Past Summits

2017 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Detroit, MI

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 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Steven Ambrose
    VP & CIO
    DTE Energy

    Steven B. Ambrose is vice president and chief information officer for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.

    Ambrose is responsible for securing, operating, and applying the company’s information technology assets toward achieving the company’s strategic objectives.

    Prior to his current role, Ambrose was director of Enterprise Performance Management where he was responsible for the oversight of corporate performance, and served as the chief of staff to the CEO where he coordinated various corporate-wide initiatives.

    Ambrose joined DTE Energy in 1998 and served in a variety of progressively more  responsible information technology (IT) roles including the oversight of the company’s enterprise business systems, the IT operations of DTE Energy’s non-utility affiliates, and the stewardship of the company’s IT strategy and enterprise architecture.

    Ambrose earned an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, a master’s certificate in management information systems from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue College.

    Ambrose serves on the board of directors of TechTown and Powerley.

  • Renee Arrington
    President, COO & Director
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.

    Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

    Renee is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.

    In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the board of directors of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 50 offices in 35 countries (Pearson Partners is a member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, where she serves as chairman of the board. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.

    Renee was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award in 2018, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. She has been selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth and its organizations.

    Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal,, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category.

    Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • Tom Blessing
    Managing Director, Retail and Trading Group
    TD Ameritrade

    Tom Blessing is the Managing Director of the Retail and Trading technology team at TD Ameritrade.  He is responsible for product team engagement, solution delivery, and application support for the retail and trading web and mobile customer platforms, including Trade Architect and Thinkorswim.

    Tom was the CIO of the Corporate Technology Group at Fidelity Investments from 2011 to 2016.  Tom joined Fidelity in 2008 as part of their IT Transformation initiative, and from 2009 to 2011 he led the Finance, Procurement, and Accounting Information Technology group.  Prior to joining Fidelity, Tom spent seven years at Ford Motor Company where he held several IT leadership positions in product development, strategy and organizational development, manufacturing, and human resources/health care.  Tom began his career in the defense and automotive systems fields and has over 10 years of experience in roles from technical contributor to program management.

    Tom holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University.

  • Mamatha Chamarthi
    Head of Software Business and Product Management P&L

    Mamatha Chamarthi was formerly Chief Information Officer, FCA - North America and Asia Pacific effective April 2019. In this position, Chamarthi oversees all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia Pacific.  

    Previously, Chamarthi was Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer for ZF Friedrichshafen AG since 2014. In this position, she was responsible for the Company’s full range of digital strategies and for driving change across the organization, including establishing a global footprint to create a talent ecosystem that will close the technology gap for ZF to be a leader in autonomous driving. 

    Her work and academic background includes:
    • 2019 - current, Chief Information Officer, FCA - North America and Asia Pacific
    • 2014 - 2019, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer / Chief Digital Officer / Head of India Technology Center, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    • 2010 - 2013, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Consumers Energy / CMS Energy
    • 2006 - 2010, Daimler Financial Services
      • 2007, Director, Point of Sale Systems
      • 2006, Manager, Point of Sale Systems
    • 1998 - 2006, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler
      • 2003, Manager, Volume Planning Systems
      • 2000, Manager, Global E-Business Strategy & Application Development
      • 1998, Project Manager, Post-Merger Technology Integration
    • 1996 - 1998, Senior Consultant, Chrysler Corporation, World Class Technology, Inc.
    • 1993 - 1995, Market Research Analyst, Kalki Group
    Chamarthi is a Gartner Research Board and Enterprise 50 member. She has also been recognized as a “Top 25 Finalist for Breakthrough Leaders” by CIO magazine, a “Premier 100 IT Leader” by Computerworld and a “Technology All-Star” by the Women of Color in Technology Institute.  

    Chamarthi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University (2008), a Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering from Oakland University (2003), a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University (2002), a Master of Business Administration from SV University (1995) and a Master of Arts in English from Osmania University (1990).

    Chamarthi was born in Hyderabad, India.

  • Matthew Clayson
    Vice President and General Counsel
    Detroit Trading Company

    Matthew Clayson leads, launches and scales outcome driven organizations and innovative initiatives.   He specializes in developing metric driven marketing and communications strategies that mobilize influencers and connect in-market consumers to brands, products and communities.

