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Visionary IT Leaders Guide Modern Enterprise to Meet Challenges of the Future

2012 San Francisco CIO Executive Leadership Summit Highlights Expanding Role of IT as Driver of Business Growth and Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Successful companies look to their Chief Information Officers to deliver strong executive leadership, drive dynamic business growth through innovative use of new technology and strategically prepare the enterprise to meet future challenges. Those were the net takeaways at the 2012 San Francisco CIO Executive Leadership Summit held last week at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto.

"The summit was an exceptionally valuable event, in terms of networking, strategy development, thought leadership and knowledge transfer," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC. "The role of the modern CIO/IT leader has changed dramatically, and the expectations are exponentially higher than ever before. The summit provided an excellent opportunity to learn, to network with peers, and to experience the newest wave of transformational thinking from the best and brightest minds in the industry."

Keynotes, executive briefing and panel discussions focused on delivering unparalleled business results through strategic innovation and through the convergence of social, cloud, and mobile computing; successful leadership techniques to drive business and IT transformation; how to deliver substantially better products and services by aligning customers with buyers in unprecedented ways; and how to create ground breaking productivity gains, unique customer experiences and streamlined supply chains.

The summit's theme was "The Transformational CIO: Building the Future Through Innovation and Leadership." World-class presenters included:

  • Tim Campos, CIO, Facebook
  • Kimberly Stevenson, VP & CIO, Intel Corporation
  • Dave Smoley, SVP & CIO, Flextronics International
  • Wendy Lee, VP, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, Kaiser Permanente
  • Bill Ruh, VP Global Software Center, GE Global Research
  • Ralph Loura, VP & CIO, The Clorox Company
  • Carol Fawcett, VP Global Information Services, Quest Software
  • Tom Keiser, EVP & CIO, GAP, Inc.
  • Ken Stineman, Senior Director, Enterprise Architecture & Security, Genomic Health, Inc.
  • Robin Daniels, Head of Enterprise Product Marketing, Box
  • Frederic Kerrest, VP, Operations & Co-Founder, Okta, Inc.

Additional speakers and panelists included Mark Egan, CIO, VMware; Mike Kail, VP of IT Operations, Netflix; Gordon Payne, SVP & General Manager, Desktop and Cloud Division, Citrix; Stefan Andreasen, Founder and CTO, Kapow Software; Stan Swete, CTO, Workday; Martha Tate, VP, Enterprise Services, Comcast Business Services; Peter Weis, VP & CIO, Matson Navigation Company; Scott Cadwalader, Managing Partner, Diligent Partners, LLC; Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International; M. Steven Kendrick, President, KER Partners, LLC; Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search; and Ricardo Sunderland, Financial Services US West Coast & Global FinTech Leader, Egon Zehnder International; and Shannon Gibbons, National Director of Development, NPower.

"World-class events such as the San Francisco CIO Executive Leadership Summit enable IT leaders to network with their peers, acquire extremely valuable knowledge to drive business results and to elevate their careers," said Muller, who is also the author of two books, The Transformational CIO (Wiley, 2011) and On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, 2012). He also blogs regularly on IT leadership strategy trends at

"Thought leadership content with peer-to-peer interaction provides a unique learning and networking opportunity to drive the highest level of success for modern CIOs," Muller said.

HMG Strategy LLC, provides exceptional leadership, innovation, transformational strategies along with a global community to drive the success of CIO and IT leaders. The firm's sponsor partners include Accenture, Avanade, Avaya, Box, CA Technologies, CDW, Chateaux Software, Citrix, Code 42 Software, Comcast Business Class, Dell, HP, IBM, Informatica, Information Builders, Kapow Software, Okta, Netsuite, Quest Software,, TCS, TSA, VMware, Wiley, Wipro and Workday.

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

About HMG Strategy

HMG Strategy, LLC 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 more than 28,000 CIO/Senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. For more information about HMG Strategy and its unique portfolio of IT leadership resources, visit or contact Amanda Vlastas at 203-221-2702 or via e-mail at [email protected].


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