Past Summits

2019 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

Future State 2025 - Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

As companies strive to better meet the needs and expectations of its customers, CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain and cloud computing can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and  gain a competitive edge.

The innovative mindset and courageous leadership required to partner with the C-suite and board of directors to transform the business will be the focal point of the 2019 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Thomas Anderson
    Senior Director

  • Ted Colbert
    President & CEO
    The Boeing Company

  • Mark Griesbaum
    RLF Leadership Program Marketing and Sales

  • Ron Guerrier
    Global Chief Information Officer
    HP Inc.

  • Donagh Herlihy
    Chief Digital and Information Officer

  • Daphne Jones
    Board of Directors AMN Healthcare, Barnes Group, Inc. and Masonite International
    Founder, The Board Curators

  • Susan Malisch
    SVP & CIO
    American Medical Association

  • Paul Martin
    Former SVP & CIO (Retired)
    and Board of Directors, Unisys Corporation, Owens Corning and Ping Identity
    Baxter International

  • Quintin McGrath
    Former Global Senior Managing Director, Technology Management & Enablement, Global Shared Technology Services, Business Solutions, Deloitte (Retired)
    Chair - ReThink Everything!
    SIM Tampa Bay

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

  • Mark Polansky
    Executive in Residence, HMG Strategy
    Former Senior Partner
    Korn Ferry

  • Preston Simons
    Chief Information Officer
    Verily Life Sciences, An Alphabet Company

  • Waqas Akkawi
    Global Chief Information Security Officer
    SIRVA Worldwide

    Waqas is responsible for delivering global information security and privacy protection values to clients globally by partnering with business executives focusing on global brand value, data protection and enterprise risk management. Akkawi has been instrumental in positioning SIRVA as an industry leader in information security and privacy protection through his vision for continuous innovation in risk-based enterprise management.  His principle-centered security leadership is based on the ability to execute and deliver strong business value through cybersecurity architecture, and advanced threat protection using big data analytics.  He strongly believes that data privacy and cybersecurity are key business brand differentiators, especially in the era of a global interconnected economy.

    Akkawi is a recognized thought leader in the industry of information security. Business executives and security partners alike seek his advice and opinion at roundtables and conferences for IT governance, privacy and cybersecurity strategy. He has been recognized by CSO Magazine and IDS Enterprise with the CSO50 prestigious award for security initiatives that demonstrated outstanding business value and thought leadership.. He has also received nominations for CISO of the Year Chicago 2014 by ISSA & AITP and 2014 Top 10 Breakaway Leaders in Security by Evanta. He co-authored “Protecting Critical Data in the Age of Global Mobility” for Mobility Magazine.

    Akkawi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois and holds a Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Certification from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He holds certifications in Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Certified Information Security Manger (CISM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Waqas speaks fluent Arabic.

  • Sal DiFranco
    EVP & Global Technology Practice Leader
    DHR International

    Sal has nearly 30 years of experience as an executive recruiter, completing more than 1000 technology searches throughout his career. For the past nine years, Sal has served as Managing Partner of DHR International’s Global Advanced Technology Practice & CIO/CTO Practice, specializing in Cloud, Digital, IoT, Data & Analytics  and Software & Applications. His clients range from Fortune 500 through Venture Capital backed start-up technology firms. Sal was named a Top Producer of DHR in 2017.

    Sal has conducted a broad range of C‐level assignments, including searches for Chief Technology Officers, Chief Executive officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Product Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Chief Digital Officers.

    Previously, Sal led the Technology Practices for a Silicon Valley boutique search firm for  four years and spent six years as Global Director of Executive Search and Global Director Talent Acquisition at Lucent Technologies, where he directly led recruiting for several key business units including Bell Labs, Supply Chain & Logistics, Professional and Managed Services, Global Sales, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and subsidiaries around the world.

    Before joining Lucent, Sal founded and served as President of DiFranco & Associates, a Chicago based full‐service boutique search firm that specialized in executive sales management and technology sales for Fortune 500 companies.

