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2019 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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Marriott St. Louis Grand, St. Louis, MO

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

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

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

  • Bhavani Amirthalingam
    SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer

    Bhavani Amirthalingam joined Ameren in 2018 as senior vice president and chief digital information officer. She is leading Ameren's digital transformation to deliver a differentiated customer and co-worker experience, leveraging emerging technologies to enable the grid of the future while driving operational excellence at scale. She is focused on accelerating technology solutions to enable greater safety, security, reliability and productivity at scale.

    Amirthalingam brings to Ameren both a breadth and depth of experience as a customer-centric innovator. Starting in 2015, she worked as chief information officer and business transformation leader of North American Operations at Schneider Electric, a Fortune 500 corporation specializing in global energy management and automation solutions integrating technology, software and services. There, she drove the organization's digital transformation across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Previously, at World Wide Technology (WWT) Inc., she served as CIO and vice president of Customer Solutions and Innovation.  
    She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA in information management from the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai. Amirthalingam serves as a member of the Forbes Technology Council and an executive member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Information, Communication and Cyber Security (ICCS) Committee.
    Amirthalingam is as passionate about giving back as she is about driving results. She serves on the board for the St. Louis Ballet Company and the board of Soorya Performing Arts, promoting South Asian performing arts in North America. She also has been a mentor and coach for FIRST robotics competitions. She lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and two children. 

  • Jim Cavellier
    EVP & CIO
    Cass Information Systems, Inc.

    Jim Cavellier is currently the EVP & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Cass Information Systems. Cass is the nation's leading provider of transportation, energy, telecom and environmental invoice payment and information services. Within Cass, Mr. Cavellier has responsibility for the company’s global information technology strategy and operations.

    Mr. Cavellier has more than 25 years of experience in strategic technology planning and development of critical systems. His background includes streamlining operations, implementing Agile and Lean methodologies and enhancing business partner alignment.

    Immediately prior to joining Cass, Cavellier was a Domain Chief Information Officer for Payment and Wealth Management technologies within Comerica Bank. Over 16 years at Comerica, he held numerous technology leadership positions ranging from strategic technology planning to operational responsibility for all technology across the U.S.

    Previously, he held technology leadership positions with The Auto Club Group, Ernst & Young, LLP and General Motors/Electronic Data Systems. Mr. Cavellier earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan.

    Mr. Cavellier currently serves on the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) CIO Board, is active with the Society of Information Management (SIM) and St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) mentoring program.

  • Jerry Fox
    SVP & CIO
    BJC Healthcare

    As senior vice president and chief information officer for BJC HealthCare, Jerry Fox is responsible for planning, developing and supporting information technology and telecommunications initiatives throughout BJC’s hospitals and service organizations.

    Before coming to BJC, Fox was the global chief information officer with Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, Wis. He was responsible for information technology strategy and operations at the $6 billion industrial automation company with more than 25,000 employees in 80 countries. He joined Rockwell in 2007 as vice president of information technology operations.

    Throughout his career, Fox has held IT leadership positions across a diverse set of industry segments. Prior to Rockwell, Fox held technology leadership positions as chief technology
    officer and director of global information technology operations at Dana Corporation, a Toledo, Ohio-based automotive parts supplier.

    A native of Dayton, Ohio, Fox holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration – management information systems from Ohio University in Athens. He has been an active volunteer with the IT Senior Management Forum focused on expanding the pipeline of diverse IT talent. He is also co-founder of IT United, a CIO advisory board that connects IT professionals with community volunteer opportunities.

  • Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons
    City of St. Louis

    Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons, DBA, serves as  the City’s Chief Technology Officer, the first CTO to be appointed in the City’s history. He joined the City after serving as the Statewide Enterprise Technology Architect for the State of Washington. His prior positions include business and technology consulting for the American Red Cross and several technology officer positions while serving in the U.S. Military. As the CTO for the City of St. Louis, Robert leads initiatives to explore how technology can be used to improve quality of life for citizens. He also serves as the point person in developing partnerships between the City and St. Louis’s growing tech and innovation sectors.

