Past Summits

2017 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO
  • “HMG Strategy summits are focused on connecting ideas, people, and topics that create insights and value for all."

    Jim Swanson
    EVP and Enterprise CIO
    Johnson & Johnson

Event Highlights

Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. Because the CIO is at the center of the digital transformation journey s/he is uniquely positioned to deliver fearless leadership, fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills, partner with the C-suite and board of directors, and successfully navigate the business into the future.

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2017 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Ladi Adefala
    Director Board of Directors
    Delta Dental

    Ladi Adefala is a passionate cyber security professional with a broad range of expertise that spans multiple security domains including security strategy, solution architectures, security risk assessments, network security, threat management, and security training. Adefala’s background in information technology and security began with stints at Red Hat Consulting, AT&T and World Wide Technology Inc., and his credentials include an MBA from Washington University and multiple industry certifications.

    Mr. Adefala has served in a variety of strategic technical and leadership roles that span several disciplines including enterprise network, mobility, data center and advanced cyber security solutions. As a FortiGuard Labs cyber security expert with Fortinet, Adefala advises and engages clients and executive leaders on solution strategies and risk management in a number of industry segments, including Financial, Healthcare, Retail, Utilities/Energy, and numerous federal and state government agencies. As a member of several advisory boards, he serves to influence and shape solution capabilities in the area of cyber security and has spoken at various forums on cyber security risk and threats aligned with business imperatives. Adefala’s research interests include cyber threat intelligence and data analytics. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty supporting students at Webster University’s Masters of Science – Cyber Security Program, where he engages participating students in the domains of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), network forensics, malware analysis and reverse engineering.

  • Bhavani Amirthalingam
    SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer

    Bhavani Amirthalingam joined Ameren in 2018 as senior vice president and chief digital information officer. She is leading Ameren's digital transformation to deliver a differentiated customer and co-worker experience, leveraging emerging technologies to enable the grid of the future while driving operational excellence at scale. She is focused on accelerating technology solutions to enable greater safety, security, reliability and productivity at scale.

    Amirthalingam brings to Ameren both a breadth and depth of experience as a customer-centric innovator. Starting in 2015, she worked as chief information officer and business transformation leader of North American Operations at Schneider Electric, a Fortune 500 corporation specializing in global energy management and automation solutions integrating technology, software and services. There, she drove the organization's digital transformation across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Previously, at World Wide Technology (WWT) Inc., she served as CIO and vice president of Customer Solutions and Innovation.  
    She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA in information management from the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai. Amirthalingam serves as a member of the Forbes Technology Council and an executive member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Information, Communication and Cyber Security (ICCS) Committee.
    Amirthalingam is as passionate about giving back as she is about driving results. She serves on the board for the St. Louis Ballet Company and the board of Soorya Performing Arts, promoting South Asian performing arts in North America. She also has been a mentor and coach for FIRST robotics competitions. She lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and two children. 

  • Mark Brooks
    SVP, Chief Information Officer
    Centene Corporation

    Mark Brooks has over 28 years of experience in information technology (IT), large scale systems integrations, application development and eCommerce strategy.  Mr. Brooks joined Centene as Chief Information Officer in 2016.

    Prior to Centene, Mr. Brooks had a long career at Health Net, Inc., holding a variety of positions including director of Web Development, Vice President of Applications Development, and Chief Technology Officer.  In 2013 Mr. Brooks was promoted to Chief Information Officer, aligning all technology, project delivery, security, and production functions and capabilities across the Health Net enterprise.

    Mr. Brooks’ career began with Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) where he had the opportunity to work in every phase of the systems development lifecycle.  He gained significant functional experience in enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and the Web.  Before that, Mr. Brooks was responsible for the online strategy, sales and marketing automation at Veritas (Symantec) Software.

    Mr. Brooks received his master’s degree in Business Administration and bachelor’s degree in Economics both from the University of California at Davis.

