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2023 Global CISO Executive Leadership Summit

New York – Tue, 12-12-2023 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Visionary Leadership: Going Beyond Protection to Make Security a Competitive Advantage

Inflationary pressures and other macro-economic challenges are creating headwinds for technology executives and fellow members of the C-suite to execute on and achieve strategic goals through 2023. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever in a cost-conscious environment and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams. Meanwhile, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.
Here are the topics we will explore:

  • What Is (and Isn’t) Covered in D&O Insurance
  • Visionary Leadership: Going Beyond Protection to Make Security a Competitive Advantage
  • The HMG Innovation Accelerator
  • Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Challenges Amid Generative AI and Thorny Geopolitics
  • Navigating the Hype vs. the Reality of Generative AI
  • Strengthening the Digital Fortress: Navigating SEC Regulations for Cybersecurity Resilience
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2023    7:30 AM – 3:00 PM ET

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Tom Hoffman, VP Research, HMG Strategy

Cindy Finkelman, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

8:40 – 9:00 AM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT: What Is (and Isn’t) Covered in D&O Insurance

Shamla Naidoo, Head of Cloud Strategy & Innovation, Netskope interviewed by Cindy Finkelman, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

CISOs, security leaders, C-level executives and Board members all have a great deal of concern over what Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance policies covers — and what they don’t — particularly as it applies to cybersecurity attacks. In this Executive Briefing, Shamla Naidoo, Head of Cloud Strategy & Innovation at Netskope, will share the common misunderstandings associated with D&O insurance along with what is (and isn’t covered) by these policies.

9:00 – 9:25 AM

Coffee Break, Networking, Meet our Partners

9:25 – 9:35 AM
HMG Update
Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

9:35 – 10:05 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Visionary Leadership: Going Beyond Protection to Make Security a Competitive Advantage

MODERATOR: Rocco Grillo, Managing Director – Global Cyber Risk Services & Incident Response Investigation, Alvarez & Marsal

Gernette Wright, IT Security Officer – Americas, Schneider Electric

Ben Robertson, Principal Solutions Architect, Grip Security

Emily Heath, General Partner, Cyberstarts

Prashanth Mekala, Deputy EnterpriseCISO/AVP Risk Management, American Family Life

Inflationary pressures and other macro-economic challenges are creating headwinds for technology executives and fellow members of the C-suite to execute on and achieve strategic goals through 2023. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams to unleash new waves of innovation.

These factors are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative techniques, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to help create fresh Go-to-Market models and cultivate new digital business services and win in tumultuous times.

10:05 – 10:30 AM

START-UP SHOWCASE: The HMG Innovation Accelerator

MODERATOR: Emily Heath, General Partner, Cyberstarts

Raanan Raz, CEO and co-Founder, Avalor

Danny Brickman, Co-Founder & CEO, Oasis

Sriya Potham, Field CTO, Wiz

Sanaz Yashar, Co-Founder and CEO, Zafran

Research conducted by HMG Strategy reveals that one of the top focus areas for technology executive leaders is how to continue to innovate in a demanding business and how to stay ahead of the curve with new emerging technologies. In this exclusive session, Emily Heath, General Partner, Cyberstarts asks the CEOs of some of the most innovative Cyber security startups what drives their mission to create meaningful companies, deliver lasting value and how their solutions are differentiated in the market. Joining Emily in this session are CEO’s from two companies who are re-defining the security industry in how you protect a modern cloud enabled enterprise.

10:30 – 10:55 AM

Coffee Break, Networking, Meet our Partners

10:55 – 11:15 AM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT: Unify Security Data, Maintain Compliance, and Enable Future Growth

Gary Meshell, AWS WW Leader, Global Partner Security Initiative, AWS

Siva VRS, VP and Global Practice Head –  Cloud and Infra Security Practice, Wipro

Mitigating security risks and maintaining compliance requirements are essential for future growth. In this exclusive session, Gary Meshell, WW Lead, Global Partner Security Initiatives, at AWS and Siva VRS, VP of Cloud and Infra Security, at Wipro discuss the recent launch of Continuous Compliance – a joint purpose-built solution built on Amazon Security Lake. Continuous Compliance delivers a single pane of glass view to manage, monitor, and maintain compliance requirements seamlessly with out-of-the-box compliance standards such as GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and more.

