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2022 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Leading Boldly and Authentically - Inspiring Trust and Winning in the Global Digital Economy

The digital pivot most companies have made since March 2020 has created new opportunities for CIOs, CISOs and business technology executives to play a deeper role in designing the future of the business and in the shape of the organization. Technology executives who inspire employees and foster an environment of trust can stimulate a collaborative culture that sparks innovation and drives business outcomes with the aid of impactful technologies that can enable the organization to win in the marketplace while attracting, growing, and retaining the people and skills that are needed to power the successful 21st century organization.


“Trust changes everything for you as a leader, for your IT team and for your relationships.”

- Stephen M.R. Covey

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

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

  • Tim Bates
    CTO, Global Business Accounts

    Tim is a seasoned IT Professional with an inspiring, innovative thinking reputation. Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and success stories across security solutions, application development, virtual adoption, and infrastructure consulting. Tim is future-focused, leveraging next-gen technologies to exceed client expectations while maximizing productivity to deliver economic value to his partners. His previous experience with General Motors, Deloitte & Touché LLP, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Dow Chemical, the US Marshal’s Office, and the US Marine Corp enable Tim to draw upon 30 years of experience to solve the complex challenges facing large organizations today.

    Tim’s passions include Robotics, CPU/GPU Competitive Overclocking, Blockchain, Immersive Technologies, and Game Development. Tim lives in Michigan, but can usually be found traveling the Metaverse of tomorrow.

  • Rebecca Bray
    Chief Sales Officer/Chief Human Resource Officer

    Rebecca Bray is Epitec’s Chief Sales Officer. She’s been with Epitec since 1998 and has worked in many capacities, including recruiter, account manager, and international business development liaison.

    In Rebecca’s current role, she is concentrating on delivering the best employee experience and customer experience to accomplish company goals and to meet customer objectives. Rebecca prides herself on learning everything she can about a client’s business to offer the best staffing solution. “The more I understand a client’s business and their pain, the more efficient strategic solutions I can bring them,” she says.

    When asked what she likes best about her job, Rebecca says it’s the opportunity to work with and grow others in their careers. She also enjoys the client interaction.

    In the off-hours, you can find Rebecca doing yoga, running, reading, and spending time with her husband and 2 children. She claims to be an introvert, but none of our clients would know that.

    When asked about her perfect workday, Rebecca replied, “Every day is the perfect workday! I get to come in each day and impact the lives of my customers and employees, both corporate and field, in so many different ways.

  • Mamatha Chamarthi
    Chief Business Growth Officer, Software Experience

    Mamatha Chamarthi was formerly Chief Information Officer, FCA - North America and Asia Pacific effective April 2019. In this position, Chamarthi oversees all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia Pacific.  

    Previously, Chamarthi was Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer for ZF Friedrichshafen AG since 2014. In this position, she was responsible for the Company’s full range of digital strategies and for driving change across the organization, including establishing a global footprint to create a talent ecosystem that will close the technology gap for ZF to be a leader in autonomous driving. 

    Her work and academic background includes:
    • 2019 - current, Chief Information Officer, FCA - North America and Asia Pacific
    • 2014 - 2019, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer / Chief Digital Officer / Head of India Technology Center, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    • 2010 - 2013, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Consumers Energy / CMS Energy
    • 2006 - 2010, Daimler Financial Services
      • 2007, Director, Point of Sale Systems
      • 2006, Manager, Point of Sale Systems
    • 1998 - 2006, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler
      • 2003, Manager, Volume Planning Systems
      • 2000, Manager, Global E-Business Strategy & Application Development
      • 1998, Project Manager, Post-Merger Technology Integration
    • 1996 - 1998, Senior Consultant, Chrysler Corporation, World Class Technology, Inc.
    • 1993 - 1995, Market Research Analyst, Kalki Group
    Chamarthi is a Gartner Research Board and Enterprise 50 member. She has also been recognized as a “Top 25 Finalist for Breakthrough Leaders” by CIO magazine, a “Premier 100 IT Leader” by Computerworld and a “Technology All-Star” by the Women of Color in Technology Institute.  

    Chamarthi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University (2008), a Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering from Oakland University (2003), a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University (2002), a Master of Business Administration from SV University (1995) and a Master of Arts in English from Osmania University (1990).

    Chamarthi was born in Hyderabad, India.

  • David Decker
    Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc.

    David is an innovative, results-driven information technology executive with over 30 years of increasing levels of responsibility at three Fortune 500 companies. He is presently the Director of IT at American Axle & Manufacturing for the Driveline Business Unit, and is leading the company’s strategic Industry 4.0 efforts including creating a digital manufacturing platform and migrating plant-floor systems to the Cloud. He previously led the digital transformation effort at Omega Engineering upgrade their obsolete IT systems and infrastructure, building an integrated e-commerce platform and driving sales to the web. Prior to that he was CIO and Vice President of IT at Johnson Controls Automotive, where he was responsible for developing and executing the information technology strategy for the automotive seating business. He spent 21 years in IT at Ford Motor Company, holding a variety of positions including Director of the Global Order to Delivery program, and Senior Manager of Global Manufacturing IT Operations.

