The global pandemic has created unthinkable circumstances for business and for society. But one constant as we work through the business challenges spawned by this international crisis is the empathetic leadership that technology executives are demonstrating to their teams to help keep them safe, secure and engaged. The key for CIOs, CISOs and other technology executives to drive success for their companies is to draw from their past and current experiences in the current crisis and to apply a fresh mindset in leading the business forward into a brighter future with courage and compassion.
In this Digital Summit, top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in driving innovation, reshaping the business and fashioning the future of work.
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"As an attendee of the HMG Virtual Summit I enjoyed the fact that it was fast moving, insightful and presented a variety of speakers, both local and non-local. The duration was just right and did not require tying up an entire day. I thought the content and format was absolutely terrific!"
John Phillips, President, Briggs Homecare and CIO Emeritus, Briggs Healthcare
SVP & CDAO
Chief Information Technology and Digital Officer
President & CEO
SVP & Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Former SVP and CIO - Retired
Coca-Cola European Partners
Boston Red Sox
SVP & CIO
Chief Information Officer
Vice President Technology
Douglas Battleson, EDB, PMP
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Shoukat Ali Bhamani
VP, CIO & CDO
Schaeffler Group Americas
City of Atlanta
CIO, Director of IT
Georgia Department of Corrections
Senior Security Enterprise Architect
Genuine Parts Company
Erwin "Chris" Carrow
VP INFOSEC M&A
Curtis A. Carver Jr.
Vice President & CIO
University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP & CIO
President and CEO
Women In Technology (WIT)
SVP & CIO
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
VP Enterprise Technology Services
CIO Strategic Advisor
SVP, Head of Transformation
Lee W. Crump
CIO & Group Vice President
Chief Technology Officer
Credit Corp/Check Into Cash
EVP & CIO
VP & CIO
Atlantic American Corporation
Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer
Chief Information & Digital Officer
Chief Information Officer
Technical College System of Georgia
Head Global Cyber Risk Governance
SVP, Global Technology Governance
VP, Information Technology
Sutherland Global Services
Vice President IT, CTO
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
SVP & CIO
Forsyth County Technology
Sr. Manager, Alexa Video
Landis+Gyr North America
Chief Information Officer
SiteOne Landscape Supply, LLC
VP & CIO
EVP and Chief Information Officer
Global Partners LP
Executive Director - Georgia, Alabama
Global Vice President IT Infrastructure
The Results Companies
EBSCO Industries, Inc.
Vice President Information Systems & Technology
RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.
SVP & CIO
Regents' Professor & G.E. Smith Eminent Scholar's Chair in IS
Georgia State University
Georgia Hospital Association
CIO, North America and GSI
Vice President of IS&T
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Non Executive Board Member
Executive VP & Chief Technology, Digital Commerce & Strategy Officer
Tractor Supply Company
Senior Vice President for Strategy and Digital
Genuine Parts Company
Vice President of Global Information and Digital Technology
Former SVP & CIO
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Chief Technology Officer
Purchasing Power, LLC
SVP of Global Technologies
Senior Vice President & CIO
Graphic Packaging Corporation International
Chief Information Officer & EVP
Republic National Distributing Company
Global Director Information Technology / CIO
Universal Alloy Corporation
CTO Advisor/Technology Strategist, Office of the CTO
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Dr. Kenneth Russell
Chief Innovation Officer
General Manager Customer Success – US Education
Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Chief Information Officer
Thyssenkrupp North America
Rafael A. Sanchez
SVP & CIO
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Vice President, Architecture, Innovation and Cloud
RBC Bank US
Chief Information Officer
Head of Risk Science
Greensky Trade Credit
Head of Data
Chief Digital Officer North America
Senior External Advisor
Bain & Company
Global Technology Officer
General Manager, Global VP of Digital Identity and Data Services
Chief Security Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Head of Strategy, Planning and Channel Development
Atlanta Applied Artificial Intelligence
EVP & Division Executive, Banking Solutions
EVP & General Manager
EVP & CIO
Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas
Co-Founder & CEO
Snehal Antani is co-founder & CEO of Horizon3.ai, a cyber security startup focused on AI-enabled red teaming. Prior to starting Horizon3, Snehal served as CTO for the US Department of Defense, responsible for transforming the technology capabilities of the command to include cyber security, advanced R&D, AI, and data analytics. Snehal was formerly the CTO of Splunk, and before that, a CIO at GE Capital. Snehal started his career at IBM as a software engineer, where he earned 16 patents for his work in cloud, distributed computing, and large-scale data processing. Snehal earned in BS in Computer Science from Purdue, where as a freshman he watched Tom Brady play Drew Brees. He earned is MS in Computer Science from RPI, where he never attended an RPI football game.
