Past Summits

2017 Global Innovation Summit

Four Seasons Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto, CA

Event Highlights

  • Saqib Awan
    Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Saqib E. Awan is Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners where he works with startups in all areas of enterprise tech from SaaS, Analytics & Big Data, Cloud & Infrastructure to Security. Saqib also manages Lightspeed’s CIO Innovation Advisory Network, a platform for forward-thinking IT leaders to collaborate with and advise Silicon Valley VCs and leading startup entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Saqib held growth-oriented leadership positions at VC-backed startups, management consulting, and at General Motors. Saqib earned his MBA at Stanford.

  • Sunny Azadeh
    VP IT & IS
    Guidewire Software

    Sunny Azadeh is an entrepreneur and experienced Information Technology executive with solid industry experience in Semiconductor, Manufacturing, Medical Devices and Software verticals and successful track record of building the technology & infrastructure for during startup, turn around, IPO, and merger & acquisition. She is currently the Vice President of Information Technology at Guidewire Software. Prior to her role Ms. Azadeh was CEO and Founder of Azadeh Inc, an Information technology consulting services, Acctuall, Inc. a big data company focused on full services restaurants, CIO at Align Technology, SVP and CIO at Agile Software and CIO at ZilOG Inc. Sunny holds a master's degree in Computer Science Engineering from San Jose State University.

  • Curtis Barker
    Principal Product Manager

    Curtis Barker is a Principal Product Manager at Symantec. He has spent the past 8 years in living and working in Singapore where he began his role at Symantec three years ago and has recently relocated to Mountain View, California.

    He has a strong technical and business background and holds a Masters Degree in Electronic Communications Engineering with Business Mgt from the University of Sussex, UK.

    Curtis has spent his career in telecommunications and security. His previous roles include leading Symantec’s mobile product portfolio in APJ and more recently, covering a broader set of Symantec’s offerings as a Product Management leader in Asia Pacific. Curtis brings experience from different roles in EMEA and APJ, including engineering, sales and product management.

  • Alex Blanter

    Alex is a partner with PwC based in the Silicon Valley. He is an experienced innovation consultant who has worked in a range of product and services industries, including high technology, communications, industrial, automotive, retail, and consumer products. Alex’s work has focused on helping companies large and small become more innovative and, as a result, more competitive, to better respond and take advantage of the business and technology disruptions, to increase return on innovation investment, and to shorten the timeline from idea to results in the market. Recently, Alex has been spending a fair amount of time in the areas of IoT, AI, digital, and other current and upcoming business disruptions.

  • David Blumberg
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Blumberg Capital

  • Rafi Brenner
    VP, Information Security

  • Asheem Chandna
    Greylock Partners

    Asheem Chandna is a Partner at Greylock Partners, where he is focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build the next generation of enterprise companies. His current companies include Aquantia, Avi Networks, Awake Security, Delphix, Innovium, Obsidian Security, Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Rubrik and Skyhigh Networks.

    Previous company boards and/or investments include AppDynamics (CSCO), Arista Networks (ANET), Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (INTC), Imperva (IMPV), NetBoost (INTC), PortAuthority Technologies (WBSN), Securent (CSCO), Sourcefire (CSCO), Sumo Logic, TechProcess (Ingenico), Xsigo Systems (ORCL), and Zenprise (CTXS).

    Asheem joined Greylock in 2003 from Check Point Software (CHKP), where he was vice-president of business development and product management.

    Asheem has been listed in the Forbes Midas List for the last six years. Full biography at and follow on Twitter @chandna.


  • Paul Chapman

    Paul Chapman is the Global Chief Information Officer at Box, where he is responsible for leading the company’s global information technology strategy, cyber risk and compliance practices and customer advocacy. His mandate includes the development and delivery of key technology initiatives to support the company’s growing workforce and customer
    base, cyber risk programs for business and product security operations, product security assurance, physical security and compliance.
    Prior to Box, Paul was the CIO of HP Software for HP, where he led the IT organization and supported the development and delivery of IT solutions. Chapman also served as Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations and Vice President of Enterprise
    Applications at VMware.
    He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Filton Tech in the United Kingdom.

