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2020 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, Scottsdale, AZ

Enterprise 2025: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent to Execute World-Class Strategies

The speed, scope and nature of disruption facing businesses is unprecedented. In today’s fast-changing economy, only the agile will survive. To tackle these challenges head on and to position the organization for competitive advantage, CIOs and technology executives must apply a fresh mindset to identify and execute on new sources of technology-driven innovation along with the cultural transformation that’s necessary to drive successful business outcomes.

The pioneering mindset and bold leadership skills needed to foster a culture of innovation and carry out winning strategies will be the focal point of the Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership summit.

Read more about the summit, here.

  • Brian Aungst
    Advocate for Cloud Native Container Security / Sales Director West
    Aqua Security

    Aqua Security enables enterprises to secure their container and cloud-native applications from development to production, accelerating application deployment and bridging the gap between DevOps and IT security. Aqua’s Container Security Platform provides full visibility into application activity, and allows organizations to detect and prevent suspicious activity and attacks in real time. 

  • Saqib Awan
    Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Saqib E. Awan is Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners where he works with startups in all areas of enterprise tech from SaaS, Analytics & Big Data, Cloud & Infrastructure to Security. Saqib also manages Lightspeed’s CIO Innovation Advisory Network, a platform for forward-thinking IT leaders to collaborate with and advise Silicon Valley VCs and leading startup entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Saqib held growth-oriented leadership positions at VC-backed startups, management consulting, and at General Motors. Saqib earned his MBA at Stanford.

  • Stefanie Causey
    Associate Partner, Cross Market
    IBM Global Business Services

    At her best at the intersection of business strategy development, operational execution, and technology transformation, she has spent two decades helping business leaders envision the art of the possible with technology strategy and driving cultural change with highly technical resources that struggle to understand the language, let alone user stories and requirements.  She has a knack for bringing focus and drive to chaos and just simply building organizations that get s**t done and done right.

    She has held leadership positions in a variety of industries from financial services to software organizations and played a variety of roles from being the fixer to most recently building a multi-national organization that drove a technology and culture transformation that replaced a burning enterprise on premise platform with an integrated suite of best-of-breed cloud enterprise applications in less than seven months.  She joined the cloud journey early by taking a practice lead role at an early system implementer adopter and had never looked back.  Her years of experience driving solution architecture in back office solutions across all sizes of organizations has led to her being a highly sought-after leader and speaker, and she relishes the opportunity to share her story as a way to help others avoid the learning opportunities she faced as an early entrant to the cloud space.

    Stefanie joined IBM as an Associate Partner in their Salesforce Innovation Unit, focused on the Financial Services Sector in 2020, to be a part of IBM’s platinum partnership with Salesforce.  She is bringing her strategic business mind to the largest banks in North America, helping drive Digital Customer and Employee Experience transformation without ever losing sight of the humanness perspective that is innate in any journey embarked upon by people that interact with technology.  And man is she having FUN while she’s doing it with some incredibly smart thought-leaders and crazy bleeding edge technology too!

  • Max Chan

    Max Chan is the CIO and is responsible for the delivery of all strategic business IT and digital transformation initiatives. Max and his team work closely with senior executives to translate business strategies to IT roadmaps, and drive prioritization of these initiatives through a global governance process.

    Max joined Avnet in 2013 as VP of IT for the Technology Solutions business in Asia Pacific. In this role, he led critical system implementations and enhancements, helping build Avnet’s Global Development Centers, while driving process improvement initiatives in the region. Max was later transferred to Phoenix, Arizona to take on global application and business relationship management roles, before being promoted to his current role in Dec 2018.

    Prior to Avnet, Max held several IT leadership roles including; CIO, Asia at VF Corporation, and VP, IT building efficiency, Asia at Johnson Controls.

  • Barbara Cooper
    Barbara L. Cooper Consulting Service LLC

    Barbara Cooper was group vice president and chief information officer for Toyota Motor North America for sixteen years retiring in 2012.  She was responsible for the strategy, development and operation of all systems and technology and left a legacy of some of the most innovative and market competitive technology solutions in the industry.  In addition to her CIO role, she was also responsible for leading the University of Toyota focusing on professional development for Toyota staff and training programs for Toyota and Lexus dealer technicians. 

    Prior to Toyota, she was group vice president and CIO for MicroAge Corp., CIO for Maricopa County in Phoenix, AZ and also served as its County Manager.  She was vice president of technology for American Express, and director of information systems for Miller & Paine department stores.  Barbara remains one of the single most recognized CIO’s in the IT industry having been named to six Top 100 CIO awards globally, in addition to numerous awards from a variety of IT trade associations and industry publications, culminating in being named to the CIO Hall of Fame in 2007.  She was also recognized in the automotive industry achieving Automotive News Top 100 Women five times.