    Sal earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Mass Communications from Illinois State University and holds certifications in Negotiations from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active volunteer in the Chicago suburb where he resides.

  • John Doucette
    VP of Consulting Operations

    John Doucette is the VP of Consulting Operations at Magenic, with responsibility for consulting delivery and business growth throughout Magenic’s eight US regions. John helps clients overcome challenges they face in developing enterprise software solutions. With his broad industry, organizational and technology perspectives, the entrepreneurial-minded Doucette is a recognized expert in software development lifecycle management, with several national speaking credits and publications to his name.

    His career has focused on all aspects of delivering custom software to solve complex business problems with a focus on developing technology that is rewarding for the teams writing the code, as much as the customers using the products delivered. He launched his career as a Communications officer in the US Air Force handling several high profile projects involving the stealth fighter F-117 program in Nevada and developing statistical software to analyze secure streaming data captured by fighter jets in dogfights for Red Flag operations. He began his private sector career in Boston in 1990 as a Digital EDP Auditor for Coopers & Lybrand. He then continued with various software development roles in the New England area, and eventually co-authored a patent for scanning technology using EDI in the manufacturing and distribution industry. After some time as a Java developer at a startup company in Cambridge, MA, John found himself as a Development Manager at TJX Companies. His passion for SDLC and ALM drove significant improvements for the company, including early adoption of Agile and automated DevOps while supporting a large mainframe modernization program in Merchandising Systems.

    After joining Magenic in 2008 as a consultant in the Boston office, John transitioned to the national level in Minneapolis and took the leadership role as the first General Manager of the National Markets branch, building a business outside of established regions to over $50M in less than 4 years.

    John lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife after raising his children in Boston for 22 years. When not working, John enjoys scuba diving, international travel, photography and golf.

  • Kevin Glynn
    Managing Principal
    The Laminar Group LLC

    Kevin is a managing principal at the Laminar Group, focusing on technology and supply chain related services.  More specifically, services to CIOs and Boards, especially IT strategy, digital transformation and innovation, as well as consulting services related to supply chain with a technology focus.  

    Mr. Kevin Glynn is a three time public and private company Chief Information Officer (CIO), including being recognized as the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year in Chicago. Additionally, Kevin has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a technology startup and acting VP of Operations.  Kevin is an experienced internationalist, having lived 8 years in Europe and Latin America over his career.

    Mr. Glynn’s technology leadership includes shifting legacy systems to cloud based platforms, building big data capabilities, implementation of Agile techniques, early work in Artificial Intelligence, and the use of drones and moveable robots in a warehouse environment. He is frequently cited in publications and has authored a variety of supply chain, distribution, ethics and technology articles. 

    Over his career, and as an exception to the traditional CIO role, Mr. Glynn has led two separate company restructuring initiatives, and was the project lead and principle author of a complete company restructuring plan, including closing 5 facilities, and a 10% reduction in workforce, yielding $33 million in savings for a multi-billion dollar organization.  At a different company, he was a key executive in the restructuring of all operations and distributions. 

    As CIO, Mr. Glynn worked at DSC Logistics, AM Castle and Case New Holland.  While at AM Castle, in addition to his CIO responsibilities, he was acting VP of Operations.  Prior to being CIO, Kevin was COO of Iron Solutions, a startup company using data analytics in agriculture.  Previously, he has been a Vice President for Oracle Corporation, leading its consulting practices in Europe.   Kevin started his career as an engineer, working at Carlise Memory Products and also Qualcomm. 

    Mr. Glynn currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s MS IT program.  He is a former Chair of the Environment Board for the City of Evanston.  He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

  • Laszlo Gonc
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, CIO, CISO
    Next Era Transformation Group

  • Ron Guerrier
    Global Chief Information Officer
    HP Inc.

