CIO Executive Leadership Summit: Transformational IT is Critical to Business Success in Turbulent Global Economy

Oct 28, 2010, 15:18 ET from HMG Strategy

WESTPORT, Conn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Transformational IT leadership is absolutely essential for success in today's rapidly changing economy, according to an "all-star" line-up of top industry experts at the 2010 CIO Executive Leadership Summit in Greenwich.

The high-level, invitation-only summit drew more than 300 senior-level executives from the tri-state area. The summit was presented by The Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and HMG Strategy LLC of Westport. Discussion topics included cloud computing, security, mobile workforce, enterprise collaboration, strategic sourcing and the transformational CIO skill set.

"Events such as these are extremely important for the CIO leadership community," said Michael L. Pellegrino, Senior Vice President-Information Services and Chief Information Officer, Frontier Communications Corp.

"A great opportunity to acquire valuable new knowledge – and to learn from the experiences of others," said Stuart McGuigan, Senior Vice President and CIO, CVS Caremark.

Expected growth in IT spending next year will add a dimension of urgency to planning and budgeting, according to panelists and speakers.

"The message is clear: CIOs must be transformational leaders to leverage the benefits of newer technologies," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy. "In today's world, technology drives innovation and innovation drives business value. CIOs have to step up and provide real leadership, or risk failure."

Keynote speakers, panelists and presenters included Linda Sanford, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation, IBM Corporation; Stuart McGuigan, SVP and CIO, CVS Caremark; Bob Kueppers, Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP; Ross Piper, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Strategy,; Mayur Kamat, Product Manager, Google Enterprise; Mark Keating, Director, Regional Marketing, Research In Motion; Cliff Cibelli, Group Manager Product Marketing and Development, Verizon Communications; Bill Krivoshik, SVP and CIO Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.; Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat; Brink Tully, VP IT Strategy, CA Technologies; Stan Swete, CTO, Workday; Jonathan Rochelle, Group Product Manager, Google; David Stafford, Director-Business Development, VMware; Mark Hillman, VP of Strategy and Product Line Management, Compuware; Harriet Edelman, former SVP & CIO, Avon Products; Stephen Davy, Managing Director, Newedge Group; Norm Jacknis, Director, Cisco IBSG Public Sector; Michael Pellegrino, SVP & CIO, Frontier Communications Corp. and Chairman, Fairfield/Westchester SIM Chapter; Larry Bonfante, CIO, United States Tennis Association and President of the Fairfield/Westchester SIM Chapter; Greg Fell, CIO, Terex Corporation; David A. Smith, Chief Executive and Futurist, Global Futures and Foresight; Mark Polansky, Senior Client Partner and Managing Director, Information Technology Officers Practice, Korn/Ferry International; and other leaders in the IT industry.

Keynotes explored crucial issues such as enterprise transformation, coping with uncertainty and leveraging innovation to achieve strategic goals. Panelists shared first-hand knowledge about enterprise cloud strategies, mobile computing, collaborative strategy and the evolving role of the CIO in global organizations.

"IT strategy plays a huge role in business success," said Greg Fell, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Terex Corp. "The CIO's job is more important than ever before, and events like this help us become better leaders."

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. HMG Strategy's 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.

HMG Strategy 2011 CIO Executive Leadership Series Events include the following venues:

Phoenix – CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable – January 19, 2011

New York City – CIO Summit of America – January 31, 2011

San Francisco – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – February 22, 2011

Houston – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – March 1, 2011

Boston – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – March 10, 2011

Toronto – CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable – May 5, 2011

Chicago – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – May 13, 2011

New York – CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable – June 9, 2011

Atlanta – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – August 19, 2011

Dallas – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – September 12, 2011

Memphis – Strategy Series for Executives (Summit) – September 22, 2011

Fairfield/Westchester – CIO Executive Leadership Summit – October 24, 2011

Los Angeles – CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable – November 3, 2011

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

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