  • Don Guenther
    VP Business Development
    Technology Partners

  • David Hartley
    Partner and Director + Advisory Services
    Anders CPAs + Advisors

  • Stephen Hassell

    Steve Hassell has been on the tech industry’s radar for over 20 years as a recognized thought leader & technology executive with extensive experience consolidating and turning-around billion-dollar, global operations. Because he moves seamlessly between technology and business circles, Steve has enjoyed success in both the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer roles.

    Steve is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Atomation, a St. Louis headquartered startup that provides an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) platform using distributed intelligence to disrupt traditional automation system approaches in the Utility, Machinery and Logistics spaces.

    Prior to Atomation, Steve spent over 12 years at Emerson Electric Company (NYSE: EMR), an $18B multinational, Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial, commercial and consumer market products.  Steve spent his first 6 years as Emerson’s Chief Information Officer where he led efforts to synergize, centralize and consolidate company-wide IT strategies to leverage information across the businesses.  He then shifted to a business role leading what became Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business, a $1.1B global provider of data center hardware and software across the technology spectrum.

    Before joining Emerson Electric, Steve served as CIO at Invensys, VP and CIO of Newport News Shipbuilding as well as CEO of Naptheon, a wholly owned subsidiary that he launched out of Newport News Shipbuilding to transform internal IT operations from a cost line item to a revenue generator.

    Steve holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science before serving seven years as a surface line officer in the United States Navy.

    Steve serves as a board member of BotDoc, an advisory board member of CYR3CON and the Internet of Things Community and is a mentor at SixThirty Cyber in St. Louis.  He lives in Ladue with his wife, Susan, and has two children - one in college and one recent college graduate.

  • Peter Hogan
    Post Holdings

    Pete Hogan is CTO at Post Holdings, Inc. He has led the transformation of Post Application and Data models into the cloud for over 60 applications along with the program management for the acquisition integration efforts across the IT ecosystems where Operating Divisions combined for synergies. Pete has also established the Enterprise Decision Science team to support Holding’s analytic functions through consolidated information in the cloud along with the team evolving to serve a consulting analytics role to the dozen plus Operating Companies Post Holdings has acquired over the past six years. In addition, he has led Post Holdings and it’s Operating Divisions through both Privacy Shield and GDPR compliance where the business units were potentially impacted. Prior to this, Pete was a VP over eCommerce and Retail Systems at Caleres and Integrated Product Services at MasterCard International.

  • Mike Honer
    Executive Recruiter
    Honer & Associates

    In April of 2017 celebrated 40th Anniversary in the Recruiting Industry. Diverse experience, started career working for a Privately Held Recruiting Firm, moved into Privately Held Partnership serving as a billable CEO, and currently work as a Self-Employed Executive Recruiter as the only Employee.

    Started career with Professional Career Development a privately held, high-caliber recruiting firm with multiple specialties in direct hire placement. Worked as an individual contributor for 18 months in the Information Technology Division before promotion to Vice President of the Division. Ran division for 12 years before starting Preferred Resources. Recruited and placed professionals working under the Corporate CIO and managed a staff of up to 12.

    Prior to opening Honer and Associates, founded, grew, and managed Preferred Resources. Started Preferred Resources as employee #1. Built company’s two lines of business, direct hire placement and information technology staffing (contracting) rapidly. High water mark through the 90's was approximately 100 employees, 80 contractors/rest recruiters and admin staff. Sold interest in Preferred Resources in 2001 to start Honer and Associates and return focus to direct hire search for Information Technology clientele, specializing in the roles listed above.

    Founded Honer and Associates in June of 2002 as an Executive Recruiting Firm specializing in IT Leadership, Management, and SMEs. Currently provide direct hire services to Enterprise Technology functions and Information Technology organizations. Expert in talent acquisition and retention. Ability to identify, recognize, and exclusively refer high caliber candidates "that fit" client's specific competencies, requirements, and organizational demands. Lines of business include both retained and contingency search services. Work with Growth Companies concentrating on the recruitment of CIOs, VPs, Sr. Directors, Directors, Managers, Architects, Program Directors, and Sr. Technical Engineering Staff.

