Past Summits

2018 Greenwich CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel, Stamford, CT

Reimagine, Reinvent:  Building a Customer-Centric Organization In Highly Disruptive Times

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 she or 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 2018 Greenwich CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Paul Barringer
    Director of Strategic Alliances

    I was born in 1952, and raised in Manhattan and Lloyd Harbor, New York.  Early days included a lot of sailing in Long Island Sound, and skiing in Vermont and Utah – and that continues today. With my father working in downtown New York, and frequent family social activities in the city, Manhattan was a core part of my world – separated only by a 40-minute train ride once we moved out to Long Island in the late 1950s.

    My father insured most of the ski areas in the US, and I was fortunate to accompany him on numerous business trips to ski area operators all over the country.  This was my first taste of traveling and business development. I have always, and continue, to love meeting new people and understanding what makes them tick.

    After years of selling in the high-end office construction markets in Miami and New York, I took a job as MD, US, for a Dutch software company that wanted to open the US market and get acquired – which took place a year later when HP purchased Prolin to support its ITSM expansion – first for HP Services, and then on the product side with an enterprise ITSM suite.  Increasingly senior business development roles followed, culminating in 2000 -- closing 50 deals for HP for a total of $100 million in bookings that year.

    After selling ultra-low-latency market data technology between 2009 and 2011, I founded Burstream -- a ULL data service provider in 2011, that operated in the major options and equities exchange datacenters in New York and Chicago.  Our customers were HFT proprietary trading desks in the investment banks, along with free-standing HFT prop shops.  I was the first sales person at SecurityScorecard in 2014 and have not looked back.  

    As Director of Strategic Alliances for SecurityScorecard, I work with selected service providers,: CAT modeling firms, security tech companies, cyber insurance companies, information companies, and advisory firms – to create joint products that we bring to market together. In most cases, we combine or enrich each other’s data to produce better analytics and new service offerings for our extended customer and platform ecosystems.

    My wife and I live in Norwalk, CT.  We spend as much time as possible in Italy every year, and I continue to participate in competitive keelboat teamracing regattas in the US and Europe.

  • Karen Beebe
    CIO & SVP Operations
    vineyard vines

    Karen Beebe is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for vineyard vines. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all facets of technology for the organization and driving the unified commerce/omni-channel vision to deliver an “Every Day Should Feel This Good” customer experience.   
    Prior to joining vineyard vines, Karen held the position of Senior Vice President, Application Development and Delivery for Chico’s FAS, Inc. She joined the company in June 2009 providing Enterprise-wide technology solution direction and transformation programs bringing Chico's FAS to their current platforms of SAP, JDA, SAS, and PTC. She also directed the strategy and delivery of Shared Inventory across all channels (stores, catalog, and web) allowing for Omnichannel operations. 
    Prior to joining Chico’s FAS, Inc., she was at Limited Brands, Inc. (now L Brands), where she held various positions including Chief Technology Officer for Bath and Body Works and Vice President, Business Solutions Group for the multi-brand, international enterprise. Throughout her career she held many management and operational positions in Technology as well as Merchandise Planning, Allocation, and Internal Audit. Over the years she has been engaged in start-ups including Victoria's Secret Beauty and Pink and many mergers and acquisitions including spinning off Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited TOO (Tween Brands now Ascena), Express, and The Limited. 
    Karen has been part of Executive Leadership teams that have won two CIO 100 Awards and she has served on many Technology Vendor User Boards in global leadership positions. She has also served her community on non-profit boards. She was most recently featured in the January 2018 editions of both RIS News and Chain Store Age “Top Women in Retail Tech”.

  • John Bemis
    President and Founder
    Benchmark IT

    John founded Benchmark IT in 2007 and provides executive direction, strategy and key client and talent management for the company. He is committed to strong business ethics, responsiveness and “high-touch” attention to clients and candidates. These are the guiding principals of his 20+ years in the technology recruiting industry. John enjoys extensive and long-standing relationships throughout the industry and is one of the most highly respected technology staffing professionals in the region.

  • Lily Benjamin
    SVP, Leadership Development and Org. Design
    Bank of America

    Effective at designing, implementing, harmonizing and integrating strategies, policies, processes, and metrics, to generate significant cost savings, productivity and overall organizational performance, while establishing landmark best practices for future change management needs.

    Leadership experience championing and driving enterprise-wide talent management initiatives aligned with business strategy, to build globally matrixed, multi-site organizations in the medical, financial, and consumer products industries.

    Create and implement globally integrated, competency-based talent management strategies and programs (career planning, performance management process, succession planning, and leadership development) to leverage human capital, successfully develop leaders, and manage the talent pipeline globally to meet current and future business needs.

    Strong reputation as an insightful, inclusive and decisive leader, who fosters collaborative partnerships based on trust, inspires multi-cultural teams and builds high performing organizations.

    English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 


    Talent Management and Strategy - Organizational Design & Development - Executive Coaching & Leadership Development - Performance Management - Inclusion & Diversity - Change Management - Succession Planning - Employee Engagement - Business Strategy - Vendor Management - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution


    Bank of America -Broadridge Financial Solutions - Avon Products - PVH - Various Major Hospitals in NYC

  • Susan Certoma
    President & COO
    Enterprise Engineering, Inc.

    Ms. Certoma is an industry leader in managing next-generation technology solutions for the financial services industry. As the former President of Brokerage Processing Services (BPS), she oversaw the technology strategy, product development and end-to-end service delivery for Broadridge’s suite of brokerage processing solutions. Her responsibilities included equity, option and mutual fund securities processing, the business process management suite, advisor and investor portals and distributed data products.

    Prior to Broadridge, Ms. Certoma worked as Chief Information Officer for the Corporate and the Investment Bank at Wachovia Corp. She also has held senior leadership positions in Technology & Operations with Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and First Boston.  At Goldman Sachs, she chaired committees on Women in Technology, Learning & Professional Development, Career Development and Project Management. She earned an MBA in Finance and a B.S. in Management and Economics from St. John’s University.