    Barbara holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska and attended the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway graduate studies program.  She was the founder of three professional women’s networks during her career including the first professional women’s network at Toyota.

    She works part time as an executive coach for CIOs and senior IT management since her retirement. 

  • Tim Crawford
    CIO Strategic Advisor

    Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5) and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor that works with large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, major airlines and high-tech. Tim’s work differentiates and catapults organizations in transformative ways through the use of technology as a strategic lever. Tim takes a provocative, but pragmatic approach to the intersection of business and technology. Tim is an internationally renowned CIO thought leader including Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Tim is also the host of the CIO In The Know (CIOitk) podcast. CIOitk is a weekly podcast that interviews CIOs on the top issues facing CIOs today. Tim holds an MBA in International Business with Honors from Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University.

  • Sastry Durvasula
    Chief Information and Client Services Officer

    Sastry is the CDO and CDAO of Marsh, and leads the company’s digital, data and analytics strategy and transformation, while building new digital-native businesses and growth opportunities. This includes development of innovative digital platforms and products, data science & modelling, client-facing technology, and digital experiences across global business units.

    Since joining Marsh in 2017, Sastry has built a dynamic global team with top external and internal talent. He led the launch of Bluestream digital broker platform, changing the way insurance is purchased in small commercial/consumer; LINQ digital client experience platform that transforms how we provide risk management and insurance services; Blue[i] client- and colleague-facing AI & analytics suite; Blockchain applications including proof of insurance and RiskExchange for trade credit; Marsh Digital Labs to incubate new products, services and emerging tech; InsurTech partnerships in AI, IoT and Cyber — while pioneering digital culture transformation in a highly-complex industry.

    Before Marsh, Sastry was Enterprise Head of Data & Digital Tech at American Express, where he led the company’s transformation of digital, data, talent and culture at scale, fostering experimentation and agile development.  Sastry and team delivered cutting-edge products, platforms and experiences across the lifecycle of cardmembers and merchants, including digital payments & partnerships; pay-with-points at checkout for leading merchants like Amazon, Uber, Newegg, McDonalds; multi-petabyte big data & machine learning ecosystem; digital commerce and AmexOffers; and global replatforming of Amex’s card acceptance and processing network. Previously, he worked as a technology consultant at Fortune Global 500 companies.

    Sastry plays a leading role in industry consortia, CDO/CIO forums, FinTech/InsurTech partnerships, and building academia/research affiliations. He is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion and is on the Board of Directors for Girls in Tech, the global non-profit that works to put an end to gender inequality. Sastry launched an industry-wide initiative called #ReWRITE focused on Women, Risk, Insurance, Technology & Empowerment. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering, is credited with 20+ patents and has been the recipient of several industry awards for innovation and leadership.

    Sastry is a long-time resident of Arizona where he resides with his family and loves hiking the beautiful desert mountains.

  • Raoul Encinas

    Raoul Encinas is a former IT executive with Charles Schwab, and he's still a geek at heart. At PhosLabs (FOSSS-labs), he's the leader of a team that helps other leaders and teams with business agility and change agility. One fun fact is that a few years ago, Raoul went skydiving with Larry Fitzgerald in Hawaii.

    Raoul serves clients who crave fresh thinking, new ways of leading, and more meaningful impact. As a coach, Raoul helps executives distinguish themselves through their leadership, learning agility, and legacy. He has helped dozens of global organizations including Avnet, Boeing, Comerica Bank, Charles Schwab, Whirlpool, ON Semiconductor, and the US Government achieve transformative changes for groups, teams, and individuals. More than 1,000 professionals have benefitted from his coaching and learning sessions. Raoul has a BS-Business Management-IT from Western Governors University and is a Hudson Institute certified executive coach. 

  • Damien Faughnan
    CEO Advisor & C-Suite Coach

    Damien Faughnan coaches Fortune 500 CEOs and c-suite executives to accelerate their success.

    Since 2004, Damien has worked with CEOs and c-suite executives, helping them to quickly assess where they stand in their leadership journey and determine what skills and knowledge are necessary to succeed. For leaders transitioning into a new role, he astutely helps to shape their entry with authenticity, focus, and strength.

    Damien’s coaching specialty is working with new CEOs and CEO Candidates. He has coached many executives through the CEO transition process. This work involves supporting leaders in building plans for success rather than learning by trial and error.

    Grounded in a deep sense of purpose, Damien is dedicated to the success of his clients and their companies. He draws on a wealth of unique experience gained from coaching leaders in many industries as well as his commitment to his own professional development. Damien describes his work as a blend of coaching, mentoring, and advising. He uses a practical framework that focuses on the key roles a CEO must master to be successful.

    Damien creates a trusting and confidential long-term relationship with his clients. He listens, challenges assumptions, and acts as an objective thought partner to expose and enable new perspectives. His clients describe him as both a strategic thinker and experienced mentor who has a unique ability to rapidly understand and simplify complex issues.

