business and Supply Chain Systems
    The Boeing Company

    Lakshmi Eleswarpu leads Business & Supply Chain Systems and is driving Boeing’s second century strategy of systems and applications in the global supply chain, supplier management and corporate functions.  She is responsible for Enterprise Supply Chain Systems and Corporate Business Systems (Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Government Relations, Boeing Capital Corporation, International Business and Shared Services Group) across Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Boeing Defense, Space & Security; and Boeing Global Services business units.

    Eleswarpu also served in The Coca-Cola Company where she led global engineering and development for cloud, network and collaboration services. Previously, she held leadership positions in infrastructure technology systems and operations at British Telecom, Hewlett Packard and Procter & Gamble companies.

    Eleswarpu graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Akron and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and the Society of Women Engineers.

  • Kevin Glynn
    CIO
    DSC Logistics

  • Donagh Herlihy
    EVP Digital & Chief Information Officer
    Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

  • Abhay Jajoo
    Founder and CEO
    CustomerInsights.AI

    Abhay is the founder and CEO of CustomerInsights.AI, a Scottsdale start-up focused on helping Life Sciences companies leverage Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for their Sales and Marketing decisions.

    Abhay has more than 25 years of leadership experience in Sales and Marketing consulting for Life Sciences companies.  He has deep expertise in leveraging latest technology for addressing business issues. He is the Principal Shareholder and Member of the Board of Solugenix Corporation – a 40 year old technology and outsourcing consulting company – where he is responsible for incubating new product ideas from concept to commercialization. He invests and advises Phoenix area technology startups and has also launched successful ventures as an intrapreneur within large organizations.

    Abhay has received his M.B.A. (Economics, Finance) from University of Chicago, M.S.(Computer Science)  from Northwestern University, and B.Tech (Electronics Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India. 

  • Justin Lauer
    Field CTO
    Rubrik

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP
    Diversified Search

    Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO practice from its San Francisco office.  Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted many “C” level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming/building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies.  He has conducted “C” level searches conducted for organizations such as Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, and Wellmark. 

    Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million Public 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 subsidiary. 

    Tony uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for Tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, ‘Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com).

    The core of Tony’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

    Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past 12 years.  The Forum is a monthly venue for CIO’s and CTO’s to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded these leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis.  Participating companies have included: Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma among others. 

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

  • Kelly Lyman
    CIO - PECO
    VP IT Real Time Strategy
    Exelon

    Responsible for IT Real Time Strategy & Operations for Exelon Utilities. Additionally responsible for overall IT Strategy for PECO including Application portfolio environments include Real Time Operations (Gas & Electric), Customer Operations projects and maintenance, Smart Meter/Smart Grid application and network deployments and operations support, NERC CIP programs, Cyber Security programs, Business Intelligence/Data Analytics strategy etc.

  • Paul Martin
    SVP & CIO
    Baxter International

    Paul E. Martin, is senior 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.

  • Rob McGillen
    Senior Group Accounts Director & Client Partner
    Rightpoint

    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.  

     

  • Shamim Mohammad
    SVP & CIO
    CarMax

    Shamim is the SVP and CIO of CarMax, Inc. (KMX). CarMax is nation’s largest used car retailer, a FORTUNE 500 company, and has been named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for thirteen consecutive years. At CarMax, Shamim is responsible for the strategic use of technology throughout the company. As a member of the Senior Executive team, Shamim is leading business transformations enabled by technology for CarMax.

    Prior to joining CarMax in 2012, Shamim was the Vice President of IT for BJ’s Wholesale Club. At BJ’s, Shamim was responsible for several business systems including e-Commerce, Supply Chain & Distribution, Business Intelligence and Marketing. Shamim was instrumental in the business process and technology transformation at BJ’s.

    Shamim has over 20 years of leadership experience in helping organizations drive competitive advantage through technology. He is recognized for his expertise in innovation, building high performance teams, and delivering business results. Before BJ’s, Shamim held senior IT leadership positions for Blockbuster, TravelCLICK and Wyndham Hotels. Shamim joined TravelCLICK as the first IT professional, and built the IT organization from ground up. As the head of IT, he played a pivotal role in driving the company’s strategy during its early years.