    Currently, Matthew is Vice President and General Counsel at Detroit Trading Company, where he leads digital compliance and supports strategic growth programs and partnerships.   Previously, Matt was the inaugural Executive Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, where he developed and led a strategy to increase the economic output of Detroit’s creative industries tenfold and have Detroit designated as the first UNESCO City of Design in the United States.  He simultaneously served as an Executive Consultant to Shinola, leading Shinola’s Detroit-based activities to establish and grow operations in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    Passionate about his community, Detroit and international economic policy, Matt is a drafter of the Detroit Declaration and a founding member of Michigan Children’s Leadership Council. He serves on the boards for the Connected Detroit Innovates Network, the Michigan Design Council, the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and the Transatlantic Core Group.  He has been invited as a frequent speaker on topics on innovation and entrepreneurship for The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Michigan State University Prima Civitas Foundation, the Turkish Resource Center of North America, the BMW Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation.  

    Matt earned his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in Detroit, specializing in intellectual property and business transactions.  He earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from Michigan University’s Honors College, with minors in Western European Relations and French, and completed additional coursework focusing on the political and economic structures of the European union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium.  He is proficient in French (reading, writing and speaking), has a basic understanding of German (reading), was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a 20 in their 20’s for his work in leading the region’s “Get in the Game” public information campaign for Super Bowl XL and is a 2016 Marshall Memorial Fellow.

  • Charles Crouchman
    Chief Technology Officer

    Charles is Chief Technology Officer of Turbonomic. In this role he contributes to product strategy, evangelizes the Turbonomic technology, and supports its strategic sales and business development efforts. Prior to joining Turbonomic, Charles held senior executive positions at several technology startups including Cirba, Mformation Technologies, Opalis Software, and Cybermation. Opalis was acquired by Microsoft in 2009 and is now Microsoft System Center Orchestrator, a key technology in Microsoft’s data center platform. Cybermation was acquired by CA Inc. in 2006 and is now CA Workload Automation ESP/DE, part of the market leading CA Workload Automation portfolio.

    Subsequent to the Cybermation acquisition Charles joined CA as SVP Development responsible for the entire workload automation portfolio representing more than $200M in annual revenue and used by more than 80% of the Fortune 500. Earlier in his career he held various positions in software development, consulting, and education. Charles holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

  • Rajiv Das
    Chief Security Officer and Deputy Director
    State of Michigan

    Rajiv Das is a senior Information Technology leader with broad-based management consulting experience who specializes in transforming organizations. He accelerates organization performance by defining strategies that align IT with the business, and driving large scale program implementations, technology integration, involving cross-functional, multi-vendor, and teams with large operating budgets. Collaborative & Innovative business partner who builds, and motivates highly successful teams and leaders to exceed customer expectations.

    He has delivered large scale programs as Delivery Executive (healthcare), transformed organization as CIO (Chief Information Officer – Teamster Welfare Fund), delivered business strategy & center of excellence for agencies as General Manager at State of Michigan. In addition, he also is an adjunct faculty at School of Business at Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan teaching graduate level courses on “Big Data”. His expertise spans over finance, healthcare and public sector verticals for large scale system integration, ERP implementation, business intelligence operation, etc.

    In his current role as Chief Security officer for State of Michigan, he is member of the senior IT Leadership team reporting to Chief Information Officer, as part of Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Rajiv is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of State of Michigan information and IT assets as well as the following key assignments -

    • Develop & deliver the tactical and strategic plan initiatives for cyber and infrastructure security
    • Collaborate with state, federal and corporate partners for cyber security initiatives

    Rajiv is an alumnus of Michigan State University – Eli Broad College of Business where he earned his MBA and is a resident of Okemos, Michigan.

  • Johnny Dranchak
    Design Forward CPO/CDO/CTO

    Johnny Dranchak is the CTO,  CoreTech App Studio at General Electric.  Prior to joining GE, Johnny was the  CTO and VP of WSJ Digital at Dow Jones.  As a consultant he has led Agile Transformations for MTV/Nickelodeon, KPMG, Macy's, JP Morgan, Mizuho and Subway. Johnny has also been responsible for architecting and building large scale systems for clients such as Nestle, Bank of America and Microsoft.