    Damien was born, raised, and educated in Ireland. He spent seven of his formative years in a monastery. He has lived in the United States for twenty-five years and, in his earlier business career, he rose to multiple brokerage and technology leadership roles at Charles Schwab.

    He has served on two non-profit boards and actively supports causes including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, animal welfare, and civil rights.

    Damien holds Masters Degrees in Instructional Technology (San Francisco State University) and Equality Studies (University College Dublin). He received his coach training at the Hudson Institute, Santa Barbara and the Strozzi Institute, Petaluma. In 2018, he was ranked in the list of Top 100 Global Executive Coaches.


  • Gunjan Goel
    ST Engineering North America, Inc.

    Gunjan is a business and technology executive with 25+ years of global experience with companies like AlliedSignal, Honeywell, DXC and Cobham Aerospace. Experienced in building and leading technology organizations in Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare and Hi-Tech sectors.  Known for business and digital transformation, Gunjan has managed large IT organizations globally with work experience in many geographies – the US, the UK, Denmark, France, Switzerland, China, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines and Mexico.  Gunjan is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of two successful companies, Plexlane and Amerivitals Telehealth.

    Gunjan currently works for Cobham, a U.K. based $5b mid-air flight refueling manufacturer, as a Senior Vice President of IT, is a Six Sigma Black Belt with an Executive MBA from University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Engineering from Arizona State.

  • Frank Grimmelmann
    Founder, President& CEO
    Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance

    Mr. Frank J. Grimmelmann serves as President & CEO for the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA), a non-profit entity that was developed collaboratively with the Arizona InfraGard Program, the FBI, USDHS and law enforcement, and independently launched in 2013 to enable its private/public sector member organizations across all critical sectors to enable themselves to respond to the escalating national cybersecurity threat. Mr. Grimmelmann Co-Chairs Governor Ducey’s AZ Cybersecurity Team (‘ACT’) and is a Founding Member of President Obama’s National ISAO Standards Group Leadership Team at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). As ACTRA’s leader, Mr. Grimmelmann was the first private sector representative in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) appointed to its Executive Board. He has held C-level positions in Finance, healthcare and government, now focusing on cybersecurity in response to 9/11. He holds an MBA in Finance/International Business from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Operations with a Business Law minor from the University of South Florida.


  • Michael Guggemos
    Insight Enterprises

    Mike was always curious about technology yet began his education of both the complexities and benefits while serving in a specialized US Army Signals Intelligence team. After his service, he started working in business high tech with Motorola, the premier technology company of the time, manufacturing cell phones from the component layer on up. Over the last 2 plus decades he has been fortunate to work across multiple business functions and geographies while always being involved with emerging tech from a user through business and global market perspectives. He has served as a senior IT executive in two F500, has led tech startups, and remains active in the Arizona startup and venture communities…

  • Arthur Hansen
    President and CEO

    Art Hansen joined Incus5, Inc. as the President & CEO. Art has been leading IT transformation activities for over 20 years as an architect, developer, and consultant. Previously, he worked as a Principal Architect for World Wide Technology, a global system integrator.  Within that role, he led Digital Transformation initiatives, which included comprehensive aspects of Cloud, Data, Applications, and Security.  Art is a former award-winning IBM developer who created applications for large enterprises, including UPS.  Mr. Hansen was also responsible for process improvement and innovation as a lead architect in IBM’s application migration factory.  Art has also been involved with several entrepreneurial ventures, including founding a medical staffing company and an IT consulting firm. Mr. Hansen graduated from Drew University with a degree in Economics.  He completed his post graduate studies at American College, where he was awarded the Charter Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation.  Art is a former Microsoft certified developer (MSCD). In addition, he is an experienced facilitator with a Helix Group facilitator license and an AJ & Smart Design Sprint 2.0 Masterclass Certificate.  He is presently the Co-Chairman of the Arizona Cyber Team future tech sub-committee, which was established by the executive order of Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, to respond to growing cyber opportunities and threats.  He has been a featured panelist at the Arizona Technology Council Cybersecurity Summit 2019, as well as the Annual Cyber Southwest (CSW) Symposium at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.  Art resides in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and backpacking.

  • Jim Haskin
    Flex Technology Group

    Jim plays a crucial leadership role optimizing Aspect’s traditional technology assets with the company’s cloud initiatives. His team’s mission is to drive business value by delivering solutions, capabilities, support and operational excellence that deliver business results. Jim is responsible for internal IT as well as our managed services functions. Jim comes to Aspect after serving as Executive Vice President Enterprise CRM Practice at Levementum where he was responsible for building and leading a startup Salesforce.com consulting practice. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Services at CloudTrigger and worked as a CXO Advisor for Salesforce.com. He has also held senior leadership positions at Websense (WBSN), Acxion (ACXM), Siebel Systems, and Gateway. He began his IT career at Accenture. Jim earned an MBA from University of California, Irvine and Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Maryland.

