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2018 Silicon Valley CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Park, CA

Event Highlights

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

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

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2018 Silicon Valley CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Thomas Baltis
    VP, CISO
    Delta Dental

    Award-winning executive Tom Baltis transforms cyber security into a powerful brand differentiator driving customer acquisition and retention. Mr. Baltis currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Delta Dental Insurance Company, the largest dental insurer in the country. With 15 years of leadership experience, he has established and led world-class information security organizations at Fortune 100 companies in healthcare, financial services, defense, and other highly regulated industries. Very active in the startup community, Tom is sought out by top-tier venture capital firms to identify winning product ideas and future market disruptors. As a trusted advisor, he helps emerging and established technology companies raise capital, accelerate revenue growth, and achieve leading market share.


    Tom envisions cyber security as creating business value and competitive advantage. This vision is realized by continuous innovation, most recently in machine learning-powered immunity to adaptive threats, secure serverless computing and microservice architectures, and integration of security into continuous development. A frequent speaker at conferences and industry roundtables, he has been recognized internationally by business leaders, industry analysts and government regulators for promoting cross-sector collaboration in the fight against cyber crime, enabling business strategies through security innovation, and elevating cyber security to a brand-level issue.

  • 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.

  • Harish Belur
    Managing Director
    Riverwood Capital

    Harish Belur joined Riverwood Capital in 2011 and is a Managing Director. Prior to Riverwood, Harish  worked at Cisco Systems where he led Product Management teams in Switching, Routing and Smart Grid sectors.

    Previously, Harish co-founded and led Product Management at Greenfield Networks, which was acquired by Cisco Systems and resulted in industry leading ME-3×00 carrier ethernet access products.

    Harish has a BTech in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Colleen Berube
    CIO & SVP Operations

    Colleen Berube is a Digital and Business Model Transformation Leader who assists companies in navigating the changing technology landscape and its implications for the market as well as inside the enterprise.  She has nearly two decades of experience in IT leadership, strategy, IT innovation, enterprise software and business consultation.  Colleen is known for her ability to successfully navigate complex business transitions, to elevate and leverage IT as a differentiator, and to build amazing teams that surpass expectations. 

    Colleen was previously an Executive in Residence with PwC where she works on various commercial and internal initiatives providing ‘the voice of the client.’  Prior to PwC, Colleen was Vice President of IT for Adobe Systems, where she was responsible for all business systems, e-commerce and information management.  She was responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the Adobe’s large-scale transformation to the Subscription Economy. She led a global engineering organization that is redefined IT’s role as a SaaS enabler driving key changes including the move from Data to Digital, from Product to Customer focus, from Orders to Subscriptions, in delivering Agility for Product Engineering. She has also held executive level IT roles at Cisco Systems, Palm and SAP.

    She is a Board Director for The Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD), a non-profit organization providing early childhood education and services to the high need pre-school children and their families.  She is also a member of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award and an active member of the Athena Alliance supporting women impacting at the highest levels of leadership. She holds a BA from State University at Potsdam, NY, and a MBA is from the University of North Florida.


  • David Blumberg
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Blumberg Capital

  • Daniel Clifford
    EY Board Referral, Americas Program Leader
    Ernst & Young LLP

    The EY Center for Board Matters (http://ey.com/boardmatters ) understands that effective corporate governance is a critical component of building a better working world. Dan Clifford leads EY’s Board Referral Program for The EY Center for Board Matters. This program makes connections between board candidates and opportunities for corporate director roles. Using EY’s boardroom knowledge and relationships within the governance space, he is able to introduce candidates to potential opportunities. These connections are only built with companies EY does not audit.

  • Bob Concannon
    Managing Partner
    North Tower Technologies

    Bob Concannon was formerly a Senior Client Partner within the San Francisco office of Korn Ferry and was a member of the Firm’s Global Technology Market. Mr. Concannon has over 30 years of technology executive search experience, leading numerous CIO and CTO searches across industries. He also served on Korn/Ferry's Information Technology Officers Center of Expertise. Furthermore, Mr. Concannon led searches in the software and IT communities on assignments for clients in the areas of cloud, mobility and enterprise software. Venture capitalists and private equity firms looked to his expertise around helping Internet startups migrate to the next executive level as they receive their post Series B and C funding rounds.