  • Tim Chang
    Director of Sales Engineering

    Tim Chang is a Director of Sales Engineering at Imperva.  For over a decade, Tim has helped hundreds of organizations deploy on-premise and cloud based solutions to analyze, secure, protect, and govern their data to meet the requirements of their customers and regulators.  Tim is a native of Boston and is passionate about sharing strategies on how to keep information safe and extract value from data in the rapidly changing world of business and technology.

  • Mitch Davis
    VP & CIO
    Dartmouth College

    As of July 1, 2017, Mitch Davis started leading Information, Technology and Consulting, which has a staff of about 160. His responsibilities include providing vision, leadership, and long-range direction for development and implementation of information and technology initiatives that align with Dartmouth’s mission. He is working with campus leaders to enhance academic, research, and administrative operations.

    During his fourteen years at Bowdoin as a Senior Vice President and CIO, it was transformed into one of the most technically advanced liberal arts college in the nation. Additionally, he led the Marketing, Social Media and Web department that provided media services across the College. Before coming to Bowdoin, he was one of the Executive Directors of ITSS at Stanford University, an Associate Dean and CIO for Stanford Law School, and the Assistant Dean for Information Technology at University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to joining higher education, he was a consultant to law firms, hospitals, advertising, publishing and education. He specializes in strategic leadership, change management and quickly building highly effective, motivated and talented teams that work together to drive exceptional client services and create organizational value. 

    He started working in higher education with the goal of creating a generation of faculty and students who could effectively use the latest information technology in their research, teaching, learning and life. He has promoted organizational change and emerging technology in education for over 22 years, by acting as a consultant to universities, researchers, and faculty, speaking at seminars, sitting on education technology committees, business and government advisory boards, and by working with venture capitalist and businesses to create the software and hardware to deliver next generation solutions.

  • David Decker
    Director IT
    American Axle & Manufacturing

    David is an innovative, results-driven information technology executive with over 25 years of increasing levels of responsibility at two Fortune 100 companies. He is presently leading the digital transformation effort at Omega Engineering to upgrade their obsolete IT systems and infrastructure and drive 80% of sales to the web. Prior to that he was CIO and Vice President of IT at Johnson Controls Automotive, the global leader in automotive seating and seating components, where he was responsible for developing and executing the information technology strategy for the automotive seating business. He spent 21 years in IT at Ford Motor Company, holding a variety of positions including Director of the Global Order to Delivery program, and Senior Manager of Global Manufacturing IT Operations. He also spent four years as CIO at Automotive Components Holdings. David has extensive M&A experience, successfully executed over 20 acquisitions and divestitures, and was responsible for 32 joint ventures in China.

    David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Michigan. He also interviews prospective students as part of the University of Michigan College of Engineering admissions process.

    For over ten years David has supported the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, most recently joining the Board of Directors. He is also a board member of the Epsilon Trustee Corporation at the University of Michigan, and is a member of the Detroit chapter of SIM. David resides in Ann Arbor, and in his spare time enjoys running and spending time with his children.

  • Johnny Dranchak
    VP Innovation and Digital
    oneworld Management Company

    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

  • 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.

  • Greg Fell
    Chief Operating Officer
    Gama Aviation

  • Ursuline Foley
    Board Member & Strategic Advisor

    Ursuline (Urs) Foley has 35 years of global experience in Financial Services and Technology.  An accomplished executive, Urs served as Chief Corporate Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Managing Director with XL Group. She has proven leadership in driving company growth, expense containment and innovation strategies through success in multiple M&A integrations, diversifications, major complex business transformations, regulatory compliance and data privacy, shared service establishment and by leading technology, data & digital capabilities. Urs led large global high-performance teams for technology and specific operations for many years. Prior to XL Group, Urs held various technology positions at other Reinsurance, Financial brokerage, Shipping and Manufacturing firms. Urs lived and worked in Ireland, Bermuda and U.S. (citizen)

    As XL’s Corporate Operations Officer, Urs led major complex transformations across; Finance, Investments, Claims, Actuarial, Risk, Reserving, HR, data & cyber/GDPR compliance. She also served on the Enterprise Risk, Crisis Management, Cyber, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity committees. As a Managing Director, Urs co-led advancing enterprise culture e.g. Diversity & Inclusion, Future Focused supported by Innovation and Digital, plus Insurtech due-diligence.

    Urs was a member of XL’s U.S. legal entity boards for a few years. She is Chairman and prior President of  Westchester Fairfield Society for Information Management. She is on the board of  three university advisory boards and a professional services firm.  Historically, she chaired global industry standard committees (e.g. ACORD, BRMA, RAA). Urs is a sought after conference speaker on technology and data, plus has published articles over the years.

    Urs holds a Bachelor of Science and Teaching Diploma from University College Cork, Ireland, Masters of Science from PACE University NYC and Technology Leadership certificate from Babson University Boston. Attended the NYC College of Insurance and the College of Finance.

  • Kevin Ford
    Mobile Practice Lead

    Kevin Ford is the Mobile Practice Lead with Magenic leading development with native mobile technologies, Xamarin and Cordova. For over twenty years he has worked with enterprise application development using the Microsoft stack and moved to native to follow his passion for creating innovative solutions in a quickly evolving space. Kevin is an accomplished architect and thought leader at Magenic and continues to build and expand as the mobile space changes. He works with each region to ensure that Magenic consultants have the right relationships, resources, and opportunities to advance their mobile technical skills. Kevin holds an MBA from Babson.

  • Michael Frankel
    Managing Director, Deloitte New-venture Accelerator
    Deloitte Investments LLC

    Michael Frankel is a senior innovation, corporate development, strategy and operating executive who has spent his career driving growth and innovation through acquisitions, ecosystems, investments, new products/services and entering new markets.  He currently serves as Managing Director of the Deloitte New-venture Accelerator.  Prior to joining Deloitte Michael served as CFO for two early stage technology companies and before that was Senior Vice President, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions for LexisNexis Group.  In that role he had global responsibility for all corporate development activities (acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and alliances).