    When not working, Mr. Brooks and his wife are the proud parents of a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.  

  • Drew Carter
    Maritz Motivation Solutions

  • Trina Clark James
    Regional Director

    Trina Dyan Clark James, a native of St. Louis who grew up in the Ville neighborhood, is the Regional Director for NPower St. Louis.  NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by providing FREE IT training and paid internships to young adults, ages 18 – 25, from under-resourced communities within the St. Louis metropolitan area who have earned a high school degree or GED.  The goal of our 22 week IT training program is to prepare our students to earn a CompTIA A+ Certification, learn from senior IT executives, and gain valuable experience that will support them in launching fulfilling and family-sustaining digital careers.  While new to St. Louis, NPower has a successful track record of results across North America:  over the past 5 years over 1000 graduates are in well-paid careers with room for income and professional growth.

    Prior to NPower, Ms. Clark James was the founder and CEO of Jamaa Learning Center, a high-performing full-service community charter public school that opened in August 2011.  Jamaa worked to provide quality educational and social services to not just its students, but also their families as well as residents in north St. Louis neighborhoods thereby contributing to the revitalization of what were once rich and vibrant African-American communities.  Jamaa grew from serving approximately 80 students in three (3) grades (Kindergarten, 3rd, and 6th grade) during the 2011 – 2012 school year to serving approximately 160 students in Kindergarten – 8th grade beginning with the 2013 – 2014 school year.

    Prior to founding Jamaa, she was the Executive Director of St. Louisans United To Attract KIPP (SUTAK), where she successfully led the efforts to secure the necessary human, financial, and capital resources required by Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) for the successful startup and growth of a cluster of KIPP schools in the city of St. Louis.  Her efforts resulted in St Louis being selected as the sole expansion site for KIPP in 2007 and the first KIPP St. Louis school, KIPP Inspire Academy, opening in July 2009.

    Prior to KIPP, Ms. Clark James completed the Broad Residency in Urban Education program at St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), where she was the Special Assistant to Superintendent Creg Williams overseeing the development and implementation of various strategic projects aimed at achieving major public education reform within the SLPS district.

    She began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area as an engineer at Solectron, an electronics manufacturing company, later moving on to Pinnacle Systems, a video editing equipment manufacturer.  She spent the majority of her engineering career at Apple Computer, Inc. in a variety of roles at the Elk Grove, CA manufacturing site culminating with two leadership roles- New Products Program Manager and Site Test Engineering Manager.

    Ms. Clark James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration at University of California, Davis.

    She currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Vice Chair of the Forward Through Ferguson Board of Directors.


    Ms. Clark James is a proud mother to three (3) beautiful and bright children- Khalani (age 22), Liya (age 18), and Rhadi (age 11).  She credits her drive and accomplishments to the love and support of her grandparents, parents, and siblings.



  • Andrew Clyne
    Chief Data Officer

    Andrew Clyne has 25+ years’ experience delivering large scale transaction systems and Big Data platforms for leading organizations.

    Prior to Centurylink, Andrew was Global Head Information Services at Visa responsible for over 150 data systems servicing millions of cardholders, merchants, and banks worldwide. Andrew was key to establishing Visa’s Enterprise Data Platform, including Visa’s first global consolidated Enterprise Data Warehouse, a comprehensive Data Quality Program, and a “Big Data” multi petabyte Central Analytic Environment. Before joining Visa, Andrew was Chief Information Officer at Inttra, which processes
    nearly 20% world’s shipping transactions.

    Prior as SVP of Data and Enterprise Architecture, he ran and Enterprise Architecture, Data Base Development, and Offshore Development Centers in China and India.

    Andrew has held executive IT positions at Regions Bank and also MasterCard where he implemented payment industry’s first Data Warehouses and Loyalty Rewards Systems.

    Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987, is a Desert Storm veteran, and earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1995.

  • Josh DeFigueiredo
    Chief Trust Officer
    Workday, Inc.