  • Bob Concannon
    Independent Consultant
    Northtower Technologies

    Bob Concannon was formerly a Senior Client Partner within the San Francisco office of Korn Ferry and was a member of the Firm’s Global Technology Market. Mr. Concannon has over 30 years of technology executive search experience, leading numerous CIO and CTO searches across industries. He also served on Korn/Ferry's Information Technology Officers Center of Expertise. Furthermore, Mr. Concannon led searches in the software and IT communities on assignments for clients in the areas of cloud, mobility and enterprise software. Venture capitalists and private equity firms looked to his expertise around helping Internet startups migrate to the next executive level as they receive their post Series B and C funding rounds.

    Mr. Concannon served as the managing director of another global executive search firm, leading the technology practice, U.S. Additionally, he led the firm’s global technology vertical for seven years, coordinating worldwide search activity in the technology sector with Fortune 100 top accounts. Previously, Mr. Concannon served in sales and marketing roles for both Pioneer Electronics and Sony Corporation. Mr. Concannon served the Internet industry from its early inception in the 90s by working with then unknown startups Netscape and Yahoo! His portfolio clients have included well-established companies like Microsoft, Oracle, 3Com, Cisco and Nokia, and a host of start-up companies funded by tier-1 venture capital. He has completed over 500 search projects in his career with many of those projects reaching successful IPOs. Published and quoted often in The Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, CFO and CIO Magazines, as well as being featured twice on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in their Silicon Valley report, Mr. Concannon has served as an expert on Silicon Valley trends for over 15 years. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific.

  • Chris Cook
    President and CEO

    Chris Cook is a veteran technology executive with more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise software industry. He has a long history of strong results, accomplished through a passionate commitment to align people, process and technology. Most recently, Cook served as president and chief operating officer of New Relic, a software analytics leader, where he spent over four years scaling the company's operations, leading to a successful IPO in 2014. Prior to New Relic, Cook spent four years as corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA Technologies' application performance management division and held sales leadership positions at Quest Software and BMC Software. He began his career with IBM after receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder.

  • Julie Cullivan
    Chief Technology & People Officer
    Forescout Technologies, Inc.

    With more than two decades of experience driving global operational capabilities across some of the world’s largest cybersecurity and IT brands, Julie leads the People, Business, and Technology Operations at Forescout. Julie has extensive operational and technical leadership experience, having held prior roles at FireEye, Autodesk, McAfee and Oracle. Julie also serves on the Board for Axon and earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Santa Clara University

  • Mike Dauber
    General Partner
    Amplify Partners

    Prior to joining Amplify as a General Partner, Mike spent over six years at Battery Ventures, where he most recently lead early stage Enterprise investments on the West Coast.  Most recently, Mike sat on the Boards of Continuuity, Duetto, Interana and Platfora.  Mike also lead Battery's investment in a stealth security company which is also in Amplify's portfolio.  Mike previously invested in Splunk and RelateIQ, which was recently  acquired by Salesforce. He was named to Forbes' Midas Brink List earlier this year. Mike is a frequent speaker at conferences and is on the Advisory Board of both the O'Reilly Strata Conference as well as SXSW. Mike began his career as a hardware engineer at a start-up and later held product, business development, and sales roles at Altera and Xilinx.  He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

  • Anil Earla
    Chief Information and Digital/Data Officer

    Anil Earla was formerly the Head of Information and Data Analytics for Global IS at Visa Inc., where he lead diverse teams of business and technology. As an intrapreneur, he is passionate about bringing Silicon Valley innovation mindset to larger organizations. His dual roles span innovation and strategic partnerships, shaping vision/strategy and technology alignment, various technology verticals across product life cycle for cyber security such as product management and business/system analysis, Big Data and visualization engineering, advanced analytics (data science), business intelligence and data warehousing, infrastructure and solution architecture, infrastructure and operations, program/portfolio management, and governance. Before joining Visa, he was part of industry leading organizations in the financial services, telecommunications, insurance, gaming, and airline industries. His stint across different industries and technology functions provides him the unique opportunity to apply and leverage the power of data and analytics. Under his leadership, his team was Data Impact awards finalist at Strata + Hadoop World 2014 for innovation in data ecosystem. Earla is part of the entrepreneurship and innovation program from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed Program in strategy from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from JSU and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University.