    David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Michigan. He also interviews prospective students as part of the University of Michigan College of Engineering admissions process.

    For over ten years David has supported the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, and formerly served on the Board of Directors. He is also a board member of the Epsilon Trustee Corporation at the University of Michigan, and is a member of the Detroit chapter of SIM. David resides in Ann Arbor, and in his spare time enjoys CrossFit and spending time with his family.

  • Arun DeSouza
    Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer
    Nexteer Automotive Corporation

    Arun DeSouza is currently Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer at Nexteer Automotive Corporation.  He has extensive global IT and security leadership and organizational transformation experience including as CISO and CIO. Arun’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, risk management, identity management, cloud computing and privacy. His current interests include the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Zero Trust, Software Defined Perimeter & Self-Sovereign Identity.

    Arun earned Master’s and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security professional (CISSP). He was  honored by the 1st Global Cyber Observatory by induction into the CISO Hall of Fame in September 2019.  He has won multiple other industry honors including CISAO of the Week, CSO50 Award, Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award, CIO Ones to Watch Award and the Network World Enterprise All Star Award.  He is a member of the Society for Information Management and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Jeff Donofrio
    President and CEO
    Business Leaders for Michigan

    As President and CEO of the organization, Jeff Donofrio works in close collaboration with the Board of Directors to establish and implement the organization’s priorities. In his first year at the helm, Jeff led the development of a new strategic plan for the organization and provided leadership during the healthcare/economic crisis by ensuring real-time data and vaccine information was shared with member companies and their workforce.

    He previously served as Director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), leading the state’s workforce, economic development, housing, and labor activities. Prior to LEO, Donofrio served as the Executive Director of Workforce Development for the City of Detroit and as an executive at Ford Motor Company.

    Jeff, who was charged with creating LEO, brought together 17 state agencies with the collective mission of advancing economic opportunity and prosperity for all Michiganders. He created numerous programs focused on expanding workforce training and credential attainment with the goal to increase the number of Michiganders with a post high school credential from 44% to 60% by 2030. He also created the state’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the Poverty Task Force. At Ford, Jeff worked closely with company leadership in Dearborn and elected officials and staff in Washington, D.C. to advance policy on trade, autonomous and connected vehicles, safety, and fuel economy. He previously served as District Director for Congressman Sandy Levin and Congressman John D. Dingell and Transportation Policy Advisor to Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

    Jeff grew up working in his family’s small businesses, going on to earn his BA from Michigan State University and MBA from Georgetown University. He co-chairs Launch Michigan (Michigan’s K-12 education coalition) and serves on the boards of the Michigan Workforce Development Board, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Educational Excellence Foundation and the [Detroit] Mayor’s Workforce Development Board, as well as the Protect Michigan Commission. Previously Jeff chaired the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, was a member of Michigan Economic Development Corporation Board, Michigan Strategic Fund, and U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. In 2018, he was appointed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s transition team as Special Advisor for Jobs and the Economy and was named to Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 class.

  • Ryan Friedrichs
    Vice President
    Related Companies

  • Luis Giraldo
    RVP, Business Value Consulting

    20+ years of success spearheading business and technology solutions that accelerate digital transformation helping grow market share and improve customer retention strategies. Proven executive leader driving double-digit revenue growth through strategic implementation of change strategies while improving operational effectiveness.

    Successful global value consultant selling to C-suite executives on CX transformation, process automation and legacy modernization initiatives and best practices to increase revenue, efficiencies and risk mitigation while accelerating digital solutions to market for customers.

    Expert at cultivating relationships with Fortune 100/500 companies and collaborating with key enterprise stakeholders, both internally and externally, to translate business case imperatives into technology requirements and develop strategies that drive quantifiable results.

    Core Strengths and Competencies:

    Strong Work Ethic & Integrity
    Innovator & Trusted Customer Advisor
    GTM Strategy and Operations: Enterprise and Product-led Engine Growth
    Revenue Generator & Accelerator
    Cross-functional E2E Enterprise Value Selling Optimization
    Strategic Global Business Partner across Direct/Indirect Routes to Market
    Value Messaging, Prescriptive Sales Plays and Customer Success Stories
    Solution Advisory Workshop Design, Business Model Creation, Analysis & Presentation Delivery

  • Mike Homant
    CTO & Deputy CIO
    City of Detroit

    Mike Homant is a seasoned technology leader with more than 30 years of experience. In his current role he leads the Enterprise Technology Operations team for the City of Detroit. Before joining the City of Detroit team, Mike held the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Wright and Filippis.  Other companies where he has held technology and other leadership roles include; Asset Acceptance Capital, Comprehensive Receivables Group — a division of BC/BS WI,  St.  Mary Hospital, and William Beaumont Hospital. He specializes in implementing change and customer service focus within technology groups.