    Mr. Concannon served as the managing director of another global executive search firm, leading the technology practice, U.S. Additionally, he led the firm’s global technology vertical for seven years, coordinating worldwide search activity in the technology sector with Fortune 100 top accounts. Previously, Mr. Concannon served in sales and marketing roles for both Pioneer Electronics and Sony Corporation. Mr. Concannon served the Internet industry from its early inception in the 90s by working with then unknown startups Netscape and Yahoo! His portfolio clients have included well-established companies like Microsoft, Oracle, 3Com, Cisco and Nokia, and a host of start-up companies funded by tier-1 venture capital. He has completed over 500 search projects in his career with many of those projects reaching successful IPOs. Published and quoted often in The Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, CFO and CIO Magazines, as well as being featured twice on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in their Silicon Valley report, Mr. Concannon has served as an expert on Silicon Valley trends for over 15 years. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific.

  • Dr. Sarah Cortes
    Sr. M&A Security Program Manager

    Dr. Sarah Lewis Cortes, is the Sr Manager of M&A Security at Salesforce.com for Mulesoft. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and holds an M.S. from Boston University in Computer Science, CyberSecurity. She earned her PhD in Computer Science, CyberSecurity at Northeastern University’s College of Computing and Information Science, and studied Forensic Science at Boston University Medical School. Her research focuses on threat intelligence and the darknet, privacy and privacy law, network security, international criminal legal treaties (MLATs), and digital forensics.

    She is also a postDoctoral researcher with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department-Digital and Multimedia Evidence Crime Lab. Sheperforms training and consultation with the FBI, Interpol, and other law enforcement agencies. Prior to undertaking her Ph.D, Sarah was SVP, Security, IT Audit and Disaster Recovery at Putnam Investments, an investment management firm with over $400 billion in assets under management. She oversaw Putnam’s recovery on 9/11 when then-parent company Marsh & McLennan’s World Trade Center 99th floor data center was destroyed. Before that, Sarah was SVP, Data Center and Security Operations with BNY Mellon Bank, a global investments company with $1.6 trillion in assets under management, previously a part of Shearson/Lehman/American Express.

    Sarah has published and lectured extensively on the darknet, computer security and privacy, including articles featured in the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST17). Together with Department Chair, Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Forensic Sciences and former Cellmark lab director Dr. Robin Cotton et al., Sarah implemented the DNA Mixtures online tool, with a grant from the US Department of Justice. DNA Mixtures was highlighted in the Executive Office of the President, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Report to the President: Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods in 2016.

  • Lara Druyan
    Managing Director, Head of Innovation, West Coast
    Royal Bank of Canada

    Lara Druyan brings over 20 years of leadership experience in innovation, technology and investing. With deep management experience throughout the technology life cycle, Lara has delivered success in all phases of product creation, technology strategy and venture investments. Driving non-organic growth through innovation and M&A, she has closed dozens of transactions, including venture capital investments, equity and debt financings, and acquisitions. Lara's distinctive technology-rooted perspective gives her a clear, realistic view of a company's needs, prospects and potential for successful value creation. 

    Lara is the Head of Innovation on the West Coast for Royal Bank of Canada, responsible for the evaluation of start-ups and venture capital investments that drive the Bank's technology, analytics, payments and infrastructure road map. She has initiated and managed over a dozen proofs of concept in investment banking, personal and commercial banking, research, fixed income, equities and asset management while designing a partnership strategy to build out the Bank's ecosystem with high-growth Silicon Valley companies.

    Having reviewed thousands of business plans, from two-person start-ups to billion dollar public companies, Lara has driven corporate strategy and M&A at public companies and private companies such as Purch, a $120M consumer Internet company. She has successfully structured deals, negotiated terms and led acquisitions.

    Named as an "Investor You Need to Know" by Inc. Magazine (2016) and to "200+ Thought Leaders in Crypto and Blockchain " (2018). Honored by the San Jose Business Journal as a Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley (2009). Frequently invited to speak at industry events and at graduate schools of business and engineering.

    Investments include: Powerset (MSFT), ClariPhy (IPHI), Xactly (XTLY), Skout (MEET), Facebook (via secondary), Krome Photos, ShopItToMe and others. Serve on a number of boards and advisory boards.