    You can follow Johnny on Twitter @JohnnyDranchak

  • Matthew Dussling
    VP, Sales

    Matt Dussling has 20 years of sales, consulting & sales management experience in both successful start ups and Fortune 100 enterprises such as Lombardi Software, IBM, Trilogy Software and Spredfast.  He is the AVP of Sales for Capriza with sales management responsibilities for the Eastern half of North America. His track record of achievement in enterprise software sales & delivery includes starting and growing sales teams into successful organization that have helped his previous companies both go public and lead to acquisitions.  He has successfully established market leadership positions in such categories as Mobility, Business Process Management Software, Enterprise Social Media Management and eCommerce Enterprise Solutions.  Matt holds a BS in Economics Trinity University. 

  • Thomas Farrington
    EVP & CIO
    Perrigo Company

    Tom has been Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Perrigo Company plc, since October 2006. He has also overseen Perrigo’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, Global M&A Integration, and Perrigo’s E-Commerce business unit since 2010.

    During his tenure at Perrigo, Tom has led the company’s integration efforts over 27 acquisitions resulting in expansion into more than 35 countries, built out a global shared services platform, launched the company’s direct to consumer sales breaking into new markets and innovative retail opportunities, and has gained end consumer insights relative to over the counter healthcare purchases.

    Perrigo is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic products.  Perrigo is the world’s largest store brand manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products and infant formulas.

    Prior to Perrigo Tom served as Chief Information Officer for the F. Dohmen Co. and served as a division President for JASCORP LLC. Prior to that he held various senior positions in information technology and finance at Dell and BP Amoco.

  • Kay Fuhrman
    Heidrick & Struggles

    Kay Fuhrman focuses on senior level search assignments in the Energy and Utility sectors and serves in the Industrial practice. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Kay spent over 8 years as Vice President of Business Development for Alliance Data leading large scale outsourcing sales pursuits with energy and utility companies throughout North America. In this role, Kay also managed the company’s strategic partnerships with technology and key service providers leveraged for the delivery of Alliance Data’s solutions. Kay began her career in Dayton Ohio spending 11 years with DPL, Inc. At DPL, Kay started and led the company’s unregulated operations including a retail energy company serving industrial and commercial customers throughout the Midwest and DPL’s street lighting operations across West Central Ohio. Following DPL, Kay spent 2 years with Aquila Energy running the company’s retail energy business across the central United States. Kay holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from The University of Dayton. She also holds a BS in Business Administration from Wright State University. Kay has served on the board of directors for Texas Energy Association for Marketers since 2002. In addition, Kay has served as National Committee Chair for National Energy Marketers Association in 2005 and 2006.

  • Greggory Garrett
    CEO & Managing Director
    CGS Advisors LLC

    Greggory R. Garrett is the CEO and Managing Director of CGS Advisors, LLC. For the last 15 years he has pushed the limits of corporate cultures by developing and implementing unique market-based strategies. He is a visionary leader who prides himself in recognizing commonsense solutions for complex problems and motivating teams to reach well beyond the typical boundaries to achieve greatness. Prior to launching CGS Advisors, Gregg was the Chief Strategy Officer for IT & Innovation at Volkswagen Group of America. Before his time with VW, Gregg led corporate strategy & marketing for a division of Deutsche Telekom, and was part of Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting practice.
    Gregg holds an MBA from Michigan State’s Broad School for Executive Management, and a Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

  • Vicki Harper
    Director of IT / Digital Transformation
    Pratt & Miller Engineering

  • Meredith Harper
    Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
    Synchrony Financial

    Meredith Harper serves as vice president and chief information security officer at Eli Lilly and Company. She is responsible for the company’s global information security program. 


    Prior to joining Lilly in 2018 as senior director, deputy chief information security officer, Meredith served as chief information privacy and security officer at Henry Ford Health System, where she had ultimate responsibility for the protection of Henry Ford’s provider, insurance, retail and research businesses.    