    Josh DeFigueiredo is chief trust officer at Workday and is responsible for the Workday programs and policies that protect customer data.

    Josh joined Workday in 2010. Prior to his role as chief trust officer, Josh held roles focused on information security management, data privacy, and compliance. Before joining Workday, Josh executed enterprise risk management at Yahoo! and served as an advisor at KPMG. He began his career as an analyst for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

    Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from California Polytechnic State University.

  • Drew Erdmann
    Chief Operating Officer
    State of Missouri

  • Gary Harbison
    SVP, Global CISO

    As the Chief Information Security Officer for Monsanto, a leading global agriculture company, Gary Harbison leads the Information Security Office with global responsibility for Cyber Security, Privacy, and Business Continuity Management.  Gary is also a member of the IT Leadership Team helping define and drive Monsanto’s global IT strategy.  Gary has 19 years of overall IT experience, with 17 of those focused in the Information Security domain.  Gary received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis.  Gary is also an Adjunct Professor in the Cybersecurity Masters Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Mary Heger
    SVP Customer Experience
    Ameren Illinois Company

  • Mike Honer
    Executive Recruiter
    Honer & Associates

    In April of 2017 celebrated 40th Anniversary in the Recruiting Industry. Diverse experience, started career working for a Privately Held Recruiting Firm, moved into Privately Held Partnership serving as a billable CEO, and currently work as a Self-Employed Executive Recruiter as the only Employee.

    Started career with Professional Career Development a privately held, high-caliber recruiting firm with multiple specialties in direct hire placement. Worked as an individual contributor for 18 months in the Information Technology Division before promotion to Vice President of the Division. Ran division for 12 years before starting Preferred Resources. Recruited and placed professionals working under the Corporate CIO and managed a staff of up to 12.

    Prior to opening Honer and Associates, founded, grew, and managed Preferred Resources. Started Preferred Resources as employee #1. Built company’s two lines of business, direct hire placement and information technology staffing (contracting) rapidly. High water mark through the 90's was approximately 100 employees, 80 contractors/rest recruiters and admin staff. Sold interest in Preferred Resources in 2001 to start Honer and Associates and return focus to direct hire search for Information Technology clientele, specializing in the roles listed above.

    Founded Honer and Associates in June of 2002 as an Executive Recruiting Firm specializing in IT Leadership, Management, and SMEs. Currently provide direct hire services to Enterprise Technology functions and Information Technology organizations. Expert in talent acquisition and retention. Ability to identify, recognize, and exclusively refer high caliber candidates "that fit" client's specific competencies, requirements, and organizational demands. Lines of business include both retained and contingency search services. Work with Growth Companies concentrating on the recruitment of CIOs, VPs, Sr. Directors, Directors, Managers, Architects, Program Directors, and Sr. Technical Engineering Staff.

    Currently live in Wildwood, MO with wife Shelley of 29 years and have office in Chesterfield, MO.


  • Michelle King
    Executive Director, Talent Acquisition
    Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated

    Michelle joined Reinsurance Group of America, Inc., a leader in the global life reinsurance industry with $3.1 trillion of life reinsurance in force, in January 2014 as Executive Director, Talent Acquisition.  Michelle is responsible driving the strategy and execution of talent acquisition initiatives for RGA.   Michelle has 25 years of experience in human resources and talent acquisition across technology, entertainment and financial sectors. Prior to joining RGA, Michelle spent seven years with Scripps Networks, a life-style media and content provider company. There she was responsible for leading talent acquisition, immigration and mobility. Prior to Scripps, Michelle led recruitment and human resources functions in technology consulting and dotcom firms in the St. Louis area.  Michelle received her B.S. in Human Resources from Kennedy Western. 

  • Josh Knopp
    VP, CISO
    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

    Josh Knopp, vice present and information security officer of Enterprise Holdings, is responsible for developing and implementing Enterprise Holdings’ global information security strategy in a manner that enables business and reduces friction.