11:15 – 11:40

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Cybersecurity

MODERATOR: Cindy Finkelman, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Patti Titus, Chief Information Security Officer, Markel 

Japneet Kaur,

Mike Anderson, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Netskope

Klara Neginsky, Deputy CISO, Royal Caribbean

According to research from Cybersecurity Ventures, women held just 17% of the CISO roles at Fortune 500 companies as of late 2022. While that figure has been rising year-over-year, women continue to be under-represented in cybersecurity and STEM roles. In this compelling panel discussion, CISOs and industry executives share the traits that have enabled top female CISOs to succeed in their roles along with recommendations for building the pipeline for next-generation female security leaders.

11:40 – 12:00

ESSENTIAL EXECUTIVE CONVERSATION: Cyber Challenges Amid Generative AI and Thorny Geopolitics

Dr. David Bray, Distinguished Fellow, The Stimson Center 

This HMG Essential Executive Conversation will address why Generative AI as well as increasing global tensions and conflicts create new challenges for CISOs amid existing headaches of increasing attacks. Armed with automated bots and deceptive Generative AI tradecraft, organizations of all size and type are now targets for attacks to extra data, money, and other essential information by actors motivated for either greed or geopolitical reasons. This discussion will tackle what CISOs (1) need to know about these additional Generative AI and geopolitical challenges, (2) what CISOs need to communicate to their CEO and Board about what can be done to address these escalating risks, and (3) ultimately what CISOs need to do to help their organization become more resilient to the storm clouds that are gathering for 2024 and beyond. Fortune favors the brave and the prepared, so join this discussion to prepare the disruptions ahead. 

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch and HMG Global Leadership Institute Awards Program

SIM NY Update

Cindy Finkelman, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

1:00 – 1:10 PM

Dessert Break, Networking, Meet our Partners

1:10 – 1:30 PM

FIRESIDE CHAT: CISOs and Data Security: Priorities, Challenges and Best Practices

Bala Rajagopalan, CISO of Tradeweb,

Amer Deeba, CEO and Co-founder, Normalyze

As digital transformation accelerates, enterprise data – the most valuable and vulnerable asset – is propagated across isolated public cloud and on-premises environments. The result: CISOs and their security teams lost visibility into where data resides, who accesses it, and whether it is at risk. Traditional approaches, focused on protecting single surface areas, are no longer sufficient to give security leaders and their Boards confidence that sensitive data is protected.

How can security teams regain visibility and control of the sprawling enterprise data? How can CISOs assure leadership and shareholders that the organization’s financial well-being and reputation are not at risk? 

In this executive fireside chat with Amer Deeba, Bala Rajagopalan will share how his team addressed these challenging questions and the strategy he adopted to keep the highly sensitive data secure.

1:30 – 1:50 PM

Coffee Break, Networking, Meet our Partners

1:50 – 2:50 PM

How Do I Protect My Employer (and Myself) Against the Web of Cybersecurity and AI Regulations?

In the wake of the SEC fraud indictment of Tim Brown, VP, Security and CISO of SolarWinds, it has become clear that CISOs can now be personally held liable for information their company provides to investors and regulators. This has raised the level of Cyber-Risk, and AI-Risk for CISOs in every industry. In a two part panel discussion senior cybersecurity executives will explore:

  • CISO responsibilities under current and forthcoming Cybersecurity and AI regulations
  • Overcoming the obstacles to complying with these regulations?
  • Quantifying Cyber-Risk and AI-Risk to the satisfaction of management, the Board, shareholders, and regulators
  • Examining the metrics and data CISOs need to defend their security risk posture — and whether AI can help to collect that data

MODERATOR: Michael Coden, Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group

