New CIO Skill Set Must Include Ability to Empathize with Peers and Help Them Solve Critical Business Problems Quickly and Effectively to Drive Growth and Value

Jun 27, 2013, 15:35 ET from HMG Strategy

DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- World-class IT leaders leverage the combined power of collaboration, openness, honesty, integrity, empathy and courage to drive innovation and grow real business value in ultra-competitive and highly interconnected markets.

"Successful IT leadership requires elevated interpersonal skills and continuous relationship building across the CXO suite," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, summarizing the main themes of The 2013 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit, a full-day meeting of world-class IT leaders and executives held June 18 at the Adoba Dearborn Hotel.

"CIOs need to expand their skill set and build bridges to their peers across the enterprise," said Mr. Muller. "IT leadership excellence requires more than technical knowledge, it requires the ability to empathize with peers and help them overcome critical business challenges."

The all-star roster of presenters at the Detroit event included Don Tapscott, the globally celebrated author and respected advisor on media, technology and innovation. In addition to Mr. Tapscott, featured keynote speakers included:

  • Greg Fell, former CIO of Terex and author of Decoding the IT Value Proposition (Wiley, 2013)
  • Eric Larson, Co-Managing Partner, Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC
  • Timothy McCabe, SVP & CIO, Delphi
  • Jeffrey Owens, EVP & CTO, Delphi
  • Jacques Panis, President, Shinola
  • George Surdu, EVP & CTO, Comerica Bank

Additional speakers and panelists included Mamatha Chamarthi, VP & CIO, Consumers Energy; Charlotte Decker, VP & CTO, The Auto Club Group; Bruce Friedman, COO, VisionIT; Kay Fuhrman, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; John Jones, Director for Talent & Rewards, Towers Watson; Bruce Leidal, CIO, Carestream; Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates; Dr. Mark Pettovello, Manager Aviation Data and Integration Architects, GE Aviation; Mark Polansky, Managing Director, IT Officers Practice, Korn/Ferry International; Scott Sandschafer, VP & CIO, Chrysler Group LLC; Vijay Sankaran, Director, Application Development, Ford Motor Company; Andrea Siudara, VP, Information Technology, Delphi; and George Watt, VP Corporate Strategy, CA Technologies.

"HMG Strategy summits are integral and important to the global IT leadership community by providing a trusted platform for talented leaders to share critical knowledge in a highly interactive setting," said Mr. Muller. "When you assemble a large group of exceptionally brilliant and truly innovative thought leaders, amazing ideas are surfaced, discussed and examined. The summits are highly valuable events for top IT leaders."

Sponsors of the Detroit summit included CA Technologies, Comcast Business Class, CareerBuilder, Code 42, CommVault, Deloitte, Microsoft, Okta, Re-Source Partners, ServiceNow, Tata Consultancy Services, and xMatters. Strategic Partners included Egon Zehnder International, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn/Ferry International, Russell Reynolds Associates and Spencer Stuart.

"We are building the strongest CIO community on the planet," said Mr. Muller. "We deliver world-class value for the IT industry through our thought-leadership, proprietary research, International Advisory Board and executive leadership series."

About HMG Strategy
HMG Strategy is a leading global provider of innovative IT leadership, management and technology support to CIO/Senior IT executives by focusing on the 360-degree needs of the CIO/IT Leader. Our events and services raise thought leadership, knowledge sharing and networking to the highest level. HMG Strategy provides access to an international network of nearly 60,000 CIO/Senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. For more information about HMG Strategy and its unique portfolio of CIO/IT leadership resources, visit or contact Hunter Muller at 203-221-2702 or via e-mail at