  • Vishwa Hassan
    Director - Data and Analytics

    Vishwa has over 20 years of experience during which he has held various Technical and Managerial positions in leading enterprises. Currently, Vishwa is engaged in accelerating USAA’s competitive advantage through Data and Platform transformation in partnership with the business, IT and Solution Integration Partners. Prior to joining USAA, Vishwa held senior leadership roles at Republic Services and Intel Corp. He has over 12 issued Patents to his credit. Vishwa received his Master’s degree specializing in Reliability Engineering from the Université d'Ottawa, Canada. 

  • Scott Hicar
    Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
    Benchmark Electronics

    Scott Hicar is Vice President of Business Process and CIO for Benchmark Electronics.  In this role, he has global responsibility for ensuring consistent processes, systems and infrastructure efficiently support our business and our customers globally.

    Mr. Hicar has more than 25 years of Technology Leadership experience in transformational roles. Prior to Benchmark Scott was CIO for TwentyEighty, a corporate training company focused on sales enablement, leadership, program execution and credit performance. He has served as Senior Vice President and CIO for DigitalGlobe, Senior Vice President and CIO at Solectron Corporation, and Chief Information Officer and Vice-President of Worldwide IT at Maxtor. He has held management positions in the Supply Chain/ERP practice at Price Waterhouse, as well as serving as an internal consultant within ICI Americas.

    Mr. Hicar received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration from Ohio University.

  • Dr. Amy Hillman
    Arizona State University - W.P. Carey School of Business

    Dr. Amy Hillman is the Charles J. Robel Dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She received her PhD from Texas A&M University in Strategic Management and Business and Public Policy in 1996 and was inducted Outstanding Doctoral Alumni from her alma mater in 2008.

    Her areas of interest include corporate political strategies, boards of directors, and corporate strategy. Her research includes over 30 peer-reviewed articles published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Administrative Science Quarterly. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2014 and is a Founding Fellow of the International Corporate Governance Society.

    She is former Editor of Academy of Management Review and a former Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal. She received the Academy of Management’s “Outstanding Educator Award” in 2018 and will serve as Vice-Chair Elect in 2020 and ultimately President of the Academy of Management in 2022.

    Amy joined ASU in June, 2001. An award-winning undergraduate, MBA and doctoral teacher, she previously taught at the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, the Broad Business School at Michigan State University and the Mays College of Business at Texas A&M University. In addition, she has spent several summers as a guest professor at the Institute for International Management at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and taught during her doctoral program at her undergraduate alma mater Trinity University. She has also published seven teaching cases used in classrooms around the world.

    Prior to joining academia, Amy was general manager of a retailing and manufacturing organization in the Southwest United States. Today, Amy serves on the board of publicly traded CDK Global, on the board of governors of the Academy of Management, and on the non-profit boards of AACSB and the ASU Research Park.

  • Naveed Husain
    Vice President, Vertical Programs

  • Abhay Jajoo
    Founder and CEO

    Abhay is the founder and CEO of CustomerInsights.AI, a Scottsdale start-up focused on helping Life Sciences companies leverage Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for their Sales and Marketing decisions.

    Abhay has more than 25 years of leadership experience in Sales and Marketing consulting for Life Sciences companies.  He has deep expertise in leveraging latest technology for addressing business issues. He is the Principal Shareholder and Member of the Board of Solugenix Corporation – a 40 year old technology and outsourcing consulting company – where he is responsible for incubating new product ideas from concept to commercialization. He invests and advises Phoenix area technology startups and has also launched successful ventures as an intrapreneur within large organizations.

    Abhay has received his M.B.A. (Economics, Finance) from University of Chicago, M.S.(Computer Science)  from Northwestern University, and B.Tech (Electronics Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India. 

  • Shashi Jasthi
    President & CEO
    Solugenix Corporation

    Shashi Jasthi is the President and CEO of Solugenix. He is responsible for driving client and partner value through innovative technology and business solutions. Shashi has over 30 years of experience managing Information Technology and Consulting organizations. He built IT organizations and turned around loss-making acquisitions in Chicago, IL, Phoenix, AZ, Provo, UT, Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. He joined Solugenix in 1992, and after a brief hiatus in early 2000, he came back to lead the company.

    Shashi holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He holds patents in the areas of navigation mapping and routing.

    Shashi actively works with several excellent groups to promote STEM education and technology industries: He is a member of the Board at the Arizona Technology Council, the State Coordinator for The Arizona Science Bowl, and a member of the Board of Directors for University of Chicago Alumni Club Arizona.