    Ron Guerrier serves as the Global Chief Information Officer for HP Inc. This role is responsible for further building out a world-class IT organization, to deliver and enable the highest levels of productivity for over 70,000 employees, contractors and partners around the globe. Responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive approach to digitization across HP Inc., while delivering an unrelenting focus on process automation and continuous process improvement while ensuring a positive end-user experience. 

    Guerrier has more than 25 years of experience managing technology in the both the public and private sector across various industries. Most recently, he served as the CIO and Secretary of Innovation & Technology for the State of Illinois, held the position of CIO at Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, and functioned in the same role at Farmers Insurance Group from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, Guerrier spent 19 years at Toyota North America, rising to vice president and chief information officer for the Financial Services division. 

    Guerrier earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, and a master’s degree in operations management and supervision from North Park University. In addition, he has earned a certificate in IT management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an executive certificate in developing organizational innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, a certificate in innovation from the University of California, Berkeley; and a certificate in IT performance management from Boston University Questrom School of Business.  

    Guerrier serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Board for Innovate @UCLA and is the Executive Adviser for STEM Advantage, a non-profit organization that opens doors for young women and underserved communities to pursue their dreams of a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Guerrier sits on the Board of Directors of SBP (, an organization which assists with the rebuilding of homes and restoring lives after natural disasters.   
    Throughout his career, Guerrier has earned numerous honors and awards, including the 2019 & 2020 Crane’s Top50 Award, 2019 & 2020 Top Technology Executive to Watch from HMG Strategy, Gartner’s 2018 CIO Breakaway Leader of the Year, 2018 CIO Digital Edge50 Award, LA Business Journal’s CIO Lifetime Achievement Award, 3x CIO100 Award recipient, 2020 Orbie Chicago CIO of the Year, 2020 StateScoop State Executive of the Year, and was included in the Black Enterprise Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America List in 2018. He has also written numerous articles for publications such as GovCIO, Entrepreneur, CIO Review, and Fortune Magazines. 

  • John Higginson
    Chief Technology Officer
    Enova International

    It all began with a Commodore 64…

    John is the Chief Technology Officer at Enova International, a large publicly-traded FinTech company based in Chicago. At Enova, John is responsible for driving the company’s technology and product strategy to leverage advanced digital experiences and data science to deliver on its mission to help hard-working people access fast, trustworthy credit. 

    In addition to his work at Enova, John is a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Technology Association, and a member, investor, and advisor with Hyde Park Angels. He also serves an adjunct professor at Lewis University teaching MBA courses on technology and entrepreneurship. 

    Prior to Enova, John served as the CTO for FTD Companies, Wheels, and Applied Systems. Flowers, cars, insurance, and now money — proof that technology powers every facet of our lives.

    John holds a B.A. from Northern Illinois University and M.S. in IT and Privacy Law, with honors from The John Marshall Law School and is a frequent writer and speaker on diversity, technology, and leadership.

  • Dan Holohan
    Global CIO & Principal
    ZS Associates

    Dan serves as Principal and Chief Information Officer for ZS Associates, a professional services firm whose experts work side by side with clients, leveraging analytics, technology and strategy to create solutions that work in the real world.  He is a proven leader in helping businesses innovate, move to the cloud, and rapidly scale.  His focus is to drive new booked business, develop innovative products, and get customers rapidly to ROI by combining strong leadership with a track record of building high performing teams.  Dan is passionate about developing IT leaders who align with the corporate strategy, with an eye toward revenue growth and profitability.  He leverages interpersonal skills and business acumen to connect with individuals at every level of an organization, truly interested in knowing what people need in order to optimize productivity and deliver on goals.

    Dan spends a great deal of time implementing systems that help his firm’s employees securely collaborate, innovate, and work efficiently across different geographies. Combining hands-on experience in software engineering, new product development, security and cloud engineering, the protection of intellectual property, firm assets, and client information is incorporated into all his initiatives.