  • Geeta Kapoor
    VP Information Security
    MSC Industrial Supply Co.

    Geeta Kapoor is Vice President of Information Security for MSC Industrial Supply, North America’s leading distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and services. Prior to joining MSC in 2022, Geeta was VP/Chief Information Security Officer for Beaumont Health - Michigan’s largest healthcare system. Geeta was responsible for developing and executing the security strategy to reduce overall cyber risk. Geeta joined Beaumont in July 2021 from Tenneco Inc. Tenneco is a Fortune 500 American automotive components original equipment manufacturer and an aftermarket ride control and emissions products manufacturer. Over her 7 years at Tenneco, she served in a variety of roles covering Network management, cybersecurity engineering and architecture, identity and access management, monitoring and incident response, as well as governance, risk and compliance. Geeta earned her Master of Science degree in Information Communication Sciences from Ball State University, an MBA from Oakland University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cybersecurity from Purdue University.

  • Sanjay Kumar
    Senior Principal
    Siemens Digital Industries

    Sanjay Kumar is responsible for Siemens’ smart manufacturing, industrial analytics and complex multi-system integration solutions. His career started in plant automation and progressed through technology implementations enabling clients optimize production efficiency, improve quality and reduce supply chain risk. In addition, Sanjay spent several years consulting on IT Strategy, business outcomes driven initiatives and technology optimization with consulting firms including Accenture, KPMG and Deloitte. He has advised clients on business and technology strategy, led complex M&A engagements, enabled clients define their smart manufacturing and connected product strategies, and led programs to execute those strategies.

  • Nick Latorre
    Head of Product Cybersecurity (ICT & Digital)

    Responsible for establishing and delivering Global department responsibilities for the Product Cybersecurity Pillar within the CISO Stellantis organization (converging respective PSA and FCA organizations). Focus areas included convergence opportunities to standardize product cybersecurity enabling technologies, process and operations. Responsible for global Product Public Key Infrastructure (Cryptographic platform), Global Product Security Operations Center (Product Security Incident and Event Monitoring), Connectivity Platform Cybersecurity Governance (Feature end to end governance services), Global Connectivity Platform Cybersecurity Systems (IOT device Identities, Registration Authority, API & Services interfaces) and Product Bug Bounty programs.

    * Developed and executed cybersecurity capability roadmaps that presented high value benchmarked initiatives to improve the cybersecurity posture of Stellantis.
    * Delivered Cybersecurity governance services and associated technical system solutions to support IoT Connectivity platform convergence from respective xFCA and xPSA environments.
    * Created and contributed to internal processes, procedures and technical system capabilities to comply with cybersecurity regulation (UN R155).
    * Executed Managed Security Services Provider model for Product SOC capabilities; SIEM use case development and L1, L2 SOC operations.
    * Performed Secretary duties for both the Stellantis Global and North America Cybersecurity & Privacy Executive Committees.
    * Effectively increased the cybersecurity posture of products and services whilst balancing business needs (speed to market, profit, customer experience).
    * Hands on implementation experience of current and emerging state-of-the-art IoT & OT cybersecurity systems technologies, architectures, and products.

  • 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.

  • Maureen Niemiec
    Chief of Staff, Office of the CISO
    Kontoor Brands

    With over 20 years of experience in creating, managing, and leading IT Governance, Risk and Compliance programs, Maureen Niemiec offers a unique blend of leadership, technical knowledge, and team building expertise.  She is currently the Chief of Staff – Office of the CISO for Kontoor Brands, well known for their Wrangler and Lee clothing, where she is helping build out a strong Cybersecurity program.  Previously, she served as Vice President of Internal Audit for Information Technology, Information Security, Bank Secrecy Act / Anti Money Laundering, and Retail Banking at Flagstar Bank.  Through her leadership, the IT audit program migrated from procedural findings to true reduction of risk and improved efficiency of all audits  She received high praise from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for these initiatives.

  • Sajay Rai
    President and CEO
    Securely Yours LLC

    Sajay Rai has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, specializing in information security, business continuity, disaster recovery, privacy, IT audit and information risk.  Mr. Rai is the Founder and CEO of Securely Yours LLC.  Securely Yours LLC is focused on delivering innovative solutions through delivery channels like Software-as-a-Service, Managed Services and traditional IT consulting.   Mr. Rai’s clients are in the financial, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, federal and state agencies and utility industry.

    Prior to starting Securely Yours LLC, Mr. Rai was a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP for 10 years and was responsible for the information advisory practice in the Detroit Metro area.  He also served as the national leader of EY’s Information Security and Business Continuity practices.  Mr. Rai’s clients included General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Yazaki North America, Tecumseh and Federal Mogul.  He also served as a member of his firm’s Partners Advisory Council.

    Mr. Rai also worked with IBM for 13 years, most recently serving as an executive of the national Business Continuity and Contingency consulting practice.  He was instrumental in starting the company’s Information Security consulting practice and managing its information technology consulting practice in Latin America.

