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2017 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit

The Ritz-Carlton Denver, Denver, CO
  • "This summit is hands down one of the best investments of time an executive leader can make. It's an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with peers in a forum that no other conference has mastered."

    Marsha Williams
    Board Member
    Colorado Robotics

Event Highlights

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

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

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

  • Dan Angst
    Systems Engineering Manager

  • Renee Arrington
    President, COO & Director
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    • Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.
    • Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
    • Renee is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.
    • In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the board of directors of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 50 offices in 35 countries (Pearson Partners is a member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, where she serves as chairman of the board. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.
    • Renee was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award in 2018, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. She has been selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth and its organizations.
    • Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CareerJournal.com, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category.
    • Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • JP Batra
    CTO/CIO/CPO (Interim), Executive, Strategic Board Advisor
    Blue River International, Inc.

    JP Batra is a Technology executive and a thought leader who has revitalized IT departments, turned around stalled strategic initiatives and managed them to success. He work has resulted in business acceleration using technology, better employee engagement and improved time to market.  His successes include re-energizing revenue, stock and reputation impacting initiative for a Fortune 500 client and applying emerging tech to gain market share over entrenched services leaders for his client company.

    JP thrives on innovation and innovative ideas. He assists IT prepare for innovation and emerging tech opportunities, and its integration with mainstream IT.  His thought leadership papers are posted on his linkedin profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpbatra/).   JP can be reached at jp.batra@BlueRiverIntnl.com

  • Martin Coover
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Critical Mass Talent Solutions

    Based out of the firm’s Denver, Colorado office, Martin T. Coover serves as executive vice president for Jobplex, Inc., a DHR International company. Martin has more than a decade of domestic and international corporate experience. Having served in various marketing management and communications leadership positions across the education, international non-profit, retail, and food & beverage segments, Martin utilizes an in-depth understanding of the global workplace to bring a unique and focused perspective to the world of executive search. Currently in his third year with the firm, Martin has managed projects across an array of market segments and continues to develop impactful relationships throughout the worlds of education, non-profit, food & beverage, manufacturing, construction management, direct sales, software and technology, energy/oil & gas, real estate, and health care among others.  Never straying too far from his education roots, Martin also currently serves as a member of the Corporate Work Study Program Board at Arrupe Jesuit, and is an active fundraiser and committee member with the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Prior to moving to Denver and joining DHR International, Martin and his wife spent time living and working in the city of Quito, Ecuador.  While working at the British School of Quito, he also provided marketing, communications, and consulting services to various educational non-profits. Before heading to South America, Martin worked in the marketing department for leading food-ingredient manufacturer Newly Weds Foods, Inc., out of Chicago, IL. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and counts conversational Spanish among his qualifications and interests.

  • Rick Cranston
    VP, Innovation and Product Development
    Credit Union Strategic Partners

    As the Vice President of Innovation and Product Development, Rick is responsible for creating and deploying innovation initiatives across the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) region. Rick is also a co-founder of the national CULedger Blockchain consortia, one of the largest blockchain consortia’s in the world, representing over 70 organizations in the domestic U.S. and Canada. He has been a lead contributor and driver for the CULedger initiative. Additionally, the CULedger initiative includes many of the largest financial industry support organizations in the credit union industry. CULedger has been recognized by Hyperledger for leading out in the Self Sovereign Identity space.

    Rick has been with the Mountain West Credit Union Association since 2007. Prior to his arrival at the MWCUA, Mr. Cranston performed in a variety of high tech leadership positions on behalf of national technology consulting companies. He also served in the military in both the USAF and USAR. Rick has over 30 years of experience in technology initiatives including working with fintech companies as well as Fortune 50 organizations.

    Mr. Cranston holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business from South Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of Montana.

  • Toby Everett
    BPX Energy

  • Dan Fox-Gliessman

    Dan has deep IT leadership experience enabling clients in leveraging cloud technology. Dan is Principal and CIO for Statera, a technology consultancy in Denver, Colorado.  He also served as CIO for his client Quiznos in Denver.  His years in the industry include serving as VP and CIO for Boston Market, VP of Applications and Architecture for Relera (Managed Hosting), and Director of Applications Services and Architecture for DCP Midstream (Midstream Natural Gas). His experience also includes leadership roles at Coopers & Lybrand and BDM Technologies in industries including Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Banking, Defense, Restaurant, Telco, Real Estate, and Sports Management.