    Meredith is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association where she holds dual certifications in healthcare compliance and privacy. She is certified as a Healthcare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner through the International Information System Security Certification Consortium Inc. and a Certified Information Security Manager through the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.


    She earned a master’s degree in health services administration and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Detroit Mercy. She also earned a master’s of jurisprudence in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  


    Meredith serves on several advisory boards in support of empowering women and minorities to embark upon careers in technology, especially in information security. She has also served her community for 29 years through her Diamond Life membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

  • Grant Harris
    Chief Information Security Officer
    Flagstar Bank

  • Sonny Hashmi
    Managing Director, Global Government

    Sonny Hashmi is the Managing Director of Global Government Strategy at Box. In his role, Sonny is responsible for developing and executing a go- to Market strategy for Box within global public sectors, and represents Box as a cloud computing thought-leader in government. Sonny also serves as part of the Editorial Advisory board for GovernmentCIO magazine, and works for Federal, State and Local and international government customers on cloud and mobility strategy. 

    Prior to joining Box, Sonny served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).  Since joining GSA in 2011, Sonny managed the agency's $600 million Information Technology (IT) budget and ensuring alignment with agency and the administration's strategic objectives, information security and enterprise architecture. Sonny led several technology initiatives at GSA, that leveraged emerging technologies to modernize and improve GSA operations. He also provided oversight of GSA’s IT projects, implemented the digital government strategy and was a major force towards adoption of cloud for GSA’s email, collaboration and applications as well as creating agile practices for cloud development.

    Sonny has also served as the CTO for the District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He championed and successfully delivered many initiatives including large system modernization projects, implementation of a District-wide business intelligence platform for agency financial management and oversaw business process automation. Sonny also worked for private sector organizations leading large scale initiatives for federal, state and local government agencies.

    Sonny is active in the federal IT community. He received the 2013 Federal 100 award for Digital Government Innovation - as a “cloud expander.”

    Other awards include his team’s win of the 2011 GCN award for (Cloud) Enterprise E-mail and Collaboration, and as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Hayman Service to America medal.  Named as among the five most social federal CIOs on Twitter, he is actively engaged on social media and online federal IT communities of interest. You can follow Sonny on Twitter at @Sonny_h.

    Sonny has a master’s in engineering from Purdue University and a master’s certificate in innovation management from the University of Maryland.

  • Linglong He
    Quicken Loans

    Linglong He is the Chief Information Officer of Quicken Loans Inc.  With more than 20 years of experience within technology, Linglong is responsible for the overall vision and leadership for technology initiatives across the business. Since joining the company in 1996, Linglong has served in many roles, including Director of Database and Systems Engineering, Software Engineer, Oracle DBA, Progress DBA and as a UNIX System administrator. Technology drives the business at Quicken Loans. The company placed in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005. Quicken Loans ranked highest in “customer satisfaction” among all home lenders in the United States for the fourth consecutive year in a benchmark study of mortgage origination by J.D. Power in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Linglong is a founding member of “Experience IT” alongside other other Detroit technology leaders. The program aims to provide continued education, work experience and job opportunities for IT professionals and college students as they advance their technology careers. Linglong has a strong passion for developing leaders and is actively involved with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT)  and the We Build Character organizations.  She also currently sits on the board for the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) and has won the Crain’s Detroit Business CIO Award in 2013. Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Linglong taught Civil Engineering for seven years in China. She earned her Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Wuhan University. She also obtained an undergraduate degree from Hohai University.

  • 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

  • Lesley Ma
    VP, Chief Information Officer; Chief Data Officer; Interim Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
    NSF International


  • Christopher Mandelaris
    Cyber Risk Program Manager

    Christopher Mandelaris was formerly the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for Chemical Bank responsible for Information Assurance, Privacy, IT Governance and IT Risk for the organization. 

    Mandelaris was most recently with Talmer Bank as Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer. He started his career in IT Infrastructure Ford Motor Credit as a system analyst and currently holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from Walsh College of Business and maintains several certifications as C|CISO, CISM, CRISC, CISA, PMP, MCSA, ITILv3, Six Sigma Greenbelt, MCP and CNA.

