IT Leaders from Disney, Shell and Other Top Firms Talk Strategy, Innovation and Business Transformation at HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable

Mar 19, 2010, 14:39 ET from HMG Strategy

WESTPORT, Conn., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 Houston Area CIOs and executives gathered March 3 to discuss organizational transformation and transformational leadership during the invitation-only CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable held at the Houstonian Hotel. The event, produced by HMG Strategy, LLC, provided a high-level, private venue for sharing critical knowledge, exploring new strategies, and envisioning new revenue streams through innovative use of information technology.

"I'm proud to have been a part of this exceptional event," said Paul Yust, VP & CIO, BJ Services Company.  "The caliber and candor of the speakers was second-to-none and the attendees gathered a great deal of usable information." The Houston Chapter of SIM (Society for Information Management) also participated as an Association Partner of the event.

First Keynote Speaker Roger Berry, SVP and CIO, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shared stories of transformation from his experience at Disney, where he guided the transformation to a personalized, technology-based system for managing relationships with more than 3 million guests daily across multiple Disney properties.

Second Keynote Speaker Jay Crotts, VP IT Services, Shell Information Technology International, shared his views on "outside-in" leadership – building a leadership foundation based on how the business perceives and values IT, instead of on how IT perceives and values itself.

Additional presenters included Dave Cummings, VP & CIO of Univar, Inc.; Mark Settle, CIO, of BMC Software, Inc.; Roberta Kowalishin, VP Web Technology & CIO, of the Houston Chronicle; Delaney Bellinger, CIO, YUM! Brands, Inc.; Mike Dreiling VP & CIO, of Friedkin Companies; Greg Percival, VP IT, W&T Offshore, Inc.; and Mark Bouzek, CIO, BP Exploration & Production.

"The response has been overwhelmingly positive," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy.

HMG Strategy events are sponsored by leading global organizations including McAfee, Polycom, Salesforce, Verizonbusiness, CA, Compuware, Digital Realty Trust, FusionStorm, Red Hat, Rackspace, Acme Business Consulting, CIBER, and Hexaware Technologies. HMG's strategic partners include Egon Zehnder International, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn/Ferry International, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart.

Upcoming events include:


May 21, 2010


June 1, 2010


June 18, 2010  

New York

July 13, 2010


Sept. 13, 2010


Sept. 23, 2010


Oct. 26, 2010

Los Angeles

Nov. 3, 2010


Nov. 16, 2010


Dec. 3, 2010

HMG Strategy of Westport, CT, produces a series of compelling CIO leadership events aimed at bringing together world-class IT leaders with C-level executives to discuss business transformation and the evolution of the CIO from technology chief to transformational business leader. Our thought leadership network helps CIO/Senior IT executives achieve their critical strategic, operational and career objectives by interconnecting them with leading business and technology professionals.

For more information about the CIO Executive Leadership Series and HMG Strategy go to