    He has served in interim/acting CIO roles for many clients across multiple industries, including restaurants and food service, health care, technology services, and real estate.  He leads the Business Analytics, Managed Services, and AWS cloud enablement practices at Statera and is frequently called upon to lead clients through the process of assessing their IT organizations and developing actionable IT Strategies.  Additionally, he is a technology advisor to a major New York-based hedge fund management firm, serves on the Advisory Board for HMG Strategy, and is a frequent speaker at technology industry events around the country.

    Linked In Profile:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-fox-gliessman-8683585/

  • Chris Haffey
    VP of Software Engineering

  • Mark Hellbusch MBA, CISSP
    Director, Cyber Consulting
    Info-Tech Research Group

    Mark has 20 years of combined technology, security, risk and leadership experience.  As a visionary thinker and one who studies the evolving behaviors of bad actors and threat vectors, Mark continues to evolve what he refers to as the evolution of “Best Practices”.  Mark will tell you that best practices is a moving target on a yearly basis.  For example, what may have applied a year ago evolves as a combination of compliance and regulatory bodies enhance their requirements.  Today we are seeing an increase in the pace of strengthening the compliance programs at a faster pace than ever before.  Keeping up with these changes has become a challenge for many organizations today.

    Mark started his career being hands on with the largest B2B office supply company as their senior system engineer, from there he moved into the global area of e-commerce and faced the challenges of the building and securing a platform that did business in every country across the globe.  As Mark would say, everyone had us in their cross hairs but we won every time.  Mark continued his career as CIO of AAA Colorado but decided that protecting one organization at a time wasn’t enough for him.

    Mark found his true professional calling in helping as many organizations as he could become better in protecting their brand, employees, customers and data.  Mark’s experience has crossed industries from technology, insurance, retail, gaming, telecommunications, government, and healthcare, just to name a few.  Mark also is well versed in such compliance, regulatory and data privacy laws such as PCI, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, SOC 1, ISO 27001 and EU GDPR. 

    Mark earned his MBA and went on to obtain his CISSP certification.

  • Anthony Hill
    Former Executive Director, Business & Enterprise Architecture
    Kaiser Permanente

    Anthony Hill is the Former Executive Director, Business and Enterprise Architecture for Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest integrated health system. Focused on the intersection of strategy, business and technology, he is leading the implementation of an enterprise-wide Business Architecture practice for KP.

    Prior to joining KP, Anthony has been a 4 time CIO and CTO in higher education, software-as-a-service companies and dot-coms. He was named as one of Infoworld's Top 25 Most Influential CTO's as well as to the CIO 100 and Computerworld's Top 100 IT Leaders. He is an author of CIO Best Practices, Wiley & Sons, writing about the role of enterprise architecture in the realization of business strategy.

    Anthony holds a BA in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS in IT Management and Finance from Golden Gate University, where he was also the CIO for eight years.

    He is married with a 13 year old son and lives in Colorado. 

  • Brenda Horn
    Member Of The Board Of Advisors
    Oehring Advisors LLC

    As Vice President of IT and Global CIO for the ECS and AIS businesses, Brenda is responsible for managing and transforming the global information technology footprint, systems, services and capabilities.  ECS and AIS combined have $11 billion in revenue, and are a strategic part of Arrow Electronics Inc., a $24 billion technology company based in Centennial Colorado.  Brenda is responsible for defining and executing the data, digital and technology strategy.  She leads a world-class team of technologist from around the world who design, develop and implement innovative solutions which support the complex business models.  Current areas of focus are accelerated business solutioning through digital transformation, cloud marketplaces, and organizational innovation.

    Brenda is a seasoned executive and though leader with 20+ years of technology management experience.  Before joining Arrow, Brenda was the VP of IT and CIO of North America for Royal Philips of Amsterdam.  There she successfully established strong cost controls, business process redesign, implemented a Global CRM solution, as well as aligning the IT organization with the business strategy. Prior to Philips, Brenda held various IT roles of increasing responsibility at other large, international companies including Raytheon and Cisco.