Part 1: Navigating the Risks of AI

Alon Yamin, CEO and Co-Founder, Copyleaks

Arun Abraham, Chief Information Security Officer, BOSE

Daniel Gorecki, Chief Information Security Officer, Ascot Group

Steven Wallstedt, CISO, ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Part 2: Navigating SEC Regulations for Cybersecurity Resilience

Robert Blythe, Vice President, Information Security & Technology Risk Management

Fred Harris, Managing Director – Global Head of Risk & Compliance for Enterprise Technology & Operations, Citi

Alain Espinosa, Sr. Business Information Security Officer (BISO), Upbound Group

Shamla Naidoo, Head of Cloud Strategy & Innovation, Netskope

Will Houston, Executive Search Consultant, Global Cybersecurity/CISO practice, Egon Zehnder

2:50 – 3:00 PM

Raffle Prizes & Closing Remarks


Roota Almeida

Head of Security Governance
Amazon Stores

Mike Anderson

Chief Digital and Information Officer

Jesse Bociek


Cindy Finkelman

Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal

Kostas Georgakopoulos

Global CTO & CISO
Mondelēz International

Rocco Grillo

Managing Director – Global Cyber Risk Services & Incident Response Investigation
Alvarez & Marsal

Emily Heath

General Partner

David Mahon

Global Senior Advisor

Shamla Naidoo

Head of Cloud Strategy

Professor Kevin Powers, J.D.

Founder & Director, M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance Program
Boston College

Clif Triplett

Executive Director

Advisory Board

Alissa Abdullah

Deputy Chief Security Officer & Senior Vice President of Emerging Corporate Security Solutions

Edward Amoroso

Founder & CEO

Colin Anderson

SVP & Chief Information Security Officer

Snehal Antani

Co-Founder & CEO

Richard Arenaro

Horizon Media

BG Badriprasad

Chief Security Architect
Ross Stores

Jarrod Bell

Executive CIO Advisor
Hartman Executive Advisors

Vijay Bolina

Google DeepMind

Vlad Brodsky

CISO and SVP, IT Operations, Infrastructure
OTC Markets Group Inc.

Bill Brown

Abacus Insights

Michael Coden

Associate Director, Cybersecurity Research Consortium
MIT Sloan School of Management

Jeffrey Coe

Executive Cybersecurity Advisor
Incovate Solutions

Chris Convey

Pediatric Associates | Alpine Physician Partners | Tapestri HealthTech

Scott Daitzman

Managing Partner/CISO
SJD Cyber

Kirsten Davies


Joseph Dyer

VP, Chief Information Security Officer
ICF International

Amanda Finch

Chartered Institute of Information Security

Ken Fishkin

Manager of Information Security
Lowenstein Sandler

Patrick Ford

CISO, Americas Region
Schneider Electric

Stephen Fridakis

Chief Information Security Officer
Oracle Corporation

Todd Friedman


Nemi George

Vice President, Information Security Officer & IT Operations
Pacific Dental Services

Al Ghous


Jay Gonzales

James Hardie

Dan Gorecki

Chief Information Security Officer
Ascot Group

Igor Gorelik

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Kevin Gowen

Chief Information Security Officer

Lakshmi Hanspal

Member of the Board of Advisors
University of California, Merced

Meredith Harper

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Synchrony Financial

John Iannarelli

Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor

Todd Inskeep

Founder & Executive Cybersecurity Advisor
Incovate Solutions

Amir Jabri

Vice President Information Technology and CyberSecurity

Christophe Jacquet


Craig James-Heer

Gordon Food Service

Daniel Jesudason

CISO & Chief Enterprise Architect
Beam Suntory Inc.