    Currently live in Wildwood, MO with wife Shelley of 29 years and have office in Chesterfield, MO.


  • Kevin Hooper
    President and General Manager, DCG NA Sales

    Kevin N Hooper is President and General Manager of DCG for NA where he owns Sales, Channels, Solutions, Alliances and Services. Prior to Lenovo, Kevin led revenue generation at Rogue Wave Software as their Chief Revenue Officer focusing on developing and executing sales strategies, as well as aligning and optimizing the customer experience to deliver revenue. Kevin started his career designing nuclear power plant control rooms and coding some of the first interfaces to access databases over ARPANET in the early 1990s. Kevin brings experience with large sales organizations, including direct, channel, and strategic partnerships at Oracle, IBM, HP and NEC. Always focused on entrepreneurial business lines, new customer acquisition, and channels, Kevin brings his passion for solving customer problems with technology. Kevin holds a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics, and a Masters in Industrial Engineering. He lives in Winnetka, IL, a suburb of Chicago with his wife, 3 children and a black Labrador named Ash.

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

    Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO practice from its San Francisco office.  Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted many “C” level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming/building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies.  He has conducted “C” level searches conducted for organizations such as Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, and Wellmark. 

    Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million Public Company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary. 

    Tony uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for Tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, ‘Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com).

    The core of Tony’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

    Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past 12 years.  The Forum is a monthly venue for CIO’s and CTO’s to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded these leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis.  Participating companies have included: Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma among others. 

    Tony received a Bachelor of Commerce (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.

  • Matthew Modica
    VP & CISO
    BJC Healthcare

    As vice president and chief information security officer for BJC HealthCare, Matthew Modica is responsible for the strategic direction, planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems, business operation and facility defenses against security breaches and vulnerability issues. He has the responsibility for establishing, meeting and continuously monitoring the information security goals and objectives, while maintaining alignment with the strategic goals and priorities for BJC. BJC HealthCare is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care organizations with $5.3 billion in net revenues and more than 31,000 employees in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Its teaching hospitals, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, are affiliated with internationally renowned Washington University School of Medicine. Modica has a long-tenured career in the information security field at multiple Fortune 1000 companies in the financial services, health care and data services industries. Modica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Southeast Missouri State University and is currently attending Webster University’s MBA program. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Modica is passionate about preparing the next generation to serve in cybersecurity and STEM-related roles. He serves on the St. Louis CISO board and cybersecurity advisory committees for Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University, Washington University, SecureWorld St. Louis and the Evanta CXO Summit. Additionally, Modica sits on the Autism Speaks STL golf committee whose mission is to raise funds to support research and services for those on the autism spectrum.

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a transformative CEO at HMG Strategy, LLC, the strongest executive leadership network. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in consulting with IT executive leaders, Hunter is a multi-title book author and a frequent industry speaker on transformational leadership and innovation. His concepts are used worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise.

    Through years of research and experience, Hunter has published four books: “The Transformational CIO” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), “On Top of The Cloud” (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), “Leading the Epic Revolution” (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), and “The Big Shift in IT Leadership” (John Wiley & Sons, 2015).

    HMG Strategy assists C-level executives in becoming transformational leaders. HMG Strategy hosts networking summits and provides services that are focused around innovative IT leadership, management, and technology support to CIOs and senior IT executives. HMG Strategy is "The Strongest Executive Leadership Network" with an international association of more than 300,000 global CIOs/senior IT executives, industry experts, and world-class thought leaders.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT-related charities, and Hunter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.