    Mr. Rai co-authored a recently published book, Defending the Digital Frontier – A Security Agenda, which guides business and IT executives on how to develop an effective and efficient information security program within their enterprise.  He also co-authored Institute of Internal Auditors’ publications of “Sawyer’s Internal Audit Handbook 6th Edition” and the publication of IIA’s Global Technology Audit Guide (GTAG) No. 9 on the topic of Identity and Access Management.

    Mr. Rai is a member of IIA’s Professional Issues Committee (PIC).  He also serves on the board of ISACA Detroit Chapter, IIA’s Detroit Chapter, Society Of Information (SIM) Detroit Chapter and as a member of Walsh College’s Accounting Advisory and Technology Committees.  Mr. Rai is a regular speaker at industry conferences on information security, business continuity, disaster recovery, technology strategy and is frequently quoted in magazines and newspapers.  He has also served as expert witness in litigation cases in the area of information security.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Information Management from Washington University of St. Louis, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Fontbonne College of St. Louis.  

  • Bernd Raithel
    Industrial Edge Leader
    Siemens Digital Industries

    Bernd Raithel is director of marketing and product management in the Factory Automation business unit of Siemens Industry. Raithel has an engineering degree (Dipl-Ing(FH)) from the TU Nürnberg (Germany) and has been with Siemens for more than 15 years.

  • Jose Reyes
    Executive Director

    José Reyes serves as the Executive Director of NPower Michigan. He is responsible for leading NPower’s strategic direction, overseeing its administrative management, and directing collaborative partnerships within the region. 

    Throughout his career  data-sf-ec-immutable="">has worked at the nexus of education, government, non-profits, and the private sector creating collective impact strategies to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. 

    Before joining NPower, Reyes served as Deputy Director of Detroit’s Workforce Development Department where he led the transition of the city’s department into one of the largest and best performing nonprofits in Michigan. He was the co-architect of Detroit Employment Solutions Corp (DESC), the programmatic and fiscal agent of the City of Detroit workforce board. Reyes has also been nationally recognized for his expertise on workforce development, particularly the White House recognized TechHire initiative that provided IT training to people in Detroit and others from around the region. Most recently, José served as the Director of Workforce & Community Development for Washtenaw Community College, where he was instrumental in developing Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) strategies among growing and emerging sectors of IT and Healthcare. 

    José is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. He is a Board of Governors Emeritus for the School of Social Work. José also attended the University of Detroit’s law school. He is a life-long Michigander, born and raised in Detroit. In addition to his professional endeavors, José is active in the community and continues his involvement with groups that promote strong communities and enrichment opportunities for children and families.

  • Ashok Sivanand

    Ashok is the CEO of Integral, a digital transformation firm that helps businesses with embedding a technology DNA to their culture, processes, and experiences. Integral also facilitates  integrateDetroit to bridge the gap between self-taught/bootcamps and the technology workforce. 

    Prior to Integral, Ashok was on the leadership team at Pivotal Labs, and held technology and product roles in the manufacturing industry. 

    Ashok has over a decade of experience in automotive and manufacturing software and has collaborated with companies including Ford, GM, Bosch, and Thor. 

    During his tenure at Pivotal Labs, Ashok was interviewed by CIO magazine alongside Ford’s then CIO Marcy Klevorn. Link here

  • Nate Smolenski
    Cloud Architecture Services Director

    Nathan is a Cyber Security & Technology leader with over 18 years of experience across financial services, management consulting, executive search, insurance and software industry verticals. Nathan is highly experienced in digital transformation, leadership enrichment, organizational development and the modernization of enterprise security programs and architectures; enabling businesses through consumable service-based delivery capabilities. Nathan maintains a contemporary view of technology and cyber security and is a strong believer in process and technology innovation to drive transformational change.

    Nathan currently serves as director on the enterprise strategy team at Netskope, the leader in cloud security, focused on digital transformation of cyber security programs, security research initiatives, and the evolution of cloud security architectures; while helping to further drive success for Netskope and its customers.

    Prior joining the Netskope team, Nathan served as the Head of Technology Security Strategy and Engineering for the NY Life Insurance Company; as well as previous roles as the VP/CISO of Spencer Stuart, a world leader in executive search and management consulting, the CISO of Zurich North America, and the CISO of 21stCentury Insurance. Nathan maintains the CISSP, CISA and CISM designations, was a 2016 nominee for ISSA & InfraGard’s Chicago CISO of the Year, and serves as a member of the Rutgers University cyber security program advisory board.

  • Glenn Stevens
    Executive Director and Vice President, Automotive & Mobility Initiatives

    Glenn Stevens is the executive director of MICHauto and serves as the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives. In this role, Stevens provides strategic direction and leadership to the MICHauto program in its efforts to promote, grow and retain Michigan’s automotive and next-generation mobility industries. MICHauto is a statewide industry association focused on developing the state’s automotive and mobility industry in the key areas of: talent and education, advocacy, industry awareness, mobility and the startup ecosystem.