  • Mark Egan

    Mark Egan is a partner at StrataFusion Group, Inc. and has more than 25 years of information technology experience, with expertise in IT transformation, information security, and mergers & acquisitions. His extensive experience includes managing global IT organizations with over 1,200 employees, budgets in excess of $350 million, and IT integration for over 60 mergers and acquisitions. Mark has been repeatedly recognized for his leadership and success in scaling IT organizations to support rapid growth companies.

    Prior to joining StrataFusion, Mark was a CIO at VMware where he led the company from a server virtualization vendor with $2 billion in revenue to a $5 billion market leader of cloud solutions. During his 6 years as CIO at Symantec, Mark’s leadership in IT was instrumental in supporting the company’s transformation from $600 million consumer software publisher to a $5 billion market leader of enterprise security solutions. He held senior level positions with companies in a variety of industries, including Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse, and Wells Fargo Bank.

    Mark holds a master’s degree in finance and international business from University of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from University of Clarion. Mark developed and taught a graduate class, “Building Business Value through IT Innovation”, at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.

  • John Engates
    Client CTO
    NTT Global Networks

    John Engates is Client Chief Technology Officer at NTT Global Networks. Prior to NTT, John was CTO at Rackspace for over 17 years. In his role, John speaks frequently with customers, at technology conferences, and with the press and industry-analyst community on the topics of networking, security, digital transformation, and cloud -- and their roles in shaping the future of technology. John lives in Texas with his wife and two daughters.   

  • Rajiv Gupta
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Skyhigh Networks

    Rajiv Gupta is a Co-Founder and CEO of Skyhigh Networks. He has more than 20 years of successful enterprise software and security experience, and is widely recognized as a pioneer of Web Services. Prior to founding Skyhigh, Rajiv was the VP/GM of the Policy Management Business Unit within Cisco where his team was responsible for products that enable customers to administer, enforce, and audit standards-based, consistent access policies across the IT stack. Rajiv’s team at Cisco delivered the Identity Services Engine, a product that won the coveted Pioneer Award in Cisco and is considered to be a game changer for Cisco. Rajiv joined Cisco when it acquired Securent Inc, a company in the application entitlement market and where he was the Founder and CEO. Prior to Securent, he was a Co-Founder and CEO of Confluent Software, a company in the policy-based web-services management market and which was acquired by Oblix/Oracle. Before founding Confluent, Rajiv spent 11 years at Hewlett-Packard. In his last position there he was General Manager of the E-speak Division – a division he started in 1998 to bring the Client-Utility Computing technology to market that he and his team developed at HP Labs. E-speak delivered some of the earliest Web Services technologies and standards and has been inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum. Rajiv’s work on Client-Utility Computing was the precursor to Cloud Services as we know them today. With more than 45 patents to his name, Rajiv is the inventor or co-inventor of some of the seminal concepts that underpin Web Services. Rajiv earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and his PhD in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Chris Jacquet
    Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Enterprise Security
    Hitachi Vantara