  • Bipin Jayaraj
    VP & CIO
    Rogers Corporation

    Bipin Jayaraj was previously the CIO of Make-A-Wish America and is an information technology senior executive with over 20 years of experience in multiple business areas in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  He has executed multiple strategic IT initiatives/ programs to drive enterprise performance and value by improving business processes, and delivering game-changing technology solutions. He Extensive experience in IT Operations managing business-critical, global, round-the-clock ERP and non-ERP technologies, multiple X-aaS models, legacy apps modernization programs.

  • 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.

  • Kurt Lieber
    VP & CISO

    Kurt Lieber is responsible for program office, identity and access management, IT hygiene, eDiscovery, adaptive enablement and third-party risk governance within Aetna’s Global Security team. Kurt has over 25 years of experience in information technology and information security across multiple industries including healthcare, retail and financial services.

  • Jason Lish
    Lumen Technologies

    Jason Lish is currently the Chief Security, Privacy, and Data Officer for Advisor Solutions where he is developing a comprehensive and proactive strategy to drive business decisions and protect value creation on behalf of Advisor Group and its affiliated Advisors. Prior to Advisor Group Jason served as Alight’s Chief Information Officer. In this role, Jason was responsible for Alight’s overall digital, technology, enterprise risk and security strategy and execution. Before joining Alight, Jason was the Senior Vice President of Security Technology and Operations for Charles Schwab and held senior roles in cyber security at Honeywell. Jason began his career in the United States Air Force as a telecommunication specialist where he administered large network, communication, and cryptographic systems. He serves on several advisory boards related to systems security. Jason degrees include a B.S. in Business Information Systems and an M.B.A.

  • Jeff McKibben
    Ultra Clean Technology

  • Graham Moreno
    Director of Sales
    Grafana Labs

    Grafana Labs is the company behind Grafana, the popular open-source dashboarding and visualization tool. The company’s product offerings include Grafana Enterprise, Hosted Metrics (Prometheus / Graphite), Logs (Loki), and on-premise metric support for teams looking to get a single view of their data without yet another lift and shift.

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the Founder and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on TheStreet.com.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Elizabeth Nickels
    Senior Executive and Board Member
    Director and Audit Committee Chair
    Principal Mutual Funds

    Elizabeth A. Nickels Ms. Nickels is an accomplished senior executive and board member with extensive leadership experience in both emerging and mature business segments. Ms. Nickels served on the executive leadership team at Herman Miller, Inc. (MLHR), first as its Chief Financial Officer and then as the President of Herman Miller Healthcare. She was previously the CFO of Universal Forest Products (UFPI), a company which went public during her tenure. 

    She is currently a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Principal Mutual Funds, overseeing over $130 billion in assets under management.  She is also a Director of SpartanNash (SPTN), a Fortune 400 Company and the sixth largest food distributor in the country.

    Beth’s governance experience includes previous roles on the Boards of PetSmart, Charlotte Russe, Follett and the Spectrum Health System.  She is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Bertrand Odinet
    VP & CIO
    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    Bertrand Odinet has served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer since 2003. Since joining Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold in 1995 Berthas assumed responsibilities in corporate IT, operational improvement, merger integration and financial shared services.    Prior to joining FCX, Bert held several management positions with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting where he was a management consultant in the manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and oil and gas industries.  He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

  • Chris Ratcliffe

    Pensando has developed the first secure, programmable, edge-accelerated platform to address the requirements of next-generation cloud infrastructure.  Built around a custom, fully-programmable processor optimized to execute a software stack delivering cloud, compute, networking, storage and security services along with central policy management, Pensando delivers 5-9x improvements in productivity, performance and scale when compared to current architectures.  

  • Kris Singleton
    SVP Dish Commercial Business
    DISH Network

    As a 27-year veteran in the technology industry with previous executive positions held at world-renowned hotel organizations including the Cosmopolitan and MGM Mirage, Kris has valuable experience providing enterprise-wide information technology vision and leadership, fostering innovation to enhance member services and operations for world-class private and public companies.

    With her experience in building cutting-edge loyalty, rewards, offer management and CRM systems, Kris has a successful track record defining technology strategies that drive bottom line growth and achieve business goals. Her reputation for implementing transformational changes in a complex technical environment are well known and result in delivering a stable, reliable infrastructure.

  • Diane Smigel
    President and CEO
    Palladium IT Advisors

    Palladium IT Advisors, LLC was founded by Diane Smigel, a well respected IT and professional services executive with over 30 years of experience serving the strategic technology needs of mid-market and enterprise clients. Palladium IT Advisors specializes in strategic IT consulting and recruiting for mid-market and enterprise clients. Palladium’s services include IT planning and strategy, software selection, Interim CIO, CIO coaching and advising, and retained search recruiting of senior IT talent. Prior to launching Palladium IT Advisors, Diane was Vice President, Consulting Operations with MSS Technologies and a Partner with Tatum LLC in the Phoenix office. Previously, Diane served as Regional Vice President of the Northeast and Southwest Regions for Cambridge Technology Partners, a highly acclaimed consulting firm that pioneered the fixed-price, fixed-time project delivery model. Diane also held senior technology executive roles in the Financial Services and Insurance industries, and was Vice President, Corporate Information Services with John Hancock Financial Services in Boston MA. Diane holds a BA in Mathematics cum laude from Boston University, and resides in Scottsdale Arizona. Diane is a member of the Arizona Technology Council, the Research Board, and the Society of Information Management.  

