Past Summits

2017 New Jersey CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ

Event Highlights

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age

Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CIO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CIO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 New Jersey CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Gene Barskiy
    SVP Technology & Systems
    Berje Inc.

  • Nicholas Colisto
    VP & CIO
    Avery Dennison

  • Jason Cooper
    Technology, Data & Analytics Group



  • Mark DuBrock
    Bridgewater Associates


  • James Eichmann
    Chief Technology Officer
    Worthy Financial

    Jim is the Chief Technology Officer at Billtrust with over 25 years’ experience building highly scalable and robust systems. He is a driven IT business and technology executive who has led several organizations through major growth phases, infrastructure initiatives and M&A integration.  Jim has been involved with multiple successful startup companies where he led all aspects of the IT organization. Jim is a former CIO of the year finalist for NJ, recognized for his contribution to driving breakthrough innovation and creating a strategic IT organization. He serves on multiple executive advisory boards for industry leading organizations and has been an industry speaker at various technology events dealing with the future of IT organizations and building cloud based solutions. He is currently a member of the Society for Information Management of NJ. Jim has also contributed to several trade articles on best practices within the business environment dealing with outsourcing business practices. Jim joined Billtrust in October 2002. Prior to Billtrust, he was the Executive Vice President of Product Development for Paytrust, Inc. where he was responsible for all IT initiatives. Prior to Paytrust, Jim worked as a Manager for Logic Works, as a Senior Consultant at Atlantic Information Management and as Senior Product Analyst for the U.S. Army. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from Mount Saint Mary's College and management training from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Stephen Fraser
    W Group

  • Michael Gliedman
    SVP, Chief Information Officer
    National Basketball Association

  • Chuck Gray
    Egon Zehnder

    Chuck is a Partner in the New York office and leads the Chief Information Officers Practice on the East Coast.  He brings deep expertise in Chief Information Officer searches across numerous industries including Financial Services, Life Sciences, Industrial, Technology, and Public Sector .

    Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Chuck was an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan in its Treasury & Securities Services (TSS) division. With TSS, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Global Head of Treasury Services Operations.  He was also a member of the TSS Strategy team where he had responsibility for leading strategy projects and executing M&A transactions. Previously, Chuck was a Director at Liberty Mutual Group where he worked on the Corporate M&A and Corporate Strategy teams.  Chuck also worked in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston.

    Prior to pursuing an MBA at the Wharton School, Chuck worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company serving clients across a variety of industries.  He also worked as an Applications Developer at TenFold Corporation, a software company focused on developing large-scale applications.

  • Jon Harding
    SVP, Global CIO
    Conair LLC

    As Global CIO of Conair Corporation, Jon Harding holds worldwide responsibility for the company’s IT in support of both day-to-day operations, and future business growth. Harding joined Conair Corporation at the start of 2004 in the new position of Global CIO. A graduate of the University of Sheffield in England, he has 20 years of IT management experience in the consumer products industry. The Conair IT team led by Harding has completed the global rollout of a centralized ERP system that provides one central source of management information to support business growth. Along the way several acquired companies have been integrated into this central IT infrastructure in a 3 to 6 month timeframe. The IT team is customer service focused with the flexibility to meet dynamic business priorities.

    Before joining Conair, Harding was Director of IT for the U.S. Snacks Division of Kellogg Company (formerly the Keebler Company) that Kellogg’s acquired in 2001. Prior to 2001, he held various IT leadership positions within the UK and European subsidiaries of Kellogg’s. From 1999 to 2001 he was the overall leader of a major business process and system change initiative for Kellogg’s Europe. In total he spent 17 years with Kellogg’s IT team.

  • E. Jeffrey Hutchinson
    Digital Consulting Practice Lead
    NTT Data Services

  • Christopher Knerr
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Mareana Marketing

    Chris is CEO and Co-Founder of Mareana Marketing, an innovative tech start-up using Big Data to transform the business value proposition, speed to market, intelligence and usability of enterprise software and solutions.  The firm also provides C-Level management consulting to select clients.

    Previously, Chris was with Johnson & Johnson for 13 years, leading major strategic transformational change programs in Supply Chain and Commercial Operations.  Chris’s work at J&J focused on driving significant step improvements in customer experience and internal/external supply chain across multiple functions, geographies and business segments.  Most recently, as Vice President, Enterprise Business Systems Strategy, Chris led strategy, governance and execution for a massive global, cross-business sector portfolio of enterprise programs for J&J, including a multi-year set of global SAP roll-outs and the largest commercial contracting transformation ever done in J&J. 