    Stevens has more than 25 years of management, strategy and operation experience across the automotive, mobility, steel, specialty chemicals, and capital equipment industries. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stevens served as senior vice president of membership and sales with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, where he was responsible for membership growth and retention, strategic partnerships, and automotive industry development with states across the nation. Additionally, his previous experience includes leadership positions with Blue Water Automotive Systems, Kolene Corp., and National Steel Corp.

    Stevens serves on the Governor’s State of Michigan Mobility Leadership Steering Committee and leads the Detroit Mobility Solutions Coalition. Additionally, he currently serves on the board of Team 1 Plastics, the board of the Michigan State University Broad Executive Forum and serves on the Executive Planning Committee of the FIRST Robotics Championship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and an executive MBA from Michigan State University. Glenn Stevens can be contacted by email at gstevens@detroitchamber.com

  • Jane Sydlowski
    AMI Strategies

    Over 25 years of executive leadership in the TEM industry. Successful organization builder who adds strategic direction, positive culture, focus, and structure to create opportunities.

    • Entrepreneurial Vision
    • Business Development Strategy and Solution Sales
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Builder and Collaboration
    • New Product and/or Services Creator
    • Financial Planning and Budgeting
    • Board Membership / Governance

    Notable Women in Tech (2018) by Crain's Detroit Business
    Enterprising Women of the Year (2015) by Enterprising Women's Magazine
    Leaders & Innovators (2007)
    Michigan State University Applied Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award (2005)
    AWC Award (2004)
    Michigan’s 100 leaders (2004)

    Jane has a Bachelors of Science in Applied Engineering from Michigan State University and a MBA from Wayne State University.

  • Darlene Taylor
    Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    Superior Industries

    Chief Information Officer, Novares Group (former), a top 10 automotive plastics supplier with 44 plants plus 17 skill and technical centers in 23 countries. Lead Novares’ strategic technology advancement including a strong focus on cyber security and digital solutions. Prior to this role at Novares, spent several years with Ford Motor Company and Visteon in IT, engineering and operations and is a “car girl” at heart. Graduate and Partner Engagement Lead for the University of Michigan, leading several joint MCWT/UM activities focused on engaging students with opportunities in technology. Go Blue! Governing body member of the Detroit CIO community and Chief Mission Officer for the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) encouraging and mentoring girls in information technology. Known for a passion for helping others and recognized for team building and leadership centered on ethics, integrity, value of diversity and respect for others. 

  • Samir Taylor

    Samir Taylor is the founder and CEO at xfacture, Inc.  xFacture is Samir’s latest venture to offer a software platform to simplify and increase the efficiency of development, distribution, setup, analysis, and support in manufacturing and assembly operations.  In the last decade, Samir has successfully exited two ventures namely Automation of Things and WSP Technologies.  The technologies developed in these ventures are now being widely used in manufacturing and assembly operations worldwide. Samir has extensive experience in Industrial IoT, vision systems, edge computing and other technologies to harness manufacturing data to improve operations in simple and scalable ways. 

  • Art Thompson
    CIO, Department of Innovation and Technology
    City of Detroit

    Art Thompson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Detroit, Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). Prior to this appointment, Art served as the Director of Public Safety and Cyber Security for DoIT. Art is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Supply Chain Management.  He has over twelve (12) years of technical experience with the public safety environment and managing public safety personnel. His technical skills include radio and desktop installation, as well as software and hardware maintenance. His responsibilities included, but were not limited to, managing Desktop Support, Mobility Support, Network Administration and Cyber Security Teams all of which he confidently championed.  Art began his career with DoIT as the Manager for Mobility Support.  His accomplishments as Manager further revealed his advanced technical skills and managerial abilities, which lead to his promotion to Director.  After serving nearly three (3) years as Director, he further excelled in management and in handling budgetary issues.  Art’s vision, dedication, motivation and commitment to the City of Detroit, ultimately lead to his appointed as CIO.

    CIO Thompson is a result-driven, motivated and efficient technology professional. He is an effective communicator and presenter recommending solutions for top-level management. He is a resourceful big-picture thinker who confidently accomplishes business objectives through outstanding technical direction.  Art is a proactive and committed individual recognized for his multi-tasking ability and getting the job done! 

  • Jason Torrez
    Executive Director, IT

    Jason Torrez was formerly the site leader for General Electric’s Detroit Hub.  The GE Detroit Hub is a multi-business technology center focused on delivering outcomes in GE Aviation, Capital, Corporate, Digital, Healthcare, and Power.  As site leader, Jason partners with leaders across these businesses to create an environment in which business objectives are realized while providing space for employees to thrive, personally and professionally.

    Prior to this role, Jason built and led a software development capability in Detroit for GE Digital.  These teams developed software solutions to accelerate industrial new technology introductions, improve on time delivery and reduce cycle time for Aviation engine delivery, and drive cost out of manufacturing processes.