    He has held the CIO and other senior leadership positions across many industries including pharma, healthcare payer and provider analytics firms, Fortune 500 media and entertainment companies, and Internet and Marketing leaders. 

    He holds an MSMIT Master of Science degree from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Information Systems from Pace University, and was an MSMIT Advisory Board Member at University of Virginia for many years.

    Dan is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Chicago with his wife Catherine.  He enjoys spending quality time with his four grown children who are busy pursuing careers in all different parts of the US. 

  • Naveed Husain
    Vice President, Vertical Programs

  • Cathie Kozik
    Former CIO & SVP, Retired

    Cathie Kozik joined PSAV in January 2015 as Chief Information Officer. A seasoned leader, she is responsible for ensuring PSAV has the information solutions needed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in delivering services to its customers around the globe. 

    Prior to joining PSAV, Kozik was the Executive Vice President and CIO for the Hub Group, a $3B transportation company. She was focused on reinvigorating the information technology team to deliver high-quality, on-time programs with strategic and secure use of cloud service offerings and other current technologies, processes and approaches.

    Prior to the Hub Group, Kozik spent 10 years at Motorola, Inc., where she held roles in customer service and information technology. In addition to leading IT for key divisions, she led the information technology separation of the company as it split into two publicly traded companies in 2010. Prior to Motorola, she worked for Tellabs in engineering and information technology, serving as its first CIO, as well as for AT&T in engineering.

    Kozik earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. She has earned several industry-related honors, including being named a Purdue Distinguished Engineer and to the CIO Hall of Fame.

    Outside of PSAV, she serves on the board of Northwestern Medicine Health Care, one of the nation’s top healthcare providers, as well as the board for Lumity, a non-profit focused on ensuring that every student has access to STEM career readiness throughout high school. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, biking, and spending time with her husband of 35 years, Jack, and her kids, Mike and Liz.

  • Quintin McGrath
    Former Global Senior Managing Director, Technology Management & Enablement, Global Shared Technology Services, Business Solutions, Deloitte (Retired)
    Chair - ReThink Everything!
    SIM Tampa Bay

    Quintin McGrath is a passionate leader, a global team builder, and an energetic champion for change. He joined Deloitte 20+ years ago as the first South Africa CIO. In 2001, he moved with Deloitte to the US as a key member of the Global CIO’s leadership team. He continues to serve on Deloitte’s Global Technology Executive team.

    Over his career, Quintin has led various global technology programs and provided leadership through many critical technology transformations. He spent 8 years leading the Global Application Development team. In 2015, he initiated the transition of Deloitte to becoming a shared services-based organization and now leads a global group that covers a range of IT disciplines to provide frameworks, tools, and capabilities to enable a more agile and responsive global IT team. This includes the global Enterprise Architecture, Innovation, Quality and Certifications, Services Standards and Catalog, Project Management Office, and Change Management pillars.

    Quintin is an Electronic Engineer by profession, holding an MS Degree in Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He also has a Business Leadership MBA from the University of South Africa and a MA from Wheaton College in Chicago. As a proponent of life-long learning, he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of South Florida with a focus on ethics and AI.

    Along with his determination for personal growth, he is dedicated to developing the people around him, and especially the next generation of millennial leaders. He enjoys photography, spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren who affectionately call him GQ (for Grandad Quintin), and is an environmental sustainability enthusiast. Quintin currently resides in Chicago, IL with his wife Megan.

