Atlanta CIO Executive Leadership Summit Addresses "The Big Shift" in a Customer-Centric Economy

Industry Luminaries and Top IT Executives from Prominent Companies Gather to Share Thought Leadership and Actionable Strategies for Today's CIO/IT Leaders

Jul 29, 2014, 12:06 ET from HMG Strategy

ATLANTA, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- HMG Strategy, in association partnership with the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, is hosting the 2014 Atlanta CIO Executive Leadership Summit at the W Atlanta Midtown Hotel on August 19, 2014.  Qualified executives can register at

This summit will address "The Big Shift: Leadership, Innovation, and Transformation in a Customer-Centric Economy."  "Today's CIO has to reduce the bottom line, while driving the top line.  A key component of top line growth is continually innovating while shifting the company's focus to exceed customer expectations," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's CEO.  "This gathering brings together the most influential, forward-thinking and successful IT leaders to share their knowledge, personal experience, and insight in regards to the enormous change in the way technology drives real business value in our interconnected digital global economy."

Jay Ferro, CIO of the American Cancer Society, stated, "Today's CIOs are being challenged to deliver innovative solutions for their organizations at an unprecedented pace.  The sharing of thought leadership at the HMG Strategy events is energizing and empowering – and it gives CIOs a huge advantage when they can walk away with real-life examples that can be used to drive their business results."

World-class speakers at the 2014 Atlanta Summit include; Eric Anderson, Partner-Global Head of FinTech Practice, Egon Zehnder; Frank Capek, Chief Experience Officer, Customer Innovations, Inc.; David Chamberlin, Data Security & Privacy Group Lead, EVP & GM – Dallas, Edelman; Anil Cheriyan, CIO, SunTrust Bank, Jay Ferro, CIO, American Cancer Society; John Foley, Founder and CEO, John Foley, Inc.; Kay Fuhrman, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; Shawn Henry, President, CrowdStrike Services; Anne Park Hopkins, Senior Partner - CIO Practice, Korn Ferry; Art Hopkins, Executive, Director, Russell Reynolds Associates; Jana Kanyadan, SVP & CIO, Mohawk Industries; Sanjay Lall, VP & CIO, Interface, Inc.; Gia Lyons, Director of Product Marketing, Jive Software; Joseph Martin, Director, Solution Engineering - Sales & Distribution, Sprint; Israel Martinez, Senior Managing Partner & President, Axon Global Services; Michael McKiernan, VP Business Technology Solutions, Citrix Systems; Robert Mills, SVP & CIO, Tractor Supply Company; Mike Morris, General Manager, Appirio; Rob Phillips, Director of Solution Strategy, ServiceNow; Janet Sherlock, SVP & CIO, Carter's; Brian Shield, VP, IT, Boston Red Sox; Mick Slattery, Executive Vice President, Global Service Lines, Avanade, Inc.; Ed Steinike; SVP & CIO, The Coca-Cola Company; William VanCuren, CIO, NCR Corporation; and Gautam Vyas, VP New Product Innovation & Enterprise Growth Initiatives, Equifax.

Sponsor partners for the summit are Jive Software, ServiceNow, Appirio, Avanade, Citrix, Sprint, Appian, Good Technology, Kenandy, MarkLogic, Okta, Technology Partners, xMatters, and Mindtree.

HMG Strategy has the strongest CIO network on the planet.  HMG facilitates connections and thought leadership to elevate the role of the CIO/IT Executive.  Yearly, HMG Strategy recognizes top performing Chief Information/Innovation/Technology Officers who have excelled in innovation, leaderships skills, transformation, and legacy leadership through the "Transformational CIO Leadership Awards."  These awards are based on extensive in-depth research conducted over the course of multiple conversations and interviews with Hunter Muller and the HMG Strategy team. These awards demonstrate the critical relevance of the modern-day CIO as an innovative leader.  Insights from these conversations are shared in HMG Strategy's weekly newsletter.

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