    Michael has experience in several sectors including business services, market research and data analytics, B2B content and data and enterprise software.  He has deep expertise in acquisitions, equity and venture investing, strategy, product development and international expansion.  He has led initiatives and transactions, deploying over $10B in capital, and driving strategic expansion at several Fortune 500 companies.

    Before joining LexisNexis, Michael served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Information Resources Inc. (IRI).  Reporting to the CEO and Chairman, Frankel was responsible for all strategic transactions including acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures, strategic partnerships and corporate strategy.

    Prior to IRI Michael was Vice President Business Development at GE Capital’s consumer finance group.  At VeriSign he served as Vice President Corporate Development—where he led one of the ten most acquisitive corporate development teams in the technology sector—and later served as Vice President and General Manager of their Directory Services group. Michael was also Vice President Investment Banking with Merrill Lynch and a Corporate Associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

    Michael is a frequent speaker on growth strategies and strategic transactions.  During his career Michael has led and closed more than 100 transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and alliances.  Michael has also led operational initiatives to develop and launch new products and technologies, expand into new markets and segments and restructure businesses and operations.  In addition, he has authored three books and several articles on M&A.  Michael earned a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Relations, an MBA, and a Juris Doctorate—all from the University of Chicago.

  • Dustin Goodwin
    Icahn Enterprises

    As Chief Information Officer at Icahn Enterprises, Dustin Goodwin is responsible for leading the delivery of Wall Street-grade mobility, security and support to Icahn’s corporate offices. In addition, he leads IT operations of smaller privately-held Icahn businesses and frequently advises IT leaders within the portfolio on various digital and security initiatives. Among his peer group of CIO’s within the Icahn investment portfolio,  Dustin advocates the adoption of leading edge digital technologies and organizational practices and is constantly in search of new technologies that will provide competitive advantages to the diverse set of industries in which Icahn invests. As required, Dustin consults with the investment team on technology-related opportunities.   Prior to joining Icahn, Dustin served as a director at Royal Bank of Canada; worked for The Blackstone Group, Cisco Systems, and Citigroup; and has consulted independently for many Wall Street firms.

  • Donagh Herlihy
    EVP & CTO
    Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

    Donagh Herlihy is Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Bloomin’ Brands. 

    In this position, Mr. Herlihy is responsible for overseeing the global strategy, development and implementation of all technology initiatives for Bloomin’ Brands. 

    Mr. Herlihy has 25 years of technology leadership experience in various industries.  He joined Bloomin’ Brands following a six-year tenure with Avon Products, Inc., where he served as CIO and SVP eCommerce.  In that role, he led all aspects of the technology supporting Avon’s internal business operations and enabled eCommerce for more than 6.5 million Avon representatives worldwide.  

    Prior to Avon, he was the CIO for the Wrigley Company.  In addition to his role as CIO, he served successively as the VP of HR and the VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Planning.  Prior to Wrigley, he led the IT function for Duracell, a division of the Gillette Company.

    Mr. Herlihy has a BSC and MA in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Technology and Trinity College in Dublin and has completed the Executive Program at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. In 2016 he was inducted into CIO magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

  • Kimberly Holmes
    Global Head of Strategic Analytics
    XL Catlin

    Kim leads XL Catlin’s global Strategic Analytics team, the enterprise center of excellence for advanced analytics.   The Strategic Analytics team is responsible for the development and implementation of leading-edge analytical decision tools across XL Catlin.  Prior to joining XL Catlin in 2010, Kim  was the Chief Actuary of Endurance Risk Solutions, the large account insurance business for Endurance Specialty Insurance where she created innovative analytics to improve decision making, developed casualty risk management tools and focused on ways to use analytics to drive strategy.   Kim’s career also includes serving as Chief Actuary of Enterprise Reinsurance Ltd, a finite reinsurance company and working at General Reinsurance where she held various actuarial and underwriting roles.   Her early career was spent in actuarial consulting.  In 2018 Kim was named one of Digital Insurance’s Women in Insurance Leadership and Corinium’s Top 50 Data and Analytics Professionals in the USA and Canada.  Kim has a BS in mathematics from William Smith College and an MS in Data Science from Northwestern University.  She is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics.

  • Rhona Kannon
    Director of Recruiting

  • Zackarie Lemelle
    New Hope Coaching & Consulting

    Zackarie Lemelle is a visionary leader who has spent a lifetime using his passion for people, savvy for business, and an unshakable focus on excellence to transform leaders and organizations from the inside out. With over 40 years of experience working in firms, from startups to Fortune 500s to not-for-profit, Zack has honed his perspective and practice on what it takes to really nurture sustainable performance. He spent 18 years with a major healthcare company (Johnson & Johnson), where he served as Vice President/Chief Information Officer for Ortho-McNeil (now known as Janssen Pharmaceutical), Ethicon and Corporate Headquarters. Then, successfully transferred those invaluable experiences to his pioneering role as a Managing Partner of one of the nation’s top Coach Training firms. Now at the helm of New Hope Coaching and Consulting, Zack’s experience as a Certified Executive Leadership Coach (ACC – ICF), respected corporate leader, and purpose-driven business owner, gives him a uniquely rich perspective on executive leadership and business transformation. All of this informs his people-centered approach to uncovering those key insights that deliver breakthrough advantages that matter. Zack Lemelle is also a current member and past Chairmen of the Board, for the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). ITSMF is a not-for-profit organization that has leaders from the top Fortune 50, 100 and 500 companies in the US. Zack served two (2) terms as the Chairmen. He currently serves as the Board of the Global Leadership Forum, a not-forprofit whose mission is to increase the number of disadvantage children who choose STEM as a profession/vocation, a public-private partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus, Worldwide Technologies, ITSMF, BDPA, and Communication Careers Group. 