    Chemical Bank has 266 branch locations in Michigan and Northeast Ohio and total about $16 billion in assets and $13 billion in deposits. It is the sixth largest bank in Michigan by deposits, and the only one of those six headquartered in Michigan.

  • Jim Maxim
    President of MaximTrak
    Chief Digital Officer

    Jim Maxim Jr. is co-founder and President of MaximTrak Technologies and is responsible for overall company operations. Mr. Maxim remains deeply involved in product design & development and is the primary executive leading the future growth of MaximTrak into new territories globally.

    Prior to starting-up MaximTrak, Mr. Maxim served at General Electric in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at GE Aircraft Engines, a $12 Billion Division. Jim focused most of his efforts towards leading acquisitions and divestitures geared toward building GE's position in Avionics and Aeronautical Electronics.

    Prior to joining GE, Mr. Maxim spent several years with Lucent Technologies in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions group and was responsible for managing acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures at the peak of the dot com era geared at redefining the global communications equipment manufacturer. Prior to joining the Lucent M&A Team, Mr. Maxim held many positions at Lucent and started off his career in the Company's premier Financial Leadership Development Program where he was stationed in assignments around the world.

    Mr. Maxim earned his MBA from Babson College, Olin School of Business and holds a B.S. in Finance from Ithaca College. Jim Maxim lives in Wayne, PA with his wife and two children.



  • 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.

  • Kevin Parlette
    VP Finance
    Martinrea International


  • 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.

  • Patrick Quint
    Mastronardi Produce Limited

    Patrick J. Quint is Executive Director, Global Product Development and Launch Systems, Automotive Experience Division of Adient.  Pat Quint is responsible for the IT strategy, solution delivery, and operations processes for the Tier 1 automotive seating and interiors supplier.   His organization supports over 8,000 global Engineers, and is responsible for enabling the profitability and growth of the Seating business by partnering with the internal product and commercial groups on IT related revenue generating programs. 

  • Paul Renko
    Director Software Operations of Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility
    Ford Motor Company

    Paul is responsible for establishing the technology vision and end-to-end delivery of foundational products and services across Ford’s emerging mobility services.

    In his prior role, he led the global delivery of Ford’s latest vehicle connectivity initiative, Sync Connect, allowing Ford owners to stay connected to their vehicles in a way they have never been able to do before.   Renko is a seasoned and versatile IT Executive with more than 25 years’ experience defining strategic objectives and applying leadership skills to achieve innovative, bottom-line results.

    Renko has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. in International Business from Wayne State University. 

    Renko serves on the board of directors at Member Focus Community Credit Union and is on the Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Michigan Dearborn.



  • Eric Schrock
    Chief Technology Officer

    Eric was a founding engineer at Sun’s Fishworks group that created the ZFS Storage Appliance product line. At Sun and later Oracle, he led the distributed data management and storage platform integration strategies. Prior to that, he worked on a variety of teams in the Solaris kernel group, including the ZFS, Zones, and fault management teams. He is a leader in the illumos community, holds two patents and has several pending. He joined Delphix in 2010 and has a BS in Computer Science, with honors, from Brown University.

  • David Shacochis
    VP, Hybrid IT Services

  • Raj Singh
    Global VP, Digital Transformation
    Horizon Global


  • George Surdu
    Chief Strategy Officer
    HTC Global Services

    George Surdu, with more than 40 years of IT leadership, spanning both the automotive and banking industries, is the Chief Strategist at HTC Global Services. He leads the coordination and development of an integrated decision-making strategy for the business as well as the setting of technology-related products and service directions that will be the focus of HTC through 2020. George also provides insights for Marketing and Sales, Technology Research and Innovation Services, Technology Partnership Programs, and Industry Analyst Relationship Management.

    Previously, as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Comerica Bank, George led all IT activities including software development and production support, infrastructure operations, IS security services, advanced technology research, technology engineering, IS business relationship management, and IT risk assurance. At Ford Motor Company, he held several executive positions across eight divisions, most notably as Director, Global Infrastructure Services.

