HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – October 13, 2016 – This year, 89% of companies expect to compete primarily on the basis of the customer experiences that they deliver, according to Gartner. As customers increase their use of digital channels to interact with companies, the CIO will play a vital role in helping the enterprise to create the types of experiences that attract and retain customers to drive business growth. The leadership traits and skills required by CIOs to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2016 Southern California CIO Executive Leadership Summit, to be held on November 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach in Huntington Beach, CA. The summit will be produced by HMG Strategy, in association partnership with the Southern California Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SCSIM).

“As companies strive to become more customer-centric, taking a data-driven approach to better understanding customer behaviors and needs will be paramount,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “The CIO is uniquely positioned to enable the company to take advantage of customer insights to drive business growth and new opportunities.”

The Southern California summit will kick off with an executive interview between Hunter Muller and Tom Peck, SVP, CIO and Global Head, Procurement & Travel, AECOM. Peck will share what it takes to lead a Fortune 500 company’s global IT organization to maximize performance and help the enterprise to achieve competitive advantage.

Other energizing topics at the Southern California conference will include how digitization, the Internet of Things, and other innovative technologies are expected to impact the customer experience; current and emerging security threats that are facing the enterprise; interactive interviews with Silicon Valley venture capitalists on hot technologies CIOs need to be aware of; the new performance attributes required by CIOs to lead in a world of accelerated change; future trends that will impact the enterprise; and the courageous mindset that CIOs must embrace to drive innovation and transformation.

Illustrious speakers participating at the Southern California summit will include Jay Banfield, Founding Executive Director, Year Up; Scott Cadwalader, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Diligent Partners, LLC; Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services and CSO, CrowdStrike; Rick Hopfer, CIO, Molina Healthcare; John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI; Michael Keithley, Former CIO, Creative Artists Agency; Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search; Joel Manfredo, CIO, Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC; Lior Ofir, Managing Director, IT, PennyMac Financial Services; Tom Peck, SVP, CIO and Global Head, Procurement & Travel, AECOM; Jim Randall, Deputy US CISO & Network Head of Cyber Security, PwC; Ram Reddy, VP Global IT, Dermalogica; Kim Terry, EVP & CIO, OceanX, LLC; Jay Tucker, CMO & Head of Programs, USC Marshall School of Business; and Naveen Zutshi, CIO, Palo Alto Networks.

Sponsor Partners for the summit include Cloudera, Datalink, Nth Generation, Pure Storage, and ServiceNow. Association Partners include SCSIM, Women in Technology International (WITI), and Year Up. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The Research Partner for this year’s summit series is Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart.

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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