Today is a Special Day: CDM Media’s 10th Anniversary

Wow. It’s been an incredible ride. From early on I set the goal of being the number one company in the C-Suite marketing and demand generation space. It was a bold idea for what was a very new and somewhat unknown market. Through the ups and downs (and there have been plenty of both) there haven’t been many constants in my life—my family, location (Chicago/Hawaii/NYC), and strangely enough—you, the CDM Media community; EMPLOYEES, CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS alike. From my first founding days at the company (when I was deeply in need of sleep, more bootstrap money and some outside reassurance that I was doing the right thing), to the incredible rush of sealing our first deal with a Fortune 500 client within 90 days of ‘opening the doors’, to becoming one of America’s fastest growing private companies’ just six short years later. It felt like the sky was the limit and the great thing from my perspective is, it still is! Even in the darkest hours of the past decade, when I’ve felt the most alone, dispondent and over-extended, you’ve been there too.

I get to see a lot of you in person at our office locations, summits and events around the world. But I also get to see you right here online—on LinkedIn, Twitter or through email. Your support, loyalty, empathy, and unwavering belief that CDM Media could and would do great things has been astonishing and a challenge that I constantly strive to meet.

People say that time flies, and I’ve learned that it certainly does when you don’t need look at the clock each day. I suppose in any way you look at it (3,652 days, 87,648 hours or 5,258,880 minutes) 10 years is a long time and I’ve just been lucky enough to be afforded that opportunity to be at CDM Media. Very few things in our lives or in the world last that long—the average tech startup struggles to make it to the two year marker! For that, I’m honored and humbled that you’ve stuck with us all that time, and I promise that in the decade ahead, CDM Media will deliver in the areas you need most by supporting team members, partnering with all of our customers and executing upon our plan. We will strive to be the best company you would wish to be associated with.

Whilst I reminisce about the past ten years today, I am thinking much more about CDM Media’s future. I believe whole-heartedly in our plan and in the market we serve. We believe in assisting with human connections that others find arduous and sometimes impossible. We aim to support our clients sales and marketing goals through the power of ‘face-to-face’ C-Suite marketing. To secure large enterprise clients, the good old handshake and two humans finding a common ground is here to stay AND so are we. We will strive to bring invaluable business connections together along with supreme content curation supported by the best thought-leaders in our industry, whilst delivering remarkable events and services that everyone can gain benefit from.

Thank you for the ten remarkable years of partnership, warmth, friendship and support. We have accomplished a lot together and I absolutely couldn’t have done it without you. But what matters most now is what we do next. As we move along that path, I hope you’ll keep holding us to high standards, and telling us when we’ve met your expectations and when we’ve let you down.

Thank you for helping make CDM Media a fantastic company now and for decades to come.

Here’s to the next 10 years: https://youtu.be/CAIaop-VSGM

With deep appreciation,

Glenn Willis

CDM Media Announces Partnership with RSA

Top Leader in Cybersecurity Joins CDM Media Summit Series

We are pleased to announce RSA Security as a sponsor for multiple CDM Media events across North America.

A leader in the cybersecurity industry for more than 30 years, RSA provides a wide range of industry-leading products and services that allow more than 30,000 organizations worldwide to take control of business and cyber risks. RSA specializes in Security, Identity Assurance, Encryption, Key Management, Advanced Threats, Network Monitoring, Network Forensics, Security Analytics, and Adaptive Authentication.

“We are delighted that RSA have selected CDM Media once again as their chosen events and marketing partner”, said Oliver Stebbings, Vice President EMEA at CDM Media. “In what is a very competitive industry, there’s a clear indication that as a repeat partner, CDM Media continues to provide real value to supporting RSA’s sales goals and business objectives.”

RSA Business-Driven Security™ solutions help customers comprehensively and rapidly link security incidents with business context, enabling them to respond effectively and protect what matters most. Their award-winning solutions for threat detection and response, identity and access assurance, consumer fraud protection, and business risk management help RSA customers thrive in an uncertain, high-risk world.

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

CDM Media Announces Partnership with LogRhythm

Leading Player in Technology Solutions Joins EMEA Summit Series

We are pleased to announce a partnership with a leading American security technology company, LogRhythm. LogRhythm will partner with CDM Media as Executive Boardroom Sponsors of the CISO Benelux, CISO GAS, CISO UK, CISO Nordic and CISO Finance Summits; and as Content Partner of the CXO Think Tank in London.

LogRhythm, a leader in security intelligence and analytics, empowers organizations around the globe to rapidly detect, respond to and neutralize damaging cyber threats. The company’s patented award-winning platform uniquely unifies next-generation SIEM, log management, network and endpoint monitoring, user entity and behavior analytics (UEBA), security automation and orchestration and advanced security analytics.

