CIO Next: Managing Digital and Technology in a Period of
Unparalleled Opportunity and Complexity

It has never been a better time or a more challenging time to be a CIO. So many of the rising technology opportunities, like digital transformation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics offer the chance for CIOs to be in the middle of the discussion around topics of significant value to the enterprise. At the same time risks associated with security are also at the top of the agendas of many boards. Again, the CIO is one of the key drivers of risk mitigation, playing both offense and defense.

Finding faster paths to seizing opportunity and mitigating risks requires a better ecosystem. That ecosystem must include best in class, global CIOs, CEOs of leading technology firms, and venture capital companies.  The best of the best of all three will be present for the third annual Forbes CIO Summit on April 23 and 24 at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay.



Sunday, April 23, 2017




Opening Program


Cocktail Reception


Salon Dinners

Monday, April 24, 2017





Managing IT as a Product

Today, IT pervades every meaningful function in every company in every industry. As such, IT needs to be thought of both more holistically and more creatively by the CIOs who run the function. A growing number of CIOs are taking their cues from product companies in thinking about how to manage IT. This discussion will provide details on how they’ve done just that.

  • Trevor Schulze | Chief Information Officer , Micron Technology
  • Moderator: Peter High | President , Metis Strategy

Perspectives from Silicon Valley CEOs

Two trends that CIOs speak most about are artificial intelligence (and a related field: machine learning) and security. We have two speakers who are paragons in each field to provide perspectives, providing recommendations on what IT leaders might do in each field. Antoine Blondeau is the CEO of the highest funded artificial intelligence company in the world, and George Kurtz led the team that discovered the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee.

  • Antoine Blondeau | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Sentient
  • George Kurtz | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , CrowdStrike

Breakout Session: Digital Transformation

  • Paul Chapman | Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer , Gap Inc.
  • Moderator: Chris Davis | Vice President , Metis Strategy

Forbes CIO Innovation Award Presentation and Panel

This panel will highlight the great work done by CIOs who have led innovation efforts on their companies’ behalves, leading to demonstrable revenue growth. Each will provide an overview of the ideas they generated and implemented, the value derived, together with recommendations on how others might do the same.

CIO-Led Innovation Labs

A select group of innovative companies have leveraged the concept of innovation labs to help jump-start innovation activities. A select group of elite CIOs have taken on responsibility for leading these innovation labs. This session will describe the value in so doing, the structure they have employed, the value they have derived, together with recommendations on how others might do the same.

  • Stuart Sackman | Corporate Vice President, Global Product & Technology , ADP
  • Kyle Nel | Executive Director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs , Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Tom Miller | Chief Information Officer , Anthem
  • Moderator: Peter High | President , Metis Strategy

Beyond CIO

A small but growing list of CIOs have moved to positions definitively above that role. We have collected a panel of leaders who personify this trend. They will provide thoughts on how they operated as CIOs to open doors that led to their advancement with an eye toward lessons others who might wish to follow in their footsteps might employ.

  • Marina Levinson | Former Chief Information Officer, NetApp; Partner , Benhamou Global Ventures
  • Terry Bradwell | Executive Vice President & Chief Enterprise Strategy & Innovation Officer , AARP

Cocktail Reception


The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California, 94019

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Forbes CIO Innovation Award

Only recently have CIOs become leaders in “information.” Too many were focused on infrastructure rather than synthesizing valuable data. Now that information is king, an elite cadre of CIOs are using the company's most prized asset (and technology in general) to drive real revenue growth.

This award is open to chief information officers of any multi-billion dollar enterprise who have demonstrated the ability to generate real revenue growth. Please complete the following survey honestly, clearly and with sufficient examples and proof. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 10, 2017. The winners will be featured on stage at the Forbes CIO Summit on April 24 at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, Calif. and in Peter High’s Technovation column on Forbes.com.




Innovation Showcase

Video Highlights

Meg Whitman at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


Marc Benioff at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


Tony Scott and Rich Karlgaard at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


Peering Into The Mobile Future at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


What It’s Like To Lead The Technology When Tech Is Your Business at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


Can a Viral Consumer Service Become a Vital Enterprise Tool? at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


How To Get Closer To The Customer at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


Is Silicon Valley Building Important Stuff For CIOs Or Just Emoji Keyboards? at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit


The Future of The Cloud at the 2016 Forbes CIO Summit



  • For Sponsorship Inquiries:
  • Melody Khodaverdian
  • Director, Conference Partnerships
  • 917.794.5859 | mkhodaverdian@forbes.com
  • For Invitation and Attendee Inquiries:
  • Rich Guh
  • Audience Development Associate
  • 212.620.1861 | ciosummit@forbes.com
  • For Press Inquiries:
  • Christina Vega
  • Manager, Editorial Publicity at Forbes
  • 212.206.5155 | cvega@forbes.com

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