  • Lisa Nichols
    Technology Partners

  • Rick Nolle
    St. Louis County

  • Mark Polansky
    Senior Partner, Technology Officers Practice
    Korn Ferry

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

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

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

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

  • Dr. Nalini Polavarapu
    Enterprise Data Science Strategy Lead
    Bayer Crop Science

    Nalini Polavarapu has been with Bayer for over ten years and heads the data science strategy and portfolio for Bayer Crop Science division. Data science activities range from applying data, IT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and analytics to derive data-driven insights to enhance customer value, invent cognitive systems to deliver predictive pipeline for research and development, analytics to connect supply chain to improve net promoter score and reduce cost of goods and implement digital tools for environmental and customer sustainability.

    Over the course of her career, Nalini held positions of increasing levels of leadership responsibilities managing teams operating across geographies in Americas, EMEA, Asia and Africa, and has successfully established and led an off-shore center in India. She also initiated multiple external partnerships and collaborations with start-ups, large corporations and universities. Nalini played a key role in building a world-class global data science organization at Bayer which is now at 500+ and growing.

    Nalini has a PhD and dual Masters in Computer Science and Bioinformatics from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Nalini has authored and co-authored multiple analytical patents, research articles in leading scientific journals and co-authored book chapters on high throughput data analysis and applications.

  • Simona Rollinson
    Clayco Construction


  • Teresa Sanzottera
    VP & CIO, Specialty Generics
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Teresa Sanzottera is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Specialty Generics at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, a global chemical and generic pharmaceutical business.   As a member of the Specialty Generics executive team, she provides digital and technical leadership, vision, and experience.  During her tenure at Mallinckrodt, Ms. Sanzottera has led several global technology initiatives and has made substantial contributions to Mallinckrodt’s acquisition integrations and divestitures.     

    Prior to her tenure at Mallinckrodt, Ms. Sanzottera spent 10 years in various IT technical and project management roles in financial services, higher education and manufacturing.     She served as a 2018 Edison Award Judge, an organization that honors and recognizes innovation and innovators.    Ms. Sanzottera has served on United Way funding committees and is active with several other philanthropic organizations.      

    She holds a bachelor’s degree from Webster University in International Studies and a Master’s of Business Administration from Maryville University.

  • Tom Schunk
    Vice President Global Communications & Chief Information Security Officer

    Mr. Schunk is responsible for the leadership of all aspects of Emerson's Global Information Security Program; Strategy, Threat Detection & Containment, Computer Incident Response (CIRT), Data Protection, Threat Intelligence, Security Awareness, Risk/Compliance, and Authentication Services. He also has responsibility for Global Communications Services, which includes Network and Unified Communications solutions for all Emerson locations and employees worldwide. Tom has held a variety of leadership roles within Emerson over the last 22 years and has over 30 years total of technology related experience. He holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis. 

  • Erin Stamm
    Esse Health

    Erin Stamm is the Chief Operations Officer of Esse Health. Stamm is a talented and strategic IT leader and healthcare professional with an extensive background in the development of groundbreaking health technology. She provides executive level leadership for both population health and value based care models at Esse Health. Stamm also currently serves as a Board Member for Missouri Health Connection. Prior to joining Esse Health, Stamm served as the Administrator of Health Information Management at Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics.                               

    Esse Health is a St. Louis-based, independent physician group that strives to improve the overall well-being of its patients through patient education, lifestyle modification and prevention.  Esse Health has been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2017 recognition by the National Committee on Quality Assurance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts Initiative recognized Esse Health as a 2014 Hypertension Control Champion for its success in helping patients control their high blood pressure.  With 45 locations throughout the St. Louis and Metro East area, Esse Health’s services include asthma, allergy and immunology, family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, nutrition, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology and urology.  Esse Health is a recognized leader in using technology in health care and physician accountability for both quality and cost-of-care.  For more information on Esse Health, visit www.essehealth.com.

  • Petra Volckaert
    Vice President, Global Marketing and Commercial Excellence IT Lead
    Bayer Crop Science

    Petra Volckaert is the Global Information Technology Lead for Vegetable Seeds and Ag Productivity at Bayer. Prior to her current role, Ms. Volckaert spent eight years at Monsanto Company, serving in a variety of roles within their vegetable seeds business including overseeing operations for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) Strategy and Marketing in Barcelona, and EMEA Marketing Operations Lead and EMEA IT Lead in The Netherlands. Ms. Volckaert has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, International Business Administration, and Translation and Interpretation of Dutch, English and Spanish. She also studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Ghent in Belgium and completed the Erasmus Program at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

  • Mike Williams
    Software Design Partners

  • Erica Wilson
    VP, IT Security & Risk
    Cass Information Systems, Inc.

