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2017 San Francisco CISO Executive Leadership Summit

Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • "When Commissions in the past, present, and future need ideas on what to do regarding cybersecurity, innovation, and strategy; I look to HMG Strategy because they always provide the right experts and working groups with speed and efficiency. That is the power of their network."

    Israel Martinez
    CEO and Global CTO
    Axon Global

Event Highlights

Creating Organizational Champions to Secure the Future Enterprise

Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CISO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CISO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 San Francisco CISO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Sunny Azadeh
    VP IT & IS
    Guidewire Software

    Sunny Azadeh is an entrepreneur and experienced Information Technology executive with solid industry experience in Semiconductor, Manufacturing, Medical Devices and Software verticals and successful track record of building the technology & infrastructure for during startup, turn around, IPO, and merger & acquisition. She is currently the Vice President of Information Technology at Guidewire Software. Prior to her role Ms. Azadeh was CEO and Founder of Azadeh Inc, an Information technology consulting services, Acctuall, Inc. a big data company focused on full services restaurants, CIO at Align Technology, SVP and CIO at Agile Software and CIO at ZilOG Inc. Sunny holds a master's degree in Computer Science Engineering from San Jose State University.

  • Todd Barnum
    GoPro Inc.

    Todd Barnum is the Chief Information Security Officer for GoPro in San Mateo California.  In this role, he leads the information security team, and helps GoPro secure its critical information assets.

    Prior to GoPro, Todd spent time at two consulting firms, KPMG LLP, and Forrester Research.  In both positions Todd led Information Security Consulting Practices.   

    Prior to these consultant gigs, Todd was the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Warner Bros Entertainment in Burbank California.  At the same time Todd also had the pleasure of serving Warner Bros as the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture, and was responsible for architecting and securing the transition from and entirely insourced IT model to one that was entirely outsourced and off-shored. 

    Prior to Warner Bros, Todd spent 8 years at AMGEN, headquartered in Los Angeles where he served as Corporate Director and Chief Information Security Officer. 

    Early in his career, Todd learned the details of information security as a Naval Officer managing some of the Navy’s largest telecommunication systems.  Todd got his Masters in Telecommunications from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, and his Bachelors from the University of Hawaii. 

    Todd is also an Adjunct Professor at California Luther University where he’s taught computer science courses since 2001.  Todd also served as a Board member of the Ventura County YMCA, and was a part Orange County’s Big Brother Big Sister Program.

  • James Beeson
    SVP & Global CISO


  • Gerald Beuchelt

    Gerald is the chief information security officer for LogMeIn responsible for the overall security, compliance and technical privacy of LogMeIn’s products and corporate assets. Prior to this position, Gerald was the chief security officer for Demandware (now known as Salesforce Commerce Cloud) and accountable for the corporate information security governance and management framework. In this role he was also the data protection officer for the Demandware GmbH, a German subentry.

    Previous to Demandware, Gerald was a Principal Software Systems Engineer at MITRE. He focused on cyber security, advanced web services, and identity management technology and their application in the context of complex government programs. He architected and implemented the security environment for Air Force programs, focusing on the development and execution of the overall information assurance, including security engineering, configuration management, and certification and accreditation. Gerald also supported modernizing health IT, especially within the S&I Framework initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). In this role he is was also actively engaged with the identity and privacy management communities. Before MITRE, Gerald worked in several positions at Sun Microsystems, focussing on technical support for regulatory and litigative activities in Europe and the US, industry collaborations, standards development, and strategic research and development. 

    Gerald is IT Sector Chief for the Boston FBI/Infragard Chapter and served on the Burlington, MA Information Systems Advisory Board.

  • Steve Booth
    VP, Product Management, Detection and Response

    As the Chief Security Officer, Steven Booth is in charge of leading all aspects of IT security at FireEye.  This includes the ongoing development and execution of enterprise-wide security architecture and monitoring programs, as well as technology risk and compliance.  Steven directs the implementation of security controls, standards, policies and procedures to ensure continuous monitoring and protection of information systems and physical property while ensuring that compliance is maintained against both corporate security policies and industry standards.


    Prior to joining FireEye, Steven was the AVP of Information Security and CISO at Manulife/John Hancock in Boston, Massachusetts, where he had global responsibility for all IT security in the US, Canada, and 11 countries in Asia.  He previously held the role of Cybersecurity Architect at Microsoft, and ran security operations for VeriSign’s MSSP.  Steven has a B.S. in Business Management from CSUH, and a Master’s degree in Digital Security from Golden Gate University.