  • Angie Tuglus
    Business transformation expert, author, executive advisor
    Co-founder, Makers Response Corps

    A former fortune 500 CIO and COO, Angie is currently an executive advisor and co-founder of the nonprofit Makers Response Corps.  She has delivered business transformations in organizations ranging from startup to Fortune 10, and is passionate about pulling together diverse groups to see possibilities and deliver things they never have before.  Angie is author of the book TransformAble: How to Perform Death-defying Feats of Transformation, and the interview series Tragic Tales of Transformation that can be found on her website

  • Paolo Vallotti
    Global CISO
    Mondelēz International

    Paolo is the Global Chief Information Security Officer for Mondelēz International (makers of Oreo, Ritz, Trident, Toblerone, and other popular snacking brands). Paolo is responsible for establishing and maintaining Mondelēz’s corporate-wide information security management program to ensure that information assets are adequately protected. Additionally, he is responsible for identifying, evaluating, protecting and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and aligns with and supports the risk posture of the enterprise.

    Before joining Mondelēz International, Paolo was the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of IT Global Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was responsible for establishing the Information Security strategy to ensure information systems were adequately protected. He ensured that the global information security program was in alignment with business objectives, and he defined the security priorities and ensured technology roadmaps address existing and future threats. He had CTO responsibilities for North America, and he also led the IT plant operations for FCA in North America for several years.

    Prior to his relocation to the United States, Paolo worked as Chief Technology Officer for Fiat Powertrain Technologies where he gained significant experience with security and technology, also thanks to the participation into multiple Joint Ventures with companies around the world. Before starting to work in the Architecture and Infrastructure, Paolo worked in the security area for Fiat-GM Powertrain Joint Venture, earning the CISSP and the CISA certifications. Paolo also spent many years working as consultant and trainer in different Information Technology domains.

    Additionally, he recently worked on global standardization and convergence initiatives, on large outsourcing contracts for several infrastructure services for all four Regions where FCA operates, as well as on organizational transformation.


  • Sangy Vatsa
    EVP, Global Chief Technology and Digital Officer
    FIS Global

    Mr. Sangy Vatsa is the EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer of FIS Global. As a seasoned Chief Information, Technology and Digital Officer with a track record of accelerating growth and maximizing value, Vatsa has delivered such value in progressive leadership roles at Fortune companies like American Express, Ford Motor Company and Comerica Bank. He is currently responsible for digital transformation at FIS Global.

    Prior to joining FIS Global, Vatsa served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Comerica Bank. He joined the Bank in 2016 and was responsible for all of digital technology, technology operations, cybersecurity, enterprise data office, business continuity and technology risk management at the Bank. 

    Prior to joining Comerica Bank, Vatsa served as the Chief Information Officer for global customer service, credit, collections and payments issuance at The American Express Company. Since joining American Express in 2006, he served in leadership roles for IT strategy, architecture and innovation, enterprise shared services, global business travel and corporate payments digital capabilities. Prior to American Express, he spent 13 years at Ford Motor Company (and Ford Financial Services) in various progressive leadership, architecture and technology delivery roles.

    Vatsa earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  He also holds a Master of Computer and Information Systems degree and a Bachelor of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering degree. Vatsa is actively engaged in the industry, both with technology companies and with non-profit companies.

    About FIS Global:

    FIS is a global financial services technology company that offers solutions in three primary segments; Merchant Solutions, Banking Solutions, and Capital Market Solutions. FIS helps businesses and communities by advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests. Annually, it facilitates the movement of roughly $9 trillion by processing about 75 billion transactions in service to more than 20,000 clients and having more than one million merchant locations in over 130 countries.Mr. Sangy Vatsa is the EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer of FIS Global. As a seasoned Chief Information, Technology and Digital Officer with a track record of accelerating growth and maximizing value, Vatsa has delivered such value in progressive leadership roles at Fortune companies like American Express, Ford Motor Company and Comerica Bank. He is currently responsible for digital transformation at FIS Global.

    Prior to joining FIS Global, Vatsa served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Comerica Bank. He joined the Bank in 2016 and was responsible for all of digital technology, technology operations, cybersecurity, enterprise data office, business continuity and technology risk management at the Bank. 

