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Attendees across the region have come to expect a dynamic agenda with relevant, up-to-the-minute topics and exciting speakers who will share their wealth of knowledge and experience, helping you gain practical insights into your business challenges. The Premier CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.

9 Advisors

Our advisory council members offer valuable feedback to improve our event each year.

11 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2018 sponsors of this event.

51 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend Atlanta CIO Forum.


Speakers are hand-selected by our Advisory Council for their expertise and ability to translate big ideas into stunning presentations.

  •  Lee Crump

    Lee Crump

    Rollins, Inc.


  •  Martin Davis

    Martin Davis

    Southern Company

    CIO, EVP

  •  Jay Ferro

    Jay Ferro



  •  Dan Garnett

    Dan Garnett


    Principal Sales Consultant

  •  Jerry Gearding

    Jerry Gearding

    DX Marketing


  •  Jean Holley

    Jean Holley

    Retired Former CIO, Brambles, Tellabs & USG Corp.

    Board Director, VASCO Data Security, Herc Rentals

  •  Art Hopkins

    Art Hopkins

    Russell Reynolds Associates


  •  Kiran Kodithala

    Kiran Kodithala

    N2N Services


  •  Rohit Lal

    Rohit Lal

    SAIA, Inc.

    VP & CIO

  •  Tom Miller

    Tom Miller

    Anthem, Inc.

    SVP & CIO

  •  Ray Owens

    Ray Owens

    DX Marketing


  •  Edwina Payne

    Edwina Payne

    Halyard Health

    VP & CIO

  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

  •  Larry Quinlan

    Larry Quinlan


    Global CIO

  •  Marsha Trant

    Marsha Trant


    Modern IT and Cloud Transformation Executive

  •  Marcel van Hulle

    Marcel van Hulle

    Info-Tech Research Group


  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners


March 29, 2018

We have worked diligently to put together a stimulating and focused agenda, bringing together experts, visionaries and professionals from the IT industry. We look forward to sharing this exciting conference with you.

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Event Emcee
Lee Crump, CIO, Rollins, Inc.

Event Emcee
Jay Ferro, CIO, Quikrete

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Larry Quinlan, Global CIO, Deloitte

In the world of technology, change can seem like the only constant. Through it all, CIOs must ensure operations run smoothly while elevating IT to a strategic profile in the organization—while remaining flexible enough to adapt to changing environments on a near-daily basis. In this session, Larry Quinlan will share five key areas of focus that have helped him lead through challenging times, and discuss how CIOs can enable world-class IT operations while using technology to grow the bottom line. 

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Tom Miller, SVP & CIO, Anthem, Inc.

Brian Watson, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

Is your organization built to succeed in the digital era?

With new technologies, processes and business models emerging seemingly by the minute, CIOs and their organizations are constantly exploring the best ways to harness innovation to drive value for their companies. But it’s a formidable challenge, given the pace of change today, not to mention the necessity for speed.

In this fireside chat with CIO advisor and author Brian Watson of Metis Strategy, Anthem CIO Tom Miller will explain how he leads a new innovative mindset at the $85 billion health insurance provider. Tom will discuss some of the most successful practices Anthem have adopted—including Anthem’s successful Innovation Studio, housed on Georgia Tech’s campus—and draw on his own background in sales and general management to offer advice on how to lead through these challenging issues.

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Brian Watson, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

Martin Davis, CIO, EVP, Southern Company

Art Hopkins, Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Martin Davis became CIO of Southern Company after 30 years in the banking industry. In this unique session, Martin will speak with executive recruiter Art Hopkins and CIO advisor Brian Watson about the key lessons from his journey to Southern Company—including how he positioned himself for the role, and how he prepared to hit the ground running. This discussion will provide valuable advice and guidance for IT leaders looking for new career opportunities and challenges.

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Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP & IT Executive Advisor, IDC

Newly published IDC global research about organizations undergoing digital transformation finds that 59% remain stuck in the early stages of their transformation journey. While some digital projects have been implemented and are progressing, most companies report they are still struggling to digitally transform their broader organization.

Challenges with legacy culture, process, and financial incentives are widely identified digital transformation impediments. However, IDC research shows that many organizations confront more specific operational challenges: 1) outdated KPIs, 2) siloed organizational structures, 3) tactical planning, 4) limited expertise; and 5) siloed innovation.  Though business and technical leaders can point to successful tactical projects, they often express frustration about their ability to achieve true systemic progress and competitive advantage.

