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2019 Stamford CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel, Stamford, CT

Enterprise 2025: Accelerating the Digital Roadmap to Survive and Thrive

The mantra in today’s fast-changing business environment is disrupt or be disrupted. CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in partnering with the CEO and the Board to identify how digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, the Internet of Things and robotic process automation (RPA) can be leveraged to create competitive differentiation in the global digital economy.

The innovative mindset and cultural transformation skills needed to usher a successful digital roadmap for the business will be the focal point of the 2019 Stamford CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Wolfgang Bauriedel
    Practice Lead, Technology Sector
    Russell Reynolds Associates

    Wolfgang Bauriedel is a member of the firm’s Technology Sector. He specializes in technology enabled business transformation and advises clients across industries on digital transformation, organization and enablement. He is based in Boston.


    Before joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Wolfgang served as Partner and Managing Director for the Boston Consulting Group in their Digital Transformation Practice. Prior to that, Wolfgang was Partner for the Strategic Information Technology and Operations practice at Oliver Wyman. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership roles for AlixPartners, Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg, and Accenture.


    Wolfgang earned his Master’s in Computer Science from the Technical University in Munich, Germany. He also has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the Technical University in Munich, Germany and Mathematics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Wolfgang is fluent in German.

  • Robert Bernard
    Executive Director DCG Supply Chain Strategy & Innovation

    ROBERT (BOBBY) BERNARD is currently the Executive Director of Global Procurement / Supply Chain Strategy & Transformation for Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG).  Based on his ability to create a vision and make it a reality through strategy development and implementation, he was asked by the senior executive team to take on this new role after serving in various supply chain, procurement, and services roles within Lenovo since joining in 2013.  Bobby leads an organization with members in US, Europe, and China responsible for developing industry-leading supply chain strategies and the digital transformation of the DCG supply chain to create operational efficiencies, drive incremental commerce, and ensure positive customer experiences.

    Prior to Lenovo, Bobby worked in a various executive leadership positions at Dell, Inc. across procurement, supply chain, product development, services, and quality.  This included a three-year international assignment in Shanghai, China where he built locally a product operations and supply chain organization with global responsibilities and led the product quality organization for Dell’s entire consumer business worldwide with teams in Austin, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.

    Bobby started his career at IBM in various roles across manufacturing, supply chain, and new product development over an eight year span.

    Bobby holds a bachelor of science dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is married, has a daughter and a son, and lives in Apex, North Carolina.  Outside of work, Bobby spends time volunteering in youth sports and participating in Sitting Volleyball for disabled veterans.

  • Jim Carroll
    World Renowned Futurist, Trends and Innovation Expert

    Jim is one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts, with a massive global blue chip client list. Over the last 25 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight at his events.

    Jim’s global client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization.

    With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

    Organizations worldwide are working hard to determine what to do in the era of acceleration and disruption – and in large numbers, turn to Jim for the high level strategic guidance into the trends they must align to and the
    strategies they need to adopt.

    Jim shares this insight at the top tier of global events, with events that have included Leonard Nimoy (“Spock” of Star Trek), President George W. Bush, the late Carrie Fisher (“Princess Leia” of Star Wars), Terry Bradshaw of the NFL, Biz Stone (Founder of Twitter), Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, Astronauts Scott Kelly (last pilot of the Space Shuttle), Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, business leaders Jack Welch of GE and Roger Goodall, the Commissioner of the NFL, actors Robert deNiro, Goldie Hawn & Forest Whittaker, and Lee Trevino and Bubba Watson of golf, among others.

  • Bertina Ceccarelli

    Bertina Ceccarelli joined NPower as Chief Executive Officer in May, 2016.  NPower is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.  NPower empowers under-represented talent to pursue tech futures by teaching the digital and professional skills demanded by the marketplace, and by engaging corporations, volunteers and nonprofits in the long-term success of our students. 

    Ms. Ceccarelli is an engineer by training and began her career in technology as a Systems Analyst for Procter & Gamble before moving into sales and marketing for the company.  After P&G, she joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), where she served in several executive roles, including Senior Vice President, Marketing for NBC’s online ventures and Senior Vice President for Brand Strategy for NBCi, a portfolio company of the broadcast network.

    After a successful career in the corporate sector, Ms. Ceccarelli chose to transition her skills to the nonprofit sector.  Growing up in a working-class family and the first to graduate from high school, she was drawn to a community that once supported her own educational endeavors.  In 2001, Ms. Ceccarelli joined United Way of New York City as Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement where she led marketing, brand strategy, donor relationship management, fundraising, and corporate volunteer engagement.

    Prior to her appointment at NPower, she served as Executive Vice President of Global Resources at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she led fundraising from private sources, capital campaigns, corporate strategy, conservation finance, membership, direct response, and events. She was responsible for generating over $85 million annually in programmatic and unrestricted funds. In her role she led brand development and strategy for the Society and launched Future Leaders, a workforce development initiative to accelerate career success for local Bronx youth.

    Bertina holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has served on the board of Girls Inc. New York and the Strategic Planning Council for Brooklyn Youth Chorus.  She has also served on the board of Women in Development and chaired the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Social Enterprise Conference.  She is a certified yoga instructor.  Bertina lives in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn with her husband and teenage son.


