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About the Forum

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.

24 Advisors

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

18 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2019 sponsors of this event.

149 Organizations

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


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

  •  Adriana Karaboutis

    Adriana Karaboutis

    National Grid

    Chief Information & Digital Officer

  •  Murad Lodhi

    Murad Lodhi


    IT Lead / Divisional CIO

  •  Jack Clare

    Jack Clare

    Dunkin Brands

    SVP, Chief Information & Strategy Officer

  •  Darrell Fernandes

    Darrell Fernandes



  •  Hari Gopalakrishna

    Hari Gopalakrishna

    Honeywell Connected Plant

    Digital Transformation Leader

  •  Claus Jensen

    Claus Jensen

    CVS Health


  •  Lindsay Ladd

    Lindsay Ladd

    Cofounder & Chief Risk Officer, Stranger Labs

    Hack.Diversity Mentor

  •  Pragati Mathur

    Pragati Mathur


    EVP, CTO & CIO Digital Solutions

  •  Christine Miles

    Christine Miles

    EQuipt, LLC

    Founder & CEO

  •  Amanda Moore

    Amanda Moore

    Schneider Electric, SIM Boston President

    Head of IT - Customer Solutions, Support, & Field Service

  •  Kevin More

    Kevin More

    May Institute


  •  Dan Roberts

    Dan Roberts

    Ouellette & Associates


  •  Brian Shield

    Brian Shield

    Boston Red Sox

    VP IT

  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners

  •  James Whalen Jr.

    James Whalen Jr.

    Boston Properties

    SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer


March 26, 2019

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.

Program Intro
Amanda Moore, Head of IT - Customer Solutions, Support, & Field Service, Schneider Electric, SIM Boston President

Event Emcee
Hari Gopalakrishna, Digital Transformation Leader, Honeywell Connected Plant

Christine Miles, Founder & CEO, EQuipt, LLC

Kevin More, CIO, May Institute

Brian Shield, VP IT, Boston Red Sox

At the Forum, people are at the center of all business. With constant digital bombardment and disruption its becoming even more complex to truly connect and communicate effectively especially in sales and at events.

Have you ever wondered how you could become more relatable? Christine Miles, with Executive Leaders Radio and Premier Connects is breaking out from the traditional conference event model to ensure quality networking by bringing a select few CIOs into the limelight to discover the secret of how to make connections that change conversations and drive business success.

Through a unique story gathering process Christine discovers who executives really are and what drove their success. It helps people understand that executives are real, human, relatable, role models and people.

Dan Roberts, CEO, Ouellette & Associates

Jack Clare, SVP, Chief Information & Strategy Officer, Dunkin Brands

Darrell Fernandes, CIO, TIAA

Claus Jensen, CTO, CVS Health

Amanda Moore, Head of IT - Customer Solutions, Support, & Field Service, Schneider Electric, SIM Boston President

The IT agenda for 2019 is bigger and bolder than ever. Modernization. Automation. Transformation. Digitization. Acceleration. Innovation. The demands placed upon today’s CIO and IT overall have never been greater. Join our panel of experts and hear how they are addressing these realities, moving IT higher up the business value curve as “Innovative Anticipators ™” and positioning their companies as industry disruptors.

Pragati Mathur, EVP, CTO & CIO Digital Solutions, Staples

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

Like so many retailers, Staples is modernizing and re-crafting the way it interacts with customers. Pragati Mathur, the office supply giant's CTO, is spearheading that change from the ground-up, as Staples revamps everything from its in-store experience to the technology footprint that drives digital interactions. 

In this session, Pragati will speak with author and CIO advisor Brian Watson about Staples' digital transformation--including key initiatives in supply chain, cloud, agile and legacy transformation--and the business implications for this extensive journey. 

Lindsay Ladd, Hack.Diversity Mentor, Cofounder & Chief Risk Officer, Stranger Labs

James Whalen Jr., SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Boston Properties

Hack Diversity tackles the under presentation of high-skilled minority employees in Boston’s innovation economy. Hack Diversity recruits Black and Latino computer science and engineering students into the city’s fastest-growing companies – training, coaching, and mentoring both employer and employee throughout the experience.  

Hack Diversity’s vision is to 100% increase the number of Blacks and Latinos working in the innovation economy in Boston.  

In this short session, Jim Whalen, SVP, CIO & CTO of Boston Properties will highlight SIM Boston’s outreach program by introducing a graduate of Hack Diversity who will discuss the impact Hack Diversity had on his/her career in tech.
This time is carved out to discuss issues your organization faces with your peers during our lunch session.  This is a great opportunity to network and learn from others in your industry.