Oliver Stebbings, Vice President EMEA at CDM Media stated: “Our aim is to penetrate and accelerate new and existing business opportunities in an array of thought leadership and events that allows LogRhythm to meet and discuss their Security Intelligence and analytics that empowers organizations around the globe to rapidly detect, respond to and neutralize damaging cyber threats with some of the biggest executives and fortune 1000 companies across Europe.”

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

 

Maqsood Ahmed to Lead Think Tank Discussion at CISO UK Summit

Group Head of Information Security at Abellio to Speak on “Avoiding ERM for the Sake of ERM”

We are pleased to announce Maqsood Ahmed as a Think Tank discussion leader for the CISO UK Summit on March 2nd, 2017. The event will take place in London, UK.

Maqsood Ahmed is the Group Head of Information Security at Abellio where he is responsible for all aspects of Information Security strategy. He is a champion of Cyber Security with in-depth knowledge on technology and business domains. He has deep technical experience, which helped in driving and managing organization-wide information security programs aligned with business strategies.

Utilizing his experience in ISO 27001/27002 (International Standard for Cyber/Information Security) he successfully implemented the framework in live and complicated environments. His practical expertise includes Cyber Security, Information Security, IT Management, Business Continuity, ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Framework, and COBIT (IT Governance) in industries such as Finance, Law Enforcement and Professional Services.

Takeaways will include:

  • ERM is a way of life, not a one-time effort and the only way to value is to come to that realization early
  • To be successful, an ERM deployment must be sponsored from the top and have the involvement of every level and every department
  • Even though ERM initiatives are all-encompassing it’s best to start small; trying to boil the ocean is the surest way to failure and loss of good will and buy-in

To learn more about the event and register today visit:

CISO UK Summit: http://www.cisouksummit.com/

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

Azeem Akhtar to Lead Think Tank Discussion at CIO UK Summit

Global CTO and Head of Design Team of BT to Speak on “Bridging the Talent Gap: Building the Team of Tomorrow”

Azeem AkhtarWe are pleased to announce Azeem Akhtar as a Think Tank discussion leader for the CIO UK Summit on March 2nd, 2017. The event will take place in London, UK.

As CTO and Head of Design Team at BT, Azeem provides accountable leadership for all solution and design impacting activities on the Credit Suisse major outsource contract. He is embedded within the contract management team and directly visible to key decision makers within the customer organization as a ‘trusted advisor’.

Azeem is accountable for E2E design activity and the single point of contact for this key client. He is also accountable for the running of the solution architecture and E2E design functions covering network and other core technology and services towers and systems that provides service to Credit Suisse.

Takeaways will include:

  • Commit to a talent-first organization which recognizes and rewards the most important asset you have ” your people
  • Identify the skills most urgently in need and prioritize their acquisition
  • Determine which acquisition methods needs to be used for which skill to maximize impact and return on investment

To learn more about the event and register today visit:

CIO UK Summit: http://www.ciouksummit.com/

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

Amtrak CIO to Keynote at CIO D.C. Summit

Ghada Ijam Confirmed as Keynote Presenter on “The Future of the CIO in the Coming Digital Economy”

We are pleased to announce Ghada Ijam as a keynote speaker for the CIO Summit D.C. on February 23rd, 2017. The event will take place in Washington D.C.

Ghada Ijam is the interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), in Washington, DC.

During her tenure at Amtrak Ghada is the technology Leader for Amtrak’s transformational programs: Customer Experience/ Digital ($70M), Operations Foundation ($200M), and Human Capital Transformation ($20M).

Ghada is driving the transformation of Amtrak IT resulting in a full restructuring and re-alignment of teams, people and functions. She leads the strategic planning and executive governance of $200M annual technology investment portfolio across Amtrak (2009-present).

Takeaways will include:

  • Change is, if not already here, certainly coming and CIOs that don’t prepare for the change may not like the results when it arrives
  • Digital transformation is all about connecting enterprise system to information technology to drive productivity and performance improvements
  • Be prepared to tackle the tasks that no-one wants to do, but everyone needs done; establish relevance to cultivate importance

To learn more about the event and register today visit:

CIO D.C. Summit: http://www.ciodcsummit.com/

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

Jean-Francois Le Teno to Keynote at CIO UK Summit

Global Head of Operations at AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets confirmed as Keynote Presenter on “The Future of the CIO in the Coming Digital Economy”

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We are pleased to announce Jean-Francois Le Teno as a keynote speaker for the CIO UK Summit in London, UK on March 2nd, 2017.