    Enterprise Holdings operates – through an international network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,000 fully-staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 75 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue, fleet and employees. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.

    The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, offer a total transportation solution, accounting for more than 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world. Combined, these businesses – accounting for $19.4 billion in revenue and more than 93,000 employees in fiscal year 2015 – include the Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Rideshare vanpooling, Zimride, Exotic Car Collection, Motorcycle Rental and Flex-E-Rent services. The annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings, one of America’s largest private companies, rank near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

    Josh has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and more than 16 years of experience directly in the field of information security.  Prior to joining Enterprise Holdings in April, 2016, Josh led MasterCard’s Site Data Protection program and was responsible for improving the logical security framework for the global payment industry.  Josh developed and implemented MasterCard’s strategy to influence market stakeholders towards increasingly secure information security postures and use of secure, emerging payment technologies.  Josh also represented MasterCard on the Executive Committee of the PCI Security Standards Council.

  • Jim Lammers
    Pharmacy Partners, LLC / Altus Infusion

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP
    Diversified Search

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Madera
    Corporate Officers Practice
    Russell Reynolds Associates

    John Madera is a member of our Corporate Officers practice.  His primary area of advisory and search expertise is in Information Officers for public and private companies across all industries. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, John spent several years with Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Business Advisory. There, he managed a range of business and technology transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 clients across industries. Before this, he spent four years with BearingPoint Inc. as a Manager, Management Consulting. John's work there included helping a major client develop a company-wide, cross-functional merger integration methodology that aimed to boost speed of target integration, increase cross-functional collaboration, and capture merger synergies. John began his career as a Senior Procurement Specialist at KBR, Inc. in the Middle East. John received his B.S. from Illinois State University.

  • Bryan Mann
    Head of Enterprise Architecture

    Bryan Mann has been challenging and questioning the IT norm during his 22 years in the information technology and security fields.  He has held both technical and leadership roles during that time and joined Dropbox in 2015 to help enterprise IT organizations become heroes again by deploying solution that users love.   Previously at General Electric, Bryan was Chief Enterprise Architect of Disruptive Technology where he was responsible for driving disruptive and emerging technology across the GE enterprise and leading large scale software and SaaS deployments.  Bryan was part of the Enterprise Security Architecture team which drove the security practice for GE’s eight lines of business as well as product security.   He has previously held Lead Architect roles at Cisco and Micron Technology.

  • Phil Mesnier
    Blockchain Practice Leader

    Phil Mesnier is a Partner at OCI and is responsible for the oversight and leadership of OCI's Blockchain Practice. With more than 30 years experience in software engineering and 20 years experience in consulting, Mesnier is a sought-after industry expert in distributed computing, solution architecture, and technology strategy. Mesnier regularly works with clients around the globe to educate them on Blockchain applications and their applicability to the enterprise. 

  • Vance Moore
    President - Business Integration

  • 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.

  • Lisa Nichols
    Technology Partners

    Lisa Nichols is the CEO and co-founder of Technology Partners, a Women-Business Enterprise and provider of premier IT staffing, solutions and software. Lisa and her husband Greg founded Technology Partners in 1994 driven by their passion to revolutionize the staffing industry with their transparent business model. They co-lead the business today. Greg and Lisa have made it their priority from day one, to create mutual wins for their employees, clients and the communities in which Technology Partners operates. This has, in large part, led to Technology Partners winning the Top Workplaces 2018 for Work/Life Flexibility.

    Technology Partners’ 360 Degree IT services include: Scalable Workforces, IT Staffing, Custom Mobile and Web Applications, Managed IT Services, Cloud Productivity, Marketing Technology, Digital Media and Design, Data Analytics, Digital Transformation, Business Process Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Helpdesk Support.

    Lisa devotes her time to many professional and philanthropic organizations including CEO Forum, as well as YPO Christian Fellowship network, the St. Louis Independence Center, YWCA and United Way.