  • Simon Taylor
    President, SIM Arizona
    EVP, PacketWatch

    Simon Taylor has worked in Information Technology and Cyber Security for over three decades, with extensive experience across product innovation, business development, business transformation, and IT operations management.  He has held executive positions at leading technology and financial services companies across Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America; including over fifteen years at HSBC, where he was latterly Executive Vice President and Head of IT Operations for the Americas.  More recently, Simon served as Vice President of Product and Consultant to the Board of Glasswall Solutions Ltd, the award-winning UK cyber-security innovator.  Simon is currently an Executive Vice President at WGM Associates, where he is responsible for driving Business Development, Marketing, Business Strategy and Product Management.  Simon also serves as President of the Arizona chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM). Simon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Microelectronics from Newcastle University in the UK.

    LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/simontaylor33

  • J.R. Tietsort

  • Sangy Vatsa
    EVP, Global Chief Technology and Digital Officer
    FIS Global

    Mr. Sangy Vatsa is the EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer of FIS Global. As a seasoned Chief Information, Technology and Digital Officer with a track record of accelerating growth and maximizing value, Vatsa has delivered such value in progressive leadership roles at Fortune companies like American Express, Ford Motor Company and Comerica Bank. He is currently responsible for digital transformation at FIS Global.

    Prior to joining FIS Global, Vatsa served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Comerica Bank. He joined the Bank in 2016 and was responsible for all of digital technology, technology operations, cybersecurity, enterprise data office, business continuity and technology risk management at the Bank. 

    Prior to joining Comerica Bank, Vatsa served as the Chief Information Officer for global customer service, credit, collections and payments issuance at The American Express Company. Since joining American Express in 2006, he served in leadership roles for IT strategy, architecture and innovation, enterprise shared services, global business travel and corporate payments digital capabilities. Prior to American Express, he spent 13 years at Ford Motor Company (and Ford Financial Services) in various progressive leadership, architecture and technology delivery roles.

    Vatsa earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  He also holds a Master of Computer and Information Systems degree and a Bachelor of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering degree. Vatsa is actively engaged in the industry, both with technology companies and with non-profit companies.

    About FIS Global:

    FIS is a global financial services technology company that offers solutions in three primary segments; Merchant Solutions, Banking Solutions, and Capital Market Solutions. FIS helps businesses and communities by advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests. Annually, it facilitates the movement of roughly $9 trillion by processing about 75 billion transactions in service to more than 20,000 clients and having more than one million merchant locations in over 130 countries.Mr. Sangy Vatsa is the EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer of FIS Global. As a seasoned Chief Information, Technology and Digital Officer with a track record of accelerating growth and maximizing value, Vatsa has delivered such value in progressive leadership roles at Fortune companies like American Express, Ford Motor Company and Comerica Bank. He is currently responsible for digital transformation at FIS Global.

    Prior to joining FIS Global, Vatsa served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Comerica Bank. He joined the Bank in 2016 and was responsible for all of digital technology, technology operations, cybersecurity, enterprise data office, business continuity and technology risk management at the Bank. 

    Prior to joining Comerica Bank, Vatsa served as the Chief Information Officer for global customer service, credit, collections and payments issuance at The American Express Company. Since joining American Express in 2006, he served in leadership roles for IT strategy, architecture and innovation, enterprise shared services, global business travel and corporate payments digital capabilities. Prior to American Express, he spent 13 years at Ford Motor Company (and Ford Financial Services) in various progressive leadership, architecture and technology delivery roles.

    Vatsa earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  He also holds a Master of Computer and Information Systems degree and a Bachelor of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering degree. Vatsa is actively engaged in the industry, both with technology companies and with non-profit companies.

    About FIS Global:

    FIS is a global financial services technology company that offers solutions in three primary segments; Merchant Solutions, Banking Solutions, and Capital Market Solutions. FIS helps businesses and communities by advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests. Annually, it facilitates the movement of roughly $9 trillion by processing about 75 billion transactions in service to more than 20,000 clients and having more than one million merchant locations in over 130 countries.

  • Brett Wahlin
    SVP and CISO
    Activision Blizzard

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

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

  • David Williams
    President and CEO
    Genesys Works

    David Williams joined Genesys Works as Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish America, leading the organization in its simple, but powerful mission to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. Under Williams’ leadership, the organization realized record growth, with national office annual revenue more than quadrupling to $115 million and overall revenue doubling to more than $363 million since 2005.