    In 2018, Jason served on an advisory council to the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and spoke on a software engineering panel at the ECP annual summit.  The purpose of ECP is to accelerate the delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem for breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.

    Jason loves above all to spend time with his wife and twin daughters, and also enjoys fishing, tinkering, and playing guitar.

  • Chris Voce
    Strategist, Value Advisory
    Citrix Systems, Inc.

    Chris supports engagement with executive teams at strategic Citrix clients and prospects to help them understand and embrace Employee Experience as part of their business strategy. Chris recently joined Citrix from Forrester Research, where as a Vice President & Research Director, he led Forrester's employee experience research strategy for business and technology leaders. His team's research helped clients re imagine IT strategy to create the cultural and technology conditions for people do their best work and drive engagement. He's been a keynote speaker, quoted in major technology publications like CIO Magazine and news organizations including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has made appearances on NPR and WBZ NewsRadio. Before moving into the research director role, Chris was a principal analyst helping IT leaders optimize their Microsoft strategy and make the transition to cloud services for email and collaboration. Prior to rejoining Forrester in 2006, Chris was consultant focused on network engineering for SMB's and an engineer at Intel and Sun Microsystems.​

  • Noha White
    Detroit Diesel Company / DTNA

    Visionary and practical Leader with consistent success in delivering IT business solutions and a turnaround expert that delivers widespread productivity and efficiency improvement, and operational cost reductions. Excel at bridging functions and technologies to provide visible and actionable business information. Think and work seamlessly cross-functionally in applying deep and broad expertise to deliver focused, enterprise level, and/or ERP solutions for Manufacturing & Warehousing, Finance, Purchasing, Engineering, HR, Quality, and Sales and Marketing. Expertise Includes:

    ERP Solution Development & Deployment(SAP/QAD) | Cloud Computing | Establishing Vision, Mission, & IT Strategy Road-maps | Portfolio Planning & Demand Management | Budget Planning | Change Management | Program Life Cycle Management | Supply Planning & Vendor Management | Customer Relationship Management | IT Development & Deployment, Architecture, Infrastructure, and Operations | Plant/Site Launches | Acquisition & Mergers & Divestitures | Business & IT Transformation | In-sourcing & Outsourcing | Leading & Developing Effective Teams

  • Chuck Williams
    SVP IT
    Penske Corporation


Thursday, September 8, 2022


8:00 - 8:50 AM 

Breakfast and Networking

8:50 - 9:05 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

9:05 - 9:15 AM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Revving Up Your Career Ascent Through Business, Tech Savvy

Mamatha Chamarthi, Head of Software Business and Product Management P&L, Stellantis, interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Many CIOs and technology executives ponder what is next for them on their career journey. One or more board roles, an advisory role for an emerging tech company – perhaps even a transition to another C-level role or becoming a CEO.

In this Executive Interview, former Stellantis Chief Digital Information Officer Mamatha Chamarthi shares the steps she has taken to become Global SVP of Software and Business Management at Stellantis, how she has drawn upon her business and technology expertise to excel in her current role, how she is leading a charge to achieve 20 billion (in Euros) in revenue by 2030 through a new set of mobility and software services, as well as the business technology leadership lessons she has learned along the way.

9:15 - 9:45 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:   Accelerating Your Winning IT Strategy with World Class Technologies and Partnerships

Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Arun DeSouza, Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer, Nexteer Automotive Corporation

Luis Giraldo, RVP, Business Value Consulting, OutSystems

Chris Voce, Strategist, Value Advisory, Citrix

Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can enable business technology leaders to identify potential use cases and make a meaningful impact on the business. These and other technologies can also help to better safeguard the enterprise against cyber threats and risks. Yet the likelihood for success accelerates when companies have strong partnerships with trusted technology vendors who are able to provide real-world experiences with other clients, expertise and resources to bring these opportunities to fruition. This panel of executives will share use cases for leveraging advanced technologies and partnership that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market.

9:45 - 10:05 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:05 - 10:35 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Partnering with Business Leaders on SaaS: Pivoting from a Department of ‘No’ to a Gateway of ‘Go’

Moderator:  Maureen Niemiec, (Former) VP - IT, Retail Banking, BSA/AML - Internal Audit, Flagstar Bank

Ashok Sivanand, Principal, Integral.io

Jane Sydlowski, CEO and President, AMI Strategies

Noha White, CIO, Detroit Diesel Company / DTNA

The mantra shared among most CIOs and technology executives is that it’s no longer about IT being aligned with the business – IT IS part of the business. As CIOs and technology executives have become more deeply involved in crafting business strategy with fellow members of the C-suite and line-of-business leaders, this has also created an opportunity for tech leaders to identify opportunities to leverage software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that can help make business constituents more productive.

In this Executive Panel discussion, top-tier technology leaders and industry experts will share progressive opportunities for tech executives and business leaders to partner more effectively. We’ll also explore real-world examples of IT organizations shifting from a department of ‘No’ to a gateway of ‘Go’ to empower the business and help the company achieve its strategic goals.