Mike Johnson


Wanda Jones-Heath

Principal Cyber Advisor
United States Air Force

Chad Kalmes


Monti Knode

Former VP of Customer Success and Partner

Josh Knopp

Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Susan Koski

The PNC Financial Services Group

Ajoy Kumar

Head of Application Security
Wells Fargo

Min Kyriannis

CEO and Founder
Amyna Systems

Matthew Lagana

Managing Director, CTO, & CISO

Peter Liebert

Chief Information Security Officer (Resident) & Product Advisor
Foresite Cybersecurity & Compliance

Jason Lish

Lumen Technologies

Tomas Maldonado

National Football League

Matt Martin

CISO & Director of IT Security
Sidley Austin

Israel Martinez

CEO and Global CTO
Axon Global

Sam Masiello

Chief Information Security Officer
The Anschutz Corporation

John McCormick

Head of IT (CIO) & Information Security Officer (CISO)
Global Asset Management (Confidential)

Michael McNeil

SVP & Global CISO
McKesson Corporation

Matthew Modica

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
BJC Healthcare

David Munroe

SVP of IT & Security
National Hockey League

Harry O’Laughlin

Former Information Security Manager
Judicial Council of California

Joel Odelson

Chief Information Security Officer

David Ortiz

Global CISO
Church & Dwight Co. Inc

Michael Palmer


Malcolm K. Palmore

Director – Office of the CISO – Google Cloud

Blake Penn

Chief Information Security Officer
Colgate University

Michael Piacente

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Hitch Partners

Professor Kevin Powers, J.D.

Founder & Director, M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance Program
Boston College

Frank Price

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Risk Officer

Lauren Dana Rosenblatt

International Flavors & Fragrances

Matthew Rosenquist

CISO and Cybersecurity Strategist
Mercury Risk & Compliance

Tiffany Rusin

VP, Head of Cyber Security, Indo-Pacific (Global Services & Asia-Pacific)

Anahi Santiago


Bradley Schaufenbuel

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

Richard Seiersen

Chief Risk Officer

David Sledge

Director of Cybersecurity
Avelo Airlines

Ed Solomon

Senior Advisor – Corporate Development
Genesys Works

Gary Sorrentino

Global CIO

Tony Taylor

Land O Lakes

George Totev

Head of Risk and Compliance

Kimberly Trapani

American Tire Distributors

Joseph Tso


Lisa Tuttle

Chief Information Security Officer
SPX Corporation

Laura Whitt-Winyard

VP of Security & IT

Sadeepa Wijesekara

The Princeton Review

Michael Wilson

SVP and Chief Security Officer
Molina Healthcare

Gernette Wright

It Security Officer – Americas
Schneider Electric

Frank Yanan

SVP, GIS Business Information Security Officer (BISO)
Bank of America

Nick Yoo

Chief Information Security Officer
Zero Hash

Keith Young

Montgomery County Government

Dr. Robert Zandoli

Global CISO and CTO

Michael Zanga

Managing Director, Global Head of Technology, Cyber, Data and Change Risk

Presenting Partners

  • Normalyze

    Normalyze is a pioneering provider of cloud data security solutions, helping customers secure their data, applications, identities, and infrastructure across hybrid cloud environments. With Normalyze, organizations can discover and visualize their data attack surface within minutes and get real-time visibility and control into their security posture, including access, configurations, and sensitive data to secure it at scale and prevent expensive data breaches. The company was founded by industry veterans Ravi Ithal and Amer Deeba and is funded by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Battery Ventures.
  • WiPro Technologies

    Wipro Technologies, the global IT business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company, that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro Technologies delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology” – helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner’s approach to delivering innovation and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro Technologies has over 120,000 employees and clients across 54 countries. For more information, please visit

Platinum Partners

  • Copyleaks

    Copyleaks is a plagiarism detection application that uses AI and machine learning to identify similar and non-verbatim text. It can identify paraphrased and similar meaning text, and can check for plagiarism in content, even if unintentional. Copyleaks can draw upon a variety of online databases, academic journals, and more to determine if there are any similar matches. Copyleaks is designed to help schools and businesses verify content authenticity while cautioning against copyright infringement. It can be used by professional writers, and is available for free for plagiarism checks on 20 pages.
  • Grip
    Grip Security is a pioneer in SaaS identity risk management, providing innovative solutions to help enterprises address the security risks associated with widespread SaaS adoption. The company’s SaaS Security Control Plane platform helps companies discover, prioritize, secure and orchestrate the mitigation and remediation of risks. The innovative approach of leveraging identity as the key control point allows companies to secure all SaaS applications and empowers enterprises to embrace SaaS adoption securely.