  • Anil Earla
    Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation

    Anil Earla was formerly the Head of Information and Data Analytics for Global IS at Visa Inc., where he lead diverse teams of business and technology. As an intrapreneur, he is passionate about bringing Silicon Valley innovation mindset to larger organizations. His dual roles span innovation and strategic partnerships, shaping vision/strategy and technology alignment, various technology verticals across product life cycle for cyber security such as product management and business/system analysis, Big Data and visualization engineering, advanced analytics (data science), business intelligence and data warehousing, infrastructure and solution architecture, infrastructure and operations, program/portfolio management, and governance. Before joining Visa, he was part of industry leading organizations in the financial services, telecommunications, insurance, gaming, and airline industries. His stint across different industries and technology functions provides him the unique opportunity to apply and leverage the power of data and analytics. Under his leadership, his team was Data Impact awards finalist at Strata + Hadoop World 2014 for innovation in data ecosystem. Earla is part of the entrepreneurship and innovation program from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed Program in strategy from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from JSU and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University.

  • 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.

  • Steve Engels
    Regional General Manager

    Steve Engels leverages over three decades of multi-industry experience leading teams through digital transformation initiatives.  During his career, he has helped firms such as EY, Visa, 20th Century Fox and many others through Agile transformations, aligning digital business strategies and organizational alignment to achieve desired business goals.  Over the course of 30+ years of software delivery excellence Steve has enjoyed consistent success by focusing on business goals first and leveraging that information to inform technology decisions. 

    Currently, Steve is serving as Magenic’s Regional General Manager where he leads Sales, Delivery and P&L oversight for the National Markets region.  In December 2017 his focus was expanded to include Northern California.   

    Prior to his current roles, Steve has held multiple roles at Magenic over the past 9 years including Consulting Manager, overseeing and growing the National Markets group as well as heading up Magenic’s PMO, introducing the current iteration of Magenic’s Agile methodology.  Prior to Magenic Steve has held numerous software delivery executive positions with a consistent pattern of delivery excellence.

  • Vic Espino
    Director of Business Development
    Year Up Bay Area

  • 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.

  • Tom Keiser

    Mr. Keiser has served as our Chief Operating Officer since August 2017. Mr. Keiser served as the Company’s Chief Information Officer from May 2016 until his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in August 2017, and as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Technology Operations from October 2016 until his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in August 2017. From January 2014 to March 2015, Mr. Keiser served as Executive Vice President of Global Product Operations at The Gap, Inc., an apparel company, where he also served as Chief Information Officer from January 2010 to December 2013. Mr. Keiser holds a B.S. in systems science from the University of West Florida.

  • Prakash Kota
    SVP & CIO

    As Autodesk’s CIO, Prakash leads the company’s global information and technology organization, a group that manages critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide enterprise applications and infrastructure, including data and security operations and workforce collaboration and productivity services. Building talent, customer experience, operational excellence, industry collaboration and partnerships, positioning for global scale are top of his mind.

    He is an experienced IT thought leader with a digital experience mindset who drives the culture of innovation and the company’s digital agenda. He has accelerated Autodesk’s digital transformation and customer-centric approach by providing customers and employees world-class experiences by embracing disruptive technology with the latest Silicon Valley start-up companies and introducing modern automation techniques such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation. His automation strategy generates competitive advantage and his expertise in digital transformation turns technology into a growth driver.

    Successful track record of establishing organizational vision and strategy, leading large teams, executing global insourcing/outsourcing strategies, setting up onsite/offshore delivery models, and M&A (planning and integration). Efficient and effective at managing global IT operations for geographically and culturally diverse organizations. A skilled negotiator who maximizes value and manages the enterprise technology and services portfolio.

    He builds social relationships with industry tech leaders, often participating as a panelist at Silicon Valley industry functions, hosting CIO Exchanges with Autodesk customer Fortune 500 leaders, and using his thought leadership platform to contribute to CIO magazine, Forbes, and Wall Street CIO journal about his expertise and strategies on digital transformation.

    Kota has been with Autodesk for 15+ years and has held many roles within IT including, Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations, Sr. Director of Enterprise Operations, and Director of DevOps. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from the University of Madras.

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  • 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.