10:35 - 11:00 AM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Defining a Modern Enterprise Security Strategy

Nathan Smolenski, CISO, Head of Cyber Intelligence Strategy CISSP, CISM, CISA, Netskope will be interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

A modern security program must align with the modern business environment – focused on zero trust principles, addressing overarching enterprise risks, progressing beyond basic allow/block decisions and continuously evaluating the context surrounding each interaction – by offering and adapting the right level of access at just the right time. Service Edge (SSE) is the security stack that helps deliver the promise of cloud and digital transformation.

In this Executive Interview, we’ll explore how Security Service Edge is the next evolution of cloud security and a critical component for delivering an agile and cost effective zero trust strategy to your organization. SSE converges legacy point security capabilities into a unified cloud platform that provides secure access to applications and data everywhere, consistently for every location, device, user and delivery model.

11:00 - 11:25

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:25 - 11:55 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:   Pushing the Edge

Moderator: Sanjay Kumar, Senior Principal, Siemens Digital Industries

David Decker, Director IT, American Axle & Manufacturing

Bernd Raithel, Industrial Edge leader, Siemens

Samir Taylor, CEO, xFacture

Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and data are creating new insights for executives in manufacturing, retail, construction, entertainment and other industries. For instance, plant floor managers can analyze IoT data to predict when a machine will require maintenance based on vibrations, sounds and other physical factors. Meanwhile, retailers are using IoT technologies to capture real-time customer data from kiosks and other sources.

In this Executive Panel discussion, world-class technology leaders and industry executives will share real-world examples of how IoT technologies, combined with edge computing and remote monitoring capabilities, can help executives to avoid unanticipated and expensive downtime for equipment and also to quickly analyze and respond to changes in customer behavior in retail, automotive, financial services and other industries.

11:55 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch and Networking

Detroit SIM News - Chuck Williams, SVP IT, Penske Corporation

HMG Global Leadership Institute Awards Program 2023 Nominations

Mamatha Chamarthi, Head of Software Business and Product Management P&L, Stellantis

Jason Torrez, Sr. Director, Digital Workplace Technologies, GE Aviation

Kiran Sekhri, Chief Innovation Officer, WCCCD


Past Winners Include:

Arun DeSouza, Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer, Nexteer Automotive Corporation
Jef Fisk, President, Brolly, Inc.
Richard Hook, EVP & CIO, Penske Automotive Group, Inc.
Doug Wiescinski, Retired Partner, Plante Moran & Program Director, BDMP Technologies
Steve York, CIO, 1-800 Hansons, LLC
Lesley Ma, CIO & Chief Continuous Improvement Officer, NSF International

NPower Interview:  Skilling to Scale: Talent Pipeline Management as a winning solution for the 21-century workforce 

 Jose Reyes, NPower Michigan Executive Director, will interview Tim Bates, Chief Technology Officer, Global Accounts Business, Lenovo

This interview will discuss the national talent gap and its effect within our region as it pertains to IT.  

More importantly,  how agile talent development solutions (fast-track training, bootcamps and apprenticeships)  among traditionally underserved communities can deliver viable talent to the business community, while simultaneously increasing the diversity, equity and, inclusion in workplace. 

12:45 - 1:15 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  How the Internet of Things is Impacting Cybersecurity

Moderator: Mike Homant, CTO & Deputy CIO, City of Detroit

Geeta Kapoor, VP Information Security, MSC Industrial Supply Co.

Nick Latorre, Head of Product Cybersecurity (ICT & Digital), Stellantis

Sajay Rai, President and CEO, Securely Yours LLC

The use of Internet of Things sensors and technologies is creating a bevy of new applications and use cases in manufacturing, automotive, retail, financial services, logistics and other industries.  But because IoT sensors and other edge computing end points are difficult to secure, this makes it difficult to safeguard IoT data at endpoints and in transition.

In this Executive Panel discussion, elite security leaders and industry experts will share the security challenges associated with IoT and edge computing environments; recommendations for managing data at endpoints; along with resolving custom code related to products versus staying current with software patches.

1:15 - 1:40 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

1:40 – 2:10 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Acting as a Talent Magnet to Attract and Retain the Best and the Brightest to Michigan

Moderator:  Glenn Stevens, Executive Director MICHauto and VP, Automotive & Mobility Initiatives

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

Jeff Donofrio, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan

Ryan Friedrichs, Vice President, Related Companies

As the global war for talent continues to escalate, savvy companies and technology executives must adapt their strategies and leadership styles to attract and retain the talent needed to move the 21st-century enterprise forward.

In this executive panel discussion, business and technology leaders, and search executives share their thoughts on strategies to attract top companies and technical talent to Michigan, along with actionable approaches for supporting the growth and retention of this talent, which will continue to be a critical of element of Michigan’s resurgence.

2:10 – 2:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Designing the Future of Work

Moderator:  Jason Torrez, Sr. Director, Digital Workplace Technologies, GE Aviation

Rebecca Bray, CHRO, EPITEC, Inc.

