SEATTLE, WA – October 5, 2016 – Digital transformation is creating exciting new opportunities for companies to run and grow their businesses. The CIO is ideally positioned to take the reins and lead digital transformation efforts, which will be the focus of attention at the 2016 Seattle CIO Executive Leadership Summit, produced by HMG Strategy and to be held on November 1, 2016 at the Four Seasons Seattle.

“The digital economy is creating unprecedented opportunities for CIOs to play a significant role in business transformation,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “IT leaders who accept this call to action now with courageous leadership can deliver tremendous value for their companies and for their own career ascent.”

The Seattle summit will kick off with an enthralling fireside chat between Hunter Muller and Gerri Martin-Flickinger, EVP and CTO at Starbucks. Martin-Flickinger will share the steps she’s taking to help the company to leverage customer data to personalize the customer experience for the coffee giant.

Other riveting topics at the Seattle conference will include the dynamic mindset needed by the CIO to drive innovation and deliver value to their organizations; a presentation by former lead solo pilot for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels John Foley, Founder and CEO of John Foley, Inc., on applying the principles of commitment, discipline, and trust to achieve higher levels of excellence; emerging trends that are expected to impact the enterprise; strategic leadership skills needed by CIOs to succeed in a world of accelerated change; the top challenges facing enterprise security today and tomorrow; and the innovative technologies that venture capitalists are investing in.

Other prominent speakers participating at the Seattle summit will include Erik Arnold, CIO, PATH; Saqib Awan, Vice President, Lightspeed Venture Partners; Curtis A. Carver, Jr., Vice President & CIO, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion; Stuart Evans, Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Tom Frangione, COO, Greylock Partners; Jim Herd, Managing Director, Herd Freed Hartz; John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI; Glenn Kaleta, CISSP, CFE, Senior Director, Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Security; Andreas Kaltounis, Vice President, Stroz Friedberg; Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search; Mark Neuhausen, Account Chief Technologist, Enterprise Group Americas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Todd Pierce, Chief Digital Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital; and Tim Wallach, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, Seattle Division. 

Distinguished Partners for the summit include Avanade, Comcast Business, Gemalto, MapR, MetTel, Nimble Storage, Neudesic, Pure Storage, and ServiceNow. Association Partners include WITI and Year Up. The Breakfast Partner is appOrbit. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Strategic Partners include Diversified Search, Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. The Research Partner for this year’s summit series is Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

About HMG Strategy

HMG Strategy is the world’s foremost provider of pioneering networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of the CIO/IT leader. Our regional CIO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and Research and Resource Center (RRC) deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders is the strongest, most trusted network of executives. Additionally, our partnerships with the world’s leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO.

The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Summits were given the distinction by as one of “Ten Must-Attend Conferences in 2015.” HMG Strategy has a growing expanse of thought leadership housed on their open digital platform known as the ‘Research & Resource Center.’ The company’s ‘Transformational CIO Blog’ was recently recognized by CDW’s BizTech Magazine as one of “50 Must-Read IT Blogs 2015.” 

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