  • Beverly Lieberman
    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
    Global CIO, Cadillac
    General Motors

    As Cadillac’s global CIO, Lesley and her team are instrumental in driving the Brand’s aggressive transformation.  This requires a laser focus on producing innovation that gives Cadillac an edge with technology savvy Millennial and Gen Z consumers. Cadillac recruited Lesley back to the USA from the company’s International region in 2012.  While overseas, Lesley was based in Shanghai, China for 3 years where she led the Purchasing, Supply Chain and the Sales and Marketing Systems functions for China and 140 other markets.  Her work included bridging the technology strategies and data foundations needed with Chinese joint ventures, business partners and other wholly-owned entities in the international division.  Prior to that, she worked in various leadership roles to lead large scale IT transformations of order fulfillment, purchasing and infrastructure services.  Her experience also involved mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, and insourcing - all at a global scale.

    In June 2018, Lesley was honored by Ascend’s New York Chapter with their Trailblazer Award.  Ascend is the largest non-profit serving the Asian executive and leadership community.  In April 2019, she received the Pace University, Siedenberg School’s Innovative Leadership Award.  She continues to work with Ascend, Catalyst, National Association of Female Executives (member of their Top Executive Roundtable), and other notable groups on their initiatives to promote and sponsor Asians and Women into corporate roles.  She is a co-founder of Women in Technology Executive Group (WinTEG) which strives to elevate the impact and visibility of senior women leaders as advisors to large businesses, start-ups and educational institutions.

    Lesley has been invited to speak on the importance of the CIO role in driving transformation and innovation at many events including:  Society of Information Management, HGM, Evanta, Tech-Up for Women, Ascend Pinnacle, Pace University, NAFE Top Executive Roundtable, and SupChina Women’s Conference. 

    “I’m a change agent.  I’ve always enjoyed working on big transformations in organizations, and especially with people who are bold and have big aspirations. My current role to help the talented, exceptional leaders we have in New York restore Cadillac to the “pinnacle of luxury”…

    Lesley Ma

  • Israel Martinez
    NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100" Director HITEC Top 100, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert
    Chairman and CEO
    Axon Global

    Israel is a professional in cyber strategy and innovation empowering boards and companies that have decided to reclaim cyber dominance.  He’s recognized as an expert in Cyber Enterprise Risk Management, as well as an NACD Full Board Member and Leadership Fellow, obtaining the highest credentials for Board Directorship. His board experience includes training directors, advisory and board service with: F500; National Bar Associations; American University Kogod Cyber Governance Center; The Association for Corporate Growth, representing 14K companies; Globes International (Tel Aviv’s “WSJ”); the Global Manufacturing ISAO, sharing threat information for 29K companies; and the Axon Global Alliance®. Martinez is also an accomplished thought leader and speaker with appearances in: The WSJ MarketWatch ®, NACD ® Annual Board Leadership Conferences, DHS Office of Analysis & Intelligence training conferences, Forbes CEO Conferences, CIO Magazine, U.S. Federal Reserve, and U.S. Congress.  As the CEO of Axon Global Services, recognized as leaders by the U.S. Secret Service and DHS, he is currently an advisor in cyber to the President’s 100-day team. He’s the recipient of, the HITEC top 100, The U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom (also awarded to Ronald Reagan and General Schwarzkopf), and his recent post graduate certifications include; business strategy at Harvard, Intelligence Analysis (TCOLE) at SMU, Cyber Counter Terrorism & Defense at DHS, and FINTECH Blockchain at MIT (2017). 

  • Tom McCurley
    The Chefs Warehouse


  • Stuart McGuigan
    U.S. Department of State

    Stuart M. McGuigan was previously Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson where he had global responsibility for information Technology (JJT) strategy and operations.  Working closely with business leadership, he was responsible for accelerating the pace of technology innovation for enabling patients, providers and consumers; delivering key business improvement programs; and driving overall technology effectiveness.  Stuart joined Johnson & Johnson in April of 2012.

    Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Stuart was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for CVS Caremark, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. In that role, Stuart was responsible for the company's Information Systems and Technology Operations, including information technology strategy, application development and technology infrastructure.

    Prior to that, Stuart was Senior Vice President and CIO for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, responsible for the company's Information Systems and Technology Operations, including application development, technology infrastructure and publishing services. Before joining Liberty Mutual, he was Senior Vice President for Information Services for Medco Health Solutions, where he was responsible for key business and IT operations.  Stuart also held key positions in a number of technology and business areas including marketing research, product management and e-Commerce.

    Stuart has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fairfield University and earned Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in the Cognitive Science program at Yale University.

    He is a Member of the Advisory Board for Golden Gate University’s new Masters in Business Analytics program.

  • Lynn McMahon
    Office Managing Director

    Lynn McMahon is the office managing director for Accenture in New York Metro. In this role, Lynn is responsible for driving the local business strategy and engaging a staff of more than 4,700 New York and New Jersey based resources. In addition to her New York Metro responsibilities, Lynn leads the Media and Entertainment industry group for Accenture in North America, a practice which serves clients in the broadcasting, entertainment, internet, social and publishing industries. And finally, Lynn serves as the executive sponsor of one of Accenture’s largest telecommunications industry accounts, which is based in New York City. Throughout her 30-year career with Accenture, Lynn has held a number of leadership positions within the Accenture Communications, Media and Technology operating group. Most recently, Lynn served as the chief operating officer for the group in North America, as well as the group’s sales director. She has also led a number of high profile technology and digital transformation engagements with large Accenture clients. In 2000, Lynn founded the Accenture Innovation Center in New York Metro, and subsequently served as the center’s director for six years. She’s also the founder and executive sponsor of the Accenture Women’s Leadership Forum, a premier client event for senior, female business executives in the communications, media and high tech industries. Originally from central Florida, Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration – both from Florida State University. She serves as a vice president on the board of directors of the New Jersey Ballet Company and on the board of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Lynn is based in the New York Metro region.

  • Sanju Misra
    Praxair, Inc.

