CIO Leadership Forum 2021 March - Transforming IT for the NEXT Normal - Argyle Executive Forum Events


As organizations come out of the Covid-19 response phase, most CIOs find that they need to revisit and rewrite IT strategies with an eye towards building long-term resilience, continued innovation and smarter spending.

The CIO Leadership Forum- IT for the NEXT Normal on March 25th offers discussions with industry leaders on lessons learned, the latest technological innovations, and strategies to boost your organization’s ability to meet the unique IT challenges of 2021.

Key topics for this timely CIO event include:

  • How to rebuild and reset your organization’s IT course post Covid-19
  • Emerging post-crisis trends and cutting-edge technologies for 2021
  • Leadership strategies to build a long-term, digitally resilient IT culture and workforce
  • IT investment optimization best practices to achieve business value
  • Data and analytics strategies and solutions
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11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Emerging CIO - A Changing Role for Changing Times

From the cloud to machine learning, CIOs agendas are full and 2021 brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Tasked with leveraging the CIO role to digitally transform the organization and drive business strategy, CIOs are no longer merely gatekeepers of technology efficiency and system stability.

Attend this keynote session to better understand the changing role of the CIO and:

  • What CEOs are looking for from today’s CIOs
  • How technology leadership has become a distributed C-suite responsibility and how CIOs are succeeding in this new landscape
  • How the CIO role has expanded to include responsibility for building both value and business transformation
  • How successful CIOs are morphing their roles to create a culture of innovation within their organization

Jamie HolcombeChief Information Officer United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Headaches and High Priorities – CIO Trend Watch 2021

CIOs play a powerful role in embracing and educating business side executives on the latest IT technologies and how they enhance business processes. During this interactive panel discussion, panelists will weigh in on the latest technology trends (AI, Next Gen CX, Low Code/No Code (LOB), and more) and how they will change the IT landscape in 2021 and beyond.

Attend this session to learn:

  • Which technologies top CIO’s roadmaps in 2021 and why
  • Which new technologies offer more hype than hope
  • How CIOs are prioritizing technology implementations for the coming year


Sajed NaseemChief Information Security OfficerNew Jersey Courts


Pete GibsonChief Information Officer Friendly's Restaurants

Dara MeathDivisional Chief Information Officer, Head of Digital/EcommerceConair Corporation

Bogdan OpreaSenior Vice President and CIOAgency Insurance Company

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: CIOs - Keys to Unlock Your Data Analytics Superpower to Drive Your Company’s 2021 Strategy

During the work-from-home era of 2020, CIOs were put to the test.  Some found themselves in constant reactive mode scrambling to meet the challenges of the pandemic era.  While others found ways to develop new superpowers and reimagine the value they could add to their business. CIOs proved to be able to quickly develop capabilities, specifically with data analytics and machine learning/AI, that provided insights to understand trends, drive competitive advantages, and even pivot to new opportunities and business models. CIOs who harnessed these capabilities successfully ended up being key players driving company strategy through the pandemic.

Incorta’s CIO Brian Keare will highlight a few case studies that showcase how today’s global enterprise businesses develop data analytics and ML/AI superpowers. He will be joined by Sunjeeev Duvelapalli, Program Manager from Cisco who will discuss what they accomplished with the quick deployment and use of Incorta’s Direct Data Platform™.

Sunjeev DuvelapalliProduct ManagerCisco

Brian KeareChief Information OfficerIncorta

1 PM - 2 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2:05 PM - 2:50 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: The Modern CIO - Delivering Business Value through Technology

The global pandemic presented an opportunity for companies to become digital first. This means CIOs and CFO’s need to prioritize cloud migration and embrace agile to deliver product innovation more quickly, all while continuously optimizing costs.

Despite these changes underpinning future corporate success, only 7% of organizations can accurately explain the business value of technology, according to Gartner. This puts the modern CIO in a unique position to ensure their organization has the right mix of people, processes, and technologies in place to deliver business value.

Attend this session to learn:

  • How to optimize costs and keep tech priorities on target
  • Methods to make smart and cost effective, people, process, and technology decisions
  • Common business value pitfalls and how to avoid them

Phil Alfano Field CTOApptio

Scott SpradleyExecutive VP & Chief Technology Officer Tyson

2:55 PM - 3:25 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Taming Technical Debt in a Post-Pandemic World

Whether you call it tech debt or code debt, most organizations are swimming in it! When the pandemic hit, development teams scurried to deliver ‘good enough’ digital solutions. From security applications for a suddenly remote workforce, to lightning-fast digital transformation efforts, the 2020 race to perform left behind a bevy of projects to re-examine/re-code in 2021. During this timely keynote presentation, you will learn:

  • What tech debt is and how to manage it at scale
  • Why technical debt makes future changes more costly/difficult and what to do about it
  • How top companies are dealing with tech debt, and
  • Ways to best collaborate with business executives in debt elimination efforts

Gregory ZeloChief Information OfficerVeeco

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Next Case Disaster- Data Resiliency and Business Continuity Planning

Been there, done that! Every IT leader in the world has focused on disaster recovery and business continuity over the past year. The good news is that most survived. But how will your organization fare when faced with future disruptive events?

This fireside chat will delve into the success of business continuity plans (BCPs) and how to:

  • Assure your BCP plans are agile, secure, and meet workplace collaboration requirements
  • Real-life examples of successful (and not so successful) BCPs
  • Implementation tips to help those organizations that conducted BCP prep but failed to launch those plans


Sajed NaseemChief Information Security OfficerNew Jersey Courts


Enrique AlvarezSpecial Agent, Cyber BranchFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Tolgay KizilelmaChief Information Security OfficerUniversity of California Merced, Office of Information Technology

Dr. Curtis KS LevinsonChief Information Security Officer MetTel

David Siles Global Field CTO Rubrik



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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.