CHICAGO, IL – May 26, 2017 – Dynamic leaders are stepping into the fore to deliver bold innovative leadership to drive digital transformation that can meet changing customer behavior while providing new sources of growth for the business. The fearless leadership qualities required by CIOs to expedite digital transformation will be the focus of the discussion at the upcoming 2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit, taking place at The Palmer House Hilton on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, produced by HMG Strategy in association with the Chicago SIM Chapter.

“In order for CIOs to succeed with digital transformation, they must act as the CEOs of technology,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “CIOs that create the digital vision for the C-suite and the board of directors and successfully execute the digital strategy shrewdly position the future enterprise.”

The Chicago summit will kick-off with a mesmerizing executive briefing by John Phillips, EVP & CIO, Briggs Medical Service Company, on the steps the CIO must take to act as a digital change agent. Following is a panel moderated by Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, HPE on the leadership, innovation, and transformation strategies used by successful digital leaders.

Other enthralling sessions will include an executive keynote by John Engates, CTO, Rackspace, who will share 2017 trends and predictions for CIOs; an executive briefing given by Israel Martinez, Chairman, Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO, Axon Global, in which he will share his perspective on the high-level direction of the Trump Administration in critical areas such as cybersecurity and policy making; an executive panel discussion that will explore best practices for leveraging information security and innovation; a lunch briefing by Jack Barsky, Former IT Executive, Author and Public Speaker; an executive panel discussion involving top search executives on the top leadership qualities that search recruiters look for in senior executives; an executive panel that will probe future trends and emerging technologies expected to shape the business; an executive keynote by Pieter Poll, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink, on the network’s growing relevance for digital transformation; an executive panel that will examine the dynamic mindset required by the CIO to lead with courage and drive innovation; ending with a founder’s story shared by Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars.

Eminent speakers at the summit will include Thomas Anderson, Enterprise Cloud Leader, GE Digital; Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.; Ramón Baez, CIO Evangelist at HMG Strategy and Former SVP, Customer Evangelist – Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Jack Barsky, Former IT Executive, Author & Public Speaker; Nancy Berce, Vice President, Business and Technology Services, Abbott Laboratories; Tim Dickson, Vice President, Front Office IT, Motorola Solutions, Inc.; John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace; Michael Gabriel, Partner & Data Protection Practice Lead, Stridium Cybersecurity Advisors LLC; Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics; Laszlo Gonc, CISO Partner, MVP Advisory Group, LLC; Daphne Jones, Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer – GE Healthcare Global Services, General Electric; Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars; Jason Kolb, CEO/CTO, Dais; Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Cook County Government; John Madera, Corporate Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates; Susan Malisch, VP & CIO, Loyola University Chicago; Paul Martin, Corporate VP & CIO, Baxter International; Israel Martinez, Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO Axon Global; Rob McGillen, Chief Digital Officer and CIO at AIA Corporation, Founder & CEO, Practically Digital LLC; Bud McQuade, Vice President of Information Technology, Duracell; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy; John Parkinson, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Strategy & Technology, Allstate Insurance; Jeff Pashalides, Corporate, Sequoia Capital; John Phillips, EVP & CIO, Briggs Medical Service Company; Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry; Pieter Poll, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink; Stephen Pratt, Chief Executive Officer, Noodle Analytics; Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner, Gartner; Yvonne Scott, CIO, Crowe Horwath LLP; and Sydney Sloan, Chief Marketing Officer, Alfresco.

Presenting Partners for the summit include CenturyLink and Rackspace. Platinum Partners include Alfresco and Turbonomic. Gold Partners include Apptio, Comcast Business, Information Builders, Lenovo Software, Neudesic, ScaleArc, and Tintri. Supporting Partners include appOrbit 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. The Association Partner for the summit is the Chicago SIM Chapter (Society for Information Management).

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