    Sanju Misra joined Praxair as chief information security officer in 2014. She is responsible for the overall leadership of the global information security and IT risk program for 25000 employees in 50 countries.  This includes safeguarding Praxair’s confidential information, intellectual property, information and operational technology systems and meeting technology compliance and regulatory requirements. She is also responsible for overseeing the disaster recovery and business continuity planning for technology systems.

    Sanju  has over twenty years of information security experience. Prior to joining Praxair, she served as the Global Information Security Program leader for GE Capital. Before that, she served as the company’s chief information security officer for the Global Treasury. Sanju has also worked as Internet Security manager for Aetna. She studied biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Sanju enjoys mentoring students in cybersecurity and STEM careers. In her spare time, she volunteers at an Adult Literacy agency as well as a shelter for women and children.


    Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 250 company with 2017 sales of $11 billion, is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide.  The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.  Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. 

  • Rafi Mohamed
    VP IT & Digital Strategy


  • Vipul Nagrath
    Global CIO
    ADP, LLC

    Vipul Nagrath has joined ADP as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO).   Vipul has responsibility for all of ADP’s infrastructure, operations, enterprise applications, enterprise technology systems and processes across the globe.

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

    An industry leader in technology, Vipul brings more than 25 years of experience in developing forward-thinking solutions. Vipul joins us from Bloomberg L.P., where he started as a project manager in 2003 and rapidly rose through the IT organization to become Bloomberg, L.P.’s Global Head of Research & Development. He continued his growth and responsibility as CIO of Bloomberg’s $900MM Enterprise Solutions Group business, where he had full oversight of all operational and technology needs for the enterprise business globally. In his prior role as the global head of R&D, Vipul oversaw technology research & development for Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange, Equity, Trading Solutions, Commodities, Options, Derivatives, Data, Portfolio Analytics, Internal Systems, Web Products, Software Infrastructure and News.

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

  • Shamla Naidoo
    Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services
    IBM Corporation

    Shamla Naidoo is an accomplished information security executive with more than 25 years of experience. Previously she was the Global Chief Information Security Officer of IBM, responsible for safeguarding IBM globally including all its business units and brands. She was responsible for IBM's overall information security program, which includes the company’s information risk and security strategies, planning, governance, architecture, and operations.

    Prior to joining IBM, Shamla was Vice President of Information Risk and Security at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Previous roles include Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Risk Officer at leading companies including WellPoint, Northern Trust and ABN AMRO.

    Shamla is an adjunct law professor, developing and teaching courses in information technology, cybersecurity and privacy law. She also has a license to practice law in both Illinois and Washington DC.

    Shamla holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems and Economics from the University of South Africa, and a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School.

  • Jim Panos
    Central National Gottesman Inc.

    Jim Panos is currently the Chief Information Officer at Central National Gottesman Inc., a privately held $4+ billion merchant in the paper and pulp industry. Prior to that, Jim was the Director of Strategic Programs for The Dannon Company, where he led a number of key initiatives, including the implementation of Advanced Sales and Operations Planning for North America. He was also a partner at Accenture leading multiple Supply Chain and ERP programs in the Consumer Goods and Pharmaceutical industry groups.

  • Joseph Puglisi
    VP IT
    Nice-Pak Products, Inc.

    Mr. Puglisi is a business and technology professional with extensive experience managing complex business and technical environments across industries. He has repeatedly maximized the effectiveness of existing staff and improved relationships with business leaders. He is adept at building and leading teams and creating cross-functional partnerships to deliver on business initiatives. Mr. Puglisi has particular strengths in leadership, strategic vision, innovation and communication. In his column, View from the Bridge, he writes about business and technology and makes interesting, often humorous personal observations. Mr. Puglisi is currently a member of the North Andover Investors Collaborative, Board member of a specialty beverage manufacturer, Partner at Versento and advisor to several other companies. Most recently, Mr. Puglisi was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Innovairre Communications, the worldwide leader in fundraising, supporting agencies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Puglisi was Vice President and CIO for EMCOR Group Inc., the world's leader in specialty construction, facilities services and energy infrastructure, Vice President and CIO at Chartwell Re, a major insurance and reinsurance company and Corporate Director of IT at Lehrer McGovern Bovis, one of the largest Construction Management firms in the world. Mr. Puglisi started his business career as a partner of a quantitative marketing analysis consulting company for over 14 years. Responsibilities included sales, account management, marketing, product development, system installation, training, support and management consulting.


    Private Notes:
    Mr. Puglisi is the former Vice President and CIO for EMCOR Group Inc. As Group CIO, Mr. Puglisi was responsible for strategy and direction for over 85 operating companies throughout the US, Canada and the UK.. For several years prior to joining EMCOR, Mr. Puglisi served as Vice President and CIO at Chartwell Re, a major insurance and reinsurance company where he managed both technology and administration for the company. Before that, Mr. Puglisi was Corporate Director of IT for Lehrer McGover Bo

  • Dan Roberts
    President & CEO
    Ouellette & Associates

    Dan Roberts joined Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc. (O&A) in 1986, was named President of the firm in 1995, and in December 1999, he acquired the company.
    He meets and strategizes with IT and business executives and their leadership teams across North America on issues relating to IT transformation and culture change, building the IT workforce of the 21st century, and marketing IT's value.

    Dan is a contributing author of O&A's book titled Unleashing the Power of IT (Wiley, 2011). He has published numerous articles in industry journals and contributed to O&A's books titled, Leading IT Transformation, IT At Your Service, IT Internal Consulting, and How to Market the IT Department Internally.

    Dan is a frequent speaker at IT industry and corporate events, including the CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit Series, national SIMposium, NERCOMP, and the Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology (SEAT).

    Dan believes that there has never been a better time to be in the IT profession and that those IT professionals who reinvent themselves will thrive in this new environment. This will necessitate the development of a new mindset and skill set that ensures they are positioned as the consultative, client focused, marketing-savvy, and provider of choice.