  • Asheem Chandna
    Greylock Partners

    Asheem Chandna is a Partner at Greylock Partners, where he is focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build the next generation of enterprise companies. His current companies include Aquantia, Avi Networks, Awake Security, Delphix, Innovium, Obsidian Security, Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Rubrik and Skyhigh Networks.

    Previous company boards and/or investments include AppDynamics (CSCO), Arista Networks (ANET), Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (INTC), Imperva (IMPV), NetBoost (INTC), PortAuthority Technologies (WBSN), Securent (CSCO), Sourcefire (CSCO), Sumo Logic, TechProcess (Ingenico), Xsigo Systems (ORCL), and Zenprise (CTXS).

    Asheem joined Greylock in 2003 from Check Point Software (CHKP), where he was vice-president of business development and product management.

    Asheem has been listed in the Forbes Midas List for the last six years. Full biography at http://www.linkedin.com/in/chandna and follow on Twitter @chandna.


  • John Chesson
    Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Product Security

  • Donald Codling
    Codling Group International

    Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for Double Check Solutions (FinTech services to the American banking sector) ,REGO/Zoom Payment Solutions (mobile payment applications and blockchain solutions) and managing partner at STORM Guidance US. 

    Co-Chair of the Washington DC chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    Exec Manager 23+ years with FBI-as Unit Chief Cyber division-extensive operational experience in Cyber Crime and Cyber National Security investigations with focus on policy development and field operations. FBI lead for Cyber STORM 2 and 3 national Cyber exercises. Possessed TS/SCI clearance with CI Polygraph. Served as Chairman of International Cyber Crime and Cyber Security working group. Numerous presentations globally on cyber security trends, threats and mitigation strategies with focus ICS/SCADA. Continues to provide Cyber security assessments and training internationally. Developed agendas, recruited speakers and hosted three international Cyber Security Forums in Washington D.C.

    Senior Cyber security advisor for multiple organizations such as Hu-Manity, Flashpoint, Noblis and others. Membership in the Cloud Security Alliance, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional/US) certifications. Particular focus on COPPA, HIPPA, FCRA and AML privacy guidelines and regulations.

    Cyber security "best practices evangelist" with focus on cyber threats to SCADA/ICS systems, energy sector, health care and financial services. Provides thought leadership in areas involving Law Enforcement and National Security agencies interaction with the private commercial sector.  

    Prior work as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) for Swift Exchange (E-Commerce firm) and Urban FT (a SaaS based digital payments platform).

    CoChair on multiple occasions (2013-2017) for National Security and Cyber Security for Energy and Utilities (ICS/SCADA) with focus on the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.Currently CISO/CPO for Double Check Solutions and REGO/ZOOM payments Executive Consultant Don Codling advises domestic and international companies on cyber and data security best practices.   Following 23 years service in the FBI with a concentration in Cyber National Security and Criminal matters, Don specializes in Cyber Security and Data Privacy best practices implementation within sensitive corporate and government environments.  

    Don maintains his CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional-United States) and his TS (Top Secret) with counterintelligence polygraph clearances.  Areas of expertise include ICS-Cyber security best practices and performance metrics, unique security and Data Privacy challenges in the Internet of Things environment in both corporate and government environments.  

    Don is the co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Washington D.C. chapter (2017-2019) and has detailed knowledge of US Data Privacy and cyber security practices with emphasis on GDPR and US Privacy Shield implications. Don has provided expert witness testimony in both criminal and civil litigation matters on cyber security, data privacy and electronic surveillance issues.

  • Curtis Coleman
    Asst. Professor & Founding Director of Cybersecurity Education Center
    Oklahoma Christian University

    Mr. Curtis Coleman is the Former Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the leading international system storage company, Seagate Technology. Curtis has over twenty-five years experience in IT architecture, Cybersecurity, and management. He holds multiple professional security certifications, including CISSP, CISM. CGEIT, and CRISC.  He is an internationally recognized leader and conference speaker in the areas of Security Leadership, Computer Security Architecture, Web and e-Business Security. Curtis is a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and is a founding member of the governing board for LLNL's Network Security Innovation Center. Along with his professional career, Curtis is also focused on academic excellence, recently becoming a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the National Computer Science Honor Society. Curtis has a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University, and is pursuing Ph.D., researching Artificial Immune Systems and Cybersecurity Intelligence. His professional peers selected Curtis as the winner of the West Coast Information Security Executive of the Year Award, and he is listed in ExecRank's "Top 150 Security Executive Rankings" for North America. He is a highly sought-after thought leader, serving on the following Security Advisory Councils: Oracle, Intel-McAfee, Salesforce.com and Palo Alto Networks. His professional associations include: Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) Cybersecurity Policy Committee; and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Security Governance Review Board.