Murad Lodhi, IT Lead / Divisional CIO, Chubb

The role of the CIO has continued to evolve, and quickly. CIOs need to adapt beyond the technical projects they oversee and truly align technology as it relates to their business.  Today, Digital Transformation, Financial Valuation, Agile Transformation, System Stability, DevOps and Talent Management are vital components to the success of a CIO and their organization. In this session, Murad will share his personal experiences through his role as Divisional CIO for insurance giant, Chubb.

This interactive session will integrate our new event app through surveys, live polling of the audience as well as Q&A with Murad.    

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Visit the App Store and download the EventMobi App - type in the code cio-boston2019.  You can also access the app through your web browser.  Check back for exciting event updates and opportunities to network with your peers.

Christine Miles, Founder & CEO, EQuipt, LLC

Tapping into the stories of others to make deeper connections can be a transformative and powerful experience. Debriefing the experiences of your day and sharing stories helps further uncover how it can change conversations and business results. Learning how to go beyond today, and GATHER STORIES from your employees, customer and prospects is key to your continued development of your EQ. Christine Miles will arm you with the 6 most powerful questions you need in business to get the real story , gain insight, build trust and make meaningful connections to drive transformation in your business. 

Adriana Karaboutis, Chief Information & Digital Officer, National Grid

The roles of the Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer have historically been well understood and distinct.  As CIOs develop the capabilities needed to run the processes of the company (hire-to-retire, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash), the Chief Digital Officer looks after the marketing, intelligence and insights surrounding the company’s customers and markets.  The CDO moves at a fast pace  and uses new technologies to respond to changing customers trends/needs quickly –while relying on solid, foundational Information Technology. The evolution of digital technologies enables CDO insights and new engagement models, new services and new products.  However, is the CIO no longer needed? Is the dynamic provisioning of digital tools such as AI, ML, cloud, xAAS, and mobile rendering the CIO to a caretaking position of legacy environments – or are the positions melding together and merging?   This segment of the program aims to address the critical work of the CIO and the CDO and analyze why the positions are increasingly merging and what is needed to succeed.

Hari Gopalakrishna, Digital Transformation Leader, Honeywell Connected Plant

After such an invigorating day of problem solving, connections and non-stop content, let’s “wine” down with some beverages. This is your chance to exchange ideas and really get to know those you briefly met or haven’t had the chance to!

Join us in the networking pavilion for the reception you have stayed all day for.

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Advisory Council

  •  Kenric Anderberg

    Kenric Anderberg

    National Grid

    VP IT Innovation, Strategy & Ventures CIO

  •  Don Anderson

    Don Anderson

    Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

    CIO & SVP

  •  David Bedard

    David Bedard


    Director of Technology PMO

  •  James Bowen

    James Bowen

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    SVP, Global IT Services

  •  Jeff Brown

    Jeff Brown

    Raytheon Company

    VP & CISO

  •  Margot Carleton

    Margot Carleton

    Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc


  •  Tom Catalini

    Tom Catalini

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


  •  Bill Dziura

    Bill Dziura

    AAA Northeast

    VP of IT Operations

  •  Dave Jackson

    Dave Jackson



  •  Rafi Khan

    Rafi Khan

    Edible Arrangements


  •  Jeff Lamoreaux

    Jeff Lamoreaux

    Global Partners LP


  •  Jeanne Lieb

    Jeanne Lieb

    FM Global

    SVP & CIO Information Services

  •  Chris MacKenzie

    Chris MacKenzie

    CONMED Corporation


  •  Kevin More

    Kevin More

    May Institute


  •  Charles Murphy

    Charles Murphy

    Boston Interactive

    CEO & CIO

  •  Doug New

    Doug New



  •  Beth O'Rorke

    Beth O'Rorke

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

    CIO, Enterprise Technology

  •  David Riddle

    David Riddle


    VP of IT

  •  Dave Rudzinsky

    Dave Rudzinsky

    Hologic, Inc.

    SVP & CIO

  •  Deborah Scott

    Deborah Scott

    Harvard Medical School


  •  Brian Shield

    Brian Shield

    Boston Red Sox

    VP IT

  •  Kevin Stokes

    Kevin Stokes

    Town of Brookline, MA


  •  James Whalen Jr.

    James Whalen Jr.

    Boston Properties

    SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer

  •  Jean Wilson

    Jean Wilson

    L.L. Bean

    CIO & SVP of IS


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


Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2019 sponsors of this event.


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