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Courageous Leadership in a Time of Accelerated Change to Heat Up HMG Strategy's 2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit

PHOENIX, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bold leadership requires the courage to propel transformative change and innovation. More than ever, CIOs are being called upon to summon courageous leadership to help their organizations tackle difficult challenges and reach for new business opportunities. These are the key themes that will be examined at the 2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit produced by HMG Strategy, LLC to be held on February 4, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Phoenix, AZ.

"We're at a point in history where the pace and breadth of disruptive change is unparalleled," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's President and CEO. "CIOs that are able to draw upon new leadership capabilities that combine passion and conviction can bring needed vitality to the enterprise."

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

The 2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit will kick off with a one-on-one executive interview between Hunter Muller, President and CEO of HMG Strategy, and Steve Phillips, SVP & CIO of Avnet, Inc. This interview will explore "Driving Leadership and Innovation," in today's disruptive markets, requiring CIO's to think differently in their C-suite/ LOB roles.

After laying the groundwork for the day's discussions, the executive interview will be followed by a dynamic executive panel discussion on Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation. The session will feature compelling insights from Kevin Haskew, SVP & CIO, ON Semiconductor; David Jarvis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Honeywell; and Cynthia Nustad, EVP/CIO, HMS. The panel discussion will be moderated by Vishwa Hassan, Director of Pathfinding and Application Strategy at Intel Corporation.

Additional topical discussions will examine strategic leadership in a world of accelerated change; future technology trends that will impact the enterprise; the current and future challenges facing enterprise security; and the future direction for the CIO role.

Distinguished speakers participating at the 2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit will include David Atrostic, VP & CIO, Able Engineering and Component Services; David Bruno, Managing Director, ZRG Partners, LLC; Jeffrey Coe, Director and CISO, ON Semiconductor;  Bruce Erickson, CIO, PMP, TriVita; Frank Grimmelmann, President & CEO/Intelligence Liaison Officer, Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance; Jim Haskin, SVP & CIO, Aspect Software; John Iannarelli, Senior Executive Advisor, FBI; Sheila Lehker, SVP, Cizek Associates, Inc.; Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search; Rob Lloyd, CIO, City of Avondale; Umesh Manathakar, Corporate VP & CIO, Amkor Technology; Fred Mapp, Author and former CIO, AMD and Honeywell; Shaun Marion, VP & CSO, Honeywell; Paul Risk, Chief of Global Applications and Architecture, The Warranty Group; Diane Smigel, President, Palladium IT Advisors; and Deanna Wise, EVP & CIO, Dignity Health.

Sponsor partners for the summit include Datalink, Eagle Creek Software Services, Keeper Enterprise, Neudesic, Technology Partners, and the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).

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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