President and COO
Pearson Partners International, Inc.
Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
An experienced digital leader, with roles spanning over 22 years across multiple industries, her career has focused on delivering digital transformation and complex technology-enabled business change. She has driven business value through digitally enabled business models, complex integration and merger experience. Scope of roles have included client/Customer facing digital product teams as well as delivering enterprise technology and all aspects of infrastructure across organisations. Charlotte has held various C level technology and digital leadership roles within FTSE 100 companies including, most recently, at Pearson, where she was CTO for the Core Business. She was also the SVP of Technology and Operations Strategy & Portfolio at Pearson spanning a large portfolio of investment. Prior to that, Charlotte held a number of Tech leadership roles at Thomson Reuters, including Divisional CIO for the Financial and Risk and Global Growth businesses. She has also worked across other professional services firms including consulting experience at Deloitte and Linklaters.
Shoukat Ali Bhamani
VP, CIO & CDO
Schaeffler Group Americas
Shoukat Ali Bhamani is the Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIO & CDO) for the Schaeffler Group Americas, a global automotive, industrial & aerospace manufacturer with $3.2B revenue and 13,000 employees in Americas. Over the past 20 years, Shoukat has led several operational and strategic business functions to support a double digit growth in the manufacturing environment. This includes Strategic Planning, General Management, R&D, Program Management, Quality Systems, Continuous Improvement, Process Management and IT. His effective transformation leadership has successfully integrated the IT and business priorities via program management, roadmaps, goals, KPIs and strategic initiatives, across multiple platforms & business units, nationally & internationally. Resulting in a uniform SAP landscape region wide, measurable business improvements, increased sales opportunities, optimized business processes & supply chain, efficient technology & infrastructure, IT cost transparency, and a high performance IT team to support business growth & strategy. He has now taken over the responsibility of digital transformation and is in the process of prioritizing business needs, establishing talents and executing digital solutions.
His business experience includes 10+ years of successful customer relationships to manage key programs & business development to support a significant increase in market share and bottom line. His R&D contribution includes several new product development initiatives to meet the market challenges of new innovation and technology. His international experience includes major programs across multiple platforms & business units, including product development, manufacturing, investment, cost reduction & IT projects in US, Canada, Mexico, Japan & Germany. Shoukat received his Bachelor's (NED) and Master's (McGill) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Fort Mill, SC with his wife and two children.
Dr. David Bray
Inaugural Director, Global GeoTech Center & Commission
Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top "24 Americans Who Are Changing the World" under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015. He has been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and will travel to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. He also will start a new role as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition founded and chaired by Vint Cerf in October 2017.
David enjoys creative problem solving. He began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a high-energy physics facility investigating quarks and neutrinos. In later roles, he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. From 1998-2000 he volunteered as a part-time crew lead with Habitat for Humanity International in the Philippines, Honduras, Romania, and Nepal while also working as a project manager with Yahoo! and a Microsoft partner firm. Dr. Bray then joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program's technology response to during 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory System in 2003, and other international public health emergencies. He later completed a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.
David likes to be a digital diplomat and a "human flak jacket" for teams of change agents working in turbulent environments. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help "think differently" on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the "Internet of Everything" in 2015.
David passions include "near impossible missions" involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. He has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC's IT Transformation since 2013. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents, he led the transformation of the FCC's legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be one of the "Fedscoop 50" for Leadership in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. Dr. Bray also received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership.
Chief Executive Officer
Pat is a visionary leader with an intense focus on user experience and customer adoption. As CEO at Espressive, Pat is set to transform the enterprise self-help experience to a consumer-like approach that drives employee adoption and significantly reduces help desk call volume. Pat’s first startup, Airespace, grew revenues to over $80M in two years before being sold to Cisco for $450M. Pat served as senior vice president of product at ServiceNow, general manager of the network security business for McAfee, CTO for the Cisco switching, routing, wireless, and security access business, and GM of the Cisco identity business. Pat holds 35 patents and has been published in more than 16 publications.