  • Peta-Gay Clarke
    Diversity Manager

    Peta-Gay Clarke is a well-rounded professional with broad experience as a Business, Information Technology and Community leader coupled with a passion for providing S.T.E.M. education to youth underrepresented in the technology industry. Peta is currently a Diversity Manager working under the Inclusion and Educational Equity pods at Google in an effort to advance an inclusive culture for current and future Googlers. She is the Program Lead for Google Code Next -- an initiative to expand social capital in Black and Latino neighborhoods by developing culturally engaging and community-centric tech experiences. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science. Previously, Peta was the Deputy Director of IT at the Columbia University School of Journalism and has over 10 years experience as a Programmer building web-based applications for companies such as Federal Reserve Bank, NYC Department of Education, New York Magazine and COACH Inc. Peta holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Programming from Farmingdale State University of New York (SUNY). She has earned a Master's Degree from Pace University and was awarded the Civic Engagement Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service in May 2015. 

  • Lynn Clarke
    CEO, Board Chair & Director

    Lynn is an independent board director, Chair & CEO with consumer packaged goods, digital, e-commerce, manufacturing, distribution, technology & specialty retail expertise. She has driven growth & has strategic, branding & operating experience in nine different industries, two Fortune 50 companies, two Private Equity firms and also acquired her own specialty e-commerce/digital company. Lynn is currently Chair of two boards & has experience on more than10 privately-held & private equity owned boards. Her experience includes 17 years of executive and general management, branding & operations roles at PepsiCo & General Mills, 4 years as CEO of private equity-owned companies & 11 years as CEO of an award-winning, direct to consumer global e-commerce business. Lynn’s goal as a board member is to advise companies on how to grow profitable businesses via digital disruption & brand building, based on a deep understanding of consumer & customer needs, enabling those organizations meet those needs better than competitors.

    Current Governance Roles
    2018 to date - Chairman of the Board, Nielsen-Massey, Privately-held food flavorings manufacturer
    2018 to date - Chairman of the Board, Talalay Global Latex, PE-owned mattress component manufacturer
    2017 to date - Board Member, Top Notch Distributors, Privately-held architectural hardware distributor
    2014 to date - Board Member, visii.com, early stage AI & visual search technology, London-based
    2009 to date - Board Member, Abarta Coca-Cola Beverages, Governance, Audit & Compensation Chair -

    Previous Governance Roles
    2009 to 2018 - Board Member, Kahiki Frozen Foods (previously publicy-traded); recently sold
    2011 to 2014 - Board Member, Trophikos Inc. Privately-held nutrition supplement e-commerce distributor
    2006 to 2008 - Advisory Board Member, Wells-Fargo (Wachovia) Bank
    2001 to 2004 - Board Member, Oskar Huber Furniture, Privately-held retailer CEO/Leadership
    2005 to 2017 CEO - MetroKitchen.com, digital consumer retailer of upscale brands of cookware, knives
    2002 to 2004 President/CEO - Fox Run, home products distributor to specialty retail 2000 to 2002 President/CEO, Board Member - Message Link, retailer/direct marketer of wireless products
    1989 to 2000 Pepsi Co - Marketing to Division General Manager
    1983 to 1989 General Mills - Marketing Assistant to Product Manager

    Lynn is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut chapter, a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO). She is also a frequent speaker on strategic planning, digital disruption & compensation, including at the 2018 NACD Summit, NACD Advanced Directors Conference, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Private Directors Association & the Georgia Institute of Technology Business School.

    She attended the YPO Harvard Business School leadership program & Wharton Business School Directors program. Lynn has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Journalism & Communications from Point Park University. She is a resident of Greenwich, CT.

  • Harriet Edelman
    Vice Chairman
    Emigrant Bank

    Harriet Edelman is an accomplished senior executive with over thirty years of global operating experience in consumer goods and financial services. Harriet is Vice Chairman of Emigrant Bank, the largest privately held, family owned and run community bank in the United States. Harriet has responsibility for Finance Operations, Information Technology, and Credit Administration.

    Prior to Emigrant Bank, Harriet began her career and spent twenty-five years in consumer businesses. She rose to leadership positions in Marketing, Sales, Business Strategy and Transformation, e-commerce, Global Supply Chain and Information Technology. Harriet served as a Member of the Executive Committee and Member of the Finance Committee.

    Harriet has served on large public company boards for sixteen years in the U.S. and Europe, serving as Chairman and Member of Nominating & Governance Committees, Vice Chairman of Audit Committees, and Member of Executive and Compensation Committees. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brinker International, Inc., and Assurant, Inc. Previously, Harriet served on the Board of Directors of UCB, from 2012 through 2017, and The Hershey Company, Ariba, and the Blair Corporation.

    Harriet serves on the Board of Trustees at Bucknell University as Vice Chairman, Chairs the Campus Life Committee, and serves as a Member of the Finance, and Nominating & Governance Committees. She served as a Trustee at the New York Blood Center from 2010 until April of 2017 and Chaired the Oversight Committee and Strategic Planning Committee and was a Member of the Executive Committee.

    Harriet earned an MBA from Fordham University in Marketing and Operations Research and a Bachelor's degree from Bucknell University. Harriet completed the NACD CERT Certificate for Cybersecurity Oversight for Directors in July, 2018. She has been a guest lecturer on leadership, technology, women’s advancement, diversity and inclusion, and business strategy.