    Shamim holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with concentration in Accounting from Angelo State University. He has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Shamim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is currently serving on the boards of the Greater Richmond YMCA, Virginia Commonwealth University IS Advisory Committee, Richmond Technology Council, and CodeRVA.  He also held various board positions for National Kidney Foundation and Society for Information Management.

     

     

  • Mark Moore
    COO/Co-Founder
    Inxeption

    After searching long and far, it was clear there are no great comprehensive solutions to help bring manufacturers into the online world. As Noribachi's CIO, Mark was tasked to create online opportunities for the commercial LED lighting product line. This lead to a series of experiments and eventually engineering and developing the platform which has become Inxeption's platform. As a software engineer with over 30 years of industry and senior executive management experience, he continues to strive today to build cutting edge solutions and disrupt the software world. While at Noribachi, Mark was also responsible for their IOT device product line as well as all online corporate infrastructure.

    Prior to Noribachi, Mark served as Senior Vice Products of Recommind and was responsible for Engineering, Product, Support and Cloud Services Delivery team for Recommind's eDiscovery products. While at Recommind, Mark oversaw and consistently grew Recommind's largest revenue division – OnDemand Services. Mark also led the worldwide Engineering and Product teams to advance from waterfall product development to sprint-based processes and eventually becoming a nimble DevOps organization.

    Mark also served as Executive VP - Products and Services for Niku Corporation (product Clarity acquired by Computer Associates), a designer of enterprise IT project/portfolio management systems, where he led all product operations including early design, delivery, marketing, professional services and support. He continues to be excited by the large Clarity user community and enthusiastic customer base which has progressed over the years.

    Mark was also a founding member of several high growth consumer startups specializing in cloud based video and music devices and services – Diba (information appliances), Listen.com/Rhapsody as well as CEO and the Founder of OneTrueMedia/Spotmixer.

    Mark began his career working for a nearly a decade in the Oracle Database Kernel Development team specializing in high scalable and performant data systems, holds patents in Media Servers, Online Video serving and Information Appliance Architectures. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Mark Polansky
    Senior Partner, Technology 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.

  • Dan Puterbaugh
    Director, Strategic Development, Document Cloud
    Adobe

    Dan Puterbaugh is the Director, Strategic Development, Document Cloud for Adobe.

    An attorney for over 20 years, Puterbaugh has written and spoken extensively on issues related to electronic signatures and records.  He is the Chairman of the Electronic Signature and Records Association.  He has spoken at the annual Association of Corporate Counsel, and the American Bar Association Technology Conference.  He has also published articles on a variety of topics related to electronic transactions including simplifying legal workflows, the new EU electronic signature law, eIDAS and the challenges of electronic signature implementations.  He joined Adobe Systems in 2008 as legal lead for Adobe’s enterprise document solution, LiveCycle.

    Prior to joining Adobe, Puterbaugh spent seven years as assistant general counsel at Intuit Inc., a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and accounting professionals. While there, he was the lead attorney supporting all product development company-wide including the establishment and ongoing support of the company’s product development operations in Bangalore.

    Puterbaugh is a member of the California Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University. He currently resides in Los Gatos, CA.

     

    Recent Speaking Engagements

    “The Future of Digital Identity”, Legal Marketing Association Conference, San Francisco, October 6, 2016

    "E-Signatures: State of the Law, Enforceability and Gotchas“;  CLOC Institute; San Francisco, June 2, 2016

    "Enhancing Compliance and Risk Management “; ACC Meeting, New York, April 11, 2016

    "E-Signatures, Authentication and Contracts“; ABA Technology Conference; Chicago; March 18, 2016

    "To eSign or not to eSign: How HR can simplify compliance using electronic signatures“; SHRM – Webinar; March 17, 2016

    "Electronic Signatures:  Are They an Option for Your Organization?”; ACC Annual Conference; Boston; October 20, 2015

    Selected Articles

    Keep it Simple, Legal ACC Docket, May 2016

    Understanding eIDAS Legal IT Insider, March 2016

    Educating the Enterprise e-Signer ACC Docket, February 2016

    How GCs Can Motivate the C-Suite to Modernize Contracts Law 360, May 2016

  • Dan Roberts
    President & CEO
    Ouellette & Associates

  • Yvonne Scott
    CIO
    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.