    As the leading provider of IT leadership and professional development  services focusing on the "human side of technology," Dan is proud of O&A's long term partnerships with world class, Fortune 1000 clients across all industries including aerospace, financial services/insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, utilities, as well as many governments and universities.

    A graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, Dan and his wife Denise have two grown children, and reside near O&A's Bedford, NH headquarters.

  • JP Rosato

    JP Rosato started his career solving highly complex and visible infrastructure problems. Perplexed by the inefficiency and excited by the opportunity that existed for anyone who could reinvent and solve the fragmented IT field services space, Sitehands was born in 2016. As CEO and founder of Sitehands, Mr. Rosato provides the vision and executive leadership that has enabled Sitehands to change the paradigm for technology field services delivery. Today, Sitehands has 120+ full time employees worldwide and a global network of field service technicians performing work for the largest Financial Institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Sitehands,  Mr. Rosato founded CS Technology, where he remains as Chairman of the Board. He also serves on several corporate advisory boards and industry panels and is a frequent speaker at technology-related industry events.

  • Jeffrey Skulsky
    ICEO Senior Advisor
    Lee Hecht Harrison

    Mr. Skulsky is an accomplished Senior IT Executive with over 25 years of combined success in management consulting and industry with large, global organizations. The majority of his experience spans the life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device), Consumer Electronics/Package Goods and Apparel industries. He specializes in IT organization optimization, systems strategy and delivering business solutions that enable growth while optimizing costs and comply with both FDA and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. 

  • Scott Strickland
    EVP & CIO
    Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

    Scott Strickland will spearhead the ongoing effort to enhance and implement Wyndham’s overall technology strategy and the continued migration of the company’s 18 brands to the Sabre SynXis property management and central reservation system. Wyndham Hotel Group was the first global hospitality company of its scale to roll out the system helping economy and midscale hoteliers grow their business by more efficiently managing pricing and inventory

    With 25 years of experience in the field of information technology, Strickland joins Wyndham from D+M Group where he led the company’s information technology function as chief information officer. Prior to this position, Strickland held the role of executive director, information technology with Nissan North America. Previously, he held technology roles at Stanley Black & Decker, IBM and Mars, Inc.

  • Steven Tiell
    Sr. Principal, Data Ethics + Technology Vision

    Steven leads data ethics at Accenture while also playing a leadership role for the Technology Vision, Accenture’s premier thought leadership that is used to direct Accenture’s R&D investments and guide growth strategies for Accenture and its clients. In this role, he built an External Advisory Board comprised of executives from public and private sectors, academia, venture capital, and start-ups. Steven began working on data ethics in 2013, leading a portfolio of stakeholder-intense research projects. As a result, he established Accenture’s positions on data ethics and digital trust; this work is being used to strengthen internal and client strategies, policies, and processes.

    As a strategy and technology executive, Steven is passionate about creating scalable and positive impact through strategic business model innovations that position companies to disrupt existing markets and enter new ones. Throughout his career, he’s leveraged technology for impact in the public sector. To feed his passion for technology and data-driven impact, he serves as an advisor to The Data Guild, which tackles some of the world’s toughest challenges through strategic engagements in the fields of health, energy, environment, and agriculture.

    Prior to Accenture, Steven led western hemisphere operations for the Smart+Connected Communities Institute at Cisco Systems, a role that gave him a platform to share the thought leadership his team produced while he was Global Program Manager for Cisco’s Connected Urban Development Program, part of Cisco’s public sector strategy consulting practice. While there, Steven championed the adoption of water metrics on urban technology platforms which allowed entire regions to have granular metrics on water use for the first time; he also advised public sector clients to use freemium business models for public service delivery, simultaneously improving outcomes and reducing costs—a strategy adopted for a bike sharing program in Seoul, South Korea with great success. Before joining Cisco, Steven consulted with the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi and built a public policy framework for a life cycle approach to ICT resource management, which became a model for the United Arab Emirates.

    Much earlier in his career, Steven was a founding volunteer at one of the nation’s first non-profit ISPs. He continues his non-profit service today as a board member of his community organization, Bayview Residents Improving Their Environment. He’s also the founder and board chair of the Bayview Land Trust, a program of Tides Foundation that uses innovative private funding models to build permanently affordable housing in San Francisco.

    Steven lives in San Francisco with his family and holds an MBA in Sustainable Management and a BS in Computer Science Engineering, Information Systems.

  • Ken Venner
    Software Executive
    PEAK6 Investments

    As the former CIO, Mr. Venner was responsible for overseeing the design, development and implementation of SpaceX's state-of-the-art computing and information sharing infrastructure. Ken went to SpaceX from Broadcom, where he began his career as the organization's Chief Information Officer in August 2000. Through the years, Ken received numerous promotions, ultimately being named Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer in February 2010. Prior to Broadcom, Ken was Vice President of Product Management and Chief Information Officer of Rockwell Electronic Commerce from 1997 to 2000, and he held a number of information sciences/information technology management positions over an 11-year tenure at Lucent Technologies/AT&T Bell Laboratories.

    Ken received a Bachelor of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from New Hampshire College.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Michelle D. Wilson is Co-President of WWE, a publicly traded (NYSE: WWE) global media company. In addition to co-leading and executing WWE’s day-to-day operations and strategy, Michelle is responsible for all of the company’s revenue lines. She also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.

    Among her many contributions, Michelle played a central role in leading WWE’s much publicized transformation to one of the most successful multiplatform media businesses in the world. She also co-led the development and launch of the award-winning WWE Network, which is now the #2 branded subscription service in the U.S.; redefined the company’s approach to annual tentpole events; ushered in a new strategy to partner with blue-chip brands; and expanded WWE’s community outreach initiatives.

    Prior to joining WWE in 2009, Michelle served as the Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Tennis Association, oversaw all marketing efforts for the launch of the XFL, a partnership between WWE and NBC, and held consumer products and brand management positions at the NBA and Nabisco, respectively.