  • Rick Merrick
    President, SIM Chicago Chapter
    TCS Education System

  • Frank Modruson
    Former CIO

    Mr. Modruson served as the CIO of Accenture from 2003 to 2014. Also, during his 27 years with Accenture, he was a technology leadership partner and client partner. Mr. Modruson currently serves on the boards of Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), and First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ: FMBI). Previously, Mr. Modruson served on the boards of Landauer (NYSE: LDR), Forsythe Technologies (private ESOP), and also Taleris, a joint venture between Accenture and GE Aviation. Mr. Modruson chaired the IT Committee at Zebra Technologies and co-chaired the Technology Committee at Forsythe.  Mr. Modruson also advises some of the world’s largest companies on Information Technology strategy, transformations, and program implementations. He participates in NACD director education events and other venues speaking about IT & Cyber Security. Mr. Modruson is a board member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, and The Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company (where he is also a volunteer firefighter). Mr. Modruson has a BS in Computer Science from Dickinson College and an MS in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Harry Moseley
    CIO Advisor

    Harry D. Moseley brought to Zoom a blend of transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, and corporate growth strategies. As the former CIO & Managing Director for KPMG, Harry was responsible for technology and innovation to support the firm's competitive growth. Over five years he identified and replaced legacy technology to dramatically improve productivity, security, and reliability. Before joining KPMG, Harry served as CIO & Senior Managing Director - Partner for Blackstone, where he led the company's transformation to the world's best digital alternative asset manager. Prior to Blackstone, Harry was a Managing Director for Credit Suisse, where he served as the CIO of Global Investment Banking, and Global Co-Head of Application Development / Co-CIO of the firm. Before Credit Suisse, Harry served as CTO & Managing Director for UBS Americas.

    Harry was inducted into CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame, recognized as one of the world's top 100 CIOs by Computerworld, and honored by Irish Magazine as one of its Annual Wall Street 50. Harry is an Advisory Board Member of the New York Center for Dental Restorative Services, a Board Member of Rewards Network, a member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a sponsor of nPower. He is a former Board Member of Bi-Sam (since acquired by Factset), a former Advisor to Aquiline Capital Partners, and a former Board Member of iLevel Solutions (since acquired by Ipreo). He also led Blackstone's investment in Watchdox (since acquired by Blackberry).

  • 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.

  • John Phillips
    President & CIO
    Briggs Healthcare

    John Phillips is an information technology executive with over 30 years of professional experience at publicly traded and privately held companies. His accountabilities and expertise include information systems strategy, daily operations, and organizational alignment. In addition to being the Chief Information Officer, John also holds executive accountability for the enterprise supply chain including inventory planning, inventory procurement, inventory deployment, distribution, warehouse management, general facilities management and inbound / outbound logistics. Prior accountabilities at Briggs Healthcare have included Customer Service, Quality Control, and Regulatory Affairs where John guided the enterprise through its first ISO 13485 certification.

    John is currently serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Briggs Healthcare and its subsidiaries (Briggs Corporation, DMS Holdings, Briggs Medical Supply Company, Mabis Healthcare, Duromed Industries, and OmniMed). Previous positions include the CIO of Uline in Waukegan, Illinois, the Corporate Director (CIO) of Information Technology & Services at Trinity Industries in Dallas, Texas, the CIO of a US Freightway’s reverse logistics subsidiary in Dallas, Texas, the Director (CIO) of Management Information Systems for PrimeSource Building Products in Carrollton, Texas, and progression through several levels of management at Frito-Lay and Texas Instruments.

    John has a Master of Arts degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology.

    John is active in several professional societies and organizations, and is a Trustee Board member for the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), and held similar Board positions for the Dallas-Fort Worth SIM Chapter.

    John has published articles in Handheld PC Magazine and Internet Week, and has been a guest speaker at many industry events including the Micro Focus International Users Conference, Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, and Gartner’s regional client briefings.

  • Mark Polansky
    Executive in Residence, HMG Strategy
    Former Senior Partner
    Korn Ferry

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

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

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

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

  • Raul Robles
    Director of Network Engineering

  • Bruce Schinelli
    VP IT & CIO
    TTX Company

    Since joining TTX as the VP IT and CIO in late 2006, Bruce led TTX through a six-year program to reengineer and refresh all aspects of Information Technology serving our business and its customers, while changing the culture and perception of IT.  Leveraging this transformation, Bruce has continued to lead TTX through technology and business transformation; introducing mobile business services and analytics in both operational systems and systems of innovation that directly drive TTX’s strategic value to the rail industry.   Prior to joining TTX, Bruce led the strategic development of computer systems for several of the businesses within Wachovia Investment Bank including their railroad fleet; and held various positions providing data science and analytics in the U.S. Air Force and the AAR.  He holds a M.S. in Operations Research from AFIT and a B.S. in Economics from the United States Air Force Academy.