  • Brian Lillie
    Chief Product & Technology Officer and (acting) CIO


  • Ron Markham
    Executive Strategist

    Ron Markham is a strategy executive in ServiceNow’s Office of Strategy and Innovation.  Prior to joining ServiceNow Ron co-founded Intréis Inc., a ServiceNow solutions partner focused on helping Global 2000 organizations succeed with their ServiceNow journey.  ServiceNow acquired Intréis in early 2015. 

    In addition to his successful career as an entrepreneur and management consultant, Ron brings to bear 20+ years of experience as a CIO leading IT enabled business transformation initiatives at WPP/Kantar, IBM, GE Capital, and other high-growth organizations.  

    At ServiceNow, Ron consults with senior IT and business leaders to visualize, plan, and navigate their business transformation strategies by developing a holistic view of the critical interdependencies across organizational culture, talent development, the role of technology, and other key factors affecting desired business outcomes.

    Earlier in his career Ron served in senior practice leader roles for a number of global IT and digital marketing consultancies including SPR, Leapnet, Pragmatic Systems, and Stakeholder Solutions.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree form DePaul University/Chicago and a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg School of Management.

  • Raman Mehta
    SVP & CIO
    Johnson Electric

    Raman Mehta leads all facets of Visteon's global information technology, including designing, developing and implementing global IT platforms and business processes to increase performance and help Visteon leverage technology as a competitive advantage.

    Mehta joined Visteon in April 2017 from Fabrinet, where he was senior vice president and CIO at the global engineering and manufacturing services provider of complex optical and electromechanical components. He previously served as CIO and chief process architect for EWIE Company, a Tier 1 supplier to Ford Motor Co., driving enterprise-wide technology transformation. Before that, he spent more than 13 years at Oracle USA, Inc., where he was a director and advised Fortune 500 clients on business transformation.

    Mehta has earned several leadership awards including CIO magazine's 2013 CIO 100 Award, Computerworld's 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders Award, and a Crain's Detroit Business CIO award. He has presented at several prominent IT conferences and authored various white papers.

    He has an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical and electronics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

  • Michael Montoya
    SVP & CIO
    Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

    As CIO, Montoya leads more than 200 technology team members managing both traditional and operational technology programs across a 15-state area. He is responsible for employees overseeing cybersecurity, network services, IT infrastructure, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, enterprise applications, operations technology and power management and marketing tools for WAPA.  

    Montoya began at WAPA in 2008 as the IT operations manager. From 2010 through 2017, he served as WAPA’s manager for enterprise applications and vice president of information technology for enterprise applications. In these roles, he oversaw multiple upgrades of WAPA’s financial system, played a major role in WAPA’s migration to data centers in Phoenix and Folsom and was instrumental in the success of the Operations Consolidation Project.

    Montoya began his federal career as a Navy officer, where he served as the CIO of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He also served as the CIO and Communications Officer for a Navy Field Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as the CIO of Naval Hospital Lemoore in California and as the Deputy CIO for Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, California.

  • David Morris
    Founder & Chairman
    HiPER Solutions

    David has spent his career researching and empowering leaders to transform their teams, their companies and their careers. His passion is to identify High Impact Performers (HiPERs) and help them reach greater success through a hybrid of technology-driven platforms and experience-based advisory. Recent clients have included E*TRADE, DIRECTV, Subway Restaurants, Western Digital, Wendy’s, ON Semiconductor, CBRE, YPO and many others. Previously, David co-founded Seedling Group, a Boston-based retained executive search firm, serving start-ups, publicly-traded companies, and private equity firms. He also helped launched the San Francisco office as a Director at Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner). David graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 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.

  • Sridhar Nallani
    EVP & CTO

    Sridhar Nallani was the Senior Vice President of Technology at Gap Inc, where he was driving digital transformation at scale, for all of the Gap brands ($16 Bill revenue), with a singular focus on amplifying customer experience, connecting the online and offline worlds, using a unified architecture with data, ecommerce, mobile, cloud, AI/ML and omni strategies at the core. He is focused on innovation, an agile mindset and building an inspired rock star team as the keys to the next phase of this retail transformation.