Jay Ferro is the former Chief Information Officer for Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete in the United States. Previously, he served as CIO for a number of other companies including Earthlink, the American Cancer Society and AIG.
Known as a thought-leader in the information technology arena, Ferro is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, both in Atlanta and nationwide. In recognition of his accomplishments, Ferro was selected as as one of ComputerWorld’s 2015 100 IT Leaders, as well as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Ferro was also selected to join Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2015 and participate in a rigorous year-long leadership development program alongside other prominent Atlanta leaders. His commitment and dedication to community involvement is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In addition to his work with Priscilla’s Promise, in 2011, he was elected to the board of directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community.
Ferro earned both his BA in political science and his MBA from the University of Georgia. He continues to be involved with his alma mater, both as a mentor for young alumni and as a member of the alumni board of directors for the Terry College of Business. Ferro lives in the metro Atlanta area with his three sons.
Steve Kendrick is President of KER Partners, LLC. His background includes over 25 years of successful retained executive search industry and corporate recruitment professional experience. This experience includes leading successful search engagements and client relationships across commercial industry segments including financial services, payment systems, consumer retail, online-eCommerce, logistics-transportation, industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare. He has served industry leading clients including global Fortune 500 multinationals, mid-cap-mid-market public/private firms, as well as private equity backed portfolio companies.
Prior to KER Partners, Steve was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles’ Dallas office and a key member of the firm’s global Information Technology Officers Practice. He was also a Principal at Spencer Stuart and an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates previously. He also served as president of a Dallas-based retained executive search boutique specializing in recruiting IT executive leaders and CIOs.
Prior to entering executive search, Steve spent six years with EDS Corporation, performing both technical and professional recruiting, as well as providing recruitment training and counsel on employment-related issues. He began his career as a district manager with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, where he was responsible for sales management and operations.
Steve is an active speaker and panelist at key industry forums on topics including executive IT leadership development, career management and succession planning. He is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and the Society for Information Management (SIM).
Steve earned his undergraduate degree in business from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, along with graduate studies at the University of Texas in Dallas.
Managing Director, Digital Transformation and CIO Practice Lead
Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO practice from its San Francisco office. Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted many “C” level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming/building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. He has conducted “C” level searches conducted for organizations such as Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, and Wellmark.
Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million Public Company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary.
Tony uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for Tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, ‘Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com).
The core of Tony’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.
Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past 12 years. The Forum is a monthly venue for CIO’s and CTO’s to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded these leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis. Participating companies have included: Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma among others.
Tony received a Bachelor of Commerce (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.
GVP, Global Service Delivery, Support
Craig Mackereth is responsible for developing and managing the delivery of Rimini Street support services for SAP’s Business Suite and BusinessObjects software and Oracle Corporation’s Siebel, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, E-Business Suite, Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Hyperion and Oracle Retail software.
Mr. Mackereth is a veteran executive and recognized thought leader in the Enterprise Systems space, with 20 years experience working in various industries including financial services, technology, software, aerospace and defense. Specializing in Oracle applications and technologies, Mr. Mackereth has led projects and global teams for companies of all sizes and managed 24×7 support teams in challenging corporate environments using a variety of applications and technologies.
Prior to joining Rimini Street, Mr. Mackereth provided management consulting services to global organizations headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. He introduced Program, Risk and Change Management techniques during a global deployment of Oracle E-Business Suite before leading a successful EBS r12.1.3 upgrade to deliver on schedule and under budget.
Previously, Mr. Mackereth was vice president at Visa, responsible for the development and production support of global ERP solutions. In addition to managing the 24×7 support of core systems used by employees operating in more than 150 countries, this role included delivery of a significant portfolio of projects to improve technology and process in the crucial post-IPO phase.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Mackereth was a Senior Manager at BAE SYSTEMS with responsibility for development and production support of corporate systems including financial, maintenance, engineering and manufacturing. During this time, he introduced complex maintenance repair and overhaul (cMRO), service-oriented architecture (SOA) and identity management solutions using Oracle solutions and received a Fusion Middleware Innovation Award as an early adopter of SOA.
Mr. Mackereth is an active contributor to the Oracle community, having participated on customer advisory boards for SOA, identity and access management, and cMRO. He is an OAUG Ambassador and has presented at Oracle Open World on multiple occasions and to industry leaders across Asia during the inaugural SOA Leaders Summit in Macau.
