Leadership, Transformation and Innovation Are Focus of 2012 CIO Summit of America

Jan 31, 2012 (06:01 PM EST)

IT Leaders Highlight Critical Role of CIO as Driver of Business Growth

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 21st century enterprise looks to the CIO for transformational leadership that drives innovation and business growth in dynamic markets. That was the primary message delivered at the 2012 CIO Summit of America held yesterday at the Harvard Club in New York. The event was in association with the New York Metro Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), and produced by HMG Strategy, the leading producer of CIO Executive Leadership Summits in North America.

"The convergence of mobile, social and cloud computing creates a unique moment for IT leadership. HMG summits are the perfect venue for diving into the issues facing the 21st century enterprise," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC.

The summit featured keynote presentations and executive briefings from world-class thought leaders and highly respected industry experts, including

  • Dr. Howard Rubin, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Hunter College of the City University of New York, MIT CISR Research Affiliate, Gartner Senior  Advisor, and founder and CEO of Rubin Worldwide;
  • Randy Spratt, EVP, CIO and CTO, McKesson Corporation;
  • Bruce Richardson, SVP and Chief Enterprise Strategist,;
  • Michael G. Hill, VP, Enterprise Initiatives, IBM;
  • Ken Murdoch, CIO, Save the Children;
  • Whitney Tidmarsh Bouck, General Manager, Box Enterprise, Box;
  • Madge Meyer, EVP, Chief Innovation Officer and Technology Fellow, State Street Corporation.

Keynotes focused on the 2012 Technology Economy; The Transformational CIO as a Competitive Weapon; Cloud Innovation and Growth, The Cloud Computing Paradigm: Transforming Business, Technology and Industry; Getting What You Want From Your Relationship (With Your Cloud Provider); Using Technology for Humanitarian Relief; and Creating an IT Foundation for Business Innovation.

Multiple breakout sessions and panels covered critical challenges such as delivering competitive advantages through strategic business intelligence and business analytics; guiding enterprise transformation; supporting innovation; providing strategic leadership in complex organizations; and the emerging leadership roles of the CIO in the 21st century enterprise.  

Additional speakers included:

Saad Ayub, SVP & CIO, Scholastic Inc.; Shawn Banerji, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates; John Bruno, CTO & EVP Corporate Development, NCR Corporation; Greg Buoncontri, EVP & CIO, Pitney Bowes, Inc.; Linda Burrows, Business Intelligence Leader, GE Global Growth & Operations; Susan Certoma, President, Brokerage Processing Services, Broadridge Financial Solutions; Nicholas Colisto, VP & CIO, K. Hovnanian Companies, LLC; Stephanie Cuskley, Chief Executive Officer
NPower; Stephen Davy, CIO-Managing Director, NewEdge Group; Greg Fell, CIO, Terex Corporation; Oscar Fernandez, Business Intelligence and Application Development, Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner; Cindy Finkelman, VP & CIO, Corporate, New York Life Insurance Company; Jean Hill, CTO, Federal New York Securities; John Hill, CIO, Veyance Technologies, Inc.;  Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates; Brian R. Lurie, SVP & CIO, Teleflex Corporation, Dave Malcolm, CISO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Gerry McNamara, Global Managing Partner, Information Officers Practice, Heidrick & Struggles; Michelle Mosolgo, Executive Director, Global Innovation Venture Technologies, Merck; Mark Polansky, Sr. Client Partner & Managing Director IT Officers Practice, Korn/Ferry International; Brian Queenin, Partner, Global Business Services, Business Analytics and Optimization, IBM; John Repko, Corporate Senior Vice President and CIO, Covance, Inc.; Doug Rousso, CTO, CBS Corporation; Louis Trebino, SVP & CIO, The Harry Fox Agency; John Yapaola, CEO, Kapow Software; Ken Zimmerman, Founder, President and Senior Business Intelligence Architect, Chateaux Software.

"Transformational CIOs leverage new and innovative technologies to drive business growth and accelerate the pace of change to create and sustain competitive advantages in rapidly changing markets," said Muller. "Truly great CIOs provide bold and pro-active leadership to help their organizations become more nimble, agile, resilient and profitable."

Summit sponsors and partners included Box, IBM,, Chateaux Software, Kapow Software, Code 42 Software, Okta, Netsuite, NPower, Wiley, Egon Zehnder International, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn/Ferry International, Russell Reynolds Associates and SpencerStuart. 

"World-class events such as the 2012 CIO Summit of America enable IT leaders to network with their peers in a club-like environment where they can explore and define the key trends that impact our industry and our world," 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

HMG Strategy LLC, is considered the leading resource for innovative IT leadership, management and technology support for an expanding global network of CIOs and senior IT executives. 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, Wipro and Workday.

"We have built the strongest CIO community in North America," said Muller. "We deliver world-class value for the IT industry through our thought-leadership, proprietary research, National Advisory Board, and executive leadership events."

About HMG Strategy

HMG Strategy, LLC is the leading 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