  • Eric Hutto
    SVP & President, Enterprise Solutions Group

    Eric Hutto has 30+ years of diverse experience in the services and technology industry, with focus on being purposeful, strategic, transformative, innovative and steadfast.  He leads large organizations through design of growth strategies, with aggressive short term goals balanced with maniacal focus on the organizational and operational structure needed to deliver results.

    Eric is currently SVP & President for Unisys responsible for building strategy, structure, and skills to best position the company to deliver valued performance to stakeholders including the board, the executive leadership team, investors, analysts, employees, and most importantly the customers they serve. He believes, “in order to build a culture of customer centricity, you must re-establish your people as a valuable asset”.

    Eric’s hero is his mother, who demonstrated tenacity, commitment and drive throughout her life. Because of her influence he believes in giving back and has been active in the fight against heart disease as an Executive Leadership Team Member for the American Heart Association in Dallas, and now as a member of their International Committee to spread global awareness.  


    Prior to Unisys, he held leadership positions for Dell Technologies, Perot Systems, The Home Depot, and KPMG Consulting. He attended Emory University’s Executive Leadership Program, and is a graduate of The University of Arkansas with a BS in Economics and Finance.


  • Stephen Katsirubas
    Hunter Douglas

    Stephen Katsirubas is a well-known driver of global digital transformation and innovation with a proven track record of achieving results.    

    An industry respected leader, Mr. Katsirubas is currently the Chief Information Officer for Hunter Douglas, the world leader in the windows covering and architectural industry.   In this role, Mr. Katsirubas is responsible for the overall IT strategy and technology empowerment of the Hunter Douglas North American organization.   

    Over a 25+ successful year career in IT, he has championed numerous successful technology initiatives ranging from $100M+ large scale ERP implementations to leading manufacturing technology solutions as well as digital and mobile innovation, global supply chain transformations, leading edge ecommerce solutions as well as building world class agile global IT organizations.  

    Prior to joining Hunter Douglas, Mr. Katsirubas has had a long career in IT as the Global CIO for Crocs, CIO for Clarks, and has held several other positions as a program director, software engineer and a management consultant in the international trade arena.  Other accomplishments include being recognized as a top Colorado CIO in 2015 as well as a being previously nominated as the top Retail CIO of the Year in 2012.  Preceding the IT portion of his career, he distinctly served with the United States Marine Corps as a non-commission officer and is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War.  Mr. Katsirubas holds an MBA from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University.  Mr. Katsirubas likes to spend his time with his wife and three children as well as assisting charities that support children.  He currently sits on the board of A Precious Child that is based in Denver, CO.

  • Steve Kendrick
    KER Partners

    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.


  • Matt Kixmoeller
    VP, Products
    Pure Storage

    Matt Kixmoeller is a storage veteran who saw first-hand the last major storage technology media upgrade: the move from tape to disk in the backup market. Matt was Vice President of enterprise product management for Symantec's Information Management products, including the NetBackup and Enterprise Vault. Matt oversaw product strategy and vision, engineering direction, and go-to-market activities for this $1B+ global product line. During his tenure, Matt also held similar roles managing other Symantec products such as the Storage Foundation and CommandCentral Storage.

    Matt joined Symantec in 2005 as part of the merger with VERITAS Software Corporation. Prior to joining VERITAS Software, he was co-founder of Centrata, a leading provider of IT service management software. He has also held positions with Adaptec and Gemini Consulting (now Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young). Matt holds a degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Partner, CIO & CTO Global Functional Head

    Tony Leng was formerly Managing Director of Diversified Search and led 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.

  • Manav Misra
    Chief Data and Analytics Officer
    Regions Financial Corporation

    Manav Misra is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer for Regions Bank. Regions is a regional bank that operates throughout the South, Midwest and Texas and is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.

    Misra is responsible for overseeing the company’s data strategy, enterprise data governance, and leveraging data and analytics for improving the customer experience, enhancing risk management, and driving revenue growth across the businesses.