    Lisa’s most recent project is her all new podcast, “Something Extra” produced by Technology Partners. She interviews leaders from around the world and across the for profit and non-profit spaces. Each episode explores the guest’s journey and what they believe is the “something extra” every true leader possesses that define them.

  • Christian Saucier
    Thinx! Software

  • Lynn Shaw
    Director - IT Organizational Performance, Talent Acquisition & Contingent Workforce Program
    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

    Lynn Shaw, director at Enterprise Holdings IT, is an executive leader responsible for creating and executing a global IT people strategy including talent acquisition, contingent workforce, organizational performance and employee development.

    Enterprise Holdings operates – through an international network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,000 fully-staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 75 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue, fleet and employees. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.

    The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, offer a total transportation solution, accounting for more than 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world. Combined, these businesses – accounting for $19.4 billion in revenue and more than 93,000 employees in fiscal year 2015 – include the Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Rideshare vanpooling, Zimride, Exotic Car Collection, Motorcycle Rental and Flex-E-Rent services. The annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings, one of America’s largest private companies, rank near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

    Lynn has 25+ years of experience of driving and optimizing a high performance culture in large organizations though organizational development and human resources solutions. She has been with Enterprise Holdings IT since 2005.

    Prior to joining Enterprise Holdings, Lynn was the divisional vice president of Human Resources for May Merchandising Company, a global fashion retail organization.  Over her tenure at May, she held several progressive roles, gaining significant exposure and experience around all facets of talent acquisition and management.   

    As a thought leader in the St. Louis market, she currently serves as a board member for the HMG Advisory Board for St. Louis.

  • Mark Sundt
    Chief Technology Officer

  • Jim Swanson
    EVP and Enterprise CIO
    Johnson & Johnson

    James (Jim) Swanson previously served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Digital Transformation for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, Swanson led teams across the world using digital innovation and data science to transform and deliver world-class products and services sustainably. 

    Most recently, Swanson was the Chief Information Officer at Monsanto for the past five years. His breadth of experience also includes executive and scientific roles at Merck, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a master’s degree in Computer Science, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Swanson is a member of the St. Louis CIO Board, Washington University’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the External Advisory Committee of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University. 

    Swanson is married with three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, skiing, scuba diving and boating. Swanson volunteers with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight Organization, United Way Ready by 21 and the American Heart Association. 

  • Gary VonderHaar
    EVP, Operations & Technology Processing

    Gary J. VonderHaar is Chief Technology Officer – Architecture for MasterCard Operations & Technology (O&T). In this role, he ensures that the company’s technology and operations capabilities align with business strategies.  He serves on the MasterCard’s Operating Committee and on the Innovation Council as a champion for IT Transformation. Prior to his current role, Mr. VonderHaar held a number of digital solution technology leadership positions at MasterCard, ensuring business and technology alignment. His previous IT leadership roles were with Accenture and McDonnell Douglas’ Defense Systems. Under his leadership, MasterCard won the prestigious InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award in 2013. Mr. VonderHaar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

  • Michael Wojcik
    VP, Technical Operations and Services
    Panera Bread

    Presently, four+ years at Panera Bread as VP - Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) which includes:

    • Technical Infrastructure Engineering and Architecture
    • IT Operations, Information Security, and Governance, Risk, & Compliance

    30+ Years of IT Financial Services Experience - 17 years at  A.G. Edwards (AGE), Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and MoneyGram

    Past responsibilities include Internet Services, Middleware & Integration, Enterprise Architecture, and IT Strategy

    Major Accomplishments include:

    • Panera Omni-Channel Infrastructure Platform
    • Retail Brokerage Intranet and Web Infrastructure Delivery
    • Consumer Facing and Retail Brokerage e-Commerce Infrastructure Delivery
    • Large Scale Data Center and Retail Wide Area Network Architectures
    • Lead Middleware & Integration Groups building Service Oriented Architecture Infrastructure platforms
    • Lead Distributed Computing & Storage Group and Retail Brokerage Branch Application Development
    • IT Strategy, Target Operating Model,  and Enterprise Architecture Development & Implementation