    Erica Wilson has over 18 years of IT experience, 15 of which are in the field of Cybersecurity. She has worked in various industries including manufacturing, higher education and financial services. Erica currently serves as VP of Cybersecurity and Technology Risk at Cass Information Systems. She has responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Cybersecurity program, including security strategy, policies & procedures, technologies, and training program.  In addition, Erica leads all aspects of technology risk management, including compliance with internal and regulatory controls, as well as the Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery program.

    Prior to joining Cass, Erica worked at Anheuser-Busch (2001 – 2009), followed by Scottrade (2009-2018). While at Scottrade, Erica held multiple positions of increasing responsibility ranging from Manager of Information Security to VP of IT Infrastructure Controls and Risk Management. Similarly, while at Anheuser-Busch, Erica held multiple positions pertaining to information security and data protection. Erica has a passion for STEM education.  Throughout her professional career, she has consistently identified ways to influence and encourage others in the community, specifically generations X and Z, to explore opportunities to work in the fields information technology and cybersecurity. 

    Erica holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration/Information Systems from the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Southeast Missouri State University. She also holds various professional certifications which include a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ISC(2) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) from ISACA. Erica enjoys being an advocate of STEM education particularly to youth in the St. Louis community. Outside of work, she loves to travel and spend time with her husband, Aaron and daughter, Avery.

  • Jedidiah Yueh
    Founder and Chairman

    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.


October 3, 2019, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Marriott St. Louis Grand

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

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons, CTO, City of St. Louis

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk: Darktrace

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk: UiPath 

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:  Tailoring Your Cloud Strategy to Deliver Business Agility

Kevin Hooper, President and General Manager, DCG NA Sales, Lenovo

As businesses evaluate the move to cloud, like anything else in life, it’s a journey not a destination. Lenovo will share their experiences in the market with their customers and their experiences as a multi-billion dollar international enterprise. And, hopefully, leave the audience entertained and informed on what signs to look for and which ones to follow.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM  

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

Stephen Hassell, CEO, Atomation

Dr. Nalini Polavarapu, Enterprise Data Science Strategy Lead, Bayer Crop Science

Jed Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator: Mike Williams, President, Software Design Partners

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

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Presentation of the HMG Strategy Technology Business Leadership Award to Greg and Lisa Nichols of Technology Partners!

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  Emerging Technologies Driving Ameren's Digital Transformation

Bhavani Amirthalingam, SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer, Ameren, interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 

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

Mike Honer, Executive Recruiter, Honer & Associates 

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

John Madera, Corporate Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates 

Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, Technology Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

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

2:00 PM -2:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Women in IT Leading Global Organizations

Kim Martin
, EVP IT, Mastercard

Simona Rollinson, CIO, Clayco Construction

Teresa Sanzoterra, VP & CIO, Specialty Generics, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Erin Stamm, COO, Esse Healthcare

Petra Volckaert, Vice President, Global Marketing and Commercial Excellence IT Lead, Bayer Crop Science

Moderator:  Lisa Nichols, CEO, Technology Partners

Though women in IT only account for around 25% of IT leaders today, they are responsible for driving unprecedented value in large, global organizations. In fact, the companies that perform the best financially have the greatest amount of women in leadership roles.

This panel of successful women IT leaders from global organizations will share their leadership strategies and stories about driving and leading teams and technology in a hyper-competitive environment for women, and men.

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Enabling Innovation in the Secure Enterprise 

David Hartley, Partner & Director + Advisory Services, Anders CPAs & Advisors

Matthew Modica, VP & CISO, BJC Healthcare

Tom Schunk
, VP & CISO, Emerson

Erica Wilson
, Vice President, IT Security & Risk, Cass Information Systems, Inc.