  • Mignona Cote
    Chief Security Officer

    Mignona Cote is a proven problem solver with a unique ability to find, assess and fix information security vulnerabilities across a variety of industries. With more than two decades of experience in information security, risk management, compliance and auditing, Mignona helps Fortune 50 companies ensure the security of their data. She has a proven track record of transforming technical operations and building strategic solutions for companies like Aetna, Bank of America, PepsiCo and Verizon. Her expertise spans incident response, vulnerability management, access management, vendor management, risk and compliance, as well as auditing. She has completely reshaped secured solutions throughout large enterprise networks.

  • Jamey Cummings
    Partner - Cybersecurity and Technology
    JM Search

    Jamey Cummings was formerly Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice. He co-lead’s the Firm’s Global Cybersecurity Practice and is also a member of the Firm’s Information Officers Practice.

    Mr. Cummings is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information technology as well as information security & risk management talent at all levels, including the Board of Directors. His clients range from large global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies, spanning all industries. In addition to Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and their key leaders, he also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms as well as top executives for cybersecurity technology companies and managed security services providers. He is based in the Firm’s Dallas office.

    Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Cummings served as an associate principal in the industrial, supply chain, and transportation & logistics practices of another leading executive search firm, where he executed senior executive search assignments for both public and private equity-backed companies. He also served clients in the consumer & retail, technology, government & defense, biotechnology, and education sectors.

    Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Cummings was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, where he worked on a wide variety of projects with clients in the aerospace & defense, consumer finance, telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education industries.
    Earlier in his career, he served nine years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy's SEAL teams.

    He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, and graduated with merit with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from The United States Naval Academy.

  • Mark Egan

    Mark Egan is a partner at StrataFusion Group, Inc. and has more than 25 years of information technology experience, with expertise in IT transformation, information security, and mergers & acquisitions. His extensive experience includes managing global IT organizations with over 1,200 employees, budgets in excess of $350 million, and IT integration for over 60 mergers and acquisitions. Mark has been repeatedly recognized for his leadership and success in scaling IT organizations to support rapid growth companies.

    Prior to joining StrataFusion, Mark was a CIO at VMware where he led the company from a server virtualization vendor with $2 billion in revenue to a $5 billion market leader of cloud solutions. During his 6 years as CIO at Symantec, Mark’s leadership in IT was instrumental in supporting the company’s transformation from $600 million consumer software publisher to a $5 billion market leader of enterprise security solutions. He held senior level positions with companies in a variety of industries, including Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse, and Wells Fargo Bank.

    Mark holds a master’s degree in finance and international business from University of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from University of Clarion. Mark developed and taught a graduate class, “Building Business Value through IT Innovation”, at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.

  • Gaurav Garg
    Founding Partner

  • Sarah Guo
    Greylock Partners

    Sarah joined Greylock in 2013 where she works closely with Awake (network visibility), SkyHigh (cloud security platform), Attic Labs (decentralized database), Rhumbix (field platform for construction), as well as Docker, Figma, Rubrik and others still in stealth. She is excited by entrepreneurs that understand a cloudy, mobile, data-driven, user-centric world, and are creatively remaking the landscape of enterprise IT and security to better fit it.

    Prior to Greylock, Sarah was at Goldman Sachs, where she invested in Dropbox and helped take Workday public. She advised pre-IPO private technology companies (as well as public clients including Twitter, Zynga, Netflix and Nvidia) on strategic and financial issues. Previously, Sarah worked with Casa Systems, a venture-funded startup that enables service providers to meet growing demand for wired and wireless broadband services.

    She is an advocate for STEM education for women and the underserved. She has taught Marketing in the Wharton Undergraduate Program and served as a teaching fellow in lower-income high schools for the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. Sarah has four degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Lauder Institute Fellow and a graduate of the Huntsman Program.