    Jacquet is responsible for enterprise information security, establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security program to protect Hitachi Vantara’s information assets. He and his team identify, evaluate and report on information security risks to meet compliance and regulatory requirements. Jacquet also leads enterprise security programs including security operations, incident response, vulnerability management, identity management, network security, disaster recovery and risk policies. He supports client services for Hitachi Vantara’s Managed Services offering, including governance and compliance. In September 2017, Jacquet’s role expanded to include the security governance of Hitachi Vantara’s products and services. Previously, Jacquet was senior director of cloud security and compliance, and acting CISO for cloud infrastructure at Marketo where he built and led cross-functional teams to secure their software products. Before this, his roles included senior director of global IT Security, compliance, risk management and governance at Symantec, and multiple leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard during his 26-year tenure there. Jacquet holds a marketing certificate from UC Berkeley and an engineering degree in computer science from Institut National des Sciences Appliqués (Lyon, France). He is fluent in French and conversational in German. He holds a private pilot’s certificate and is an active member pilot of Angel Flight West, a volunteer organization.

  • Debra Jensen
    SVP of Global IT
    Sound United


  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director, Digital Transformation and CIO Practice Lead
    Diversified Search

    Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO practice from its San Francisco office.  Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted many “C” level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming/building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies.  He has conducted “C” level searches conducted for organizations such as Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, and Wellmark. 

    Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million Public Company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary. 

    Tony uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for Tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, ‘Resources for the Modern CIO” (

    The core of Tony’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

    Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past 12 years.  The Forum is a monthly venue for CIO’s and CTO’s to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded these leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis.  Participating companies have included: Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson,, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway,, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma among others. 

    Tony received a Bachelor of Commerce (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Amit Pandey
    Avi Networks

    Amit is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record of leading high-growth and highly innovative organizations. Before joining Avi Networks, he was the CEO of Zenprise which emerged as a market leader in the Enterprise Mobility Management Market and was acquired by Citrix. Prior to Zenprise, Amit served as CEO at TerraCotta, Inc. and helped establish it as the dominant player in the distributed caching space. Terracotta was acquired by the European software giant, Software AG. Before TerraCotta, Amit spent nearly a decade at NetApp in a wide range of executive positions. Amit also worked at McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy development for high-tech companies. Amit holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.

  • Steve Phillpott
    President, SIM San Diego
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  • Peter Santora
    Managing Principal
    Executive Blueprint Inc.

    Peter Santora is a proven and experienced senior consultant and advisor in the area of Leadership consulting and practices that enhances the culture of businesses.

    Executive Blueprint Inc. was created to provide unique client focused services and tools that systematically and artfully enhance the organization's leadership, culture and performance.

    Prior to professional services, he began his career in corporate operations for a one time General Mills business, Izod-Lacoste. He has been a long tenured service provider as a subject matter expert, client-facing and delivery partner for the top tier, most recognized professional services organizations such as Marcus & Millichap, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Korn/Ferry and Boyden Global. He is well regarded for his professionalism, dependability and successful track record by those services firms, as well as, the clients, executives, and the business community he serves. He has developed a reputation for successfully leading time sensitive client initiatives for complex and specialized roles, transformation executives and highly sensitive assignments; all supporting and enhancing the culture, the business and goals of the organization - achieving high customer satisfaction scores and testimonies.

    His client portfolio represents a clear adeptness with small, mid and large organizations, spanning the revenue, scale and size spectrum. Equally balanced in working with public, private equity owned companies, investor, founder owned and not for profit organizations. These diverse environments with varying management teams, search committees, constituents and other leadership dynamics expand the variety of business models, cultures, and structures with the common themes of technology, business innovation and transformations that drive 'front and back office' results.

  • Naresh Shanker

  • Pranab Sinha
    SVP & CIO


  • Bipul Sinha
    Co-founder and CEO

    Bipul Sinha brings 18+ years of experience in building billion-dollar products and companies from the ground up. Previously, he was a partner at Lightspeed, where he invested in Nutanix (founding investor and board member), PernixData, and Numerify. Bipul received his B.Tech. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and holds an MBA from The Wharton School where he was a Palmer Scholar. Bipul also holds several patents in distributed computing.