    Prior to joining Regions in late 2018, Misra was the Chief Data Science Officer for CenturyLink from 2014 to 2018, leading a geographically distributed team focused on solving big data problems for customers using machine learning/AI & statistical techniques. He also was Chief Knowledge Officer/Chief Science Officer for Cognilytics, Inc., a company he co-founded, from 2009 to 2014, before CenturyLink acquired it. He was Chief Operating Officer for XProtean, Inc. from 2007 to 2009 and was co-founder, VP of Strategy for StorePerform Technologies (now part of JDA Corporation) from 2002 to 2007. He served as senior director of Business Intelligence & Strategy for KBToys.com from 1999 to 2002 and began his career as an assistant professor of Computer Science from 1992 to 1999 at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Misra earned his PhD in computer engineering from the University of Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

  • 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.

  • Ginna Raahauge
    Global Managing Director, Solution Architecture - Public Sector
    Amazon Web Services

    Ginna Raahauge was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).   CHI is a $17B and growing healthcare company.  Raahauge is a business-orientated technology leader who has played a key leadership role defining and delivering strategies that bring value to customers, partners, and shareholders of the organizations that she represents.  

    Bringing more than 25 years of technology and business leadership experience across the high tech industry vertical, Raahauge has reported to several C-level positions and provided strategic direction and advice to the company and its Board of Directors.  Raahauge has a proven track record and commitment to innovation cycles, operational excellence and unique understanding of the challenges in both developing and applying technology for transformations or turnarounds.   As a respected technology executive, Raahauge was invited to become a member of Sutter Hill Ventures CIO Advisory Board (http://www.shv.com ) which is a highly successful venture firm established in 1962.

    For the past 5 years, Raahauge also serves as Board member and member of the Diligence Team for acquisitions, of a non-profit, MentorNet, with a mission to ensure the success of the technology and engineering (STEM) workforce of the future.  As a current Board member, Raahauge has advised through several turnaround scenarios and re-launch assessments, including developing strategies that capture new business models.  Raahauge is a co-founder of an angel investment firm that specializes in bringing capital to demographics that have historically been ignored.   She is an active investor and funded Series A, B, C rounds for early start inventions.

    Prior to her roles as a CIO at Riverbed and Informatica, Raahauge served as Vice President, IT at Cisco, where she was responsible for the entire technology platform that delivered Cisco's core revenue capturing revenue growth from $36B to $46B.   During her tenure, Raahauge authored and executed on several transformational strategies that enabled several business models to scale across the technology platforms with an eye on simplification and innovative solutions.  Raahauge is also experienced in other Operational functions related to M&A, Risk Management, Integrations, Divestitures, Global Corporate Real Estate. 

    Ms. Raahauge is internationally recognized leader and recipient of numerous awards focused on transformational technology initiatives, diversity, and women in technology.  She regularly contributes technology and leadership articles that have been published in Forbes, WSJ, Computerworld, WIRED, CIO.com, HBR Publications – Enterprisers Project, and other international publications.

    She and her husband, Jason, enjoy time on the lake wakeboarding, running, biking, attending their son’s swim competitions, and split their time between San Francisco and Denver.   

  • Allan Skov
    Innovation Consultant, Advisor and Mentor

    Allan is an accomplished business leader with more than 20 years of experience as a Chief Information Officer in numerous companies including upstream, midstream and downstream operations in Canada and the US.   Allan began his career at Union Gas Limited in Canada where he held leadership positions in finance, human resources, customer service, business development and ultimately IT.  Allan moved on to CIO positions at Newfoundland Power, Duke Energy/DCP Midstream and Black Stone Minerals before Aera Energy.   Allan has extensive experience leading corporate strategic planning, corporate transformations and large scale business innovation initiatives.

    Allan was raised in Canada and had has undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on finance and business strategy from the University of Windsor in Ontario.  Allan and his wife Jacqueline have been together since high school and are currently relocating from Houston to Bakersfield.  They have one daughter who is a financial analyst, budding entrepreneur and world traveler living in Denver. 

  • Neil Thomas
    Chief Sales Officer

    Neil Thomas leads Capriza’s global sales team. Neil has more than two decades of enterprise software experience. Prior to Capriza, Neil served as Chief Revenue Officer for Avetta, a leading provider of supply chain risk management solutions. Neil’s background includes significant experience in performance management and analytics at companies like Adaytum (acquired by Cognos). Neil was one of the first Sales leaders at Adaptive Insights (formerly Adaptive Planning), a leader in the SaaS Corporate Performance Management space where he helped the company grow from a handful of customers to more than 3,000 over 8 years.