  • Greg Fell
    Chief Operating Officer
    Gama Aviation

  • Ursuline Foley
    Board Member & Strategic Advisor

    Ursuline (Urs) Foley has 35 years of global experience in Financial Services and Technology.  An accomplished executive, Urs served as Chief Corporate Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Managing Director with XL Group. She has proven leadership in driving company growth, expense containment and innovation strategies through success in multiple M&A integrations, diversifications, major complex business transformations, regulatory compliance and data privacy, shared service establishment and by leading technology, data & digital capabilities. Urs led large global high-performance teams for technology and specific operations for many years. Prior to XL Group, Urs held various technology positions at other Reinsurance, Financial brokerage, Shipping and Manufacturing firms. Urs lived and worked in Ireland, Bermuda and U.S. (citizen)

    As XL’s Corporate Operations Officer, Urs led major complex transformations across; Finance, Investments, Claims, Actuarial, Risk, Reserving, HR, data & cyber/GDPR compliance. She also served on the Enterprise Risk, Crisis Management, Cyber, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity committees. As a Managing Director, Urs co-led advancing enterprise culture e.g. Diversity & Inclusion, Future Focused supported by Innovation and Digital, plus Insurtech due-diligence.

    Urs was a member of XL’s U.S. legal entity boards for a few years. She is Chairman and prior President of  Westchester Fairfield Society for Information Management. She is on the board of  three university advisory boards and a professional services firm.  Historically, she chaired global industry standard committees (e.g. ACORD, BRMA, RAA). Urs is a sought after conference speaker on technology and data, plus has published articles over the years.

    Urs holds a Bachelor of Science and Teaching Diploma from University College Cork, Ireland, Masters of Science from PACE University NYC and Technology Leadership certificate from Babson University Boston. Attended the NYC College of Insurance and the College of Finance.

  • Hugo Fueglein
    Managing Director, CIO/IT Practice
    Diversified Search

    Hugo Fueglein is a Managing Director in Diversified Search’s New York City office. He is a leader in the CIO & IT Management Practice in the United States and is a core member of the Global CIO Practice for Diversified Search.  Mr. Fueglein is also a leading member of the Global Technology Practice at Diversified Search. He has placed technology executives in key positions across all industries.  Hugo’s specialization is in the placement of Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, and technology executives in IT Architecture, IT Infrastructure, Application Development, and IT Operations.

    Prior to joining Diversified Search, Mr. Fueglein was an Executive Vice President with DHR International and formerly an integral member of the CIO and IT Practice at CTPartners.  He served clients across industries, recruiting talent to fill critical roles in corporate technology functions.  Hugo has completed assignments for CIOs and key leadership positions in technology for a broad scope of clients that continuously utilize technology as a strategic initiative.  Industry sectors served include technology, consumer goods, retail, energy, financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and industrial.

    Hugo’s search career also includes being a Principal with both Korn/Ferry International and Morgan Samuels.  During his seven year tenure with Korn/Ferry, he was instrumental in the creation of the CIO Center of Expertise.  Earlier in his career, Hugo was an economist with Chase Econometrics and The WEFA Group (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates).  While serving as an economist with The WEFA Group (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates), Hugo refined his strategic process management and developed superior communication abilities in working with a diverse clientele.

    BS, Agricultural Economics, University of Connecticut

    MS, Agricultural Economics, University of Connecticut

  • Rocco Grillo
    Managing Director - Global Cyber Risk Services
    Alvarez & Marsal

    Cybersecurity Executive Leader with extensive experience leading teams and providing clients with cybersecurity advisory services, incident response investigations, and other technical services, as well as guidance to C-Suite and Board level clients. I serve as a trusted advisor and partner to clients, law enforcement and government agencies, law firms, and industry organizations to address cybersecurity matters including incident response & forensics investigations, as well as vulnerability and threat management matters. He is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and affiliate board advisor to industry organizations including FS-ISAC, Retail-CISC, NH-ISAC as well as other ISACS, and member of the Shared Assessments Steering Committee Board. He has also served on the CLM Cyber Liability Council, the Board of Directors of the NY ISSA, the IT Policy Compliance Group, and the (i-4) Research Committee and he has been Interviewed / quoted in CNNMoney, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The London Times, Thomson Reuters, and other industry publications.

  • Prachi Kasodhan
    Executive Director
    Morgan Stanley

  • Matthew Lagana
    Chief Information Security Officer

    Matt Lagana is an IT Director and Chief Information Security Officer for MBIA, Inc and serves as chair of MBIA’s Enterprise Security Council. His responsibilities include protection of MBIA’s network and computing infrastructure – including cyber, mobile computing, security policy, regulatory compliance, planning and architecture. Mr. Lagana’s twenty year career began with Avon Products, where he held several security positions of increasing responsibility leading to managing the company’s Global Information Protection practice. In 2001, he joined MBIA as the firm’s first Chief Information Security Officer. Matt has subject matter expertise in Information Security and Risk Management, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, Corporate Governance, Operational Risk, Audit / Compliance, and Technology Infrastructure and Operations. Matt has wide-ranging experience in building strong internal control frameworks and aligning them with organizational needs and requirements. He has had a keen focus in the area of Cybersecurity and creating multi-tiered Security Architectures, including being an early champion and adapter of next generation ‘behavioral’ based security technologies. Mr. Lagana is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2002 and is an active member of both the International Information Security Consortium and Computer Security Institute. He also holds a Master’s degree in Management & Systems from NYU with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership.

  • Vinny Licht
    Tauck World Discovery

    Vinny Licht is the Chief Information Officer at Tauck, a leader in premium guided travel experiences. At Tauck he has built a team known for excellence and he has led successful system transformation initiatives as well as successful deployments of new technology. Previously, he was a Principal and Industry Analyst at AQA Research. He also served as an IT Director at Avon Products, where he had responsibility for systems and technology supporting R&D, Marketing, Sales, Distribution, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. He has been quoted in Computerworld magazine regarding innovative approaches to disaster recovery and interviewed on CIO Talk Radio on achieving excellence with the IT service desk. He has twice served as board chair on non-profit boards.