TBD: Fortinet

Moderator: Don Guenther, VP Business Development, Technology Partners

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

3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Transition Break

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Jim Cavellier, EVP & CIO, Cass Information Systems, Inc.

Jerry Fox, SVP & CIO, BJC Healthcare

Rick Nolle,
CIO, St. Louis County

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

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

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians, the Enterprise Immune System uses machine learning and AI algorithms to detect and respond to cyber-threats across diverse digital environments, including cloud and virtualized networks, IoT and industrial control systems. The technology is self-learning and requires no set-up, identifying threats in real time, including zero-days, insiders and stealthy, silent attackers. Darktrace is headquartered in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK, and has over 30 offices worldwide.

  • Lenovo

    Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$50 billion Fortune Global 500 company, with 57,000 employees and operating in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society. By designing, engineering and building the world’s most complete portfolio of smart devices and infrastructure, we are also leading an Intelligent Transformation – to create better experiences and opportunities for millions of customers around the world. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Weibo and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

  • UiPath

    UiPath is leading the “automation first” era – championing one robot for every person, delivering free and open training and collaboration, and enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. The company’s enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for business and government organizations all over the world, improving productivity, customer experience, and employee job satisfaction. Recently named by Comparably as the 6th happiest place to work and the 11th best company culture among large businesses, UiPath is one of the fastest growing and highest-valued AI enterprise software companies worldwide.


Platinum Partners

  • Delphix

    Delphix's mission is to free companies from data friction and accelerate innovation. The Delphix Dynamic Data Platform allows data to be securely delivered to every stakeholder, across on-premise, cloud & hybrid environments, at the speed required to enable rapid development and delivery of applications and solutions. The Delphix Dynamic Data Platform provides a comprehensive approach to DataOps, enabling companies to easily deliver and secure data, wherever it exists.


Gold Partners

  • Everstream

    Everstream has raised the bar for business connectivity, delivering a business-only fiber network with the speed, reliability, scale and performance that today’s enterprises demand. With more than 10,000 route miles of fiber spanning six states and speeds up to 100 Gbps, Everstream’s enterprise-grade network delivers robust business fiber services, including dedicated internet access, dark fiber, Ethernet and data center solutions. Through its “Do What You Say You Will Do” approach, Everstream is a valued partner dedicated to the success of business customers.

  • Insight

    Insight Cloud + Data Center Transformation is a complete IT services and solution provider that helps organizations transform technology, operations, and service delivery to meet challenges and future-proof the business. As an independent integrator, we’re free to recommend the most appropriate solutions — across cloud, IT transformation, next-generation technology, and security.

  • 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, celebrating 50 years of service, is a leading professional services firm specializing in Technology Consulting, Learning, and Staffing Solutions. Judge’s applications and infrastructure services include support for Agile / DevOps transformations and disruptive technologies such as A.I. & machine learning, big data, robotic process automation, blockchain, and cybersecurity. Judge’s workforce consists of more than 9,000 professionals strong delivered through its national and international footprint of 30+ offices in the U.S., Canada, and India. Judge is the 12th largest IT staffing firm in the U.S. as ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts and has consistently been recognized among the top 2% of industry leaders for client and talent satisfaction.

  • 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.


Supporting Partners

  • 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.

  • Workday, Inc.

    Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.


Local Partners

  • iSymplify

    iSymplify helps businesses perform more efficiently by leveraging cloud services to reduce costs or meet new business challenges. With a technology-agnostic and provider-neutral approach, iSymplify works collaboratively with clients to meet business needs - focusing on delivering the best course of action for ideal short- and long-term solutions with technologies such as voice/web collaboration, networking and managed services, cloud computing, Microsoft Cloud, IoT and AI, disaster recovery, security, and blockchain.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Glynn Capital

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

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $6 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).


Marriott St. Louis Grand

800 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO

Room rate is $179/night. This rate expires on September 11, 2019.

To book a room, please call 1-314-621-9600 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.


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