  • Rajiv Gupta
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Skyhigh Networks

    Rajiv Gupta is a Co-Founder and CEO of Skyhigh Networks. He has more than 20 years of successful enterprise software and security experience, and is widely recognized as a pioneer of Web Services. Prior to founding Skyhigh, Rajiv was the VP/GM of the Policy Management Business Unit within Cisco where his team was responsible for products that enable customers to administer, enforce, and audit standards-based, consistent access policies across the IT stack. Rajiv’s team at Cisco delivered the Identity Services Engine, a product that won the coveted Pioneer Award in Cisco and is considered to be a game changer for Cisco. Rajiv joined Cisco when it acquired Securent Inc, a company in the application entitlement market and where he was the Founder and CEO. Prior to Securent, he was a Co-Founder and CEO of Confluent Software, a company in the policy-based web-services management market and which was acquired by Oblix/Oracle. Before founding Confluent, Rajiv spent 11 years at Hewlett-Packard. In his last position there he was General Manager of the E-speak Division – a division he started in 1998 to bring the Client-Utility Computing technology to market that he and his team developed at HP Labs. E-speak delivered some of the earliest Web Services technologies and standards and has been inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum. Rajiv’s work on Client-Utility Computing was the precursor to Cloud Services as we know them today. With more than 45 patents to his name, Rajiv is the inventor or co-inventor of some of the seminal concepts that underpin Web Services. Rajiv earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and his PhD in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Jason Hengels
    Founder & CEO
    Exposure Security

    Jason Hengels is a pragmatic veteran of the data security industry with a talent for building world class security teams. As the founder of Exposure Security, Jason has provided clients with CISO leadership & advisory services as well as hands-on technical services, including post-breach investigation & remediation, web application security testing, malware analysis, IPS & Splunk implementation and custom tool development. He is the former VP of Security at Box, Inc., which specializes in cloud-based storage and collaboration. Prior to his time at Box, he was a Senior Business Leader at Visa Inc. He has successfully managed numerous SAS 70, SSAE 16, PCI DSS and other security audits. Jason has spoken at RSA and other conferences and has a strong network of information security professionals. He currently holds CISSP, CISM and CRISC certifications and has over 16 years of experience as an information security professional. His specialties include security management, APT post-breach remediation and technical/architectural assessment of software and network security.

  • Todd Holloway
    Security Strategist, Associate Director
    Ernst & Young

  • John Iannarelli
    Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor

    John G. Iannarelli recently retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which he was a member of the SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, and the Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords shooting.  John previously served at FBI Headquarters as their national spokesperson and on the Cyber Division Executive staff.  In Phoenix, John was the Cyber squad supervisor before promotion to Assistant Special Agent in Charge, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence investigations throughout Arizona.  John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science for his contributions to the field of cyber investigations.

    John is the author of several other books, to include Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers, and Information Governance Security, how businesses can protect their sensitive data from loss or compromise.  His recently released How to Stop A Terrorist, is a guide for the average person to recognize and help prevent terrorism. John is a highly sought after speaker and has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican where he met personally with Pope Francis to discuss the evolution of cyber crime.

    A former San Diego Police Officer and a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, to include studies of international criminal and civil law at Oxford, England, John is also an attorney admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is currently a private consultant, whose clients have included the both the FBI and a national professional sports league.

  • Arif Janmohamed
    Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions.

    Arif is currently working closely with the teams at Avi Networks, Memoir Systems, Netskope, Nutanix, Pertino Networks, Qubole, Xova Labs and Virtual Instruments. He was also involved in several Lightspeed investments which have had successful exits including Edgespring (acquired by Salesforce.com), IO Turbine (acquired by Fusion-io), RAPsphere (acquired by AppSense) and StreamOnce (acquired by Jive Software).

    Prior to joining Lightspeed, Arif worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, he was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm.

    Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems.

    Arif is a charter Member and member of the Organizing Committee for the C100, a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment. He also foundedWVP Ventures, a student-run venture capital fund, while in business school.

    Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

  • Mike Kail

    Prior to founding Cybric, Mike Kail was Yahoo’s CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 24 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.

    Prior to joining Yahoo, Mike served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix, where he was responsible for Employee Technology and various Engineering components. Before that role, Mike was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team; including managing various Big Data systems with their Hadoop cluster, HBase and MongoDB components.

    He has been widely recognized for his insightful industry commentary on social media, and was recently named by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.”