Print October 04, 2017, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO

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

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

Bhavani Amirthalingam, VP Information Technology (IPO), Schneider Electric

Mark Sundt, Chief Technology Officer, Clearent

Gary VonderHaar, EVP, Operations & Technology Processing, MasterCard

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

The new mantra in business today is disrupt or be disrupted. Consider that just 12% of the companies that were in the Fortune 500 in 1955 are still on the list today. Savvy C-suite executives recognize the need for their companies to constantly reinvent themselves and create new products and services that can differentiate them in the market. In this session, leading technology executives will share the steps they are taking to recast the enterprise, empower innovation, and foster a culture of genius.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM      

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Innovate or Evaporate...The Reality of a Rapidly Changing World

Vance Moore, President, Business Integration, Mercy

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Beyond Leadership – What Makes a Technology Executive Successful

Mike Honer, Executive Recruiter, Honer & Associates

Michelle King, Executive Director, Talent Acquisition, Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated 

John Madera, Corporate Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

Lynn Shaw, Director - IT Organizational Performance, Talent Acquisition & Contingent Workforce Program, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

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

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change to become a digital enterprise, no matter what business they are in. In essence, they serve as conductors to orchestrate the three pillars of organizational success – people, processes, and technology – and to draw upon their unique view of the enterprise to bring these elements into harmony. What are the skills and steps necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and fine-tune your personal brand to empower your career ascent?

This panel of top technology search executives will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: New Technologies - Driving Speed to Market and a Competitive Edge 

Andrew Clyne, Chief Data Officer, CenturyLink 

Josh DeFigueiredo, Chief Trust Officer, Workday, Inc.

Jim Swanson, CIO, Monsanto Company 

Michael Wojcik, VP, Technical Operations and Services, Panera Bread

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

As a corporate mantra, the innovative retail giant Amazon promotes a “Day 1” philosophy which means to always have a start-up mentality and be focused on the customer.  This way of thinking drives innovation and technology implementations that quickly create new, positive, frictionless customer experiences that result in increased revenue.  This panel of executives will discuss advancements in technologies that are driving a competitive edge and speed to market to lay the foundation for their new digital roadmap.

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM  


Presentation of the HMG Strategy Regional Champion Awards to Mary Heger, SVP & CIO, Ameren Services Center, Lisa Nichols, CEO, Technology Partners, Jim Swanson, Monsanto, Gary VonderHaar, EVP, Operations & Technology Processing, MasterCard

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Balancing Agility, Innovation, and Cyber Security

Ladi Adefala, Senior Security Strategist, Fortinet

Gary Harbison, CISO, Monsanto Company

Josh Knopp, VP, Information Security Officer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Bryan Mann, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Dropbox

Moderator: Drew Carter, President, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Competitive advantage requires agility and innovation. At the same time data, assets, intellectual capital must be protected. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage, providing strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM  

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Preparing Your Organization for a Post Blockchain World

Phil Mesnier, Blockchain Practice Leader, OCI

Join Phil Mesnier, Blockchain Practice Lead at OCI, and Christian Saucier, Chief Technology Officer at, for a deep dive into the possibilities and limitations of Blockchain technologies in the enterprise. Mesnier and Saucier will share lessons learned from a real-life Blockchain implementation, and provide the audience with actionable insights on how to thrive in an economy where trust is established, not by central intermediaries but, through consensus and distributed ledgers.

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Drew Erdmann, Chief Operating Officer, State of Missouri

Interviewer: Lisa Nichols, CEO, Technology Partners

Governor Greitens has stated that he wants MO to become the top-performing state between the two coasts for innovation –driven economic outcomes in the next 5-10 years.  In an interview style format, MO COO, Drew Erdmann will share his reflections on the past 7 months and executable plans for moving MO in a new direction for the future. 