  • Beverly Lieberman
    Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

    Beverly Lieberman is President of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates, a leading, retained executive search firm, specializing in recruiting CIOs and CTOs.

    Ms. Lieberman joined Halbrecht Associates in 1986 and became the owner in 1991.  She has successfully managed searches for Fortune 500 companies as well as early-stage businesses.  Industries served include healthcare, insurance, higher education, financial services, retail, manufacturing, government, management consulting, high technology, law and communications.

    In addition to executive search, Ms. Lieberman has established an executive coaching practice.  She coaches senior executives in the areas of performance improvement and career development.

    Ms. Lieberman has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan and graduated from the prestigious M.I.T Sloan School Executive Management Program.

    Prior to joining Halbrecht Associates, Ms. Lieberman was a Human Resource executive with a Fortune 500 multinational conglomerate and a leading New England bank, where she managed major recruitment efforts for professional and senior level technical staff. 

    Ms. Lieberman is a frequent speaker at professional societies and conferences and is often quoted in major business and trade publications.  She has been a featured writer for CIO Magazine.  Ms. Lieberman is a long-standing member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  In addition, Ms. Lieberman is a Board member of the University of Bridgeport’s Industry Advisory Board.  Ms. Lieberman was selected by Executive Recruiter News as one of the 50 leading retained search professionals.  She is also recognized by John Sibbald’s The Career Makers, as one of the nation’s top recruiters

  • Michael Lorelli
    CEO and Board Director

    Michael Lorelli is a Chief Executive Officer and Board Director who is known for his insightful revenue growth abilities, as well as his versatility in growing businesses in a variety of industries. He has repeatedly been recruited to lead companies (generally $100 million - $1 billion) that need a new growth trajectory. He has led four private equity-backed companies plus has twenty years in P&L leadership roles with Fortune 50 consumer and B2B companies ($1.5 billion divisions). His strong consumer and B2B experience has equipped him to run businesses on six continents.

    Mike has a great ability to advise, to coach, to shape strategic agendas, and to rally teams to achieve results beyond their own imaginations. He has a real passion for devising effective management compensation plans and has chaired the Compensation Committee on two public company Boards.

    Mike was most recently the Executive Chairman of the Board of Rita's Franchise Company, where he was twice called upon to be Interim CEO. He took this position after building WaterJel Technologies for six years, for private equity Riverside Company. Previously, Mike was President, CEO, and Board Director of Latex International - another PE-backed company where he tripled revenues by building a strong management team, rejuvenating the culture and introducing new products and channels.

    As CEO, President and Director of Strategic Optical Holdings, a contact lens supply company, he grew revenues and profits and led the separate divestiture of its two businesses. As Chief Revenue Officer of Air Express International (NASDAQ), a $1.2 billion air cargo leader, he built revenue and helped position the company for its sale to the largest logistics company in the world at a substantial market premium. As President of the $630 million Tambrands Company, Mike grew market share and profitability before selling the company to P&G at a 33% premium.

    During his decade with Pepsico, Inc., Mike served as President of Pizza Hut International, President of PepsiCola's Eastern US bottling operations, and Chief Marketing Officer for PepsiCola North America. Mike began his business career in marketing and general management positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Mike has held a variety of corporate director seats in both public and private companies. He currently sits on the board of Rita's Italian Ices, and C.P. Kelco. He has also been a director of two NASDAQ companies - Closure Medical Inc., and Trident International, Inc. He chaired the Compensation Committees of both of these public company Boards.

    In addition, he has been a Director of three other PE-backed companies: WaterJel Technologies, Latex International, and Strategic Optical Holdings.

    As an active independent director who seeks to make a tangible contribution to boards, Mike has earned his Master's level Professional Director's Certification from The American College of Corporate Directors, is a Masters level Governance Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and has attended the Wharton-Spencer Stuart Directors' Institute.

    Mike holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business, and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, also from NYU.

    Mike lives in Darien CT. He has written a best-selling children's book, is an avid runner and active private pilot. He frequently speaks to business leaders about governance and private equity.

  • Tom McCurley
    The Chefs Warehouse


  • 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.



  • Shamla Naidoo
    Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services
    IBM Corporation

    Shamla Naidoo is an accomplished information security executive with more than 25 years of experience. Previously she was the Global Chief Information Security Officer of IBM, responsible for safeguarding IBM globally including all its business units and brands. She was responsible for IBM's overall information security program, which includes the company’s information risk and security strategies, planning, governance, architecture, and operations.

    Prior to joining IBM, Shamla was Vice President of Information Risk and Security at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Previous roles include Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Risk Officer at leading companies including WellPoint, Northern Trust and ABN AMRO.

    Shamla is an adjunct law professor, developing and teaching courses in information technology, cybersecurity and privacy law. She also has a license to practice law in both Illinois and Washington DC.

    Shamla holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems and Economics from the University of South Africa, and a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School.

