HMG Strategy's 2016 Global Innovation Summit to Focus on The CIO as CEO of Technology and The Courage to Lead in the Future Enterprise

Dec 28, 2015, 14:08 ET from HMG Strategy

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CIOs are standing at the crossroads of transformation and technology. Thanks to their unique view across the enterprise, CIOs have a distinctive perspective that allows them to drive innovation and help their companies push into new frontiers. These are the key topics that will be explored at the 2016 Global Innovation Summit produced by HMG Strategy, LLC and held on January 14, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, CA.

"In today's chaotic business environment, companies are either disrupting or being disrupted," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's President and CEO. "CIOs have an extraordinary opportunity to unlock transformational change and help their companies drive new waves of business growth."

HMG Strategy, LLC, the world's foremost CIO network of 110,000 thought leaders and executives, was recently recognized by as one of "Ten Tech Conferences Worth Attending in 2015." The company will produce 54 events over the next 12 months across North America.

The 2016 Global Innovation Summit is destined to be an enlightening and thought-provoking event for CIOs and IT leaders who attend. The summit will launch with an executive panel discussion on Innovation Inside the C-suite, featuring Greg Becker, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Bank; David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital; Dheeraj Pandey, President & CEO, Nutanix; and moderated by Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital.

The opening panel discussion will be followed by an executive keynote on Accelerating Transformation...with Data, presented by Matthew Mandich, Director, Innovation & Strategy, Info-Tech Research Group. Mandich will provide quantitative research illustrating how CEOs and CIOs are misaligned on how IT should be enabling a business, along with recommendations for a new model that can enable the CIO to make rapid decisions, prove success, and analyze challenges with data.

Other stimulating presentations will examine enterprise security challenges; the requirements for leading a high-performing culture of innovation; how new business models are transforming IT; and embracing disruption to survive and thrive. The closing Executive Panel on Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation will feature Elinor MacKinnon, Managing Director & CIO, Esurance; Avi Sokol, VP & CIO, Marvell Technology Group Ltd.; Kirsten Wolberg, VP Technology, PayPal; Tony Young, CIO, GoPro; and moderated by Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC.

Additional speakers participating at the Global Innovation Summit will include Shobhana Ahluwalia, Head of Information Technology, Uber; Sanjay Beri, CEO and Founder, Netskope; Mark Caron, EVP Business Platforms and Solutions & CIO, Capital BlueCross; Asheem Chandna, Partner, Greylock Partners; Mike Dauber, General Partner, Amplify Partners; Beth Devin, CTO/CIO | Digital Transformation Leader, Alvarez and Marsal; Anil Earla, Head of Information and Data Analytics, Global IS, Visa Inc.; Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion; Rajiv Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO, Skyhigh Networks; Patty Hatter, VP & CIO, Intel Security Group and General Manager, Intel Security and Software IT, Intel Corporation; Bask Iyer, SVP & CIO, VMware; Debra Jensen, CIO, Charlotte Russe; Sheila Jordan, SVP & CIO, Symantec; Maria Latushkin, CTO, One Kings Lane; Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search; Sherrie Brown Littlejohn, EVP, Innovation Group, Wells Fargo; Ralph Loura, former VP & CIO Enterprise Group & WW Sales Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company; Susan Moon, Vice President, Member & Market Facing Digital Services, Kaiser Permanente; Steve Phillpott, CIO, Western Digital Corporation; Ramin Sayar, President & CEO, Sumo Logic; Nick Shevelyov, Chief Security Officer, Silicon Valley Bank; Tim Stanley, President, CXO & Founder, Tekexecs/Innovatects/CXOCo; and David Wadhwani, President and CEO, AppDynamics.

Sponsor partners for the summit include Info-Tech Research Group, Accelerite, Comcast Business, HP, Persistent Systems, and Symantec.

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 and transformation. 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 changing 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 recently given the distinction by as one of "Ten Must-Attend Conferences in 2015."

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