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Join John Hughes, author of "Haunting the CEO," as he moderates a panel of CIO’s from F5, Blue Nile and Seattle Children’s Hospital about the future of IT.

When: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
5:30--8:30 PM
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy (Lincoln Square)
10455 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA  98004
Contact: Seattle SIM

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Join John Hughes, author of "Haunting the CEO," as he moderates a panel of CIO’s from F5, Blue Nile and Seattle Children’s Hospital about the future of IT.

"Data Processing” became "Management Information Systems” which became "Information Systems” which became "Information Technology”, which will we become "?”. The IT landscape changes more rapidly than any other business function. In the space of just a few years, paradigms come and go. Today's CIOs are required to continually question every assumption and practice. They are asking themselves questions such as:

  • What’s the next thing that every CIO must prepare for?
  • What skill set will be required of future CIO’s?
  • What will be the role of the CIO in five years?
  • Will IT and CIOs even exist in companies of the future?
  • What should business executives be hearing from IT leaders today?
  • What do IT Leaders need to teach business executives so that they can use IT effectively?

Join our moderator John Hughes and CIO’s John, Marianne and Drexel as your questions and thoughts are discussed with other prominent IT leaders in your community. The conversation is lively, the venue is intimate and your participation is encouraged to the benefit of everyone in attendance.


John Matthews, Vice President of Information Technology & CIO; F5 Networks
Marianne Marck, Senior Vice President of Technology & CIO, Blue Nile
Drexel DeFord, Senior Vice President / CIO; Seattle Children’s Hospital & Research Institute

John Matthews is Vice President of Information Technology & CIO for F5 Networks and is responsible for providing strategic direction and management for F5’s IT infrastructure worldwide, including hosted services. Since joining F5 in 2005, he has focused on developing innovative enterprise solutions using F5 products and technologies to help connect IT to the business as well as reduce IT costs. Prior to joining F5, Matthews has held key roles with Microsoft and Adobe.

Marianne Marck is the Senior Vice President of Technology for Blue Nile, Inc., the largest online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. Ms. Marck oversees all aspects of technology and the website for Blue Nile. Before joining Blue Nile, Ms. Marck has held executive IT leadership roles with the Walt Disney Company, CNET Networks, Sybase and IBM. She has a BA in Mathematics from Mills College and has done graduate work in computer science and executive management.

Drexel DeFord is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Seattle Children’s. He is responsible for all information services and health information management delivered to the $750 million, not-for-profit, pediatric hospital / academic medical center and research institute. Prior to his tenure at Children’s, Drex was Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Scripps Health in San Diego. He has also served in various CIO and CTO capacities with the United States Air Force Medical Service, retiring from the Pentagon as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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