  • Christine Vanderpool
    Chief Information Security Officer
    Florida Crystals

    Christine Vanderpool is the CISO for Florida Crystals, the world’s largest sugar cane refiner and the home of household names such as Domino Sugar, C&H, Redpath, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Sidul and of course Florida Crystals. Although it was never her plan to she have a career in IT, she has a proven track record as a security leader for almost 20 years. Christine has spent her career in a variety of security and IT roles including security leadership for Molson Coors Brewing Company and Kaiser Permanente. In addition, Christine writes for several online security blogs and magazines and is published in The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual. She also enjoys speaking and educating the world on Cyber Security. She was the 2019 recipient of the Cyber Security Woman Leader of the year.

  • Brett Wahlin
    SVP and CISO
    Activision Blizzard

    Accomplished Information Security Executive and transformational CISO/CSO with a proven history of building highly effective, multi-national security organizations. Hands-on technical leader with a strong business acumen and ability to communicate with all levels of an organization. Specialist in building Innovative risk-based security programs within global organizations across multiple industries.

    Specialties: Strategy, Vision, Cyber Security, Technology Risk Management, Architecture, Machine Learning, Regulation, Privacy, Compliance, Application Security, Identity and Access Management, Risk Assessments, Policy, Awareness, Investigations, Security Operations, Vulnerability Management, Enterprise Security Monitoring, Incident Handling and Response, CISSP.

  • Denis Zerr
    Radiology Partners

    Denis Zerr serves as Chief Information Officer for Radiology Partners. Previously, Denis held the role of Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Catholic Health Initiatives and served as Vice President of Information and Business Services for Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company. He has a strong track record of developing and leading IT programs in healthcare and life sciences organizations.

    Denis earned a master’s degree in information systems from Telecom Ecole de Management in Paris and an additional master’s degree in business and management from Universite Paris Dauphine.

Print September 26, 2017, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
The Ritz-Carlton Denver, Denver, CO

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM  

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

Dan Fox-Gliessman, CIO, Quiznos and CIO & Principal, Statera

Brenda Horn, VP of IT & Global CIO, Enterprise Computing Solutions and Arrow Intelligent Systems, Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Stephen Katsirubas, CIO, Hunter Douglas

Allan Skov, SVP & CIO, Aera Energy

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

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

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM       

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Transforming Business Applications Into Systems of Engagement

Neil Thomas, Chief Sales Officer, Capriza

Companies have invested millions of dollars and decades of work into automating and customizing their business applications only to find that complex user experiences have hindered their ability to achieve any real productivity or enhanced customer experience.  Harnessing the power of existing business applications in the mobile era requires putting the user in the center and abstracting the base application to create one-minute workflows that enable users to do something quickly on a mobile device.

In this session, Capriza will discuss:

  • How you can transform your business applications from systems of record into systems of engagement, enabling employees across the organization to maximize the one-minute mobile moment
  • Examples of companies extending the reach of existing business applications to employees in ways never before available
  • How you can deliver mobile solutions that empower lines of business in weeks not months

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM  

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

Dan Angst, Systems Engineering Manager, Nutanix

JP Batra, Business/Technology Executive - CTO/CIO/Product & Program Management, Blue River International, Inc.

Anthony Hill, Executive Director, Business & Enterprise Architecture, Kaiser Permanente

Matt Kixmoeller, VP, Products, Pure Storage

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

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

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM  

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

Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Martin Coover, Partner & Executive Search Consultant, Jobplex 

Steve Kendrick, President, KER Partners

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

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

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

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM


Lunch Introduction by HCL

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Digital Road Ahead - Building a World-Class Strategy 

Chris Haffey, VP of Software Engineering, ClickBank

Eric Hutto, SVP & President, Enterprise Solutions Group, Unisys

Denis Zerr, SVP, ITS, Catholic Health Initiatives

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

In today's challenging markets, companies which win in building and implementing world-class digital strategies are the companies that are winning with customers. Learn key success attributes and what to avoid when scanning your strategy into the market.  