  • Jim Wisnionski
    Division President & Corporate CIO
    SourceLink

    Jim joined SourceLink in January 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in information systems and technology. His role includes further integrating technology, driving innovation and operational process improvement to grow our online and offline communications. In 2012, SourceLink was accredited with the website marketing standard of excellence award along from the WEB Marketing Association, and the technology innovation award from the National Center for Data Marketing. In 2011, Jim expanded his role and became a Division President managing the Marketing Database Operations including: customer analytics, product marketing solutions and enterprise technology.

    Before joining SourceLink Jim was a Management Consultant with Fujitsu located at AT&T, where he directed global teams to provide integration testing and environment management for a multi-billion dollar media project call u-verse. Prior to that, Jim worked in the financial sector as a Chief Information Officer at Relational Funding Corp and was accredited with the technology leasing award and the Microsoft pinnacle award for analytics. Jim has also held senior positions at Vanstar and ServiceMaster.

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May 8, 2018, 7:00 AM-5:30 PM
The Hilton Palmer House

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking


8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy


8:20 AM - 8:40 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Why the Tech Platform Matters

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Fifteen years ago, the Harvard Business Review published what became a highly-controversial article by Nicholas Carr entitled ‘IT Doesn’t Matter’. To help set the stage for the day’s discussions, HMG Strategy President and CEO Hunter Muller will explore why IT is more relevant than ever along with other critical trends that are shaping the future path for technology executives.


8:40 AM - 9:20 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Building Your Own Culture of Innovation The Amazon Way

Wes Arens, Digital Business Strategist and Former Amazon Executive 

Leaders at Amazon expect and require innovation and invention from their teams. They are externally aware and look for new ideas everywhere. Amazon has a thrilling power to innovate and disrupt. Wes Arens, a former Amazon executive turned business advisor to CEOs, will explain how leaders with vision and the fortitude to ask the hard questions can create a principled led culture of innovation of their own. 


9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


9:50 AM - 10:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies - Fueling Big Opportunities and a Competitive Edge

Lakshmi Eleswarpu, VP, Business and Supply Chain Systems, The Boeing Company

Abhay Jajoo, Founder and CEO, CustomerInsights.AI

Dan Puterbaugh, Director, Strategic Development, Document Cloud, Adobe

Jim Wisnionski, Division President & Corporate CIO, SourceLink

Moderator:  Yvonne Scott, CIO, Crowe Horwath

In the new digital era, successful companies aren’t working harder – they’re working smarter. Intelligent enterprises are harnessing new technologies that include Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to identify and act on new business opportunities, automate key facets of their operations, and boost organizational productivity. This panel of executives will discuss real-world applications of advanced technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge. 


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent: Driving a Culture of Genius for Success and Visualizing the Road Ahead  

Monica Caldas, SVP & CIO, GE Transportation

Donagh Herlihy, EVP & CTO, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

Shamim Mohammad, SVP & CIO, CarMax 

Shiv Shivaji, CTO, AutonomIQ

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

In today’s fast-changing business environment, CEOs expect CIOs and technology executives to serve as trusted business advisors who can help the C-suite to identify and execute on new business models that will enable the company to succeed in this age of disruption. This requires a new way of thinking to identify new market opportunities and how cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud, blockchain, analytics, and edge computing can be harnessed to drive innovation. This panel of technology executives will discuss their roles in leading digital transformation strategies along with how they can work with fellow members of the C-suite to move the business forward.    


11:50 AM - 1:00 PM  

Luncheon         

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Beyond Leadership – What Makes a Technology Executive Successful  

Sal DiFranco, EVP & Global Advanced Technology Practice Lead, DHR International

Tony Leng, Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP, Diversified Search 

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change needed to become a digital enterprise, no matter what industry they are in. What are the top skills and traits necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and to achieve the future vision? This panel of top technology search executives will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.     


1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Justin Lauer, Field CTO, Rubrik


2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


2:40 PM - 3:40 PM 

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE WORKGROUPS: Exploring the Five Most Impactful Technologies of 2018 

These moderated executive roundtable discussions allow attendees to brainstorm on the top opportunities for applying specific technologies along with the challenges that must be overcome to succeed.