  • Patrick Steele
    Chair, CIO Advisory Board
    Blumberg Capital

    Patrick Steele retired at the end of 2014 as the Executive Vice President and CIO for Delta Dental of California and a member of the Senior Executive Management Team. Delta Dental is a $9 billion enterprise and one of the largest dental benefit administrators in the nation.

    Mr. Steele currently chairs a CIO Advisory Board for Blumberg Capital, an early stage venture firm, and is active in the evaluation of new companies for the firm to invest in.

    Mr. Steele has 47 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, corporate retail, wholesale, supply chain, merchandising, information technology (IT), profit & loss, and worldwide retail exchange functions.

    Prior to joining Delta Dental, he was involved in consulting and business development, and was active in establishing several technology companies that serve the retail sector.

    As a former member of the executive management team for a $37 billion retailer, Mr. Steele led numerous strategic projects, inclusive of both large and small mergers and acquisitions.

    Mr. Steele sits on the Advisory Board for a Venture Capital firm and is active in the evaluation of new companies for the firm to invest in.

    Mr. Steele is also a Board Member of Dignity Health, a large multi-state healthcare delivery company based in San Francisco.

    Mr. Steele holds a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Mathematics, both from the University in Washington.

    He has been active in numerous civic organizations.

  • Peter Weis
    Strategic Advisor

    Peter F. Weis is the former global CIO and current senior advisor at Matson, a 2.3B publicly traded global transportation and logistics provider based in Oakland, CA. During Peter's 15-year tenure as CIO, he led Matson's successful 9-year technology transformation.  Matson is now a 136 year-old shipping company that operates its entire global business in the cloud. Costs are down, and velocity and customer satisfaction are up. Matson is consistently ranked as one of the top ocean transportation providers in the world, both in overall and in IT. In 2018, Matson was recognized by Computerworld as "One of the Best 100 Places to Work in IT."

    As Peter continues to advise Matson, he also advises several start-ups, works closely with a number of VC firms and is on the faculty of his alma mater, UC Berkeley.  He also holds an M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton School and is a 2014 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame.


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Deliver Business Advantage

Chris Cook, President and CEO, Delphix

Rajiv Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO, Skyhigh Networks

Amit Pandey, CEO, Avi Networks

Bipul Sinha, Co-founder and CEO, Rubrik

Moderator:  Asheem Chandna, Partner, Greylock Partners

Innovation in enterprise IT is accelerating, driven by massive platform and technology shifts. Venture capitalists have the unique perspective to see today, many of the new technologies of tomorrow.

Join the CEOs and founders of the top innovative companies to gain insight into what radical shifts are coming and to learn how you can harness these opportunities to drive a competitive edge.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: 2017 Trends and Predictions - What They Mean for CIOs

John Engates, CTO, Rackspace

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Information Security and Innovation – How Can We Have Both?

Curtis Barker, Principal Product Manager, Symantec

Rafi Brenner, VP, Information Technology, ForeScout Technologies, Inc.

Chris Jacquet, VP, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Hitachi Data Systems

Moderator: Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion

Information security is often viewed as roadblock to innovation and moving quickly in a highly competitive environment. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage. We will provide strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM  

Networking Appetizer Break

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM


1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Change Begins with Powerful Leadership

Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search

Peter Santora, Managing Principal, Executive Blueprint Inc.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

The secret sauce to driving transformational change is compelling leadership where senior executives clearly communicates the mission and inspire employees to strive for greatness.But driving organizational change is no easy task, especially in long-established companies where cultural roots run deep.

This session will explore the leadership qualities that search recruiters look for in senior executives along with the leadership techniques that foster long-term success.

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  The State of the CIO IT Leader Role - The CIO as CEO of Technology

Naresh Shanker, CIO, HP Inc.

Following a brief digital asset from the HMG Strategy Global Innovation Institute series, Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, will interview Naresh Shanker on the current and future state of the CIO role as it transforms toward a CEO of technology.