  • David Pogue
    Technology Columnist, TV Correspondent and Author

    From 2000 to 2013, David Pogue was the New York Times weekly tech columnist. After a five-year detour to Yahoo Finance, he’s now he’s back at the Times, writing the “Crowdwise” feature for the “Smarter Living” section. He’s a four-time Emmy winner for his stories on “CBS Sunday Morning,” and a host of 17 science specials on “NOVA” on PBS. 
    David is one of the world’s best-selling “how-to” authors, with more than 100 titles and 3 million copies in print. They include seven books in the “For Dummies” series, his own Pogue’s Basics series of essential tips and shortcuts, and the Missing Manual series of computer books.
    David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985 with distinction in music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He has won a Loeb Award for journalism and an honorary doctorate in music.  He has been profiled on 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.

  • Frank Price
    Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
    CVS Health

    Frank Price serves as Chief Information Security Officer of CVS Health, the largest pharmacy healthcare provider in the United States, and is responsible for the company’s Enterprise Information Security Program. Prior to joining CVS Health in 2013, Frank worked in the telecommunications sector as Chief Information Security Officer of Alcatel-Lucent and in the healthcare sector as Vice President of Global Information Security at Medco Health Services, Inc. (now Express Scripts.) Frank has also held Information Security roles in the banking sector at Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Long Island Savings Bank. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from New York University.

  • Joseph Puglisi
    VP IT
    Nice-Pak Products, Inc.

    Mr. Puglisi is a business and technology professional with extensive experience managing complex business and technical environments across industries. He has repeatedly maximized the effectiveness of existing staff and improved relationships with business leaders. He is adept at building and leading teams and creating cross-functional partnerships to deliver on business initiatives. Mr. Puglisi has particular strengths in leadership, strategic vision, innovation and communication. In his column, View from the Bridge, he writes about business and technology and makes interesting, often humorous personal observations. Mr. Puglisi is currently a member of the North Andover Investors Collaborative, Board member of a specialty beverage manufacturer, Partner at Versento and advisor to several other companies. Most recently, Mr. Puglisi was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Innovairre Communications, the worldwide leader in fundraising, supporting agencies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Puglisi was Vice President and CIO for EMCOR Group Inc., the world's leader in specialty construction, facilities services and energy infrastructure, Vice President and CIO at Chartwell Re, a major insurance and reinsurance company and Corporate Director of IT at Lehrer McGovern Bovis, one of the largest Construction Management firms in the world. Mr. Puglisi started his business career as a partner of a quantitative marketing analysis consulting company for over 14 years. Responsibilities included sales, account management, marketing, product development, system installation, training, support and management consulting.


    Private Notes:
    Mr. Puglisi is the former Vice President and CIO for EMCOR Group Inc. As Group CIO, Mr. Puglisi was responsible for strategy and direction for over 85 operating companies throughout the US, Canada and the UK.. For several years prior to joining EMCOR, Mr. Puglisi served as Vice President and CIO at Chartwell Re, a major insurance and reinsurance company where he managed both technology and administration for the company. Before that, Mr. Puglisi was Corporate Director of IT for Lehrer McGover Bo

  • Anna Ransley
    Vice President, Global Information Services

    Anna Ransley is an experienced CIO and digital transformation executive, currently heading the IT function at Heineken USA as a Vice President, GIS.  This multi-faceted role consists developing and executing an ambitious technology transformation for a highly progressive organization by championing leading edge digital efforts as well as rebuilding core back-office systems to modernize the workplace.

    Her extensive track record of setting and achieving business strategies by innovative application of technical solutions and re-engineering spanned roles in marketing and most areas of technology in a variety of industries and disciplines. These roles resulted in successful implementations of ERP and CRM Systems, leveraging big data and predictive analytics to uncover revenue generating insights and leading large organizational transformations of cross-functional and global teams.

    Anna is an accomplished practitioner with career highlights that include international leadership roles at Boerhinger Ingelheim – a global Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical, Connolly, Inc – an audit recovery firm, Hyperion Solutions - a leading Software company acquired by Oracle, and consulting at Keane that exposed her to a number of fortune 100 companies and industries to frame her perspective.

    Anna has a special interest in transforming teams into business differentiating partners, and believes that one of the best ways of accomplishing that is through developing organizational talent that has both depth in technology and business drivers to take advantage of rapidly changing landscape of technological advances.

  • Bernadette Rotolo
    Senior Vice President, Head of Global Systems
    Warner Music Group

  • Colette Rubio
    SVP, Enterprise Technology

    Colette Rubio is known for building and retaining high caliber teams, technical acumen and ability to acquire business knowledge. She leads the Enterprise Technology organization of WWE, an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. Colette delivers innovative solutions to drive strategic business outcomes.

    With over 20 years of experience in technology leadership roles she has successfully managed technology organizations in Consumer Products, Pharmaceuticals, Media and Management Consulting industries. In each of these industries, she has provided creative solutions to streamline business processes, met difficult challenges and turned around failing initiatives.

    Prior to joining WWE, Colette held roles at HBO, Time Warner, Pepsico, BD and Ernst and Young.

    She holds an M.B.A. International Business, Pace University and B.B.A. Computer Systems, Baruch College, City University of New York.