Gold Partners


    Building Digital Platforms to Deliver Better Outcomes, Faster

    Founded in 2007, AHEAD grew up in the data center and retains its deep infrastructure expertise at the core of its business. But as the market has changed, the company has always invested ahead of the curve.

    Our clients are in a race to transform digitally in pursuit of competitive advantage. They want to use technology to deliver differentiating customer experiences, launch new digital products faster, and uncover massive efficiency gains through automation and modernization. Yet they’re unable to progress fast enough. AHEAD’s purpose is to accelerate their progress and do so in a way that creates significant and sustainable business impact.

    With strategic consulting and managed services, along with innovation in practices like cloud, security, and data, AHEAD has become a key partner for countless enterprises in their path to digital business transformation.
  • Netskope

    Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.
  • Tanium

    Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. State and local governments, educational institutions, federal civilian agencies and the U.S. armed forces trust Tanium to protect people; defend data; secure systems; and see and control every endpoint, team, and workflow everywhere. That’s the power of certainty.

Supporting Partners

  • ArmorCode Inc.

    ArmorCode supercharges security teams so their organizations can ship secure software faster. The ArmorCode Platform unifies AppSec and vulnerability management to normalize and correlate findings and orchestrate workflows so teams can identify, articulate, and remediate their most critical risks.

Association Partners

  • Purple Book Community
  • SIM New York Metro

    SIM is an association of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters, who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations. SIM members strongly believe in and champion: The alignment of IT and business as a valued partnership; The creation and sharing of best practices; The effective, efficient and innovative business use of information technology to continuously bring to market valuable products and services; IT management and leadership skills development that enables our members growth at each stage of their career; The replenishment and education of future IT leaders including a strong role in influencing university curriculums and continuing education; Working with the IT industry to shape its direction; Policies and legislation that stimulate innovation, economic development, healthy competition and IT job creation; Serving our communities and the industry through giving and outreach

Alliance Partners

  • Cyberstarts

    We have spent years building industry leading companies. We bring this trove of experience and relationships to every venture we invest in. Cyberstarts was the brainchild of many deep conversations with our most successful cyber peers to distill the holy grail that enabled us to build important companies. It soon became clear that the trajectory to success is determined at a venture’s earliest start. That our deep inside perspective and highly engaged network during this critical earliest stage were unique ingredients in our successes. By aggregating these close relationships for entrepreneurs who we believe in, we knew that we can create incredible value for our tight network of CISOs who enjoy the earliest access to solutions that they help to define. These peers became investors and Cyberstarts became the only VC primarily funded by the industry’s most successful cybersecurity founders.
  • 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).
  • GTM Capital

    GTM Capital is singularly focused on helping our portfolio companies gain a massive competitive advantage by rapidly accelerating customer traction.
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Betterment, Carta, Roku, Poshmark, Uber, and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 43 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise, and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re all in.
  • 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).
  • T200

    Formed in 2016, a tiny group with less than ten members started using online messaging to inspire and promote each other with career advice, organizational and operational guidance, and general motivation. These women decided that their group would be better if more women were part of it and expanded the group through word of mouth to other powerful CIOs and CDOs in the world. The name T200 came about when the goal turned to gathering at least 200 of these powerful women in technology together in this group.

    T200 is now expanding to mentor and grow women in the technology leadership community. T200 is launching T200Lift, focused on developing women in the tech pipeline ready to take on their first C-level role. The membership at T200 see this as the legacy to the world of tech and women in tech.

    The motto of T200 “we are better together!”