    In 2018, Forbes named Michelle one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports. She was also featured on the Adweek 50 list, which highlights the leading executives in Media, Marketing and Technology, and named one of Sports Illustrated’s 10 Most Influential Women in Sports.

    Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for Ad Council and Make-A-Wish Connecticut. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.


October 11, 2018, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM,
Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Tom McCurley, Fairfield/Westchester SIM President and CIO, Chef's Warehouse and Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

OPENING KEYNOTE:  Who is the Customer? Measuring Success in an Agile World

Stuart McGuigan, VP & CIO, Johnson & Johnson

IT organizations have found that implementing Agile can dramatically decrease time to value. Getting to the right definition of value is harder than it sounds but is the key to a successful transformation. Stuart shares his experiences in enabling Agile in Johnson & Johnson’s historically decentralized culture.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

 Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE:  Michelle Wilson, Co-President, WWE

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM  


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Scaling the 7 C’s: Customer Centricity from the Inside Out

Mitch Davis, VP & CIO, Dartmouth College

Greg Fell, COO, Gama Aviation

Donagh Herlihy, EVP & CTO, Bloomin' Brands 

Scott Strickland, CIO, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

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

Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson builds his iconic customer-centric companies with an “employees first, customers second, shareholders third mindset.” At a time when words like “disruption,” “transformation,” “automation,” and “modernization” grab the headlines, this highly engaging session will highlight the secret sauce that seasons a business-impacting, customer-centric culture from the inside out. This panel of top-tier technology executives will showcase innovative leaders and companies that are winning the talent war with a high “TQ” and differentiated workforce strategy.


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies - Fueling Big Opportunities and a Competitive Edge

Karen Beebe, CIO, vineyard vines

Tim Chang, Director of Sales Engineering, Imperva

Kevin Ford, Mobile Practice Lead, Magenic

Kimberly Holmes, Global Head of Strategic Analytics, XL Catlin

Moderator:  Adrian Bowles, Founder, Storm Insights

In the new digital era, successful companies aren’t working harder – they’re working smarter. Intelligent enterprises are harnessing new technologies that include Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to identify and act on new business opportunities, automate key facets of their operations, and boost organizational productivity. This panel of executives will discuss real-world applications of advanced technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge. 

11:40 AM - 12:50 PM


FWSIM News - Rhona Kannon, Director of Recruiting, Cybercoders and Jeffrey Skulsky, ICEO Senior Advisor, Lee Hecht Harrison

Luncheon Sponsor Briefing - John Bemis, President and Founder, Benchmark IT

12:50 PM - 1:20 PM  

Dessert Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM


PANEL:  The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Fostering Innovation and a Culture of Genius

Lily Benjamin, SVP, Leadership Development and Org. Design, Bank of America

Zackarie Lemelle, President/CEO, New Hope Coaching & Consulting

Lesley Ma, Global CIO, Cadillac

Lynn McMahon, Managing Director & North America Media & Entertainment Lead, Accenture

Vipul Nagrath, Global CIO, ADP Corporation

Moderator:  Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP Products, wrote in their book, “How Google Works”, that a multiplicity of viewpoints, aka diversity is your best defense against myopia.  People from different backgrounds see the world differently. These differences of perspective generate insights that cannot be taught. When you bring these together in a work environment, they integrate to create a broader perspective that is priceless.

Join our esteemed executives in a panel discussion that will shed light on:

  -  What is a culture of inclusion?
  -  What is the business case for diversity and inclusion?
  -  How do companies leverage a culture of inclusion to foster innovation?  
  -  How can a reputation for inclusion and innovation support attracting talent and help drive strategic goals?
  -  What are the components of a robust Diversity Program?
  -  The roles of the Board, the CEO and the CIO in addressing Diversity


EXECUTIVE PANEL: Balancing Innovation, Data and Security in the Customer-Focused Enterprise

Paul Barringer, Director of Strategic Alliances, SecurityScorecard

Dustin Goodwin, CIO, Icahn Enterprises

Sanju Misra, CISO, Praxair, Inc.

Shamla Naidoo, Global CISO, IBM Corporation

Moderator:  Israel Martinez, NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100" Director HITEC Top 100, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert and Chairman and CEO, Axon Global

Groundbreaking business models demand agility and innovation. At the same time, customer data, assets and intellectual capital must be protected. This panel will focus on how to foster customer innovation and secure customer assets as a competitive advantage, providing strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure, customer-driven innovation.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Emerging Enterprise Innovations from Silicon Alley

Susan Certoma, President, Enterprise Engineering, Inc.

Johnny Dranchak, VP Innovation and Digital, oneworld Management Company

Michael Frankel, Managing Director, Deloitte New-venture Accelerator, Deloitte Investments LLC

JP Rosato, CEO, SiteHands

Moderator: Ursuline Foley, Managing Director & Corporate Platform Officer, AXA XL, Division of AXA

Leading VCs consider that we are in the early innings of an extended innovation cycle that will affect and impact the enterprise for decades to come, re-defining leaders and winners in every vertical market. Sorting through the latest trends and opportunities is a competitive and daunting task. Listen to prominent Silicon Alley executives present where they are placing their bets and their investments.


EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE WORKGROUPS: Exploring the Most Impactful Customer-Focused Technology Trends of 2018 

These moderated executive roundtable discussions allow attendees to brainstorm on the top opportunities for applying specific technologies to deliver unique customer experiences, along with the challenges that must be overcome to succeed.

  1. AI and Machine Learning (Session Lead: Rafi Mohamed, VP IT & Digital Strategy, ASSA ABLOY America's)
  2. Analytics (Session Leads: Jim Panos, CIO, Central National Gottesman Inc.)
  3. The Internet of Things (Session Lead:  David Decker, Former VP & Divisional CIO, Adient)
  4. Digital Disruption (Session Lead: Tom McCurley, CIO, Chef's Warehouse)
  5. The New Role of the CIO (Session Lead: Joseph Puglisi, VP IT, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.)