President & CEO
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 President 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 TheStreet.com.
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.
Dr. Kenneth Russell
Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Ken Russell is a respected technology leader/coach and innovation amplifier. A technology pioneer, he developed early Intranet systems for large banks which led to his participation in developing one of the first successful Internet-based training platforms. He was a valued voice and key influencer in the development of the North Carolina Research Campus (which focuses on Human Health, Agriculture, and Nutrition), leading the technology (as CIO) for the renowned Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI). Dr. Russell is also a Research Professor in Physics in the University of Houston’s Department of Mathematics and Physics.
Rafael A. Sanchez
SVP & CIO
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Rafael A. Sanchez was formerly the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Feld Entertainment®, the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience and Jurassic World Live Tour. In this capacity, Rafael is responsible for Feld Entertainment’s global IT function.
With more than 25 years as an information technology leader, Rafael was formerly the CIO at Brightstar Corporation. Prior to Brightstar, Rafael was the CIO at Carnival Corporation, where he was responsible for the IT function as well as the development of IT shared services across all of Carnival’s operating companies. Prior to Carnival, Rafael was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Burger King Corporation, leading all aspects of their global technology operations. Prior to joining the executive team at Burger King, Rafael served in a number of IT leadership roles with global corporations including Diageo, Westinghouse/CBS, Turner Broadcasting Systems and PepsiCo.
Founder & CEO
Dr. Andy Wang is a technologist and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and CEO of Prescient Devices, an MIT startup building low-code IoT design automation software. Prior to Prescient Devices, he co-founded GTI IoT Technology, where he led the company as CTO and grew the company from a 2-person founding team to a profitable company with 150+ employees. Andy graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder & CTO
David Wolpoff (Moose) is co-founder and CTO of Randori. David is a recognized expert in digital forensics, vulnerability research and embedded electronic design. Prior to founding Randori, David held executive positions at Kyrus Tech, a leading defense contractor, and ManTech where he oversaw teams conducting vulnerability research, forensics and offensive security efforts on-behalf of government and commercial clients. David holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.
December 4, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
WELCOME: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: David Bray, Founder & Inaugural Director, New Global Center, GeoTech Commission
This session is intended to be a lively and interactive Q&A on why digital leaders must ensure their organizations can both survive and thrive in 2021. Advances in data capabilities, tremendous leaps in technologies, and changing geo-economics are introducing major challenges globally for all leaders. These challenges include increasingly complicated tech-meets-geopolitical landscapes, trade wars, the impacts of COVID-19 and a slow global recovery, the challenges of bot-driven misinformation out of context that increasingly polarizes societies, as well as the risk of international tensions becoming more heated and kinetic. Yet, in every crisis there is opportunity.
Come prepared to consider both just where the world is, and more importantly where the world is headed, so you can be ready to "skate towards the puck" and ensure your organization thrives in 2021 and beyond. Leading this session is Dr. David Bray, who Business Insider named one of the 'top 24 Americans who are changing the world' and who has received the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal for operating in challenging, turbulent environments.
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: The Employee Experience Has Become the Digital Experience
Pat Calhoun, Espressive CEO and Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, will discuss how the pandemic has transformed the employee experience into the digital experience. There is a new wave of ‘intranet’ – one that is mobile centric and virtual support agent based. Employees seek an instantaneous response and answers to their questions and prefer automated technologies, like virtual support agents. Pat will discuss how Espressive customers exist in a hybrid world where the digital experience is critical to enabling productivity and improving well-being.
Pat Calhoun, CEO, Espressive
EXECUTIVE PANEL: Crisis & Career: Preparing for the Next Opportunity
As COVID-19 swept the globe, CEOs and business executives discovered the true value of their technology leaders who had positioned their businesses to make the digital pivot and support a work-from-home environment. This type of foresight, along with the business savvy many technology leaders have acquired, positions technology executives well for future career opportunities.
In this panel discussion, discover key recommendations from search executives on how to position your career trajectory successfully and position yourself for the next big opportunity.