  • Steven Rullo
    CIO GE Capital, Global Operations and Finance
    GE Capital

    Steve is responsible for the technology strategy and delivery used to originate and operate GE Capital’s $80B global portfolio. He also oversees the multi-year execution and transition of technology service agreements supporting $200B in divestitures across multiple buyers. In addition, Steve is the CIO for GE's global Treasury organization which manages funding for $300B of financial assets and cash operations for trillions of dollars in transactions annually. Prior to these roles, Steve was the Chief Information Officer for GE's Global Growth Organization, where he led IT execution in all regions outside the U.S. Steve joined GE in 2001 as an Integration Manager in GE Commercial Finance. Subsequently, he held roles including Project Management Office Leader, Master Black Belt, Global Program Manager and Business Intelligence Leader. From 2007 to 2010, Steve served as CIO and Quality Leader for GE Working Capital Solutions, a global accounts receivables management business. In 2011, he became Senior Vice President – Services and Technology at GE Asset Management. Steve began his career with Andersen Consulting where he gained expertise in process re-engineering, change management and large-scale system implementations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • Brook Shuford
    Datavail Corporation

    Brook Shuford is an industry recognized leader in Secure Information Technology design, operations and compliance management. Brook has developed and managed secure operations architectures for practically every aspect of today’s businesses.

    Brook has spent over 25 years in the practice of software development, IT operations, and Cybersecurity. Since the 1990s when developing software encryption and protection software for Software Security Corporation, his focus on demonstrating and managing risk via structured controls has been paramount. After managing the global enterprise support organization for Prudential Relocation Management, he left in 1998 to develop the strongest and fastest growing Security Consulting Practice in the New York / New England area for AimNet solutions, which was soon acquired by Cognizant Corporation in 2004.

    From 2004 to 2016, Brook has acted as Principal for Integration Intelligence, a New York based security consulting firm, leading a team of security specialists who work with enterprise leaders to develop architectures and strategies for secure technology, delivering significant value to corporate and organizational objectives. In those years, he has built and led several successful security and technology consulting practices for organizations such as AimNet Solutions (Cognizant), CIBER, Savvis, CenturyLink, as well as Integration Intelligence.

    Since 2011, Brook has been working with Datavail Corporation, implementing and managing the highest level of security standards and controls, including the transformation of Datavail’s operations processes to a single, secure source of operations. Brook has been integral in managing Datavail’s path to cross-discipline service compliance and overall organizational security management. These efforts have resulted in a world-class, ISO certified secure organization in Datavail.

  • John E. Silvia
    Former Wells Fargo Chief Economist
    CEO and Founder
    Dynamic Economic Strategy

    John Silvia is enjoying the process of launching his firm, John E. Silvia, Dynamic Economic Strategy. John recently retired from his position as Managing Director and Chief Economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he held that position since he joined Wachovia in 2002 as the company's Chief Economist, this new launch will permit John to open his schedule for additional Speaking opportunities and Board positions while indulging in his passion for travel.

    Prior to Wells Fargo, John worked on Capitol Hill as a senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and as Chief Economist of Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Before that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. John was awarded a National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Fellow Certificate of Recognition in 2011 for outstanding contributions to the business economics profession and leadership among business economists of the Nation. In 2010, he was recognized for the Best Inflation Forecast, the Best Overall Forecast and the Best Personal Consumption Expenditures Forecast by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. John was named one of the Top 10 forecasters for the last four years by Bloomberg News in 2009 and the No. 2 forecaster by USA Today for 2008.

    John holds a B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Northeastern University in Boston and has a master's degree in economics from Brown University. John's first book Dynamic Economic Decision Making was published by Wiley in August 2011.

    John serves as a member of the Blue-Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and serves on an informal advisory group for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He serves as chair for the Economic Advisory Committee of both the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Economic Advisory Roundtable and the American Bankers Association.

    John was formerly a director of NABE and was the former president of the Charlotte Economics Club. He also served on economic advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Public Securities Association.

    A strong supporter of education and civic affairs, John served as a member of the Business Advisory Council at the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and on the President's Council for Charlotte's Central Piedmont Community College. He has previously served as a board member of the British American Business Council of North Carolina and served on the Economic Development Board for the State of North Carolina, a special appointment by the Governor. He also served on the Business Advisory Committee for the City of Charlotte.

  • Marcus Wheldon
    Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President
    Nokia Bell Labs

    As Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into Nokia’s end-to-end networking systems and software portfolio.  In addition, as President of Nokia Bell Labs, Marcus is responsible for driving the next disruptive innovation and research agenda for the company.

    Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in the ICT industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision. He combines his vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create a unique innovation engine whose goal is to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry.

    Marcus holds a Ph.D (Physical Chemistry) degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Chemistry) joint degree from King’s College in London, UK.  Marcus has a physical science, computer science and networking background, but is broadly knowledgeable about many subjects as part of a never-ending quest to understand the techno-economic evolution of humans and societies.

    In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division, before being chosen to lead the organization in various technical and leadership capacities. He has won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work and technical vision and leadership throughout his career. 

    He was selected as one of the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 of the most influential people in 2014 and one of their ‘Top CTOs to watch in 2015’.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and serves as an advisor to select Venture Funds.   He was awarded the prestigious New Jersey Medal of Science and Technology in 2016 for his technical vision and leadership.  He is the editor and lead author of the book “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective”

    Ph.D (Physical Chemistry) degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Chemistry) joint degree from King’s College in London, UK.

    • Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President of Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
    • Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent 2009-2013
    • Chief Technology Officer, Broadband Networks & Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 2006-2009
    • Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies 1997-2006
    • Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Labs 1995-1997

    Named in Global Telecoms Business Power 100 of the most influential people in ICT in 2014

    Named among Global Telecoms Business ‘Top CTOs to watch in 2015’.

    Served on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and an advisor to select Venture Funds. 

    Editor of the book “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective” (Taylor and Francis, 2015).