  • Muddu Sudhakar

    Muddu Sudhakar is successful entrepreneur and executive. Muddu Sudhakar was VP & GM of big data, machine learning/AI, security and IoT at Splunk.  At Splunk, Muddu has been working on applications of AI/machine learning, big data platform, thin and thick app development platform, open source technologies, IoT analytics solutions and cyber security products. Before that, Muddu was CEO of Caspida. Caspida is the leader in next-generation cyber security and threat detection using machine learning. Muddu and team are instrumental in creating new cyber security market category called “User Behavioral Analytics (UBA)”. Muddu was VP & GM at VMware and Pivotal from 2012 to 2014 for big data analytics, machine learning and cloud services. At VMware & Pivotal, Muddu had responsibility for a wide range of projects including big data analytics, cloud services, and mobile security. Muddu was co-founder and CEO of Cetas which was acquired by VMware in 2012.  At EMC, Muddu was Chief Strategy Advisor, VP & GM for Cloud Information Services. Muddu was CEO & Founder of Kazeon from 2003 to 2010 which was acquired by EMC and Kazeon is leader in Enterprise Information Management. Muddu led Kazeon to be a leader in Information Security, eDiscovery, and Enterprise Search markets. Before Kazeon in 2003, he was Co-founder & President of Sanera Systems, a next-generation SAN technology company. Sanera was started in 1999 and was acquired by McData (Brocade) in 2003.  From 1996 to 2000, Sudhakar was lead architect and designer of CPU and server technology at Silicon Graphics, Inc. 

    Sudhakar holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.  He is widely published in industry journals and conference proceedings and has more than 20 patents in Cyber Security, Big data analytics, Machine learning, Analytics, Cloud Services, SaaS Apps, Enterprise Search, Information Management, Distributed systems, Storage technologies, SAN/NAS, Server technologies, Virtualization, Search, Information security, Networking technology and VLSI chip design.

  • Jim Wisnionski
    SVP of Operations and CIO
    Kingsbridge Holdings

    Jim joined SourceLink in January 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in information systems and technology. His role includes further integrating technology, driving innovation and operational process improvement to grow our online and offline communications. In 2012, SourceLink was accredited with the website marketing standard of excellence award along from the WEB Marketing Association, and the technology innovation award from the National Center for Data Marketing. In 2011, Jim expanded his role and became a Division President managing the Marketing Database Operations including: customer analytics, product marketing solutions and enterprise technology.

    Before joining SourceLink Jim was a Management Consultant with Fujitsu located at AT&T, where he directed global teams to provide integration testing and environment management for a multi-billion dollar media project call u-verse. Prior to that, Jim worked in the financial sector as a Chief Information Officer at Relational Funding Corp and was accredited with the technology leasing award and the Microsoft pinnacle award for analytics. Jim has also held senior positions at Vanstar and ServiceMaster.

  • Frank Yanan
    SVP, GIS Business Information Security Officer (BISO)
    Bank of America

    Frank is an SVP / Business Information Security Officer for Bank of America where he manages risk for key client facing applications and lines of business. 

    Prior to the Bank, Frank was Global Head of Security Operations for Zurich Insurance.  At Zurich, he set the vision & strategy for Zurich’s global security toolkit and oversaw its daily operation.  He also led Zurich’s Identity Administration Management team.

    Throughout his career, Frank has held several impactful IT Leadership positions, including CIO for Barrington Capital, Head of Global Applications for Hewitt, Chief Delivery Officer for Sears and SVP /  Practice Lead at The Revere Group, an IT consulting firm.   He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Northwestern University and is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Information Technology Professionals and the Society for Information Management.