    Chris’s special areas of expertise and interest include executive leadership; integrating strategy, technology and operations; leading and developing global, cross-functional teams; change management; high complexity/white space problems; metrics and business performance measurement; program, project and risk management; and acquisition integration.

    Chris earned an MBA with distinction from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.  He lives with his wife and two children in Princeton, NJ. 

  • Rama Kondru
    Global Head, Data Sciences and Advanced Analytics, Pharma IT
    Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

    Rama is passionate about leveraging data using Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics to address business questions and create impact and value. He is shaping the long term vision and strategy of the data sciences organization within J&J to delivery analytics and systems in support of J&J business groups and innovation centers. His areas of interest include approaches to solve complex computational and mathematical problems as they relate to interpreting health care data. At J&J, the data sciences group under Rama leadership is creating cutting-edge capabilities and delivering compelling business value using Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Cognitive Compute and Artificial Intelligence.  Rama is also leading the Janssen IT activities for Real World Evidence and Disease Registries.

    Prior to joining Janssen, he spent over 15 year as part of R&D business in other pharma companies. Previously, he was at Hoffmann-La Roche where he led Data Analysis, Translational and Bioinformatics, Chemogenomics and Computer Aided Drug Design (CADD) groups. He has a Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh in Biophysics and Quantum Chemistry, and post-doctoral experience at University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He served as an adjunct professor at Duke University for 6 years. He is an author of over 30 peer reviewed scientific publications and named inventor on over 25 patents. Currently, he is serving on the customer advisory board of SAS Corporation for Advanced Analytics.

    Rama loves to spend time with family, cycle, run, cook, entertain and enjoy wine.

  • Beverly Lieberman
    CEO and President
    Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

    Beverly Lieberman is President of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates, a leading, retained executive search firm, specializing in recruiting CIOs and CTOs.

    Ms. Lieberman joined Halbrecht Associates in 1986 and became the owner in 1991.  She has successfully managed searches for Fortune 500 companies as well as early-stage businesses.  Industries served include healthcare, insurance, higher education, financial services, retail, manufacturing, government, management consulting, high technology, law and communications.

    In addition to executive search, Ms. Lieberman has established an executive coaching practice.  She coaches senior executives in the areas of performance improvement and career development.

    Ms. Lieberman has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan and graduated from the prestigious M.I.T Sloan School Executive Management Program.

    Prior to joining Halbrecht Associates, Ms. Lieberman was a Human Resource executive with a Fortune 500 multinational conglomerate and a leading New England bank, where she managed major recruitment efforts for professional and senior level technical staff. 

    Ms. Lieberman is a frequent speaker at professional societies and conferences and is often quoted in major business and trade publications.  She has been a featured writer for CIO Magazine.  Ms. Lieberman is a long-standing member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  In addition, Ms. Lieberman is a Board member of the University of Bridgeport’s Industry Advisory Board.  Ms. Lieberman was selected by Executive Recruiter News as one of the 50 leading retained search professionals.  She is also recognized by John Sibbald’s The Career Makers, as one of the nation’s top recruiters

  • Jason Molfetas
    Chief Digital, Information and Security Officer
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


    Jason Molfetas is a senior vice president and chief information officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Molfetas leads the Bank’s Information Security and Technology Solutions Services functions. He also is a member of the Bank’s Management Committee.

    Jason has extensive transformational leadership experience, having led the implementation of new strategic technology initiatives at several companies. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed in July 2020, Molfetas served as managing director of CIO Advisory for KPMG and director of IT Enablement for DXC Technology. Before that, he was Amtrak’s chief information and digital officer from 2012 through 2017, where he led the transformation of the IT team to an innovative business enabler and technology partner. He has also served in CIO roles with other organizations, including Brambles Industrial Ltd., Westcon Inc., and Xerox Engineering Corporation.

    Molfetas earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pace University and a master’s degree in business administration from Fordham University.

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & 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 Founder 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.

  • Vipul Nagrath
    SVP Product Development
    ADP, Inc.

    Vipul Nagrath joined ADP in 2015 as SVP and Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) with responsibility for all infrastructure, operations, enterprise applications, enterprise technology systems and processes, end user compute, and mobile & telephony across the globe.

    In 2020, Vipul was promoted to a new role as SVP, Head of Product Development for Major Account Solutions & Human Resources Outsourcing.