    Prior to Gap Inc, Sridhar was the SVP and CTO of Charlotte Russe, a fast fashion retailer ($1 Bill+ Revenues), where he reported to the CEO Jenny Ming (former Old Navy founder) and led the end to end transformation from a legacy technology stack, with waterfall methodologies to an Agile mindset, ecommerce in the cloud and Big Data and Machine Learning driving use cases throughout the retail cycle. Earlier to that he had senior leadership roles at Macy’s, Gymboree, tria beauty and Microsoft.

    He holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Osmania University, India and Masters in Computer Science from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

  • Wendy M. Pfeiffer
    Former CIO

    Currently CIO at Nutanix, Wendy has led technical functions for GoPro, Yahoo! and Cisco, and proudly serves on the board of Girls in Tech. Dedicated to excellence in operations and delivery while maintaining a focus on innovation, Wendy has had a key role in envisioning and delivering digital technologies around the world. In 2018, Wendy was honored to be named one of the National Diversity Council’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech, one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and #1 on the list of Top 10 CIOs Who Inspire and Influence Us by Enterprise Management 360° (EM360°)!

  • Phyllis Post
    Former VP & CIO, Global Human Health IT

    Phyllis Post is the Former Vice President & CIO for Merck’s Global Human Health division (www.merck.com), where she is responsible for enabling business value through a strategic partnership of Business and IT aligned to realization of critical priorities of the corporation. This includes design, delivery and implementation of both foundational and innovative, leading-edge technology products and platforms to support enhanced customer engagement, value-add automation and robust analytical insight and decisionsupport.
    In her previous role as the Asia Pacific Client Services and IT Regional Hub leader, Ms. Post provided leadership to establish MSD’s IT Regional Innovation & Development Center in Singapore, while also serving as the regional leader for the IT business partnerships for the Commercial, Manufacturing and R&D divisions. Since joining the company in 1998, Ms. Post has held a number of IT leadership positions to drive business capability enablement aligned with a variety of areas across Merck including support of MRL and Corporate divisions.
    Prior to joining Merck, Ms. Post worked for a variety of midtier typesetting and web development companies that were engaged primarily in the publication of financial, scientific, medical and technical materials.  Additionally, Ms. Post served as a board member for the Typesetters Association of NY and as President for PrintNJ.
    Ms. Post holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.A. from Douglass College.

  • Drew Schuil
    VP Global Product Strategy

    As VP Global Product Strategy at Imperva, I work with organizations on data security strategies to protect data where it lives. Over the last ten years, I’ve held a number of leadership positions at Imperva. In my current role, I serve as product strategist and customer advisor. Speaking at industry events and with companies around the globe, at last count, I’ve met with Imperva customers in 41 countries.

  • Trevor Schulze

  • Patrick Steele
    Chair, CIO Advisory Board
    Blumberg Capital

    Patrick Steele retired at the end of 2014 as the Executive Vice President and CIO for Delta Dental of California and a member of the Senior Executive Management Team. Delta Dental is a $9 billion enterprise and one of the largest dental benefit administrators in the nation.

    Mr. Steele currently chairs a CIO Advisory Board for Blumberg Capital, an early stage venture firm, and is active in the evaluation of new companies for the firm to invest in.

    Mr. Steele has 47 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, corporate retail, wholesale, supply chain, merchandising, information technology (IT), dot.com profit & loss, and worldwide retail exchange functions.

    Prior to joining Delta Dental, he was involved in consulting and business development, and was active in establishing several technology companies that serve the retail sector.

    As a former member of the executive management team for a $37 billion retailer, Mr. Steele led numerous strategic projects, inclusive of both large and small mergers and acquisitions.

    Mr. Steele sits on the Advisory Board for a Venture Capital firm and is active in the evaluation of new companies for the firm to invest in.

    Mr. Steele is also a Board Member of Dignity Health, a large multi-state healthcare delivery company based in San Francisco.

    Mr. Steele holds a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Mathematics, both from the University in Washington.

    He has been active in numerous civic organizations.

  • Valla Vakili
    Head of Ventures Studio
    Citi Ventures

  • Eric F. G. Wilson
    EVP & CIO, Security and Facilities
    SAFE Credit Union

    With over 30 years of global IT and Operations experience, Strategy and Business Development, Eric Wilson brings a diverse wealth of knowledge and expertise from a variety of industries and markets.