    Prior to joining Comerica Bank, Vatsa served as the Chief Information Officer for global customer service, credit, collections and payments issuance at The American Express Company. Since joining American Express in 2006, he served in leadership roles for IT strategy, architecture and innovation, enterprise shared services, global business travel and corporate payments digital capabilities. Prior to American Express, he spent 13 years at Ford Motor Company (and Ford Financial Services) in various progressive leadership, architecture and technology delivery roles.

    Vatsa earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  He also holds a Master of Computer and Information Systems degree and a Bachelor of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering degree. Vatsa is actively engaged in the industry, both with technology companies and with non-profit companies.

    About FIS Global:

    FIS is a global financial services technology company that offers solutions in three primary segments; Merchant Solutions, Banking Solutions, and Capital Market Solutions. FIS helps businesses and communities by advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests. Annually, it facilitates the movement of roughly $9 trillion by processing about 75 billion transactions in service to more than 20,000 clients and having more than one million merchant locations in over 130 countries.


7:30 AM - 8:10 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:10 AM - 8:30 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services

8:30 AM - 9:10 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Technology Leadership to Drive Disruption and Competitive Advantage

Tom Blessing, Managing Director, Retail and Trading Group, TD Ameritrade

Jim Maxim, President of MaximTrak and Chief Digital Officer, RouteOne

George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services

Angie Tuglus, EVP of Operations, Ally Financial, Inc.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Every industry is being hit with seismic shift in a global digital world.  Connected devices, mobility, robotics, AI are all reshaping the competitive landscape and disrupting industries with amazing force and astonishing speed.  The CEO and Board are looking for technology leadership to accelerate the vision of senior management and to disrupt the market place.  Are you ready to take on this challenge?

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Every Company Needs to Work Like a Digital Company

Sonny Hashmi, Managing Director, Global Government, Box

It's not about rewriting your software. It's about rewriting your company. 

To transform your company and compete in the digital age, you need to work like a digital company. But being a digital company is about much more than building an app or applying technology to your existing business. You have to go deeper. You need to fundamentally rethink your products and customer experiences for the digital world. Box Managing Director, Sonny Hashmi, will share lessons learned on how to innovate quickly and nimbly to reinvent your products and build modern customer experiences. 

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:50 AM - 11:30 AM  

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

Rajiv Das, Chief Security Officer and Deputy Director, State of Michigan

Meredith Harper, Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Grant Harris, Chief Information Security Officer, Flagstar Bank

Paolo Vallotti, CISO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Moderator: Christopher Mandelaris, Chief Information Security Officer, Chemical Bank

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.

11:30 AM - 12:40 PM  


Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Transformational CIO Award to Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO of ZF TRW

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Insights to Drive Your Career Ascent

Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Kay Fuhrman, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

The leadership skills and experiences required for IT executive positions is changing as companies need transformational leaders to drive innovation and digital disruption.  But leading organizational change is no easy task, especially in long-established companies where cultural roots run deep.

This session will explore the leadership qualities and experiences that search recruiters are being asked by their clients to look for in filling executive roles as well as for external board positions.  Learn insights to drive your career ascent.

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Laying the Foundation for the Digital Roadmap

Vicki Harper, Director of Information Technology, Acument Global Technologies

Patrick Quint, Executive Director, Global Product Development and Launch Systems, Automotive Experience Division, Adient

Eric Schrock, Chief Technology Officer, Delphix

David Shacochis, VP, Hybrid IT Services, CenturyLink

Moderator: Raj Singh, EVP & CIO, FordDirect

As business continues to change at unprecedented speed, IT executives need to be able to manage 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 discussion around emerging trends, technologies, and the companies they are placing their bets on.