Moderator: Dr. Kenneth Russell, Chief Innovation Officer, Curran Biotech
Renee Arrington, President & COO, Pearson Partners International, Inc
Melissa Gordon, President, Echelon Communicate
Steve Kendrick, President, KER Partners
Tony Leng, Managing Director, Digital Transformation and CIO Practice Lead, Diversified Search Group
EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work
As regional economies gradually open up, many executives believe that both business and the nature of work will change forever. In order to support the business effectively, CIOs and technology executives need to help reimagine and reinvent the business and help the CEO and line-of-business leaders identify new opportunities in core, parallel and new markets. Technology executives also must work with the executive team to identify what the future of work looks like and provide the infrastructure and tools necessary to support this new way of working.
In this panel discussion, top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.
Moderator: Shoukat Ali Bhamani, CIO, Digital Officer and Vice President, Schaeffler
Jay Ferro, Former CIO, Quikrete
Craig Mackereth, GVP, Global Service Delivery, Support, Rimini Street
Rafael A. Sanchez, CIO, Feld Entertainment
EXECUTIVE PANEL: Innovation Accelerator: An Inside Look at Cool New Tech
As CIOs and technology executives look to help move the business forward, they're searching for emerging enterprise technologies that can be applied to drive innovation and help create unique services and customer experiences. In this new and unique session, CEOs and executives from hot new enterprise technology companies will field rapid-fire questions on the challenges their companies help address, how they are differentiated in the market and the value that their products and services are delivering to clients.
Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy
Snehal Antani, Co-Founder & CEO, Horizon3.ai
Jim Bugwadia, Founder & CEO, Nirmata, Inc
Andy Wang, Founder & CEO, Prescient Devices, Inc
David Wolpoff, Co-Founder & CTO, Randori
HMG STRATEGY 2020 GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES WHO MATTER AWARDS!
Espressive is the pioneer in AI for enterprise service management (ESM), redefining how employees get help by delivering exceptional employee experiences. Barista, our virtual support agent (VSA), brings the ease of consumer virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Google Home, into the workplace. Barista delivers a personalized user experience that results in employee adoption of 50 to 60% and reduced help desk call volume of 30 to 50%. When CIOs decide to partner with Espressive, they inherit AI talent that they didn’t have to hire and are able to move their budgets from answering routine questions to strategic initiatives.https://www.espressive.com/
Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company offers premium, ultra-responsive and integrated application management and support services that enable enterprise software licensees to save significant costs, free up resources for innovation and achieve better business outcomes. Nearly 1,900 Global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries rely on Rimini Street as their trusted enterprise software products and services provider.https://www.riministreet.com/
The Arctic Wolf SOC-as-a-service provides managed detection and response (MDR) and managed risk (MR) services through the industry’s original Concierge Security Team. Named Concierge Security Engineers and Analysts act as an extension of your internal team, providing custom threat hunting, alerting, and reporting to improve your security posture and keep your valuable business data safe.https://arcticwolf.com/
Appian provides a low-code automation platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.http://www.appian.com/
Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,000 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,300 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.https://www.darktrace.com/
Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack delivers the industry’s #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. Aryaka’s SmartServices platform offers connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.https://www.aryaka.com/?utm_source=hmg&utm_medium=syndication&utm_content=home-page
Forescout Technologies is the leader in Enterprise of Things security, offering a holistic platform that continuously identifies, segments and enforces compliance of every connected thing across any heterogeneous network. The Forescout platform is the most widely deployed, scalable, enterprise-class solution for agentless device visibility and control. It deploys quickly on your existing infrastructure – without requiring agents, upgrades or 802.1X authentication. Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations trust Forescout to reduce the risk of business disruption from security incidents or breaches, ensure and demonstrate security compliance and increase security operations productivity. Don’t just see it. Secure it. Visit us to learn how Forescout provides active defense for the Enterprise of Things.https://www.forescout.com/
Obsidian Cloud Detection and Response delivers frictionless security for SaaS. With unified visibility across applications, users, and data, security teams can quickly investigate breaches, uncover insider threats, and harden the security of their cloud environments with no negative impact to production. Using a unique identity-centric approach, Obsidian is capable of stopping even the most advanced attacks across SaaS and cloud services. Obsidian was founded by industry veterans from Cylance, Carbon Black and the NSA, and is backed by Greylock Partners, Wing, and GV.https://www.obsidiansecurity.com/
