2018 Southern California CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Top business technology leaders speaking at the 2018 Southern California CIO Executive Leadership Summit will include Sean Lennon, SVP & Global CIO, Allergan; Tom Peck, EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Ingram Micro; Steve Phillips, CIO, Alorica; and Steve Phillpott, CIO, Western Digital Corporation.


Huntington Beach, CA – October 9, 2018 – Thanks to their acumen in identifying and executing on how technology can be leveraged to help achieve business transformation, the CIO plays a central role in driving innovative disruption. The new mindset and courageous leadership required by CIOs to help their organizations succeed in these highly disruptive times will be focus of the discussion at the for the upcoming 2018 Southern California CIO Executive Leadership Summit, produced by HMG Strategy, to be held on November 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.

Thanks to where they are positioned in the enterprise, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a CIO and help the CEO and the board to reimagine and reinvent the business,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “But to do this successfully, CIOs and technology executives must think differently – including how they collaborate with fellow members of the C-suite and to establish new partnerships outside of traditional channels.”

The Southern California CIO Summit will kick-off with a series of HMG Lead Innovate Disrupt Tech Talks starting with an executive interview between Hunter Muller and Sean Lennon, SVP & CIO, Allergan who will discuss his role in crafting the company’s digital roadmap along with new innovation and revenue opportunities being produced from these efforts.

This presentation will be followed by a keynote by Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix, who will describe why classics on innovation such as The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Lean Startup are failing businesses worldwide and why executives must learn the key frameworks for repeated success that continue to power Silicon Valley companies. Yueh’s presentation will be followed by an executive interview between Joel Manfredo, CIO, Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans and Nicole Eagan, CEO at Darktrace.

Other sizzling sessions will include a keynote from a Google Chrome Enterprise executive; an executive panel that will explore emerging technologies that can be used to improve speed to market and deliver a competitive edge; a  panel of top search and industry executives who will share the key attributes and leadership capabilities that make some technology executives more successful than others; a keynote by a Lenovo executive; interactive roundtable workgroup discussions where all attendees can participate in sharing best practices and challenges for utilizing technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud, and digital disruption as well as career, leadership and enterprise risk management strategies; and an executive panel of top-tier CIOs who will share the secret sauce that seasons a high-impact, customer-centric culture from the inside out.


Renowned speakers at the Southern California CIO Summit will include:

  • Jim DiMarzio, CIO, Toyo Tires Holdings of Americas
  • Barry Libenson, CIO, Experian
  • Margot Sharapova, VP IT Quality & Operations, OptumRx, UnitedHealth Group
  • Ken Venner, Former CIO, SpaceX



Presenting Partners at the Southern California Summit include Darktrace, Google Chrome Enterprise and Lenovo. Platinum Partners include AutonomIQ, Equinix, Jama Software, Magenic, and RingCentral. Gold Partners include ExaGrid/Zerto, Ivanti, Neudesic, Nth Generation, Pure Storage, Singtel, The Judge Group and Zendesk. Supporting Partners include Delphix. The Digital Partner of the Year is Adobe. The Digital Cybersecurity Partner of the Year is SecurityScorecard. 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 Southern California Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

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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 digital Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent.

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  4. HMG Strategy’s Executive Leadership Summits provide unparalleled networking between top-tier technology executives with leading search executives, executives at enterprise technology companies and leading venture capitalists to nurture fruitful relationships.



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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. The HMG Strategy CISO Executive Leadership Series is designed to provide information security leaders with the insights and best practices they need to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges facing the enterprise today and going forward.

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