In today's session, IDC provides unique insights and actionable recommendations to overcome these hurdles including recommended approaches for:
  • Creating new digital KPIs
  • Establishing an end state digital organizational structure
  • Constructing a long-term digital roadmap
  • Identifying and developing essential digital capabilities
  • Building a digital platform

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Marsha Trant, Modern IT and Cloud Transformation Executive, Avanade

In this fast-paced world, CIOs have to balance the increasing demands of today with their companies’ digital ambitions. In this session, Marsha will take you through proven approaches and new economic models that businesses are using to transform their IT platforms from project-oriented cost drivers to sustainable economic platforms for the future.


Dan Garnett, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle

Jerry Gearding, CTO, DX Marketing

Kiran Kodithala, CEO, N2N Services

Ray Owens, CEO, DX Marketing

Companies are moving to the Cloud to gain a competitive advantage by improving their ability to rapidly adapt to changing market conditions, bring new products to the market faster, intelligently expand and contract their infrastructure footprint, spend a higher percentage of their budget on innovation and reduce their overall cost structures. This is possible due to the many compelling advantages and benefits the Cloud has to offer -- new capabilities, such as artificial intelligence, only pay for what you use, Internet scalability, increased insight, etc. But how are these benefits being realized and what business metrics are actually being effected. Ray Owns, CEO of DX Marketing, Jerry Gearding, CTO DX Marketing, and Kiran Kodithala, CEO of N2N Services, will be sharing their journey to the Cloud and how they were able to achieve impressive business outcomes with two key Cloud based technologies -- Machine Learning and Cloud Native Architectures.


Marcel van Hulle, SVP, Info-Tech Research Group

A strategic direction is essential to making the right technological investments. Not every trend is worth pursuing, but missing the ones that are can be costly.  An outcomes-focused approach gives you a framework to strategically evaluate emerging technology's alignment with your business's direction. Most importantly, using a business outcomes framework can help you  create the foundation for your adoption strategy. Determine which trends are worth your attention, chart an adoption course and build a business case for your stakeholders. Info-Tech will dive into four trends that represents the convergence of several previously trending technologies:
  • User-facing AI to enable automation of front line business activities
  • Robotic Process Automation to augment, not replace,  human performance
  • The Digital Twin, an aggregated data replicate of a system, will enable decentralized monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Blockchain 2.0 enabling distributed ledger technology to specific use cases

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Lee Crump, CIO, Rollins, Inc.

Rohit Lal, VP & CIO, SAIA, Inc.

Edwina Payne, VP & CIO, Halyard Health

In this session, our emcee will introduce some newer CIOs in Atlanta in a casual and comfortable setting. You'll get to know a little more of their background and what has led them to their current Atlanta-based positions. This session is designed to allow these new CIOs to introduce themselves to their peers from the region and help to extend their personal networks as newer CIOs.

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Jean Holley, Board Director, VASCO Data Security, Herc Rentals, Retired Former CIO, Brambles, Tellabs & USG Corp.

Jean Holley has served as CIO for a number of major corporations and recently retired from Brambles having served as Global CIO.  During her 30 year career she enjoyed leading companies thru transformations, acquisitions and divestitures, realizing her ultimate next career step would be to become a corporate board member. Jean now serves as Board Director for a number of publicly traded companies as well as a VC board. During this session Jean will share how she prepared herself to obtain these goals and insights for lessons learned.
Welcome to the Atlanta CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers and some of the prominent speakers from the day’s agenda. Premier Connects, Inc. will be making a charitable donation to the Atlanta SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

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Advisory Council

  •  Dave Chatterjee

    Dave Chatterjee

    Senior Editor, Journal of Organizational Computing & Electronic Commerce

    Associate Professor, The University of Georgia

  •  Lee Crump

    Lee Crump

    Rollins, Inc.


  •  Jay Ferro

    Jay Ferro



  •  Erik Martin

    Erik Martin


    AVP Technology

  •  Chuck Musciano

    Chuck Musciano

    Osmose Utilities Services


  •  Jaspal Sagoo

    Jaspal Sagoo

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


  •  Zareer Siganporia

    Zareer Siganporia


    Sr. Director, PMO

  •  Ed Wagner

    Ed Wagner

    Cox Enterprises, Inc.

    Director Business Platform Services & Enterprise Architecture

  •  Dan Webber

    Dan Webber

    UST Global

    VP Technology, Executive Advisor


Join us this year in Atlanta, GA as we discuss cutting-edge technologies with influential thought-leaders.


Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2018 sponsors of this event.


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