March 5, 2019, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Communications and Collaboration

Harry Moseley, CIO, Zoom

Interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Today’s high growth companies are changing the way they communicate, collaborate and get work done. Join this exclusive interview to understand why companies are throwing out traditional video conferencing services and adopting Zoom, the fastest growing app for enterprise. Harry will share his views on the future of work, video communications, team collaboration, office design, and how AI will be adopted to make meeting over video even better than meeting in person. Harry will also discuss Zoom's unique company culture of caring, building trust, and focusing on customer happiness and how this drives innovation and speed.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Cloud & Cancer - A Tale of Two Transformations

John Phillips, President, Briggs Homecare and CIO Emeritus, Briggs Healthcare

Interesting how approaching a fight against cancer and how approaching a big IT project are fundamentally similar. After all, isn't a successful outcome the end goal of both?

This is a tale of two transformations and John will outline, in great detail how his approaches to these professional and personal transformations were remarkably similar in nature with each requiring persistence, perseverance, and never losing sight of the end goal even when the journey throws unexpected and never-ending twists and turns. Expect this to be one of the most open and brutally honest presentations you will ever hear. 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Raul Robles, Director of Network Engineering, Nutanix

The CIO is an endangered species. Advances in consumer technology, lack of application portability, and burdensome processes designed to extend the stability and useful life of legacy systems are creating an environment in which it is difficult for Enterprise IT to survive, let alone thrive!  Yet the CIO Mandate is still clear:  Enable our companies to use modern technologies to support and extend the mission, while securely optimizing capabilities and spend.  In this discussion, I’ll share the most important elements required for CIO’s to establish and maintain their place in this new world.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Preparing Yourself to be Boardroom Ready

Cathie Kozik, CIO & SVP, PSAV

Frank Modruson, Former CIO, Accenture

Jim Wisnionski, Division President & Corporate CIO, SourceLink

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

Every company is on a digital journey. CIOs and CTOs are best positioned to guide that process – but not many find themselves on company boards. Why?

This panel comprises top technology executives who sit on company boards.  They will share insights into what it takes to be boardroom ready, how to get on a board, and what skills are needed to be effective in that role.

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM


SIM Chicago News - Rick Merrick, CIO, TCS Education System and President, SIM Chicago Chapter

HMG STRATEGY 2019 TOP TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES TO WATCH AWARD presented to Ron Guerrier, CIO & Secretary of Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois and Board Member and Quintin McGrath, Senior Managing Director, Deloitte

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Accelerating Your Career Ascent:  Crafting Your Personal Brand as a Talent Magnet

Sal DiFranco, EVP & Global Advanced Technology Practice Lead, DHR International

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

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-thinking technology executives devote the time and energy needed to extend their personal brands via public speaking, media interviews and other forms of professional promotion. Doing so enables technology leaders to power their career progression while positioning themselves to attract coveted IT and digital talent. This panel of top technology search executives will share priceless insights into the steps that top-tier technology executives are taking to trademark themselves, to recruit and retain sought-after talent and to become boardroom ready.  

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies - Gaining an Inside Track on the Competition

John Doucette, VP of Consulting Operations, Magenic

John Higginson, CTO, Enova International

Quintin McGrath, Senior Managing Director, Technology Management & Enablement, Global Technology Services, Deloitte Global

Muddu Sudhakar, Entrepreneur & Executive, Stealth Mode Startup Company

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Rapid technological change represents both threats and opportunities for businesses.  Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can enable business leaders to identify and act on emerging customer and market trends and to drive operational efficiencies. This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Enabling Innovation in the Secure Enterprise 

Waqas Akkawi, Global CISO, SIRVA Worldwide

Laszlo Gonc, CISO Partner, MVP Advisory Group, LLC

Dan Holohan, CIO, ZS Associates

Moderator: Frank Yanan, SVP, GIS Business Information Security Officer, Bank of America

Securing the enterprise has become more difficult in these unprecedented times of escalating risk. In today’s global cyber theater, enterprise risks are accelerating at an extraordinary rate, including nation-state backed initiatives. This session will deliver straight talk around mitigation strategies and advanced threat protection approaches that are working today while positioning the enterprise for agility and innovation.