    He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

    Mike is based in Los Gatos, CA, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

  • Israel Martinez
    CEO and Global CTO
    Axon Global

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

  • Tim Mather
    Fortium Partners, LP

  • Adam Meister
    Vice President, Technology Investment Banking
    Goldman Sachs

    Adam Meister is a Senior Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecom Group at Goldman Sachs, and leads the firm’s security investment banking practice. In this role, Adam is responsible for advising security technology companies of all stages in strategic and financing transactions. Adam joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 and previously was a Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecom Group at J.P. Morgan. He has focused on technology investment banking and mergers & acquisitions for over ten years, including at Deutsche Bank and in Visa’s Corporate Development group. Prior to that he held a strategy role at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Adam earned a BS in Business Administration from Saint Louis University with concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems. 

  • Matt Miller
    Sequoia Capital

  • 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 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.

  • Michael Piacente
    Co-Founder and Managing Director
    Hitch Partners

    Michael brings over 20 years of combined IT/Tech practitioner and Executive Search experience specific to CISO/VP Security, CIO/CTO, and DevOps engagements.  Michael has led a focused subset of recent Security leadership engagements across a variety of company sizes and industries including Veritas/Symantec, EY, Virgin America, Duo Security, MuleSoft, and One Medical Group.  Most recently Michael was the CEO for Mitchellake in the US and a Technology Partner at Calibre One.  He also spent 10 years as the Founder and Managing Technology Partner for CVPartners.  Prior to his executive search career Michael was in the managed cloud operations space as a Co-Founder of OpSource and an early executive member at SiteSmith/AboveNet.  Michael began his career with MTI, one of the pioneers in the managed storage space.  A native of Maryland, Michael holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Delaware.  Michael lives in the SF Bay Area.

  • Matthew Rosenquist
    Eclipz.io, Inc.

    Matthew Rosenquist joined Intel Corp in 1996 and benefits from 28 diverse years in the fields of cyber, physical, and information security. Mr. Rosenquist specializes in security strategy, measuring value, developing best-practices for cost effective capabilities, and establishing organizations which deliver optimal levels of cybersecurity. As a cybersecurity strategist for the Intel, he identifies risks and opportunities to build organizations that balance risks, costs, and usability factors across hardware, firmware, software, artificial intelligence, and services. Mr. Rosenquist is active in the industry and consults on best-practices and emerging risks to academic, business, and government audiences around the globe. Mr. Rosenquist built and managed Intel’s first global 24x7 Security Operations Center, oversaw several internal platform security products and services, deployed the enterprise intrusion detection program, and was Intel’s first Incident Commander for worldwide IT emergency responses. He has conducted investigations and risk assessments in defense of corporate assets and managed the security playbook for Intel security features landing in the PC architecture. Mr. Rosenquist ran security for Intel’s multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions activities and quantitatively justified the improvement strategy protecting Intel’s global manufacturing capability. His development of the Threat Agent Risk Assessment (TARA) methodology to optimize security, has influenced how organizations view and prioritize risks. Currently, he is leading cybersecurity for Intel’s Artificial Intelligence group, with a focus on how AI will transform security, privacy, and safety. Mr. Rosenquist is very active in the industry, speaks at conferences, consults with industry partners, member of multiple advisory boards, and has published acclaimed white papers, blogs, and videos on a wide range of cybersecurity topics. In 2018, he was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices for technology. He is very passionate about cybersecurity and strives to blend practical risk mitigation practices, business processes, and technology capabilities to achieve an optimal level of security.

  • John Whaley
    Founder and CEO

  • Michael Wilson
    SVP and Chief Security Officer
    Molina Healthcare


  • Christy Wyatt
    President and CEO
    Dtex Systems

  • Brian Zaugg
    Head of Security
    Authentic8, Inc.

    Brian Zaugg is an information security leader with over 20 years experience designing, integrating, securing, and deploying enterprise technology solutions. Brian is currently the Head of Security at Authentic8, Inc., a software-as-a-service startup company that secures Internet browsing for consumers and enterprises. He is also an adjunct faculty for the Merritt College Application & Infrastructure Security Program, where he helps with course development and instruction. Academically, Brian is writing his dissertation  for a PhD in Information Assurance and Information Security. Brian has an MBA in Global Management and an MS in Physics. Brian also holds several information security professional certifications. Brian has worked with organizations across many industries, including telecommunications, bio-technology, education, and defense. Brian’s diverse experiences enable him to provide an interesting perspective on the business and security challenges we face across the globe.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion, Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, and Michael Wilson, SVP, CISO, McKesson IT, McKesson Corporation

