HMG Strategy's 2018 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Top technology executives at the 2018 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit will include Shoukat Ali Bhamani, Schaeffler Group Americas; Marc Hamer, Sealed Air Corporation; Joe Topinka, SnapAV; and Angela Yochem, Novant Health


Charlotte, NC – January 18, 2018 – As companies move forward on digital transformation to optimize business processes and offer distinctive services and customer experiences, CIOs and technology executives are in a terrific position to identify where the greatest opportunities for success can be attained. But in order to succeed, CIOs must act as the CEOs of technology and demonstrate the courageous leadership that’s needed in working with the C-suite and the board of directors to drive successful, transformational change. These will be the dominant themes discussed at the upcoming 2018 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit, produced by HMG Strategy, to be held on February 13, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.

“To help navigate the company into the future, the CIO needs to think like a CEO and display fearless leadership,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “This includes identifying and articulating in business terms how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and edge computing can be used to create new business models and distinctive services for customers.”

The Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit will kick-off with a thought-provoking executive panel featuring Shoukat Ali Bhamani, Vice President, CIO & CDO, Schaeffler Group Americas; Marc Hamer, Corporate VP, Digital and Global CIO, Sealed Air Corporation; and Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health, who will explore what it takes to lead, reimagine and reinvent the enterprise along with their roles in leading digital transformation strategies and opportunities for working with fellow members of the C-suite to ensure successful execution.

Other outstanding sessions will include an executive panel that will explore how to find technology entrepreneurs and unleash their passion in your organization; a panel of leading search executives who will examine the top attributes that enable effective technology executives to succeed; an executive panel that will share valuable approaches for providing distinctive customer experience that can differentiate the brand; a panel of technology executives that will explore emerging technologies that are driving speed to market and opportunities to obtain a competitive edge; and an executive panel who will share their experiences as to how courageous leadership can create value and generate new waves of business growth in the modern enterprise.

Prominent speakers at the summit will include:

  • Bryce Austin, CISM, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy
  • Michael Del Priore, CIO, Diversey
  • Drew Lockhart, CIO, Ally Bank Consumer and Commercial Products
  • Ted Mueller, CIO & VP of Operations, Bissell Companies
  • Vijith Nair, SVP, Global Regulatory Reporting – Transaction Review Program Leader, Bank of America
  • Joe Topinka, CIO, SnapAV

Gold Partners for the Charlotte Summit include Accrue Partners, Duo, Nutanix, and Pure Storage. The Digital Cybersecurity Partner of the Year includes SecurityScorecard. Reception Partners include Equinix. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Glynn Capital, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia. Association Partners include the SIM Charlotte Region, the Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC), the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), and Women in Technology International (WITI).

To visit the Charlotte summit website and register for the event, click here

About HMG Strategy

HMG Strategy is the world's largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and online Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent.

The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. HMG Strategy’s exclusive CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Alliance (CELA) program provides top-tier technology executives with unparalleled peer-to-peer off-the-record straight talk to strengthen their decision-making capabilities and accelerate their career ascent. The CELA program is complemented by the CELA Executive Decision Support services (EDS) which connects enterprise technology executives with their contemporaries who are able to offer their expertise, practical experience, and insights in disciplines ranging from effective C-suite communication strategies to crafting successful 1-3-5-year technology roadmaps.

Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving roles of the CIO and CISO.

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