3:10 PM - 3:25 PM   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

News from NPower

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology

Mark Brooks, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Centene Corporation

Mary Heger, SVP & CIO, Ameren Services Center

Jim Lammers, EVP Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Federal Reserve System 

Moderator: Dan Roberts, President & CEO, Ouellette & Associates

The most successful CIOs are seizing the opportunity to become the “CEO of Technology.” They are developing analytical models to create validated outcomes that can be used to map strategies, transformation, and increased revenue. This executive panel will share experiences of how courageous leadership can create value and generate new waves of business growth in the modern enterprise.

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive 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.
  • Dropbox

    Dropbox keeps more than 500 million registered users on the same page with easy-to-use collaboration tools and the fastest, most-reliable file sync platform. From the smallest business to the largest enterprise, we make teamwork better.
  • 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.

Gold Partners

  • Insight

    Insight Cloud + Data Center Transformation is a complete IT services and solution provider that helps organizations transform technology, operations, and service delivery to meet challenges and future-proof the business. As an independent integrator, we’re free to recommend the most appropriate solutions — across cloud, IT transformation, next-generation technology, and security.
  • 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.
  • Windstream

    Windstream, a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for enterprise organizations across the U.S. Delivering core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber-optic network spanning approximately 125,000 miles, Windstream serves St. Louis-based companies with integrated data, voice, network and cloud solutions. Our expanding fiber and fixed wireless presence in the St. Louis metro area is laying the foundation for the future growth and success of St. Louis businesses.

Supporting Partners

  • Spectrum Business Enterprise Solutions

    Spectrum Enterprise, a division of Charter Communications, is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. The broad Spectrum Enterprise portfolio includes networking and managed services solutions: Internet access, Ethernet access and networks, Voice and TV solutions, Managed Application, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Hosting Services. Our industry leading team of experts works closely with clients to achieve greater business success by providing these right-fit solutions designed to meet their evolving needs.

Breakfast Partners

  • YASH

    YASH Technologies focuses on enabling customers to succeed and drive IT business transformation. As a leading technology services and outsourcing partner for medium, large and fast growing global customers, we leverage technology and our flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer's enterprise. YASH Customer centric engagement and managed services delivery framework integrate specialized domain and consulting capabilities with proprietary methodologies and solution Offerings to provision application, infrastructure and end user focused right-sourcing services. Headquartered in the United States with Delivery and Sales Centers globally, YASH serves its customers across six continents.

Lunch Partners

  • OCI

    OCI builds high performance, mission critical, custom software solutions. We advocate open source, scalability, affordability, and interoperability. To learn more about our software engineering and training services visit

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

  • NPower

    NPower is a national nonprofit on a mission to move people from poverty to the middle class by training youth from underserved communities and veterans in a range of tech skills and placing them in quality jobs. Students who enter their free, six-month program, earn industry-recognized certifications and graduate with the competencies of an IT professional with one to two years of experience. NPower also places students in paid internships with corporate and nonprofit organizations. Eighty percent of NPower graduates get a full-time job or continue their education. Not only is NPower changing life trajectories for individuals from vulnerable communities but they are also strengthening the overall competitiveness of U.S. businesses hamstrung by today’s limited pool of IT talent. To learn more about NPower, visit
  • Technology Partners

    Technology Partners is an award-winning, certified Women Business Enterprise that provides premier IT staffing and solutions. With a focus on partnership, we have worked with hundreds of clients across a range of industries nationwide, and held client and consultant relationships that have lasted as long as we've been in business. Built upon a revolutionary transparent-margin business model, Technology Partners provides better value for our clients while giving our consultants higher salaries and career control. We're committed to partnerships with our clients and consultants, assessing their needs and providing them with the absolute best service.

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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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