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Innovation Accelerator Partners

  • Avalor

    Avalor is the data fabric for security teams, providing quick access and analysis of disparate data pipelines overlayed with business critical context. Avalor’s open data platform takes a modern, source-agnostic approach to security – dynamically ingesting, normalizing, and enriching data from any source (legacy systems, data lakes, data warehouses, sql databases, applications, etc.) to build a complete picture of all weaknesses or adversaries (CVE, code flaw, misconfigurations, app security findings, external attack surface risk, third party risk, user behavior risk, etc.). With Avalor, organizations can embed business context and KPIs into prioritization workflows and achieve full cycle risk assessment, remediation, and reporting while expanding into additional use cases with full transparency of their data.
  • Oasis
  • Wiz

    We’re reinventing cloud security from the inside out. Led by an experienced and visionary team, we are on a mission to help organizations create secure cloud environments that accelerate their businesses. By creating a normalizing layer between cloud environments, our platform enables organizations to rapidly identify and remove critical risks.
  • Zafran Security

    Zafran is the world’s first Risk & Mitigation Platform that protects assets during the critical exposure window between the time vulnerabilities are exploitable and remediation occurs, leveraging existing controls.

Marketplace Partners

  • 8x8, Inc.

    8×8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8×8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8×8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8×8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8×8 offers its 8×8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8×8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8×8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8×8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).

  • Akamai

    As the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, Akamai makes it easier for its customers to provide the best and most secure digital experiences on any device, anytime, anywhere. Akamai’s massively distributed platform is unparalleled in scale with over 200,000 servers across 130 countries, giving customers superior performance and threat protection. Akamai’s portfolio of web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions are supported by exceptional customer service and 24/7 monitoring.
  • BetterCloud

    BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company’s total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.
  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.
  • Forescout

    Forescout Technologies is the leader in Enterprise of Things security, offering a holistic platform that continuously identifies, segments and enforces compliance of every connected thing across any heterogeneous network. The Forescout platform is the most widely deployed, scalable, enterprise-class solution for agentless device visibility and control. It deploys quickly on your existing infrastructure – without requiring agents, upgrades or 802.1X authentication. Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations trust Forescout to reduce the risk of business disruption from security incidents or breaches, ensure and demonstrate security compliance and increase security operations productivity. Don’t just see it. Secure it. Visit us to learn how Forescout provides active defense for the Enterprise of Things.
  • Fortinet

    Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
  • Nutanix

    Nutanix offers a single platform to run all your apps and data across multiple clouds while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Trusted by companies worldwide, Nutanix powers hybrid multicloud environments efficiently and cost effectively. This enables companies to focus on successful business outcomes and new innovations.
  • Palo Alto Networks

    Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit
  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company’s video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
  • SafeGuard Cyber

    SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.
  • Tonkean

    Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub,, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.
  • Upwork

    Upwork is the world’s largest work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent from across the globe. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.8 billion on Upwork in 2022 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations.
  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.
  • Zscaler

    Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.

Trailblazer Partners

  • Cyberstarts

    We have spent years building industry leading companies. We bring this trove of experience and relationships to every venture we invest in. Cyberstarts was the brainchild of many deep conversations with our most successful cyber peers to distill the holy grail that enabled us to build important companies. It soon became clear that the trajectory to success is determined at a venture’s earliest start. That our deep inside perspective and highly engaged network during this critical earliest stage were unique ingredients in our successes. By aggregating these close relationships for entrepreneurs who we believe in, we knew that we can create incredible value for our tight network of CISOs who enjoy the earliest access to solutions that they help to define. These peers became investors and Cyberstarts became the only VC primarily funded by the industry’s most successful cybersecurity founders.
  • ForgeRock

    ForgeRock®, the leader in digital identity management, transforms how businesses build trusted relationships with people, services, and things. Organizations adopt the ForgeRock Identity Platform™ as their digital identity system of record to monetize customer relationships, address regulations for privacy and consent (GDPR, HIPAA, PSD2, Open Banking, etc), and leverage the internet of things. ForgeRock serves hundreds of brands, including Morningstar, Vodafone, GEICO, Toyota, TomTom, and Pearson, as well as governments like Norway, Canada, and Belgium, securing billions of identities worldwide. ForgeRock has offices across the USA, Europe, and Asia.


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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. 

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