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

 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

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2013

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

"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:

  oGreg Fell, former CIO of Terex and author of Decoding the IT Value
    Proposition (Wiley, 2013)
  oEric Larson, Co-Managing Partner, Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC
  oTimothy McCabe, SVP & CIO, Delphi
  oJeffrey Owens, EVP & CTO, Delphi
  oJacques Panis, President, Shinola
  oGeorge 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


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