    Eric is EVP/CIO at Safe Credit Union. He oversees IT Strategy, Operations, Security and Facilities. Pervious he was SVP/ CTO of IT Core Services at Rabobank NA, provider of financial products to the Food and Agriculture sector.

    Prior to Rabobank, Eric was President/Managing Partner of TEK Market Place, providing management consulting in strategy, operations and business development to companies in financial services, retail and technology sector.

    Previous he was VP of Operations & CIO at Fusionstorm, a global provider of technology solutions, responsibilities included  cloud services division, technology strategy, supply chain logistics, purchasing, managed services, travel, and facilities.

    Prior to this Eric was the SVP & CIO of Raley's, a 3.5b+ high-end food retailer in California, Nevada and New Mexico.

    Eric serves on the Boards and Advisory Boards of several technology companies and technology associations. He graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada with a degree in computer science and business administration.

  • Jedidiah Yueh
    Founder and CEO

    Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management, first as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $4B in cumulative sales. After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which pioneered data virtualization, with over $200M in its first 7 years of sales (10x Avamar over the same period) and over 30% of the Global 100 as customers. At the 2010 Fall DEMO conference, Delphix won a DEMO God award, and in 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year. Well connected in the venture community, Jed has raised over $150M from over 10 VCs and has more than 25 patents in data management. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard. As Executive Chairman at Delphix, Jed partners with executives at industry leaders from Apple to Walmart to help them drive innovation through software.

  • Naveen Zutshi
    Palo Alto Networks

    Mr. Naveen Zutshi has been Chief Information Officer of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. since December 14, 2015. Mr. Zutshi served as the Vice President of Technology & Operations of Encover, Inc. Mr. Zutshi is responsible for Encover's technology and solution architecture, as well as IT operations. Prior to joining Encover, he spent seven years in a variety of senior technology positions with Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for architecting and delivering Enterprise Management & Identity Management Solutions. His background at Cisco also includes leading the development of Sales Force Automation technologies in support of the global sales force at Cisco. In his career, he spent six years with Wal-Mart Corporation, served as Strategy Manager for their enterprise information portal and in senior engineering positions at Tata Unisys. He holds a B.E. in Computer Engineering with Distinction from Bangalore University, and an MBA from the University of Arkansas.


August 30, 2018, 7:00 AM-5:30 PM
Rosewood Sand Hill

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:10 AM - 8:50 AM

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

Colleen Berube, Former EVP & CTO, Fisher Investments

Sridhar Nallani, SVP & CTO, Charlotte Russe

Phyllis Post, VP & CIO, Global Human Health IT, Merck

Eric F. G. Wilson, EVP & CIO, Security and Facilities, SAFE Credit Union

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

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

8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  What VCs Seek in Startup Leadership

Harish Belur, Managing Director, Riverwood Capital

David Blumberg, Managing Director, Blumberg Capital

Arif Janmohamed, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partner

Muddu Sudhakar, Entrepreneur and Executive

Moderator: Pat Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital

When venture capitalists place bets on startup tech companies, it’s not just the underlying technology and business model they’re gambling on. They also must be confident that the company has the right leadership in place to take the business to the next level.

During this session, you will hear from leading venture capitalists who will address the leadership competencies needed to succeed in today's fast-paced and disruptive environment.

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: The Evolution of the Customer Experience: What it Means to the CIO

Tom Keiser, COO, Zendesk

We are in the middle of an incredible shift in how businesses operate. The transformation of the customer experience and the prevalence of the public cloud are fundamentally changing the role of the CIO. It is CIOs who can help organizations adapt or be left behind. In this session, join Tom Keiser, Chief Operating Officer at Zendesk, to explore how the evolution of the customer experience is leading you and your companies into this new era.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM  

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

Steve Engels, Regional General Manager, Magenic

Prakash Kota, CIO, Autodesk

Brian Lillie, Chief Product Officer, Equinix

Raman Mehta, VP & CIO, Visteon Corporation

Wendy Pfeiffer, CIO, Nutanix 

Moderator:  Anil Earla, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Stealth.AI and Executive-in-Residence, HMG Strategy

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

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  


Year-Up Bay Area Update - Vic Espino, Director, Business Development, Year-Up Bay Area

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

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

Daniel Clifford, EY Board Referral, Americas Program Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

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

David Morris, Founder, Chairman & CEO, HiPER Solutions Group - The HSG

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change needed to become a digital enterprise, no matter what industry they are in. What are the top skills and traits necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and to achieve the future vision? This panel of top technology search executives and practitioners will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.     