    Vipul and his team work closely with ADP’s senior business leaders to execute ADP’s business strategy and identify, prioritize and execute technology solutions that are cost effective, efficient and scalable globally. The focus of Vipul’s organization is to work collaboratively across the organization to ensure that we build strategic capabilities that support an excellent service experience for our clients and associates.

    An industry leader in technology, Vipul brings more than 25 years of experience in developing forward-thinking solutions. Vipul previously served at Bloomberg L.P. from 2003 to 2015, where he started as a project manager in 2003 and rapidly rose through the engineering organization to become Bloomberg, L.P.’s Global Head of Research & Development. In this role, he oversaw technology research and development for all Bloomberg products.  He continued his growth & responsibility as the CIO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Bloomberg’s Enterprise Solutions business.

    Vipul started his career as a developer with Granada Systems Design, Inc., then moved on to run his own boutique firm specializing in computer telephony integration from 1995 to 2003. Vipul earned a bachelors and master’s degree in computer science from Pace University.

  • Adam Noble
    Operating Partner - Information Technology
    Littlejohn & Co.

    Global Chief Digital Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, CTO and CIO focused on leading organizations through global IT, agile and digital transformations with a focus on "Speed to Impact". These transformations have changed the way these businesses go to market and have successfully impacted the customer digital experience. I’ve led organizations to focus on ways to utilize technology for revenue generation and contributed to significant increases in profitability for the business. I am a member of SIM, a mentor for Columbia University's Executive MS in Technology Management Program and I participate on several IT executive advisory boards.

    I have extensive experience in leading global teams and transforming underperforming IT organizations into world class organizations. My experience spans Pharma, Banking/Finance, Manufacturing, Telecom, Consumer Products, Logistics, Consulting, Utility, Packaging, Distribution and Chemical Industries.

    Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Binghamton University and a Master's Degree in Management Systems Analysis from Kean University. 


  • Georgia Papathomas
    Former SVP & Global Head Data Sciences
    Johnson & Johnson

    Georgia Papathomas is Vice President and Chief Information Officer J&J Pharmaceuticals.  She is a member of the J&J Pharmaceuticals Group Operating Committee (GOC) and Chief Information Officer for the Group of J&J Pharmaceutical Companies.   In this position, Georgia’s goals include driving innovation in IT and creating competitive advantage for the business through the use of technology, following changes in information flow across the Healthcare Industry, influencing changes in Health IT, and building a strong and engaged global IT team. 

    Prior to joining J&J, Georgia held the position of Senior Vice President-Chief Information Office and Corporate Innovation Officer at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She was a member of the BI-Pharmaceuticals Executive Leadership Team. 

    Georgia has worked with Pfizer as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EMEA and as Vice President-Global Customer Service Management; Lucent Technologies as Vice President-Global Professional Services/Network Solutions; and started her career in research at AT&T Bell Labs.

    Georgia received her Ph.D. Engineering Science; her M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Sloan Fellowship; and B.S. Civil Engineering all from Columbia University in New York.

    Among her many affiliations, she is on the Board of the National Center for Women in Information, a Member of the Board of Advisors for Columbia University, and on the Board of the Madison YMCA.  Georgia is also a member of the North American Research Board, the New York Academy of Science, the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society, The Pharmaceutical Information Systems Associations, and the Executive Women’s technology Forum SWIFT.  

  • Mark Polansky
    Senior Partner, Technology & Digital Officers Practice
    Korn Ferry

    Mark has extensively recruited chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief information security officers and other senior IT leadership talent across varied vertical sectors including Industrial, Consumer, Life Sciences and Higher Education. His consultative approach to search encompasses talent strategy, organization design, search process and diversity recruiting. Mark ’s clients range from the Fortune 100 (McKesson, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing) to smaller high-growth companies (Under Armour, Regeneron, DirecTV) as well as prestigious public and private universities (Harvard, Rockefeller, University of Florida).

    Before entering the search field, Mark developed and marketed information systems within the Financial Services and Higher Education sectors. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Columbia University's executive graduate program in Information Technology Management.

    Mark frequently addresses conferences and writes on information technology and career management topics. He is the creator of the “Executive Career Counsel” column in CIO Magazine and on He is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and has served as President of the New York Chapter. He sits on the Advisory Boards of The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the national organization dedicated to fostering executive talent among African-American IT professionals, and HITEC, the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council.

    Mark holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Union College.

  • Tianbing (TQ) Qian
    Genesee & Wyoming Inc.