4:10 PM - 4:20 PM

 Transition Break

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics

Ron Guerrier, CIO & Secretary of Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois and Board Member

Naveed Husain, Vice President Office of the CIO, RingCentral

Bruce Schinelli, VP IT & CIO, TTX Company

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-looking CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how digital technologies can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and help the enterprise gain a competitive edge.  This panel of top technology executives will discuss the steps that they and industry leaders are taking to work with the CEO and the board to craft digital strategies and to foster a customer-centric culture. 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Lenovo

    Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolio of connected products, including smartphones (Motorola), tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion) and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo’s data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and computing power for the connections that are changing business and society. Lenovo works to inspire the different in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. | Nutanix makes datacenter infrastructure and clouds invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power the business. The company’s Enterprise Cloud OS software converges private, public and distributed clouds, bringing one-click simplicity to infrastructure and application management. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud solutions integrate virtualization, storage, networking and security to power any application, at any scale – and are delivered as turnkey hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances, software for popular server platforms, and innovative Xi Cloud Services.
  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

Platinum Partners

  • 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.
  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company's video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.

Gold Partners

  • CyberArk Software, Inc.

    CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR) is the global leader in privileged access security, a critical layer of IT security to protect data, infrastructure and assets across the enterprise, in the cloud and throughout the DevOps pipeline. CyberArk delivers the industry’s most complete solution to reduce risk created by privileged credentials and secrets. The company is trusted by the world’s leading organizations, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500, to protect against external attackers and malicious insiders.
  • 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.
  • Info-Tech Research Group

    Info-Tech Research Group was established in 1997 and is currently the world’s fastest growing and most innovative information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 35,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well informed decisions. Focused on providing practical research solutions to help IT professionals implement key projects and build core processes we partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need from actionable tools to analyst guidance. Info Tech helps CIOs and their teams drive measurable results and enhanced decision making through our data driven approach evolving the value of IT to their organization.

  • OutSystems

    OutSystems is a global leader in high-performance application development. We partner with visionaries to turn their big ideas into software that moves business, people, and the world forward. The OutSystems high-performance low-code platform gives technology leaders and developers the tools they need to rapidly build, deploy and manage their own business-critical applications. The company’s network spans more than 600,000 community members, 400+ partners, and active customers in 87 countries across 22 industries. OutSystems is “The #1 Low-Code Platform®” and a recognized leader by analysts, IT executives, business leaders, and developers around the world.

Supporting Partners

  • GTT

    GTT is redefining global communications to serve a cloud-based future, connecting people across organizations around the world and to every application in the cloud. Our clients benefit from an outstanding service experience built on our core values of simplicity, speed and agility. A Fortune Future 50 company, GTT owns and operates a global Tier 1 internet network and provides a comprehensive suite of cloud networking services to any location in the world.
  • Ivanti

    Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI and the data center, we discover IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improve IT service delivery, and reduce risk with insights and automation. We also help you leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit and follow us at @GoIvanti.

Trailblazer Partners

  • Aisera

    Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera's next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.

Breakfast Partners

  • YASH Technologies, Inc.

    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.

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.
  • 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 $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Sequoia Capital

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

Association Partners

  • SIM Chicago

    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 Chicago SIM Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the association with more than 200 members. Chicago SIM provides a unique opportunity to interact with thought leaders throughout the technology field and to join peers in giving back to the industry and community. Chicago SIM serves the Northern Illinois area.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

511 N Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL

Room rate is $169/night. This rate expires on February 2, 2019.

To book a room, please call 1-312-836-5900 and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block or click here to book online.

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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