ST. LOUIS, MO – September 25, 2017 – Thanks to their unique horizontal view of the enterprise and savviness in aligning technology to drive innovation and enable business growth, CIOs are perfectly positioned to help their companies to executive on digital business transformation. In order to drive the organizational changes that are needed to succeed, CIOs must be able to demonstrate courageous leadership in working with the C-suite and in fostering a culture of genius within the enterprise. These challenges and opportunities will be the principal topics explored at the upcoming 2017 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit, produced by HMG Strategy, to be held on October 4, 2017 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

“Top-performing companies in their markets have one thing in common – they each have a culture of genius,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “CIOs who step up and deliver fearless leadership can help their companies to generate new waves of innovation and unlock incredible value for their organizations.”

The St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit will kick-off with a powerful executive panel featuring Bhavani Amirthalingam, VP Information Technology (IPO), Schneider Electric, and Gary VonderHaar, EVP, Operations & Technology Processing, Mastercard, who will share the steps they’re taking to recast the enterprise, enable innovation, and foster a culture of genius.

Other captivating sessions will include an executive keynote by Vance Moore, President, Business Integration, Mercy; an executive panel of top search executives who will examine the key attributes that enable top technology executives to succeed; an executive panel that will explore how new technologies can drive speed to market and help companies to achieve a competitive edge; an executive panel that will examine new technologies that are helping companies to obtain a competitive edge; an executive panel that will focus on best practices for balancing agility and innovation with cybersecurity; an executive briefing by Phil Mesnier, Blockchain Practice Lead at OCI, and Christian Saucier, CEO at Thinx! Software, who will share lessons learned from a real-world blockchain implementation; an executive interview with Drew Erdmann, Chief Operating Officer for the State of Missouri; and an executive panel that will share examples of courageous leadership that have enabled successful CIOs to become the “CEO of Technology” and create new waves of business growth in the enterprise.

Distinguished speakers at the summit will include Ladi Adefala, Senior Security Strategist, Fortinet; Bhavani Amirthalingam, VP Information Technology (IPO), Schneider Electric; Mark Brooks, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Centene Corporation; Drew Carter, President, Maritz Motivation Solutions; Andrew Clyne, Chief Data Officer, CenturyLink; Drew Erdmann, Chief Operating Officer, State of Missouri; Gary Harbison, CISO, Monsanto Company; Mary Heger, SVP & CIO, Ameren Services Center; Mike Honer, Executive Recruiter, Honer & Associates; Michelle King, Executive Director, Talent Acquisition, Reinsurance Group of America, Inc.; Josh Knopp, VP, Information Security Officer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Jim Lammers, EVP Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Federal Reserve System; Tony Leng, Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP, Diversified Search; John Madera, Corporate Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates; Bryan Mann, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Dropbox; John Meister, CIO, Panera Bread; Phil Mesnier, Blockchain Practice Leader, OCI; Vance Moore, President – Business Integration, Mercy; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy; Lisa Nichols, CEO, Technology Partners; Dan Roberts, President & CEO, Ouellette & Associates; Christian Saucier, CEO, Thinx! Software; Jim Swanson, CIO, Monsanto Company; and Gary VonderHaar, EVP, Operations & Technology Processing, Mastercard.

Platinum Partners for the St. Louis Summit include CenturyLink, Dropbox, and Workday. Gold Partners include Datalink, Pure Storage, Tintri, and Windstream. Breakfast Partners include YASH Technologies. Lunch Partners include OCI. 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. Association Partners include Technology Partners.

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

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