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: AI in IT: Autonomic Foundations for Digital Strategy 

Charles Crouchman, CTO, Turbonomic

The flexibility required to deliver services on-demand has led many organizations to adopt a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy, leveraging multiple public or private clouds to provision and scale services elastically. These movements quickly grow complex beyond human scale – in management of performance, cost and compliance. Turbonomic CTO, Charles Crouchman, will describe how autonomic software lies at the foundation of these strategies, replacing human decision-making with software decision-making and empowering enterprises to accelerate their digital strategies at the best possible performance and lowest cost.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partner

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Collaborative Innovation in the Connected Era

Steven Ambrose, VP & CIO, DTE Energy

Matthew Clayson, Vice President and General Counsel, Detroit Trading Company

Johnny Dranchak, CTO, Digital Thread AppStudio, GE Digital

Paul Renko, Sr. Manager, Enterprise & Emerging IT - Ford Motor Company

Moderator: Greggory Garrett, CEO & Managing Director, CGS Advisors LLC

Embracing digital disruption, how do you get to the next generation of what-if?  Looking at new combinations of technology, how do you create a valuable frictionless customer experience that drives loyalty?  How do you commercialize these new experiences?  Who will be your unexpected new competitors?  Levering provocative futures through unusual partnerships, this panel has address these questions to create their company’s new digital strategies. 

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Transforming business applications into systems of engagement

Matthew Dussling, VP, Sales, Capriza

Companies have invested millions of dollars and decades of work into automating and customizing their business applications only to find that complex user experiences have hindered their ability to achieve any real productivity or enhanced customer experience.  Harnessing the power of existing business applications in the mobile era requires putting the user in the center and abstracting the base application to create one-minute workflows that enable users to do something quickly on a mobile device.

In this session, Capriza will discuss

  • How you can transform your business applications from systems of record into systems of engagement, enabling employees across the organization to maximize the one-minute mobile moment
  • Examples of companies extending the reach of existing business applications to employees in ways never before available
  • How you can deliver mobile solutions that empower lines of business in weeks not months

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Thomas Farrington, EVP & CIO, Perrigo Company

Linglong He, CIO, Quicken Loans

Lesley Ma, Global CIO, Cadillac, General Motors

Kevin Parlette, VP, IT (CIO), Dana Incorporated

Sangy Vatsa, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Comerica Bank

Moderator: Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO, ZF TRW

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.  Given the challenging operating markets of their business, these transformational CIOs will reflect back on the strategies, insights, and inspiration from today’s conversations, and give insights as to how they are courageously driving innovation to create new business value in their industries to chart their company’s future.

5:10 PM - 6:30 PM  

Summit Wrap-up and Raffle Prizes

Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy & George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services

Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the Cloud Content Management company that empowers enterprises to revolutionize how they work by securely connecting their people, information and applications. Founded in 2005, Box powers more than 71,000 businesses globally, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G, and The GAP. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia.
  • Capriza

    Capriza modernizes your business by simplifying and mobilizing your critical workflows. Capriza's end-to-end simplification platform enables IT and lines of business to mobile-enable critical business workflows in a matter of days without any coding, APIs, or integration. The solution is applicable for packaged applications such as SAP, Oracle, Salesforce as well as custom built solutions. Capriza disrupts the speed and economics of the journey by extending the capability of legacy applications, in a simple and useable way, onto any smartphone, tablet or desktop. Founded in 2011 by former executives of Mercury Interactive, Capriza is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, CRV, Tenaya Capital, Harmony Partners and Allen & Company.
  • Turbonomic

    Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance. Turbonomic’s patented decision engine dynamically analyzes application demand and allocates shared resources to maintain a continuous state of application health. Launched in 2010, Turbonomic is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the virtualization and cloud space. Turbonomic’s autonomic platform is trusted by thousands of enterprises to accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud, and container deployments for all mission critical applications.

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Lenovo Intel

    Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company providing innovative consumer, commercial, and data center technology. Lenovo delivers compute, storage, networking, and services including converged, cloud, Big Data, high-performance computing, and hyperscale solutions for the enterprise market. With servers ranked #1 in reliability (ITIC 2015-2016 Global Server Hardware, Server OS Reliability Report, July 2015) and customer satisfaction (TBR Customer Satisfaction Survey, August 2015), Lenovo provides a solid foundation for business solutions. The company’s strategy is built on driving innovation and value, offering choice and flexibility through an open partner ecosystem, and being a trusted technology advisor with end-to-end engagement.

  • ServiceNow

    ServiceNow makes work, work better for people. Our cloud-based platform and products streamline and simplify how work gets done.

Supporting Partners

  • 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.
  • Workday, Inc.

    Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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).

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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. 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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