8:20 AM - 9:00 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation – Building Bridges and Securing Your Enterprise

Gerald Beuchelt, CSO, Demandware

Curtis Coleman, VP and CISO, Seagate Technology

Israel Martinez, Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO, Axon Global

Matthew Rosenquist, Cyber Security Strategist, Intel Corporation

Moderator: Mike Kail, Chief Innovation Officer, Cybric

Leaders who build their skills on a strong foundation of courage have a significant advantage for successfully driving innovation to create value to their organization. Today’s CISO must be prepared to embrace strategic innovation while simplifying IT and bringing legacy operations and applications into the future. To accomplish this, the CISO must be strategically aligned with the CEO and the board, while aligning security strategies with corporate goals to stay competitive.

This session will address the new and dynamic mindset a CISO must employ to lead with courage and drive innovation to secure the enterprise.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:30 AM - 10:10 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Innovation at the Pace of Attacker and Business Change – Startup CEOs on Effective New Technology Adoption

Rajiv Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO, Skyhigh Networks

John Whaley, Founder & CEO, UnifyID

Christy Wyatt, President and CEO, Dtex Systems

Moderator: Sarah Guo, Principal, Greylock Partners

Startup CEO’s from three core security domains (Cloud, Identity and Endpoint) discuss best practices for both security practitioners and startup security teams navigate a complex and crowded market. Why does the security remain such a fragmented and dynamic landscape? How have investment patterns changed over the past year? What can security organizations do to better rationally choose and adopt new security technologies? CISOs must build organizational muscle around trying, evaluating and deploying new security technology in response to ever-evolving threat landscape, business-driven architectural shifts to the mobile, cloud, microservice and user-centric era, as well as a demanding regulatory environment.

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Leveraging Actionable Intelligence to Mitigate Risk Within Your Enterprise

Jason Hengels, Founder, Exposure Security

Todd Holloway, Head of Information Security, Marvell

John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI

Brian Zaugg, Head of Security, Authentic8, Inc.

Moderator: Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion

Actionable intelligence and predictive analytics is accelerating, driven by massive platform and technology shifts. Securing enterprise architecture, social, mobile, cloud and legacy systems is a constant challenge. How can CISOs balance the demand for immediate, transparent access to information while maintaining security and privacy?

This panel of senior executives will share discussion around emerging operational information technologies to leverage actionable intelligence that mitigates enterprise security risk.

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change

Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry

Michael Piacente, Managing Director, North America, MitchelLake Group

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Accelerated change in today’s markets requires a new range of performance from today’s CISO – including taking a starring role in the C-suite, becoming more customer-focused, adapting to new environments and leading innovation to create value by leveraging technologies in the new IT ecosystem model of this decade. CISOs must employ a strategic vision and manage the cultural shift for security within their organization.

In addition, building a world class team to accomplish this becomes even more challenging in today’s economic environment, particularly for global organizations. Senior cyber-security practice search executives will share discussion around recruiting, developing and retaining a high performing team.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion

HMG has a long history of giving back to the community and developing future leaders. We are proud to be a sponsor of the Merritt Security Program that was designed by industry experts to train the next generation of security leaders. Merritt serves the Oakland school district that includes kids from less advantages background. Merritt offers security leaders the opportunity to improve their security program and give back to the community. We will be discussing the program in more detail during this session and will have students in attendance that you can meet.

1:00 PM - 2:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE WORKING GROUPS: Creating Winning Strategies Using Top Security "Fails"

Issue 1: Retaining and staffing your security organization (LEAD: Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry)

Issue 2: Must have questions and strategies for your Board of Directors (LEAD: James Beeson, CISO, GE Capital Americas)

Issue 3: Best Practices on a successful Security Audit (LEAD: Mignona Cote, CISO Aetna International, CISO PayFlex, Sr. Director / Business Compliance Officer, Global Security, Aetna)

Issue 4:  Security incident response planning (LEAD: Donald Codling, CISO & CPO, Urban FT)

Issue 5: Gamification and employee security awareness (LEAD: Todd Barnum, CISO, GoPro Inc.)

