Courageous Leadership in an Era of Business Transformation to be Spotlighted at HMG Strategy's Upcoming 2016 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Feb 09, 2016, 16:11 ET from HMG Strategy, LLC

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In order for the enterprise to meet its goals for accelerating growth, driving innovation, and enabling disruptive transformation, CIOs must become "CEOs of Technology" and collaborate with the C-suite to set the strategic direction for the company. The courageous leadership that CIOs must embrace to position the enterprise to achieve its goals and the capabilities that CIOs will need to draw upon will be the focus of the 2016 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit to be held on February 16, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and produced by HMG Strategy, LLC.

"CIOs need to go outside their comfort zones to lead in the 21st Century enterprise," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's President and CEO. "CIOs need to take the mindset of the CEO to set the agenda for the technologies that can be used to deliver disruptive change and position the company to distinguish itself in the market with customers."

The Charlotte event will open with a captivating panel discussion on summoning the courage to lead and drive innovation, moderated by Hunter Muller, President and CEO of HMG Strategy. Panelists for the discussion will include Kamesh Baratam, Director, Global IT Operations, JELD-WEN; Satish Chalasani, SVP Technology Executive, Bank of America; Eric Ellis, CTO, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Chief Officer, Technology, Personalized Learning, and Engagement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Additional presentations will explore future trends that will impact the enterprise; a first-hand look at one CIO's Internet of Things journey; how the CIO-CEO connection at one investment advisory services firm has enabled the organization to transform into a smarter, more personal company; a case study on how PayPal created an entirely new technology infrastructure in just nine months; key challenges in enterprise security today and into the future; and the factors that are shaping the future of the CIO role.

Distinguished thought leaders presenting at the Charlotte summit include Shoukat Ali Bhamani, CIO & CPO, Schaeffler Group North America; Mark Casady, Chairman and CEO, LPL Financial; Pamela Click, Managing Director, Corporate Systems & Emerging Businesses Technology, TIAA-CREF; Victor Fetter, CIO and Managing Director, LPL Financial; Scott Frost, CISO, Belk, Inc.; Joel Fulton, Deputy Chief Security Officer, Symantec; Terrell Garren, VP and Chief Security Officer, Duke Energy; Mark Hamer, Global CIO, The Babcock & Wilcox Company; Mike Hillhouse, CIO & CISO, AGDATA, LP; Scott Kessler, EVP & CIO, Belk; Israel Martinez, Chairman & CEO, Axon Global; Jikin Shah, SVP, Consumer Technology, SunTrust Bank; Brad Strock, CIO, PayPal; and Joe Topinka, Founder of CIO Mentor, LLC, and CIO of SnapAV.

Sponsor partners for the summit include Symantec, AccruePartners, Apptio, CenturyLink, Eagle Creek Software Services, Informatica, OpenText, Optiv, Darktrace, Jive, and Workday. Association Partners include IT-oLogy, Technology Partners, and WISE (Women in Information Technology Science and Engineering).

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 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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