  • 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 30, 2019, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Tom McCurley, CIO, The Chefs Warehouse and President, F/W SIM Chapter, and Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM

OPENING KEYNOTE:  What World Class Innovators Do That Others Don't Do

Jim Carroll, World Renowned Futurist, Trends and Innovation Expert

Business model disruption. The rapid emergence of new competitors. The challenging impact of social media. Rapid prototyping and the global idea machine. The digitization of everything and the impact of hyper connectivity. Rapid technological change. 3D printing, self-driving cars, the acceleration of green energy technologies. All of these trends — and more — require that organizations pick up the pace when it comes to their innovation efforts! Because in this fast paced world, the future belongs to those who are fast!

For over 25 years, Jim Carroll has had the opportunity to study what makes some organizations excel at the concept of innovation while others do not. He has carefully catalogued their approaches, attitudes, leadership styles and strategies into a concise overview that is the secret-sauce of innovative thinking.

World class innovators possess a relentless focus on growth, continually transitioning their revenue source, and solving customer problems before the customer knows it’s a problem. They focus on upside down innovation by sourcing innovation ideas through their customers or through the acceleration of R&D on global collaborative networks. They concentrate on ingesting fast ideas; checking their speed and focusing on corporate agility; and focusing on long term wins through constant incremental improvements. They know that skills partnerships are a key success factor. Most importantly, world class innovators aren’t afraid to back away from big ideas. They know that right now is a great time to made bold decisions, and to take decisive advantage to forge aggressive new paths against their competitors.

While everyone else wallows in aggressive indecision and organizational sclerosis, world class innovators know that it is a great time to do great things! 

In this keynote, Jim Carroll will provide you with unique insight into what these world-class organizations and high-caliber leaders are doing, to position themselves for a future in which the velocity of change is the new normal, acceleration is the reality, agility is the core, and adaptation is the necessity!

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Marcus Wheldon, Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President, Nokia Bell Labs

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM  


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Paving the Digital Runway - An Inside Track to Advanced Technologies

Meloney Graham, VP, Global EBS/OT Service Delivery, Rimini Street

Bernadette Rotolo
, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Systems, Warner Music Group

Steven Rullo, CIO GE Capital, Global Operations and Finance

Jed Yueh
, Chairman and CEO, Delphix 

Moderator:  Tom McCurley, CIO, The Chefs Warehouse

Rapid technological change represents both threats and opportunities for businesses.  Cutting-edge digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, robotic process automation (RPA) and the Internet of Things can enable business leaders to pinpoint emerging customer and market trends and accelerate speed to market ahead of the competition. This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies that are enabling competitive differentiation and business optimization.


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Empowering Digital Innovation to Secure Your Enterprise

Matthew Lagana, Chief Information Security Officer, MBIA

Shamla Naidoo, Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services, IBM Corporation

Frank Price, VP & CISO, CVS Health

Brook Shuford, CISO, Datavail Corporation

TBD: Darktrace

Moderator:  Rocco Grillo, Managing Director - Global Cyber Risk Services, Alvarez & Marsal

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.


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving Innovation by Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion

Wolfgang Bauriedel, Practice Lead, Technology Sector, Russell Reynolds Associates

Matthew Beasley
, Head of Learning, Diversity and Coaching, NatWest Markets, US

Peta-Gay Clarke
, Diversity Manager, Google

Hugo Fueglein
, Managing Director, CIO/IT Practice, Diversified Search

Prachi Kasodhan, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Moderator: Ursuline Foley, Board Member and Strategic Advisor

Research shows that companies with diverse teams (by race, gender, ethnicity, social background, etc.) generate greater amounts of innovation and higher revenues. In this panel discussion, industry experts share their experiences in developing diverse teams as well as the challenges they’ve overcome and the business benefits that have been realized.

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM


FWSIM News - Rhona Kannon, Principal Director, Cyber Coders

NPower News - Bertina Ceccarelli,
CEO, NPower

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM 


EXECUTIVE PANEL: Leading the Race to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

Vinny Licht, CIO, Tauck World Discovery

Anna Ransley, VP Global Information Services, Heineken

Colette Rubio, SVP Enterprise Technology, WWE

Moderator: Joe Puglisi, VP IT, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.

Savvy CIOs and technology executives recognize the importance of crafting exceptional customer experiences to help the enterprise gain a competitive edge in the market. 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 that deliver value to customers – and the enterprise.


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Revving Up to be Boardroom Ready

Lynn Clarke, CEO, Board Chair & Director

Harriet Edelman, Vice Chairman, Emigrant Bank

Greg Fell, COO, Gama Aviation

Michael Lorelli, CEO and Board Director

Moderator:  Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates

How does a CIO become “board ready”, what are the best ways to find a Board position and what does it take to be a successful Board member?  What will Board members of Private and Public companies be discussing in 2025?  What do they anticipate will be the major themes and concerns facing business?  

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:How Lenovo is Using Blockchain in their Supply Chain

Bobby Bernard
, Executive Director DCG Supply Chain Strategy & Innovation, Lenovo

Lenovo is digitally transforming their supply chain to drive operational efficiencies and end-to-end visibility.  And, one emerging digital technology it is using is Blockhchain.  In this keynote, Lenovo's blockchain journey will be shared including live networks today in their supply chain and the future direction they plan to use the technology.

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:  Technology Innovation and the Global Economy - Beyond the Gee Whiz

John Silvia, CEO and Founder, Dynamic Economic Strategy and Former Wells Fargo Chief Economist

Not only does technology significantly boost productivity in the global economy, it is a central element of economic growth and our quality of life. However, shifts in technology can add to the cyclical character of the economy and is disruptive to some existing stakeholders and a source of uncertainty for others. 

