"The CIO as CEO of Technology" Theme to be Explored at HMG Strategy's Upcoming 2016 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit

12 Feb, 2016, 09:45 ET from HMG Strategy

HOUSTON, Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Successful IT leaders are transforming the CIO role by stepping up with bold, game-changing strategies for growing the business, creating value, gaining market share and meeting heightened customer expectations in new and innovative ways. The steps that CIOs are taking to position themselves as "CEOs of Technology" and the impact on the direction of the enterprise will be the focus of the 2016 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit, to be held on March 2, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Houston and produced by HMG Strategy, in association partnership with the Houston Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM).

"The CEO's agenda is now the CIO's agenda, which requires a profound courage to lead," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's President and CEO. "Forward-thinking CIOs are partnering with the C-suite, the vendor community, and other market participants to enable the business to meet its needs and gain an edge in the market."

The Houston event will kick off with a panel discussion on summoning the courage to lead and drive innovation. The morning sessions will feature an executive interview on "The CIO Leadership Journey at Waste Management" featuring Puneet Bhasin, EVP Corporate Organizations and President of Recycling, Waste Management Recycle America. Other topics include key challenges impacting enterprise security today and into the future; strategic leadership qualities in a world of accelerated change; Silicon Valley luminaries sharing digital insights about emerging technologies; and a look ahead into what's in store for the future of the CIO role. The afternoon panel sessions will include an exploration of "GE's Brilliant Factory" with six leading GE executives on revolutionizing the way manufacturing is done.

Prominent speakers participating at the Houston summit will include Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.; Trent Aulbaugh, Consultant, Egon Zehnder International; Farah Borges, Executive, Manufacturing Programs, GE Oil & Gas; Jesse Carrillo, SVP & CIO, Hines; Steven Carter, CIO, C&J Energy Services, Inc.; Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry; Jorge Frausto, Senior Executive, Enterprise Resource Planning, GE Power; Kay Fuhrman, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; Michael Glowacki, Executive IT Leader – Brilliant Factory, GE Oil & Gas; Larry Hack, CIO, Blinds.com; Brian Hogan, Chief Security Officer, Cameron; Gene Janiszewski, Managing Partner, Paradigm Group, Inc.; Paul Krueger, CIO, Stewart & Stevenson; Antonio Marin, VP, Information Systems, WCA Waste; Troy Matherne, VP IT, Frank's International N.V.; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy; Katie Niemann, Sr. Director of Technology, Houston Zoo; Hellmut Ometzberger, Director, Global Data Center Services, Intertek; Scott Parent, Sr. GM Technology & Operations, Distributed Power, GE Power & Water; Nicholas Parrotta, CIO – Distributed Power, GE Power & Water; John Shorter, GM Business Transformation, CIO Global Supply Chain, GE Power; Vaughn Stewart, VP, Enterprise Architecture, Pure Storage; Peter Vogel, Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

Sponsor partners for the summit include Info-Tech Research Group, ServiceNow, Pure Storage, CenturyLink, Neudesic, OpenText, Splunk, Vormetric Data Security, WGroup, Darktrace, TelePacific Communications, and Tradeshift.

About HMG Strategy

HMG Strategy is the world's foremost provider of pioneering networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of the CIO/IT leader. Our regional CIO Executive Leadership series, newsletters, authored books and the recently launched Research and Resource Center (RRC) deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network of more than 110,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders is the strongest, most trusted network of executives. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO.

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. HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Summits were given the distinction by CIO.com as one of "Ten Must-Attend Conferences in 2015." The HMG Strategy 'Transformational CIO Blog' was recently recognized by CDW's BizTech Magazine as one of "50 Must-Read IT Blogs 2015."

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