PagerDuty, Inc. (NYSE:PD) is a leader in digital operations management. In an always-on world, organizations of all sizes trust PagerDuty to help them deliver a perfect digital experience to their customers, every time. Teams use PagerDuty to identify issues and opportunities in real time and bring together the right people to fix problems faster and prevent them in the future. Notable customers include Netflix, Shopify, Cox Automotive, Box, Slack, DoorDash, Lululemon and more. PagerDuty was founded in 2008 by three innovative software developers who knew what it was like to carry the pager for “always on” cloud services. They made a bet that the early practice and culture of DevOps which encourages collaboration between development and operations would become strategic for every company. What started as automating on-call rotations has evolved into a platform that helps 12,000 companies across 90 countries proactively manage their digital operations so their teams can spend less time reacting to incidents and more time building for the future.https://www.pagerduty.com/
Tessian builds technology to empower people to work safely, without security getting in their way. We believe people shouldn’t have to be security experts to do their jobs. Tessian’s Human Layer Security platform automatically protects your employees on email - where they spend 40% of their time - from risks like data exfiltration, accidental data loss and phishing. We’ve raised $60m from legendary security investors like Sequoia and Accel and have over 150 employees located in San Francisco and London.https://www.tessian.com/
Tanium offers a unified endpoint management and security platform that is built for the world’s most demanding IT environments. Many of the largest and most sophisticated organizations, including more than half of the Fortune 100, top retailers and financial institutions, and four branches of the US Armed Forces rely on Tanium to make confident decisions, operate efficiently and effectively, and remain resilient against disruption. Tanium ranks 7th on the Forbes list of “Top 100 Private Companies in Cloud Computing” for 2019 and 10th on FORTUNE’s list of the “100 Best Medium Workplaces.”https://www.tanium.com/
We create software products that emotionally connect our customers with millions of consumers and employees using just the right blend of design and innovation. We embrace the power of artificial intelligence to augment our capabilities and contribute to the advancement of the technology industry as we dream to make the world a better place one step at a time. We do all that through our Studios, deep pockets of expertise on the latest technologies and trends. Our Studio model fosters creativity and innovation while allowing us to build, enhance, and consolidate expertise around a variety of emerging technologies. We have mastered a unique way of organizing our teams known as the Agile Pod model. Driven by a culture of self-regulated teamwork, each team—or Pod—works directly with our customers with a full maturity path that evolves as they increase speed, quality and autonomy. Opposed to the traditional IT services structures, our pods at Globant eliminates the need for command and control methods and provides teams with full independence in customer interaction.https://www.globant.com/
The Sonatype journey started 10 years ago, just as the concept of “open source” software development was gaining steam. From our humble beginning as core contributors to Apache Maven, to supporting the world’s largest repository of open source components (Central), to distributing the world's most popular repository manager (Nexus), we’ve played a meaningful role in helping the world embrace the power of open innovation. Over time, we witnessed the staggering volume and variety of open source libraries that began flowing into every development environment in the world. We understood that when open source components are properly managed, they provide tremendous energy for accelerating innovation. Conversely, when unmanaged, open-source "gone wild" can lead directly to security vulnerabilities, licensing risks, enormous rework, and waste. Our vision today is simple. We are laser-focused on helping organizations continuously harness all of the good that open source has to offer, without any of the risks.https://www.sonatype.com/
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.http://www.egonzehnder.com
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.http://www.heidrick.com
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.https://www.kornferry.com
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.https://www.spencerstuart.com
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.http://www.amplifypartners.com
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.http://www.glynncapital.com/
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).http://www.greylock.com
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.http://lsvp.com
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).https://www.sequoiacap.com
The Society for Information Management (SIM) is an eclectic community of senior Information Technology (IT) executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants and other IT thought leaders. It is a non-profit organization with over 38 chapters in the United States and Canada. It distinguishes itself through its extensive knowledge generation and dissemination programs. SIM offers networking opportunities at the local and national level, access to cutting edge research, a rich online knowledge repository, and leadership training and development programs. A key value proposition of the SIM Atlanta Chapter (www.simatlanta.org) is the thought provoking and intellectually stimulating discussions at the monthly meetings. In addition, SIM Atlanta partners and supports high profile CIO events such as the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards, SIMposium, Digital Ball, and PremierCIO Forum. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has repeatedly recognized SIM Atlanta for its contributions to TechBridge, a reputed non-profit IT service provider. SIM Atlanta also provides student scholarships, and supports STEM related outreach efforts.http://www.simnet.org
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