MINNEAPOLIS, MN – May 10, 2017 – Executives are rethinking how the company needs to operate to become more customer-focused and have the agility to respond to new market opportunities. This includes the technologies that are in place in order to become more nimble and address shifting customer behaviors. These requirements, and how they are effectively communicated to the C-suite and the board of directors, will highlight the discussion at the upcoming 2017 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

“Customer-centric digital transformation involves a lot of moving parts, including cultural change, a technological makeover, and careful coordination with all parts of the business,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “Successful CIOs must boldly communicate the new business vision across the enterprise to reach core, parallel, and new markets.”

The Minneapolis summit will kick-off with a scintillating executive panel discussion moderated by Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy, on best practices for redefining business models and platforms to meet shifting customer behaviors and needs.

Other compelling sessions will include an interactive panel on planning your organization’s future through the insights of venture capitalists; an executive keynote by Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics, on leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning; an executive panel that will explore how their organizations are capitalizing on emerging technologies to drive speed to market; presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards; an executive briefing by Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson, on how Mortenson is leveraging emerging technologies such as the Internet of ‘Construction’ Things to drive innovation; an executive panel on laying the foundation for the digital roadmap; the leadership qualities needed to drive career ascent; and the leadership qualities needed to connect effectively with the C-suite and the board of directors.

Prominent speakers at the Minneapolis Summit will include Haseen Alam, Chief Information Officer, Johnson Brothers; Bryce Austin, CISM, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy; Ryan Broshar, Founder & Managing Director, Matchstick Ventures; Robin Brown, VP & CIO, Mortenson; Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics; Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner, Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry; Johnny Dranchak, CTO, Digital Thread AppStudio, GE Digital; Renee Frey, Founder and President, TalentQ, Inc.; Kathryn Freytag, VP & CIO, Donaldson; Mark Gingrich, CIO, Surescripts; Nate Haines, Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates; Bernadette Harkin, Senior Vice President, Advisory, Avanade; Nick Hernandez, Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group; Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson; Kate Lanners, Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain, Ecolab; Mike Larson, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Universal Hospital Services; Joy Lindsay, President, StarTec Investments, LLC; Elwin Loomis, Sr. Director, Store of the Future, Target; Michael Macrie, SVP & CIO, Land O’Lakes; Bryan Mann, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Dropbox; Anudeep Parhar, CIO, Entrust Datacard; Anwar Parvez, Sr. Director and Chief Architect, Software AG; Gary Schokmiller, President, Trio Executive Search; Carey Smith, Enterprise Technology & Transformation, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota; Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions; Jed Yueh, Founder, Executive Chairman, Delphix; and Paul Zyla, Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, AgStar.

Presenting Partners for the summit include CenturyLink. Platinum Partners include Avanade, Delphix, and Dropbox. Gold Partners include Information Builders, Magenic, and Tintri. Supporting Partners include OneNeck IT Solutions and Pure Storage. Research Partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital.

To visit the Minneapolis summit website and register for the event, click here.

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