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM Coffee Break,Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM   

EXECUTIVE DISCUSSION:  Top VCs on Startup Leadership

Saqib Awan, Vice President, Lightspeed Venture Partners

David Blumberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital

Asheem Chandna, Partner, Greylock Partners

Mike Dauber, General Partner, Amplify Partners

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

You've launched a can't-miss business venture but have you thought through how to protect your organization's intellectual property assets or how to handle trademarking and branding strategies?

During this session you will hear from leading venture capitalists who will address the leadership competencies needed to succeed in today's fast-paced and disruptive environment.

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM   

EXECUTIVE PANEL: What The Future Holds for Enterprise CXOs

Sunny Azadeh, VP IT & IS, Guidewire Software

Anil Earla, Head of Information and Data Analytics, Global IS, Visa Inc.

Ram Shanmugam, CEO, appOrbit

Pranab Sinha, VP, IT, Seagate Technology

Moderator: Alex Blanter, Partner, PwC

With business moving at warp speed, successful enterprise executives are stepping up with bold, game-changing strategies for growing the business, creating value, dominating markets, and delivering innovation to a new generation of empowered and demanding customers. They are stepping outside of their comfort zones and partnering across the organization and into their extended network to help drive transformational innovation that can help the enterprise to achieve competitive advantage.

This panel of enterprise executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them top recognition – and look ahead at what the future holds for CXOs in different roles.


4:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Express Coffee Break

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Re-imagining the Enterprise for the Next Era of the Digital Age

Paul Chapman, CIO, Box

Julie Cullivan, CIO and EVP of Business Operations, FireEye

Debra Jensen, SVP & CIO, Charlotte Russe

Peter Weis, VP & Global CIO, Matson Navigation Company

Moderator: Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital

Truly successful leaders are advancing the traditional leadership role by stepping up with bold, game-changing strategies for growing the business, creating value, dominating markets, and delivering innovation to a new generation of empowered and demanding customers. They are taking broader and more proactive roles in enterprise-level operational functions and shared services, forming business strategy and leading execution, and winning an increasing number of Board of Director seats.

This panel of executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful leaders of today – and take a look ahead at re-imaginging the enterprise for the next era of the digital age.

5:20 PM - 6:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Rackspace

    Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace is a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes and others as one of the best companies to work for.

Platinum Partners

  • Symantec

    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is the global leader in cybersecurity. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives

Gold Partners

  • Platform9

    Platform9 provides open source-as-a-service for enterprises that need faster and easier ways to manage cloud infrastructure across multiple platforms. Unlike do-it-yourself or legacy solutions, Platform9 delivers technologies like OpenStack and Kubernetes as SaaS-managed solutions to reduce cost and time to value, all while avoiding being locked into a single vendor ecosystem. Platform9 helps DevOps and IT teams focus on solving core business problems while automating much of the set-up and management process on the back end. It has enabled customers like Box, Blue Cross Blue Shield and PlayStation to realize a greater than 99 percent success rate with OpenStack deployments.

Supporting Partners

  • Delphix

    Delphix’s mission is to empower businesses to accelerate innovation through data. In a world where every company is becoming a data company, the Delphix Dynamic Data Platform gives teams self-service access to secure, personal data environments to fuel application development, analytics, and AI while also minimizing data risk.
  • Tintri by DDN

    Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage that challenges the storage quo. Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage specifically for your virtualized applications—with none of the limitations of traditional physical-first storage. When you store your virtual machines on Tintri, they perform 6x faster, pack 10x more densely and take 98% less management, saving you time, money and sanity. Learn more at to get the storage that can guarantee the performance of virtualized servers, databases and desktops applications.

Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

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.
  • Russell Reynolds Associates

    Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. We are a private firm with 39 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, covering all major business regions including Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. We leverage our collective expertise to identify and assess leaders who can support the growth and success of our client organizations. Our 300 experienced consultants are supported by a global research network We complete more than 2,000 assignments annually, across a broad range of industries and functional roles.
  • 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.

Alliance Partners

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.

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