HMG Strategy 2017 Seattle CIO Executive Leadership Summit

SEATTLE, WA – October 6, 2017 – As sweeping global geo-political shifts and massive disruption reshape business, the CIO is being called upon by the executive team to strategize and execute on business transformation. The role that the CIO plays in enabling this transformation and the courageous leadership traits needed to make this happen will be the central topics discussed at the upcoming 2017 Seattle CIO Executive Leadership Summit produced by HMG Strategy, to be held on October 31, 2017 at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, WA.

“Thanks to their unique horizontal view of the enterprise along with their deep understanding of how people, processes, and technology are interwoven, CIOs are perfectly positioned to help lead digital transformation efforts,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President & CEO. “In order to execute effectively, CIOs must be willing to go outside of their comfort zones to deliver fearless leadership, identify new business opportunities for the enterprise, and nurture a culture of genius to pivot the business into the next era of the digital age.”

The Seattle CIO Executive Leadership Summit will open with a stirring executive interview featuring Clark Golestani, President, Emerging Business and Global CIO, Merck, where Golestani will share his thoughts on resilient leadership in the face of cyber risks.

Other captivating sessions will include an executive keynote by John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace, who will share his insights and experiences on how a technology leader can foster a culture of innovation and continually reinvent itself; an executive panel of top search executives who will examine the key attributes that enable best-in-class CIOs and technology executives to succeed; an executive panel moderated by Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital, on advancements in technology that are enabling companies to drive speed to market and gain a competitive edge; presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Transformational CIO Award to Clark Golestani, President, Emerging Business & Global CIO at Merck; an executive panel that will focus on best practices for balancing cyber security with agility and innovation; an executive keynote by a Lenovo executive; an executive interview between Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, with Marcus Morissette, Global Privacy Officer and Privacy Counsel, eBay, on trends in global markets and best practices in addressing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); an executive interview with Gerri Martin-Flickinger, EVP & CTO, Starbucks, on how she has helped drive innovation at Starbucks through her leadership of the company's technology organization; an executive panel featuring Todd Pierce, Former Chief Digital Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that will share examples of courageous leadership that have enabled successful CIOs to become the “CEO of Technology” and unleash new waves of business growth in the enterprise; and an executive panel featuring Yousuf Khan, CIO, Pure Storage, Rockford Lhotka, CTO, Magenic, and Trevor Schulze, Chief Information Officer, Micron Technology, who will share the steps they’re taking to recast the enterprise and empower innovation on the organization’s path to a culture of genius.

Distinguished speakers at the summit will include Kory Avaiusini, CEO & Co-Founder, WideNet Consulting Group; John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace; Clark Golestani, President, Emerging Business & Global CIO, Merck; Ben Griner, Director, Digital Business Advisory Services, Neudesic; Yousuf Khan, CIO, Pure Storage; Fred Krug, Executive Director, Year Up; Tony Leng, Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP, Diversified Search; Rockford Lhotka, CTO, Magenic; Aaron Martin, EVP, Chief Digital Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health; Gerri Martin-Flickinger, EVP & CTO, Starbucks; Chris Miller, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Avanade; Marcus Morissette, Global Privacy Officer and Privacy Counsel, eBay, Inc.; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy; Vanessa Pegueros, VP & CISO, DocuSign; Todd Pierce, Former Chief Digital Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Trevor Schulze, Chief Information Officer, Micron Technology; and Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital.

Presenting Partners for the Seattle Summit include Lenovo and Rackspace. Platinum Partners include Magenic, Neudesic and Pure Storage. Gold Partners include Workday and Zendesk. Research Partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Diversified Search, 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 Seattle summit website and register for the event, click here.   

About HMG Strategy

HMG Strategy is the world's largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and online Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving roles of the CIO and CISO.

The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. The HMG Strategy CISO Executive Leadership Series is designed to provide information security leaders with the insights and best practices they need to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges facing the enterprise today and going forward.

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