    Williams has had a long career in service-oriented positions, serving in key roles at some of the nation’s most-respected non-profits. He spent 11 years at Habitat for Humanity International, rising to executive vice president and chief operating officer after starting his nonprofit career as Executive Director of the Houston Food Bank. David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg (Pa.) University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.


February 13, 2020, 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:20 AM - 8:40 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:40 AM - 9:10 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Emerging Enterprise Innovations from Silicon Valley

Brian August, Advocate for Cloud Native Container Security / Sales Director West, Aqua Security

Graham Moreno, Director of Sales, Grafana

Chris Ratcliffe, Marketing, Pensando

Moderator: Saqib Awan, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Saqib Awan from Lightspeed Venture Partners and three of Lightspeed's newest and hottest enterprise tech portfolio companies will present and discuss how they're disrupting the enterprise IT landscape with you. Lightspeed Venture Partners is a Silicon Valley venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. Over the past two decades, the Lightspeed team has backed and helped build more than 300 companies globally, including Brocade, Informatica, Riverbed, Nicira, AppDynamics, Zscaler, MuleSoft, Nutanix, and Snap. Lightspeed's CIO Innovation Advisory Network is an exclusive network and platform for engagement between forward-thinking IT leaders and emerging enterprise tech startups and their founders.

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:  The Future of Work: The Elegance of Experience

Naveed Husain, Vice President, Office of the CIO, RingCentral

Products and ideas start with use cases to solve a particular problem. Using Dr. Stuart Kaufman's principals of adjacent possibilities we will discuss how evolution and dramatic change occur over time within the boundaries of a nourishing environment. This presentation will challenge you to think about the possibilities for your organization and your community in a mobile, global, and highly connected world. Greatness comes through curiosity, collaboration and connectedness of people, places and time. "We are agents who alter the unfolding of the universe."

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Advanced Technologies Driving Speed to Market

Arthur Hansen, President and CEO, Incus5

Vishwa Hassan, Director - Data and Analytics, USAA

Abhay Jajoo, Founder and CEO, CustomerInsights.AI

Bert Odinet, VP & CIO, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

Kris Singleton, Former SVP & CIO, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE)

Moderator:  Frank Grimmelmann, President & CEO/Intelligence Liaison Officer - Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance

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.

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Tech Talk:   J.R. Tietsort, CISO, Darktrace

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Enabling the Secure Enterprise for Agility and Innovation

Kurt Lieber, VP & CISO, Aetna

Jason Lish, Chief Security, Privacy & Data Officer, Advisor Group              

Brett Wahlin, CISO, Amazon Prime Video

Moderator:  Jim Haskin, CIO Advisor, Roundthemark 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.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Under-the-Radar Trends CIO's Need to Know

Michael Guggemos, CIO of Insight Enterprises interviewed by Shashi Jasthi, President & CEO of Solugenix Corporation

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  David Williams, President and CEO, Genesys Works, interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Arizona SIM News - Simon Taylor, EVP, WGM Associates LLC and President, Arizona SIM

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2020 Top Technology Executives Who Matter Awards

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Tapping the Power of Effective Storytelling

Tim Crawford, CIO Strategic Advisory, AVOA

Bipin Jayaraj, CIO, Make-A-Wish 

Tony Leng, Managing Director, Digital Transformation and CIO Practice Lead, Diversified Search

Diane Smigel, President, Palladium IT Advisors 

Moderator: Stefanie Causey, Founder and CEO, Savvy Xaas

Storytelling has been used for thousands of years to communicate history, to enlighten the mind, and to broaden perspectives. Describing not only what you’ve done but how you got there, including the stumbles and setbacks, will stay with people for much longer than your resume.  In this way, your story becomes your personal brand. Expanding on that concept, storytelling also helps CIOs and technology executives to illuminate the art of the possible in inherently complex technology solutions and convey the forward-thinking momentum that enterprise leaders care about while helping to strengthen trust.

This panel of executives will share priceless insights on the personal branding pitfalls technology leaders fall into and how to use thoughtful storytelling to demonstrate your capabilities as a business leader.

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Tech Talk:   Digital Leap Forward

Sangy Vatsa, EVP & CIO, Comerica Bank 

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Interview:  Barbara Cooper, Former CIO (Retired), Toyota Motor North America interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

2:50 PM  - 3:30 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Preparing Yourself to be Boardroom Ready

Damien Faughnan, CEO Advisor & C-Suite Coach

Dr. Amy Hillman, Dean, Arizona State University - W.P. Carey School of Business

Elizabeth Nickels, Board Member/Advisor/Operating and Finance Executive

Michael Tully, Independent Director & Chair Arizona Advisory Board, National Association of Corporate Directors, Pacific Southwest Chapter

Moderator:  Raoul Encinas, Founder, PhosLabs

Every company that’s on a digital journey needs technology to be a differentiator, and boards are more concerned than ever about the technology risks. Strong relationships between board members and the CIO require effort on both sides, and board dynamics change when CIOs become board members.