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Digital Trust, Data Ethics, and What You Can Do About It

Steven Tiell, Sr. Principal, Data Ethics + Technology Vision, Accenture

It's hard to have a discussion about technology today without talking about trust and ethics. But so many of the conversations simply focus on what's wrong - or worse, what could go wrong. Accenture's Technology Vision team saw this coming five years ago and will share their perspectives on trust, data/AI ethics, and what you can do to affect positive change in your organization. Through storytelling, this presentation will set context for the breadth and depth of implications while sharing tactical advice on where to start your company's journey toward achieving digital trust - and explain why trust is so critical to achieving growth in the future.

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE:  Rapid Innovation

Ken Venner, Former CIO, SpaceX

Ken will talk about rapid innovation and a path to producing breakthroughs.  Peter Diamandis said “The day before something is a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea.”  So how do you enable crazy ideas to come to life and create new/unexpected capabilities?

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • Imperva

    Imperva is a leading provider of data and application security solutions that protect business-critical information in the cloud and on-premises.
  • Magenic

    Magenic is a digital technology-consulting firm that helps get your digital products to market faster. Magenic has the right strategy, the right process, and the right people to deliver your digital products with unmatched quality and speed.
  • SecurityScorecard

    SecurityScorecard helps enterprises gain operational command of their security posture and the security posture of their ecosystems through continuous, non-intrusive monitoring. The company’s approach to security focuses on identifying vulnerabilities from an outside-in perspective, the same way a hacker would. SecurityScorecard’s proprietary SaaS platform offers an unmatched breadth and depth of critical data points including a broad range of risk categories such as Web, Application Security, Patching Cadence, Network Security, Hacker Chatter, Social Engineering, and Leaked Credentials, DNS Health, Endpoint Security, IP Reputation and Cubit Score.

Gold Partners

  • Accenture

    Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
  • Celonis

    Celonis is the global leader in Process Mining, a breakthrough big-data analytics approach designed to optimize business processes and save valuable time and money. Our technology visually reconstructs your existing IT system data in real-time to provide total transparency, and leverages the latest machine learning algorithms to make proactive recommendations for process improvement. Our customers have cut operational process costs by up to 50%, eliminated costly bottlenecks, reduced throughput times, and empowered their staff to make the right decisions, consistently.
  • 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.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.

    Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. We help customers reimagine the future of work by providing the most comprehensive secure digital workspace that unifies the apps, data and services people need to be productive, and simplifies IT’s ability to adopt and manage complex cloud environments. With 2017 annual revenue of $2.82 billion, Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500.
  • Zendesk

    The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Zendesk’s powerful and flexible customer service and engagement platform scales to meet the needs of any business, from startups and small businesses to growth companies and enterprises. Zendesk serves businesses across a multitude of industries, with more than 100,000 paid customer accounts offering service and support in more than 30 languages. Headquartered in San Francisco, Zendesk operates worldwide with 15 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

Supporting Partners

  • AutonomIQ

    AutonomIQ is a cloud platform that enables product and IT teams to autonomously test, release and deploy software, thereby increasing velocity of software releases without compromising quality. With pre-built integrations to common web applications and SaaS providers, customers can instantly create test cases, generate test scripts and test data, and execute tests. Using deep-learning and AI algorithms, AutonomIQ detects changes, enables self-healing for test assets and provides advanced diagnostics. In real world situations, AutonomIQ has been shown to provide over ~50% improvement in speed and quality compared to existing tools and techniques.
  • Delphix

    Delphix's mission is to free companies from data friction and accelerate innovation. The Delphix Dynamic Data Platform allows data to be securely delivered to every stakeholder, across on-premise, cloud & hybrid environments, at the speed required to enable rapid development and delivery of applications and solutions. The Delphix Dynamic Data Platform provides a comprehensive approach to DataOps, enabling companies to easily deliver and secure data, wherever it exists.

Lunch Partners

  • Benchmark IT

    Where High Tech > Meets High Touch Benchmark IT was established in 2007 by an experienced team of senior recruiters who saw the need for an IT staffing firm dedicated to ethics, precision and personalized service. Benchmark IT has become the highly regarded technology talent resource in the Tri-State area and a trusted partner among Fortune-ranked companies and middle-market, start-up and growth-phase firms. Benchmark IT works with the best and most diverse technology talent in the industry. As a leader in the industry, we take enormous pride in bringing this talent to our clients, always with the highest standards and our trademark high-touch approach.

Reception Partners

  • Eightfold AI

    Eightfold’s Talent Intelligence Platform™ is the most effective solution for organizations to find, engage and retain a diverse staff. Built on Artificial Intelligence technology, the Talent Intelligence Platform combines data about applicants and staff from existing enterprise systems with public data sources to identify the right individuals for any need. Organizations using the Talent Intelligence Platform quickly achieve improved candidate response, faster hiring cycles, reduced attrition, lower cost-to-hire, greater diversity & inclusion, and other valuable outcomes. Eightfold’s Artificial Intelligence–based platform enables more than 100 enterprises to turn talent management into a competitive advantage. Built by world experts in artificial intelligence, Eightfold is based in Mountain View, California.

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.
  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • 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 $6 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

Association Partners

  • SIM Fairfield/Westchester

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders, comprised of over 3600 members, including CIOs, prominent academicians, consultants, other senior-level IT leaders, and vendors. SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and rich intellectual capital that is applied for the future direction of IT. The Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of SIM is the area's fastest growing not-for-profit organization of IT leaders. Started in 2000, the Chapter now boasts more than 200 members. Fairfield/Westchester SIM connects the area's premier IT leaders - for business solution exchange, professional development, and timely education. The Chapter, working closely with SIM International, fosters management education, best practices and sharing IT leaders working in the region. We achieve this through periodic meetings, dinners, conferences and company sponsored visits and tours.

Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel

2701 Summer Street
Stamford, CT

Room rate is $129/night. This rate expires on October 01, 2018.

To book a room, please call 1-203-359-1300 and mention the HMG CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

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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