  • Pete Sattler
    SVP and Chief Information Officer
    CIRCOR International

  • Bill Swearingen
    Director, Cyber Defense

  • Radhika Venkatraman
    Managing Director
    Credit Suisse


  • Gabrielle Wolfson
    CIO & CDO
    Quest Diagnostics

    Gabrielle Wolfson is Senior Vice President, Chief Information & Digital Officer for Quest Diagnostics.

    Ms. Wolfson leads technology, informatics and digital solutions at Quest, continuing the important work of the Healthcare Technology and Analytics Solutions (HTAS) team to empower consumers, providers, health systems and payers with critical insights to effectively manage population health. She also leads the Quanum Software and Sports Diagnostics businesses.

    Prior to joining Quest in 2019, she served as Global Chief Information Officer for Xerox Corp. There Ms. Wolfson worked on transforming a high cost, complex technology landscape into a dynamic digital business, offering services on demand both internally and externally. Prior to Xerox, Ms. Wolfson was CIO at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Panasonic, Integra Life Sciences and Par Pharmaceutical. Earlier, she was a practice leader in life sciences and pharmaceutical industries at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Ms. Wolfson holds a master’s degree in technology management from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Queens College in New York City. She is also a Member of the Governing Body of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and a frequent speaker at CIO executive forums.

  • Reggie Zamora
    Chief Information Security Officer
    John Wiley and Sons

    Reggie Zamora is the CISO & Vice President of Information Security and Compliance at John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  His responsibilities include overseeing Wiley’s enterprise cybersecurity program, which involves initiatives such as safeguarding customer and employee data, policies and procedures, awareness and education, security operations, and IT GRC.

    Prior to Wiley, Reggie was CISO for JetBlue Airways and reported into the Legal department.  Most of his past experience has been in leadership roles within the financial industry– as Director of Global Security Operations & Engineering at NASDAQ, SVP & Global Information Security Officer at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (Stifel Financial), and VP of Information Security Governance at Pershing LLC/Bank of New York Mellon.

    Reggie has 28+ years of IT and security experience including 5+ years of public accounting between KPMG and Deloitte. He holds a BA from New York University and JD from New York Law School. His certifications include a GCIH, CISA, CISM, and CGEIT. Industry memberships include the US Secret Service - Electronic Crimes Task Force, International Association of Privacy Professionals, and ISACA NJ Chapter


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

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM    

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age

Stephen Fraser, SVP & CIO, Realogy Holdings Corporation 

Georgia Papathomas, VP & CIO, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals

Paul von Autenried, SVP & CIO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Gabrielle Wolfson, CIO, Xerox

Moderator: E. Jeffrey Hutchinson, SVP & Global CIO, Bombardier

Truly successful leaders are advancing the traditional leadership role by stepping up with bold, game-changing and transformational digital strategies to grow the business, create value, dominate markets, and deliver innovation to a new generation of 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 reimagining the enterprise in the next era of the digital age.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING AND INTERVIEW:  Journey from CIO to Business Driver at Amtrak

Jason Molfetas, EVP, Chief Marketing, Digital and Business Development Officer, Amtrak

As the demands of creating value to the enterprise through digital innovation increase, so do the expectations of the CIO and the role they play in driving and leading this transformation. Jason Molfetas took the opportunity he saw when he was CIO to move into a newly created role that aligns the key areas of the organization with the business to drive success into the future. Jason will share the steps he took to lead these key areas towards a successful transformation.

Following, Hunter Muller will interview Jason on where he believes the future of the CIO role will continue to progress.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Data as a Strategic Asset

Jason Cooper, Chief Analytics Officer, Horizon BCBSNJ

James Eichmann, CTO, Billtrust

Christopher Knerr, CEO & Co-Founder, Mareana Marketing

Rama Kondru, Global Head, Data Sciences and Advanced Analytics, Pharma IT, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Moderator: Georgia Papathomas, VP & CIO, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals

Big Data is ultimately just a series of 1s and 0s until analytics tools are applied to derive correlations between data sets and help decision-makers to obtain insights. But is your organization deriving the anticipated value from its data and analytics investments?

This panel of BI and AI experts will share examples of data analysis in business that have delivered – and failed to deliver – the results anticipated by both IT and business users along with best practices for achieving optimal results.