  1. AI and Machine Learning (SESSION LEAD: Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics)
  2. Cloud (SESSION LEAD:  Scot Berkey, CIO, Illinois Housing Development Authority)
  3. Blockchain (SESSION LEAD:  Wes Arens, Digital Business Strategist and Former Amazon Executive )
  4. Career and Leadership (SESSION LEAD:  Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry and Rob McGillen, Senior Group Accounts Director and Client Partner, Rightpoint)
  5. Digital Disruption (SESSION LEAD:  Dan Roberts, President & CEO, Ouellette & Associates)

3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Transition Break


3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology 

Michael Carlin, CIO, AbbVie

Kelly Lyman, CIO - PECO, Exelon

Paul Martin, SVP & CIO, Baxter International

Tony Saldanha, VP, IT and Global Business Services, Procter & Gamble

Moderator:  Dan Roberts, President and CEO, Ouellette Associates

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 while striking a balance between the current and future states.            


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception



Presenting Partners

  • Rubrik

    Rubrik delivers instant application availability to hybrid cloud enterprises for recovery, search, cloud, and development. By using the market-leading Cloud Data Management platform, customers mobilize applications, automate protection policies, recover from Ransomware, search and analyze application data at scale on one platform. From days to seconds.

    https://www.rubrik.com/

Platinum Partners

  • Adobe

    Adobe innovations drive the future of digital media. Adobe tools help customers create highly compelling content, deliver it across diverse media and devices, and then optimize it through systematic targeting and measurement. Only Adobe offers this complete spectrum of capabilities, providing a critical competitive edge in today's ever-changing media landscape. To learn more, please visit http://www.adobe.com/solutions/digital-media.html

    http://www.adobe.com/solutions/digital-media.html

Gold Partners

  • Comcast Business

    Comcast Business provides a variety of enterprise solutions for network connectivity and managed services that enable large businesses to simplify the complexity of their network in the face of dynamic innovation. Comcast Business can design, build, implement and manage the custom network solutions required for today's large, distributed enterprises. With simple, secure and reliable managed solutions available nationwide, customers receive the cost competitive voice, data and support services they need in order to meet their strategic business objectives and gain the competitive edge. Our innovative and cost saving technologies will change the way you improve, adopt and support new technology today and into the future.

    https://business.comcast.com/
  • 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.

    https://www.neudesic.com
  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.

    https://www.purestorage.com
  • The Judge Group

    The Judge Group is a leading professional services firm specializing in Technology Consulting, Learning, and Staffing Solutions. Judge’s applications and infrastructure services include support for Agile/DevOps transformations and disruptive technologies including A.I. & machine learning, big data, robotic process automation, blockchain, and cybersecurity. With over 48 years of experience, Judge employs more than 7,000 professionals through its 35 offices in the US, Canada, India, and China. Judge is the 12th largest IT staffing firm in the US as ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts, and has consistently been recognized among the top 2% of industry leaders for client and talent satisfaction.

    www.judge.com

Supporting Partners

  • AutonomIQ

    AutonomIQ is a cloud platform that enables product and IT teams to autonomously test, release and deploy software, thereby increasing velocity of software releases without compromising quality. With pre-built integrations to common web applications and SaaS providers, customers can instantly create test cases, generate test scripts and test data, and execute tests. Using deep-learning and AI algorithms, AutonomIQ detects changes, enables self-healing for test assets and provides advanced diagnostics. In real world situations, AutonomIQ has been shown to provide over ~50% improvement in speed and quality compared to existing tools and techniques.

    www.autonomiq.io

Breakfast Partners

  • YASH

    YASH Technologies focuses on enabling customers to succeed and drive IT business transformation. As a leading technology services and outsourcing partner for medium, large and fast growing global customers, we leverage technology and our flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer's enterprise. YASH Customer centric engagement and managed services delivery framework integrate specialized domain and consulting capabilities with proprietary methodologies and solution Offerings to provision application, infrastructure and end user focused right-sourcing services. Headquartered in the United States with Delivery and Sales Centers globally, YASH serves its customers across six continents.

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.

    https://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.russellreynolds.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.

    https://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.

    http://www.amplifypartners.com
  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.

    http://www.glynncapital.com/
  • 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).

    http://www.greylock.com
  • 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.

    http://lsvp.com
  • 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).

    https://www.sequoiacap.com

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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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

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