CIO Leadership Forum 2020 December - Argyle Executive Forum Events

CIO Leadership Forum:
Leading the Business through Digital Transformation

Analyze, Implement, Grow


The Argyle Group presents the Argyle Digital: CIO Leadership Forum, an online gathering for senior-level IT executives and CIOs in search of real-life examinations of the latest techniques and technologies.  During this invitation-only event, you will hear from industry leaders on what’s working, where tech trends are headed in 2021, and how to master the most pressing IT issues within your organization.

By attending this exclusive event, you will better understand:

  • CIO leadership through the coronavirus crisis-a reflection on lessons learned since the start of the pandemic and how to apply them moving forward
  • How to foster collaboration, innovation, and culture across your organization
  • Strategic IT and technology planning to drive agility and resiliency
  • Accelerating secure digital transformation- the initiatives, processes and investments that matter most
  • How to cultivate a culture of security awareness
  • Providing actionable intelligence to the business through data and analytics
  • Tech trends for 2021 and beyond – how to implement & integrate the latest and greatest with existing IT infrastructures

This invite-only, one-day virtual event includes sessions on CIO Leadership through the pandemic, digital transformation, fostering collaboration and innovation, providing actionable intelligence by harnessing data, and tech trends for 2021.  Join us for this day of deep dive discussions regarding the above, and more. You’ll walk away with specific strategies and actionable steps to take your organization to the next level of digital transformation and data security.

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10:55 AM - 11 AM ET

Opening Remarks

11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE: Modern CIO Leadership

Join our opening keynote session as we reflect on CIO leadership through the coronavirus crisis, including lessons learned and how to apply them in 2021. Topics of discussion will include:

  • The critical role of technology leadership in uncertain times
  • Reprioritizing digital projects to meet new needs
  • Strategies to communicate value to the board
  • Driving a people-centered approach to digital transformation
  • The traits CIOs look for when building a modern technology team

Sean MackChief Information Officer and Chief Information Security OfficerWiley

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM ET

Morning Break

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Shifting IT Strategy to Shape the Customer Experience

Covid-19 has accelerated the need to build out engaging digital experiences that meet customers where they live. Join this interactive panel where we discuss how CIOs are finding new and innovative ways to connect with digital-first customers.

Now, more than ever, the world is relying on convenient digital experiences. During the discussion we will explore the technology powering these experiences. We will also discuss:

  • The CIO’s role in delivering great customer experiences
  • How to put the customer at the center of the business
  • Why real-time information is critical to today’s digital experiences
  • The tangible benefits of adopting an API-driven strategy


Rob HornbuckleChief Information Security OfficerAllegiant


John ArsneaultChief Information OfficerGoulston & Storrs

Bogdan OpreaSenior Vice President and CIOAgency Insurance Company

Irvinder SinghVP, CTO-Software Architecture, Card ServicesFiserv

12:55 PM - 1:25 PM ET

Afternoon Break

1:25 PM - 1:55 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Changes, Challenges, and Critical Conversations for IT Leaders to Modernize Application Development

The security and stability of business-critical applications built on Java and other popular languages, impacts the entire business, including how organizations are able respond to shifts in customer demands or market dynamics. With all of the changes your business has likely experienced this past year, it is important to ensure you are asking the right questions to understand if your IT organization is optimizing opportunities or if you are opening yourself up to risk.

In this session, Georges Saab, Vice President Of Development, Java Platform, Oracle will cover:

  • Critical questions you should be asking to assess potential risk or optimization opportunities within Java application development and management
  • Common pitfalls for organizations that are not running modern application development processes, regardless of what language your applications are built on, and how to avoid them
  • Research and real world customer stories to provide insight for success
  • Tips and takeaways that you can use now to address and improve areas of vulnerability in your organization

Georges SaabVP of Development, Java Oracle

2 PM - 2:45 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovation through Collaboration: A Look at the CIO-CFO Partnership

IT and finance leaders are increasingly working together to innovate and operate agilely to find new ways to finance technology initiatives effectively.

Through an interactive panel discussion, we will explore the trends behind the emerging importance of CIO-CFO collaboration and the different flexible approaches IT and finance leaders are developing to promote innovation in funding technology initiatives.

Join this session as we discuss:

  • The impact of IT operating model changes on technology funding and budgeting
  • How leading companies are creating long-term value by unifying their business and technology strategies
  • Best practices for CIOs and CFOs to prepare for the digital future


Joe FleischerEditorial Director, Finance ChannelArgyle Group


Vlad BrodskyChief Information Security Officer, SVP of IT Operations and InfrastructureOTC Markets Group Inc.

Abhishek RajpurohitGlobal BI & Analytics LeadPayPal

Vishal VenkatramChief Information Officer, Global Delivery and TransformationGE Power

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: Why Developing a Data Strategy is Key to Success

Harnessing data as an asset is more critical than ever; every business leader is thinking about leveraging data to discover new business models and commercial opportunities, making back-office business processes more intelligent and efficient, and embedding analytics into how we learn about and serve our customers in real time. This requires a data strategy.

Join this fireside chat to learn how to:

  • Align critical business drivers to a strategy for identifying, acquiring, and managing your data
  • Make your strategy actionable through pilot projects and a phased roadmap
  • Keep your strategy current-techniques for ongoing alignment of your data strategy to a constantly shifting business landscape

Melissa BendanaIT Compliance and Third Party Risk ManagementBlue Shield of California


Jess BozzoContent ManagerArgyle Group

3:20 PM - 3:25 PM ET

Closing Remarks



We are proud to share with you the following Argyle Industry Influencers. Their contributions to Argyle help keep the programs we offer our membership current and relevant, so we can continue delivering you premiere experiences, content development, and membership engagement.

Bob Pick is the SVP & Chief Information Officer for Tokio Marine North America Services, an organization providing shared professional services to North American businesses of the $40B Tokio Marine Group of insurance and financial services companies.  In this capacity, his responsibilities cover the full spectrum of technology solution design, service delivery, operations, and support for multiple TM Group carriers, including Philadelphia Insurance Companies and Tokio Marine America.  Prior to Tokio Marine, he was the Senior Executive Director for Technology at Condé Nast, also a shared services entity, supporting 30 additional media, cable and newspaper businesses owned by Condé’s parent, Advance Publications. Mr. Pick came to Condé Nast from PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he was a Principal Consultant in their Enterprise Technology Integration practice following-on several years in PW’s risk management and audit/advisory practices.

Mr. Pick serves on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University Press, the Strategic Advisory Boards for Guidewire, Insurity and Sapiens, and the CIO Advisory Board for Blumberg Capital.  He holds a BA, summa cum laude, from McDaniel College, an MA from Cornell University, and has been CISM and ITIL certified.