Issue 6: Developing a business case for security investments (LEAD:  Michael Wilson, VP, CISO, McKesson IT, McKesson Corporation)

Issue 7: Protecting your team from personal and corporate liability (LEAD: Todd Holloway, Head of Information Security, Marvell)

Issue 8: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) (LEAD: John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI)

Issue 9: Safely moving to the cloud (LEAD: Mike Kail, Chief Innovation Officer, Cybric)

Issue 10: Securing connected devices and IoT (LEAD: Sunny Azadeh, VP IT & IS, Guidewire Software)

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Forming a Powerful Team Within your Organization

John Chesson, Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Product Security, Brocade

Curtis Coleman, VP and CISO, Seagate Technology

Mignona Cote, CISO Aetna International, CISO PayFlex, Sr. Director / Business Compliance Officer, Global Security, Aetna

Michael Wilson, SVP, CISO, McKesson IT, McKesson Corporation

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Senior executives must share a vision that aligns with the goals of the enterprise. A CISO must be a part of this team that often includes the CEO, CIO, CRO, and CSO. How does the CISO position themselves among the leadership team and get buy-in to their security strategy and vision?

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Silicon Valley VCs on Latest Trends and Opportunities in Security Technology

Asheem Chandna, Partner, Greylock Partners

Gaurav Garg, Founding Partner, Wing

Arif Janmohamed, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Matt Miller, Partner, Sequoia Capital

Moderator: Adam Meister, Vice President, Technology Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

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

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Future Role of the IT Security Executive – Creating your Professional Role and Brand

Todd Barnum, CISO, GoPro Inc.

Steve Booth, VP & Chief Security Officer, FireEye

Tim Mather, Chief Security Strategist, PatternEx

Michael Wilson, SVP, CISO, McKesson IT, McKesson Corporation

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Truly successful security leaders are advancing the traditional CISO role by stepping up with bold, game-changing strategies for growing the business, creating value, dominating markets, and delivering innovation to a new generation of empowered and demanding customers. They are taking broader and more proactive roles in enterprise-level operational functions and shared services, forming business strategy and leading execution, and winning an increasing number of Board of Director seats.

This panel of security executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful security leaders of today – and take a look ahead at what the future holds for the CISO role.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Raffle Prize Drawings and Executive Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • FireEye

    FireEye is the intelligence-led security company. Working as a seamless, scalable extension of customer security operations, FireEye offers a single platform that blends innovative security technologies, nation-state grade threat intelligence, and world-renowned Mandiant® consulting. With this approach, FireEye eliminates the complexity and burden of cyber security for organizations struggling to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks. FireEye has over 5,800 customers across 67 countries, including more than 40 percent of the Forbes Global 2000.


Gold Partners

  • Bitdefender

    Bitdefender is a leading security provider in virtualization and cloud technologies. Through R&D and partnerships Bitdefender has elevated the standards of security excellence with #1 ranked technology and strategic alliances with the world’s leading virtualization and cloud technology providers.

  • 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.

  • Gigamon

    Gigamon offers a deep observability pipeline that harnesses actionable network-level intelligence to amplify the power of observability tools. This powerful combination enables IT organizations to assure security and compliance governance, speed root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks, and lower operational overhead associated with managing hybrid and multi-cloud IT infrastructures. The result: modern enterprises realize the full transformational promise of the cloud. Gigamon serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of Fortune 100 enterprises, nine of the 10 largest mobile network providers, and hundreds of governments and educational organizations worldwide. To learn more, please visit gigamon.com.

  • LogRhythm

    LogRhythm, a leader in security intelligence and analytics, empowers organizations around the globe to rapidly detect, respond to and neutralize damaging cyber threats. The company’s patented award-winning platform uniquely unifies next-generation SIEM, log management, network and endpoint monitoring, and advanced security analytics. In addition to protecting customers from the risks associated with cyber threats, LogRhythm provides unparalleled compliance automation and assurance, and enhanced IT intelligence.

Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.

  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

    Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. We are a private firm with 39 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, covering all major business regions including Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. We leverage our collective expertise to identify and assess leaders who can support the growth and success of our client organizations. Our 300 experienced consultants are supported by a global research network We complete more than 2,000 assignments annually, across a broad range of industries and functional roles.

  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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

  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).

  • Sequoia Capital

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


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Room rate $299/night. This rate expires on February 13, 2017.

To reserve a room, please visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/hmgstrategycio or call 1-800-441-1414 and mention the HMG Strategy event.

The CISO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CISOs. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in enterprise security. To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be: Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CISOs, Direct Reports of CISOs, 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. Special Needs  We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


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