Darlene Taylor, Former Head of Tech/CIO - EPITEC

Art Thompson, CIO, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Detroit

As organizational leaders know all too well, a major X factor in the global war for talent centers upon where employees are able to work. Two-plus years into a global pandemic, the design for how, where and when we work is still a work in progress, and employee preferences for working from home or in a hybrid environment vary from person to person.

In this dynamic Executive Panel discussion, world-class business technology executives will share the role they’re playing in architecting the future of work, along with how they are helping to guide the cultural evolution needed for the hybrid enterprise to operate successfully.

2:40 - 3:00 PM

Raffle Prizes and Closing Remarks

Presenting Partners

  • Netskope

    Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.


Platinum Partners

  • 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.

  • Citrix Systems, Inc.

    Citrix helps organizations deliver a consistent and secure work experience no matter where work needs to get done—in the office, at home, or in the field. Our digital workspace solutions give each employee the resources and space they need to do their very best work. And our platform brings user experience, IT flexibility and security together to foster innovation, resilience and business continuity — all while removing the limits of geography, devices, networks and even clouds to deliver a better employee experience.


Gold Partners

  • Appian

    Appian is a software company that automates business processes. The Appian AI Process Platform includes everything you need to design, automate, and optimize even the most complex processes, from start to finish. The world's most innovative organizations trust Appian to improve their workflows, unify data, and optimize operations—resulting in better growth and superior customer experiences. For more information, visit appian.com. [Nasdaq: APPN]

  • Tanium

    Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. State and local governments, educational institutions, federal civilian agencies and the U.S. armed forces trust Tanium to protect people; defend data; secure systems; and see and control every endpoint, team, and workflow everywhere. That’s the power of certainty.

  • The Judge Group

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

  • SnapLogic

    SnapLogic provides the #1 Intelligent Integration Platform. The company’s AI-powered workflows and self-service integration capabilities make it fast and easy for organizations to manage all their application integration, data integration, API management, B2B integration, and data engineering projects on a single, scalable platform. Hundreds of Global 2000 customers — including Adobe, AstraZeneca, Box, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Emirates, Magellan Health, Schneider Electric, and Wendy’s — rely on SnapLogic to automate business processes, accelerate analytics, and drive digital transformation. Learn more at snaplogic.com.


Supporting Partners

  • IFS

    IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers—at the Moment of Service. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 4,500 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support our 10,000+ customers. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at ifs.com.

  • Ascend Technologies

    Ascend Technologies is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill managed services provider. Our team of over 300 U.S.-based information technology professionals enable business growth through innovation and technology. Ascend helps business leaders make IT investments with confidence, eliminate cybersecurity threats, meet the needs of the business, and optimize user productivity. Businesses endure, grow, and innovate on a foundation of efficiently run core IT systems. Ascend makes technology the catalyst for business expansion. For more information, visit https://teamascend.com.


Marketplace 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.

  • SafeGuard Cyber

    SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.

  • Zscaler

    Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.

  • Akamai

    Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multicloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps, and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics, and 24/7/365 monitoring.

  • BetterCloud

    BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company's total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix offers a single platform to run all your apps and data across multiple clouds while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Trusted by companies worldwide, Nutanix powers hybrid multicloud environments efficiently and cost effectively. This enables companies to focus on successful business outcomes and new innovations.

  • Palo Alto Networks

    Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

  • Upwork

    Upwork is the world’s largest work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent from across the globe. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.8 billion on Upwork in 2022 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations.

  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

  • Tonkean

    Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub, Crypto.com, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.

  • Fortinet

    Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

  • 8x8, Inc.

    8x8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8x8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8x8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8x8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8x8 offers its 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8x8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8x8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8x8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).


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.

  • Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Betterment, Carta, Roku, Poshmark, Uber, and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 43 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise, and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re all in.

  • 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 Detroit

    SIM Detroit has approximately 175 active members from 125 organizations. Members' companies are generally located in the greater Detroit area, but some members come from as far as the southwest side of the state and the Toledo, OH, area. The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and public organizations. Chapter activities include: - Meeting to share innovative ideas and real world experiences which address enterprise information needs. We have excellent speakers both from our membership, and bring in industry executives and subject matter experts from many sources. - 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. - Tours of member facilities to observe, first hand, excellent uses of Technology in the metro Detroit area - Being a resource for each other, and personal networking.


Detroit Athletic Club

241 Madison
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Main Dining Room

DAC Dress Code Policies:

- No Denim of any style or color allowed at any time within the clubhouse. - Business casual attire is allowed within the Club and is defines as:

- Collared Shirts and Tailored Slacks.

- Business casual attire is allowed in all areas of the Club EXCEPT: Tap Room, Gallery, Lobby & Reading Room; coat is required in these areas.

- Pavilion - Country Club Casual is allowed, including denim. 

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:

(203) 221-2702

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

Key Areas of Focus Include:

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

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