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM  


SIM New Jersey News - Gene Barskiy, Executive Vice President, SIM New Jersey and Joe Fisher, President, SIM New Jersey

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM  

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: An Inside Look into Network Transformation at Verizon

Radhika Venkatraman, SVP & CIO - Network & Technology, Verizon

During her 20-year career at Verizon, Radhika has helped the company navigate many different network technologies. In her current role she leads a large global team that is in the midst of automating major functions like inventory management, engineering and construction, service assurance, surveillance, and more. Her team is also responsible for implementing software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

In this candid interview, Radhika will share the experience of how VZ is modeling learning from technology companies like Google and Facebook in its network transformation and focuses heavily on automation.

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Laying the Foundation for the Digital Roadmap

Mark DuBrock, VP, Global Head of Technology Operations, Standard & Poor's

Michael Gliedman, SVP, Chief Information Officer, National Basketball Association

Bill Swearingen, Director, Cyber Defense, CenturyLink

Reggie Zamora, Chief Information Security Officer, John Wiley and Sons

Moderator: Tianbing (TQ) Qian, SVP & CIO, Ports America

As business continues to change at unprecedented speed, IT executives need to be able to manage and protect the current state while framing the future state of the business. Understanding the future trends that are on the horizon and their potential to reshape the business and drive value is critical to any IT leader.

This panel of senior executives will share insights around emerging trends, technologies, how to develop a roadmap for the future while securely protecting the company’s digital assets.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Change Begins with Powerful Leadership

Chuck Gray, Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

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.

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Adam Noble, SVP & CIO, GAF Materials Corporation

Nicholas Colisto, SVP & CIO, Xylem Inc.

Jon Harding, Global CIO, Conair Corporation

Vipul Nagrath, Global CIO, ADP, LLC

Pete Sattler, SVP & CIO, John Wiley and Sons

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Leaders who build their skills on a strong foundation of courage have a significant advantage for successfully driving innovation to create value to their organization. Today’s CIO must be prepared to embrace strategic innovation while simplifying IT and bringing legacy operations and applications into the future. To accomplish this, the CIO must be strategically aligned with the CEO and the board.

This session will address the new and dynamic mindset a CIO must employ to lead with courage and drive innovation.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • CenturyLink

    CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.

Gold Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading software to fuel digital transformation. We help technology and finance leaders make smart decisions as they plan, analyze, and optimize technology investments in pursuit of digital transformation.  Apptio’s software uses machine learning to translate technology costs and utilization across on-premises systems, vendors, projects, agile and cloud systems into a holistic, business-centric view. With Apptio, IT leaders make smarter digital transformation investments.
  • 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.
  • HCL

    HCL Technologies is a global IT services company with around $7B in revenue and 110,000 Ideapreneurs working in 32 countries. HCL focuses on transformational outsourcing, underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and digitalization services.
  • Information Builders Inc.

    Information Builders provides the industry's most scalable software solutions for data management and analytics. We help organizations operationalize and monetize their data through insights that drive action. Our integrated platform for business intelligence (BI), analytics, data integration, and data quality, combined with our proven expertise, delivers value faster, with less risk. We believe data and analytics are the drivers of digital transformation, and we’re on a mission to help our customers capitalize on new opportunities in the connected world. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs.
  • Neudesic

    Neudesic is the trusted technology partner in business innovation, delivering impactful business results to clients through digital modernization and evolution. Our consultants bring business and technology expertise together, offering a wide range of cloud and data-driven solutions, including: custom application development, comprehensive managed services, and business software products. Founded in 2002, Neudesic is a privately held company headquartered in Irvine, California, and is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2017.
  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.
  • 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.

Supporting Partners

  • appOrbit

    appOrbit enables the next generation of Application Life-cycle Management for both legacy and modern apps. With appOrbit, you can create full copies of your application, including the data, and seamlessly spin up the application on any infrastructure or cloud. Why does this matter? You can test code as fast as your developers can write it, increasing the frequency of code deployments from weeks to hours. You can leverage the cloud for Dev/Test and reduce infrastructure and staffing costs by up to 50%.

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

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).

Association Partners

  • SIM New Jersey

    SIM New Jersey is one of over 30 chapters and 4000+ members that play a vital role in the success of SIM by extending its vision and mission into IT communities across the United States. Our chapter is an excellent way to take advantage of the wealth of IT resources available in New Jersey, as well as the tri-state region. Through workshops, presentations, conferences, meetings and social outings, SIM New Jersey helps you stay informed on key industry issues while enabling members to establish valuable local, regional and even national contacts.

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel

515 US Highway 1 South
Iselin, NJ

Group rate is $209/night +tax. This rate expires on Monday, April 12, 2017.

To reserve a room, please call 1-877-901-2082 or visit the HMG Strategy room block

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. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:
  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

    - OR - 
  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

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