This panel of board members and advisors will discuss what is needed for a CIO to become boardroom ready, both in addressing their own board and for joining a public company board. They will also share board-level expectations of a CIO, how CIOs can add real value, and ways that CIOs can interface with a board member who is also a CIO.

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:50 PM - 4:10 PM

HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Interview:   Max Chan, CIO, Avnet interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Enterprise 2025:  Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent to Execute World-Class Strategies

Max Chan, CIO, Avnet

Sastry Durvasula, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Marsh

Scott Hicar, VP, CIO, Benchmark Electronics

Gunjan Goel, SVP & CIO, Cobham Aerospace

Jeff McKibben, VP Global Enterprise Applications, ON Semiconductor

Moderator: Tony Leng, Managing Director, Digital Transformation and CIO Practice Lead, Diversified Search

The speed, scope and nature of disruption facing businesses is unprecedented. In today’s fast-changing economy, only the agile will survive. To tackle these challenges head on and to position the organization for competitive advantage, CIOs and technology executives must apply a fresh mindset to identify and execute on new sources of technology-driven innovation along with the cultural transformation that’s necessary to drive successful business outcomes.

This panel of top technology executives will share leadership skills needed to foster a culture of innovation and carry out world-class strategies.

4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.

  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company's video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.


Platinum Partners

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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


Gold Partners

  • Info-Tech Research Group

    Info-Tech Research Group was established in 1997 and is currently the world’s fastest growing and most innovative information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 35,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well informed decisions. Focused on providing practical research solutions to help IT professionals implement key projects and build core processes we partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need from actionable tools to analyst guidance. Info Tech helps CIOs and their teams drive measurable results and enhanced decision making through our data driven approach evolving the value of IT to their organization.

  • OutSystems

    OutSystems is a global leader in high-performance application development. We partner with visionaries to turn their big ideas into software that moves business, people and the world forward. The OutSystems high-performance low-code platform gives technology leaders and developers the tools they need to rapidly build, deploy and manage their own business-critical applications. The company’s network spans more than 600,000 community members, 400+ partners, and active customers in 87 countries across 22 industries. OutSystems is “The #1 Low-Code Platform®” and a recognized leader by analysts, IT executives, business leaders, and developers around the world.

  • The Judge Group

    The Judge Group is a global managed services firm specializing in technology, consulting, learning, and talent solutions. With a network of over 10,000 professionals in thirty locations worldwide, Judge assures that businesses can compete in a changing marketplace through Agile and DevOps services, network infrastructure solutions, and the utilization of disruptive technologies such as AI and machine learning, cloud, big data, and cybersecurity solutions.


Supporting Partners

  • Backupify

    Backupify, a Datto company, is the leader in cloud-to-cloud backup, enabling enterprises to extend data protection and accessibility best practices to the cloud. Backupify provides Office 365 and G Suite backup, giving IT professionals the security and control they need against data loss from user errors, external threats, and service failures. Website: https://www.backupify.com/ Blog: https://www.backupify.com/blog Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backupify/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Backupify?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/backupify YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Backupify1/videos

  • 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.


Lunch Partners

  • Solugenix Corporation

    Solugenix is a trusted IT and business services partner delivering on business promises since 1969. The company brings leading-edge technology innovation to high-value, high-risk business processes, IT operations and support services. Solugenix consultants have deep expertise in the areas of product support, field service management, compliance management, supply chain management, financial operations and IT operations. Whether it’s increasing customer loyalty with Support Center solutions, tearing down departmental silos with ServiceNow® or reducing organizational risk with comprehensive application lifecycle management solutions, clients can count on Solugenix to deliver services that enable them to succeed.


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

  • Sequoia Capital

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


Association Partners

  • Arizona Technology Council

    The Arizona Technology Council is the driving force behind making our state the fastest growing technology hub in the nation; connecting and empowering Arizona’s technology community. As Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies, the Council is recognized as having a diverse professional business community and top professional networking organization. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. AZTC offers a variety of Phoenix networking groups for multiple industries with different commitment levels to fit every schedule. Council members work toward furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona.

  • SIM Arizona

    The Arizona Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) is a by-invitation federation of senior officers experienced in information and general management. A not-for profit corporation, the chapter assists members in managing information technology. The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and pubic organizations. Chapter activities include: • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real world experiences which address enterprise information needs. • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems. • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts. Awarding scholarships to institutions for Information Systems students with specific needs. For more information please visit www.simnet.org.


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Room rate is $229/night. This rate expires on January 11, 2020.

To book a room, please call 480-948-7750 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.

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Key Areas of Focus Include:

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  • Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work
  • Winning the War on Talent
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