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Balancing Agility, Innovation, & Security 

Rick Cranston, VP, Innovation and Product Development, Credit Union Strategic Partners 

Mark Hellbusch MBA, CISSP, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI Advisor, SoT™ - Security of Things™ 

Christine Vanderpool, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Kaiser Permanente 

Brett Wahlin, SVP and Chief Security Officer, Staples

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

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

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology 

Manav Misra, Chief Data Science Officer, CenturyLink Cognilytics

Ginna Raahauge, Chief Technology Officer & SVP, Strategy & Architecture, Catholic Health Initiatives

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

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

4:10 PM - 5:30 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Capriza

    Capriza modernizes your business by simplifying and mobilizing your critical workflows. Capriza's end-to-end simplification platform enables IT and lines of business to mobile-enable critical business workflows in a matter of days without any coding, APIs, or integration. The solution is applicable for packaged applications such as SAP, Oracle, Salesforce as well as custom built solutions. Capriza disrupts the speed and economics of the journey by extending the capability of legacy applications, in a simple and useable way, onto any smartphone, tablet or desktop. Founded in 2011 by former executives of Mercury Interactive, Capriza is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, CRV, Tenaya Capital, Harmony Partners and Allen & Company.

  • Unisys

    Unisys is a global information technology company that specializes in providing industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure services, application services and application and server software.


Platinum Partners

  • Nutanix

    As a global leader in cloud software, Nutanix transforms the way organizations do business. We offer a single platform to run all your apps and data across on-premises, public clouds, hybrid environments, and at the edge, while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Our hybrid multicloud platform unifies management with one-click, applies intelligent AI-driven automation, and helps ensure always-on availability. Building on our legacy as the pioneer of hyperconverged infrastructure, we’ve earned a reputation for customer satisfaction, powering hybrid multicloud environments consistently and cost effectively. This enables companies to remain focused on achieving successful business outcomes and new innovations.

  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.


Gold Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading software to fuel digital transformation. We help technology and finance leaders make smart decisions as they plan, analyze, and optimize technology investments in pursuit of digital transformation.  Apptio’s software uses machine learning to translate technology costs and utilization across on-premises systems, vendors, projects, agile and cloud systems into a holistic, business-centric view. With Apptio, IT leaders make smarter digital transformation investments.

  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content Cloud, a single platform that empowers organizations to manage the entire content lifecycle, work securely from anywhere, and integrate across best-of-breed apps. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading global organizations, including AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit box.com to learn more. And visit box.org to learn more about how Box empowers nonprofits to fulfill their missions.

  • Darktrace

    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 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 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.

  • Tintri by DDN

    Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage that challenges the storage quo. Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage specifically for your virtualized applications—with none of the limitations of traditional physical-first storage. When you store your virtual machines on Tintri, they perform 6x faster, pack 10x more densely and take 98% less management, saving you time, money and sanity. Learn more at www.tintri.com to get the storage that can guarantee the performance of virtualized servers, databases and desktops applications.


Lunch Partners

  • HCL

    HCL Technologies is a global IT services company with around $7B in revenue and 110,000 Ideapreneurs working in 32 countries. HCL focuses on transformational outsourcing, underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and digitalization services.


Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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

  • Sequoia Capital

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


The Ritz-Carlton Denver

1881 Curtis St
Denver, CO

Room rate is $349night +tax. This rate expires on August 14, 2017.

To Reserve a room, please click here or call 1-800-265-1926 and reference the HMG CIO Executive Leadership Summit.


The CIO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CIOs/IT leaders. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in business and to achieve the greatest benefits through the use of information technology. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:
  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

    - OR - 
  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend. All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted. 

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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HMG Strategy Executive Leadership Summits deliver world class thought leadership where attendees receive unique insights into best practices and hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology and career development.

Key Areas of Focus Include:

  • Leading Courageously and Authentically in Times of Crisis
  • Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work
  • Winning the War on Talent
  • Creating a Workplace of Diversity and Inclusion to Foster Innovation
  • Becoming Boardroom Ready
  • Blazing the Path to Secure Innovation
  • Strengthening Your Personal Brand

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