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: When Digital Transformation Succeeds

Ron Markham, Executive Strategist, ServiceNow

There is no shortage of in-depth analysis and expert opinions on the topic of why digital transformation initiatives at organizations large and small are failing. Some are saying they are failing at a rate exceeding 70%. In a recent issue of Forbes, a contributing writer states that, "...this equates to over $900 billion worth of spend that will miss the mark." Invariably, the focus of the analytics then goes on to explain: What was missing? What went wrong? Where efforts went off the rails? etc.

In this presentation, Ron Markham will turn that question around and present an "expert opinion" on what's really behind digital transformation initiatives that succeed. But, unlike the "negative nellies" ready to opine about what went wrong (typically from the point of view of an outsider looking in), Ron will share his personal experiences as a CIO and transformation leader from the perspective of When Digital Transformation Succeeds. Not as an outsider looking in, but as an insider with the battle scars and the stories behind them.

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Balancing Agility, Innovation, and Security

Tom Baltis, VP CISO, Delta Dental Insurance Company

Todd Barnum, CISO, GoPro Inc.

Dr. Sarah Cortes, Sr. M&A Security Program Manager, Salesforce

Michael Montoya, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft

Drew Schuil, VP Global Product Strategy, Imperva 

Moderator:  Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion

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.

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Transition Break

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation in Highly Disruptive Times  

Lara Druyan, Managing Director, Head of Innovation West Coast, Royal Bank of Canada

Trevor Schultz,  CIO, Micron Technology

Valla Vakili, Head of Ventures Studio, Citi Ventures

Naveen Zutshi, CIO, Palo Alto Networks

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

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 CIO must be prepared to embrace strategic innovation while simplifying IT and bringing legacy operations and applications into the future. To accomplish this, the CIO must be strategically aligned with the CEO and the board.

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

4:20 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • ServiceNow

    ServiceNow's cloud platform delivers a faster, smarter & more automated experience. Create experiences that engage employees and drive fierce customer loyalty.

  • Zendesk

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


Platinum Partners

  • Equinix

    Companies today need to digitize business to compete and scale in the digital economy. To be digital leaders, businesses must invest in digital infrastructure to unlock new opportunities and support their sustainability goals. Equinix powers digital leaders to fast-track their competitive advantage. We deliver on this through our platform and global ecosystem of leading service providers—across clouds, networking, storage, compute, and software—and by bringing together foundational infrastructure, delivered through software and powering interconnected ecosystems.

  • Imperva

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

  • Magenic

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

  • 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.


Gold Partners

  • AutonomIQ

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

  • ForgeRock

    ForgeRock®, the leader in digital identity management, transforms how businesses build trusted relationships with people, services, and things. Organizations adopt the ForgeRock Identity Platform™ as their digital identity system of record to monetize customer relationships, address regulations for privacy and consent (GDPR, HIPAA, PSD2, Open Banking, etc), and leverage the internet of things. ForgeRock serves hundreds of brands, including Morningstar, Vodafone, GEICO, Toyota, TomTom, and Pearson, as well as governments like Norway, Canada, and Belgium, securing billions of identities worldwide. ForgeRock has offices across the USA, Europe, and Asia.

  • Ivanti

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

  • 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.

  • The Judge Group

    The Judge Group is a global managed services firm specializing in technology, consulting, learning, and talent solutions. With a network of over 11,000 professionals in over thirty locations worldwide, Judge assures that businesses can compete in a changing marketplace through Agile and DevOps services, network infrastructure solutions, and utilization of disruptive technologies such as AI and machine learning, cloud, big data, and cybersecurity solutions.

  • Zerto

    Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by reducing the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform, Zerto is changing the way disaster recovery, data protection and cloud are managed. With enterprise scale, Zerto’s software platform delivers continuous availability for an always-on customer experience while simplifying workload mobility to protect, recover, and move applications freely across hybrid and multi-clouds.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $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).


Rosewood Sand Hill

2825 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA

Room rate is $565/night. This rate expires on July 30, 2018.

To book a room, please call 1-650-561-1515 and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block.

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.


For more information contact us:

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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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