John Silvia, former Wells Fargo chief economist, will provide some context to the fit of technology in the economy and technologies role in business productivity and personal consumption.  Challenges such as education and the digital gap will be addressed as they capture the issue of technology and human interaction.

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM HMG TECH TALK:  Nutanix

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE:  The Post-Robot Economy

David Pogue, Technology Columnist, TV Correspondent and Author

Ever since the self-driving beer truck completed its run across Colorado, it’s clear we don’t need people to drive our trucks. No company in its right mind will pay for these 3.5 million humans (or the 1 million taxi, bus, and Uber drivers).

Meanwhile, Amazon recently unveiled its first entirely unmanned grocery store in Seattle, where facial recognition and other sensors know what you’ve pulled off the shelf and bill you automatically. There go America’s 8 million cashiers and retail workers (6 percent of the workforce). 

It’s time to start thinking about the post-robot world. What will all of these displaced workers DO? 

Experts suggest things like a “negative income tax,” where everyone would be guaranteed a certain living stipend. But that doesn’t mean that those millions of robot-displaced workers would find MEANING in life.

In this talk, I’ll explore where we are on the road to automated employees, prepare audiences practically and emotionally for that very near future, assess just how good or bad the situation will be, and evaluate some of the solutions. 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Raffle Prizes and Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rimini Street

    Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company offers premium, ultra-responsive and integrated application management and support services that enable enterprise software licensees to save significant costs, free up resources for innovation and achieve better business outcomes. Nearly 1,900 Global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries rely on Rimini Street as their trusted enterprise software products and services provider.


Gold Partners

  • CrowdStrike

    CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform offers instant visibility and protection across the enterprise and prevents attacks on endpoints on or off the network. CrowdStrike Falcon deploys in minutes to deliver actionable intelligence and real-time protection from Day One. CrowdStrike Falcon seamlessly unifies next-generation AV with best-in-class endpoint detection and response, backed by 24/7 managed hunting. Its cloud infrastructure and single-agent architecture take away complexity and add scalability, manageability, and speed. CrowdStrike Falcon protects customers against all cyberattack types, using sophisticated signatureless artificial intelligence/machine learning and Indicator-of-Attack (IOA) based threat prevention to stop known and unknown threats in real time. Powered by the CrowdStrike Threat Graph™, Falcon instantly correlates more than 100 billion security events from across the globe to immediately prevent and detect threats. We stop breaches.

  • eSentire

    eSentire, the global leader in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), keeps organizations safe from constantly evolving cyber attacks that technology alone cannot prevent. Its 24x7 Security Operations Center (SOC), staffed by elite security analysts, hunts, investigates, and responds in real-time to known and unknown threats before they become business disrupting events. Protecting more than $5.7 trillion AUM in the financial sector alone, eSentire absorbs the complexity of cybersecurity, delivering enterprise-grade protection and the ability to comply with growing regulatory requirements. For more information, visit www.esentire.com and follow @eSentire.

  • Integration Partners

    Integration Partners is an award winning, nationwide IT services engineering firm specializing in solutions that are open, scalable and drive to greater productivity and competitiveness for our clients. Our solutions and services portfolio provide enterprises with Cloud, Security, Collaboration, Core Infrastructure, and Managed Services.

  • OutSystems

    Thousands of customers across 52 countries worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development, to simplify every stage of their development and delivery processes. Crafted by engineers with an obsessive attention to detail, OutSystems is the only low-code solution that combines powerful visual development for web and mobile applications with enterprise-grade quality, advanced features, flexibility to add custom code, and easy integration with existing systems. Learn more and explore the platform for free at OutSystems.com.


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.


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).


Association Partners

  • NPower

    NPower is a high-performing leader in providing pathways to successful tech careers for young adults from underserved communities and veterans across the US and Canada. NPower’s award winning training programs use curriculum informed by senior industry leaders and labor market trends. On average, NPower graduates 80% of enrolled students, places 100% of graduates in paid internships and has over an 80% rate of success for employment or continued education within 6 months of graduation. We address many of the primary barriers that our veteran community confront. Beyond free technical classes, our career training programs provide in-demand certifications within weeks, paid internships, professional networking and mentorship with business leaders, soft skills coaching, connection to social services, job placement assistance, transit assistance and an opportunity for graduates to give back to the program via our professional volunteer network. We provide ongoing career coaching, advanced certifications, and leadership development for our alumni, ensuring that we are developing true pathways for long-term success for our students.

  • SIM Fairfield/Westchester

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders, comprised of over 3600 members, including CIOs, prominent academicians, consultants, other senior-level IT leaders, and vendors. SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and rich intellectual capital that is applied for the future direction of IT. The Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of SIM is the area's fastest growing not-for-profit organization of IT leaders. Started in 2000, the Chapter now boasts more than 200 members. Fairfield/Westchester SIM connects the area's premier IT leaders - for business solution exchange, professional development, and timely education. The Chapter, working closely with SIM International, fosters management education, best practices and sharing IT leaders working in the region. We achieve this through periodic meetings, dinners, conferences and company sponsored visits and tours.


Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel

2701 Summer Street
Stamford, CT

Room rate is $129/night. This rate expires on October 21, 2019.

To book a room, please call 203-359-1300 and mention the HMG CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

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

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:

  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

- OR - 

  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

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

Special Needs - We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


For more information contact us:

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