Jean-Francois Le Teno is currently the COO & CIO (Chief Information Officer) at AXA IM Real Assets. His role involves firm-wide delivery of funds financial information, operational efficiency projects, transformation of the firm’s global information system, as well as the leadership of 190 specialists in Back Office, Middle Office, Data Management and IT across 10 countries.

“I love transforming businesses, with a view to constantly improve client service quality, employee satisfaction, costs and compliance altogether.”

Takeaways will include:

  • Change is, if not already here, certainly coming, and CIOs that don’t prepare for the change may not like the results when it arrives
  • Digital transformation is all about connecting enterprise system to information technology to drive productivity and performance improvements
  • Be prepared to tackle the tasks that no-one wants to do, but everyone needs done; establish relevance to cultivate importance

To learn more about the event and register today visit:

CIO UK Summit: http://www.ciouksummit.com/

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

Mark Sloane Joins CDM Media as VP of Finance and Accounting

Finance Professional to Maximize CDM Media’s Current and Future Success

We are excitemark-sloane-pictured to welcome Mark Sloane as the new VP of Finance and Accounting at CDM Media. He will play an important role in the company’s financial structure.

Mark is responsible for finance and accounting at CDM Media and is responsible for all finance and accounting matters, including investments, cash flow, banking relationships and the overall company profitability.  At a time of high growth, Mark joined the company to provide systems and structure, thereby maximizing CDM Media’s current and future success. Mark has over 20 years of experience working with growing organizations, providing leadership and guidance to assist in achieving that “next level”.

“It’s an honor to join a company with such a strong track record for the last 9+ years. The Company has amazing potential to double in the next few years and I look forward to working with the strong and focused leadership of the organization to achieve great things.”

Before joining CDM Media, Mark has held several senior financial leadership roles within marketing services organizations, including ones that he has co-owned, privately held companies and public corporations. Beyond his passion to help companies grow and succeed, Mark is very involved in his community and spends much of his time with his family and two dogs, Lucy and Ricki.

To learn more about the CDM Media team, visit: http://www.cdmmedia.com/about.php#management

Elena Kvochko to Keynote CISO Summit New York

CIO of Global Security Barclays to Lead as Keynote Presenter on Re-Imagining the Role of Global Security Teams

We are pleelenaased to announce Elena Kvochko as a keynote speaker for the CISO Summit New York on February 7, 2017.

Kvochko is the CIO of Global Security Division at Barclays and is responsible for cyber security strategy and implementation as well as business development and operations. Elena has been named in both the Fortune Most Powerful Women International 2016 and Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Generation 2015.

Elena’s career has involved regional experience in North America, Asia Pacific, South Asia, Africa and Europe. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Forbes. She is the co-author of The Definitive Cyber Security Guide for Directors and Officers published by The New York Stock Exchange and Palo Alto Networks.

Takeaways from her presentation will include:

  • Streamlining internal security operations
  • Focusing on all types of threats to enable rapid reaction
  • Restructuring the Internet-facing infrastructure and ensuring specialist analysis and remediation of threats

To learn more about the event and register today visit:

CISO Summit New York: http://www.cisonewyorksummit.com/

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.

Women in Technology Hall of Famer to Speak on Cyber Security at CISO Summit U.S.

Pioneering Thought Leader, Cheemin Bo-Linn, to Lead Energizing Think Tank at National Summit

cheeminWe are pleased to announce Cheemin Bo-Linn, President & CEO, Peritus Partners to lead as Think Tank keynote speaker at CISO Summit U.S. 2016. The Summit will take place from November 6-8th, 2016 and will be held at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Bo-Linn has served in C-suite, President, and Board of Director roles related to both technology and the application of technology to drive global competitiveness and cost effective operations. Under her leadership, she had responsibility for managing some of the largest global data centers, leading digital transformation and marketing for customer acquisition and loyalty, accelerating mobile applications, and addressing cyber security.

Dr. Bo-Linn, a former IBM VP, was recently the 2015 inductee into the “Women in Technology Hall of Fame”, a program supported since the administration of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. She will lead an enlivening Think Tank on “Millennial Cyber Security for Retail, Finance, Transportation and Food Sectors.” Her unique perspective on cyber security will showcase how millennial consumer behavior is changing the face of cyber security as the core capabilities how companies run their business are compromised and direct attacked.

Takeaways will include:

  • Millennials are “social, mobile, local, and global,” and their consumer behavior adds another layer and magnitude of cyber security.
  • “Glasshouse footprints” present greater issues beyond compliance and integrated networks, yet spend threat ratio lags.
  • Cyber security investments in digital technology, networks, and social engineering are now defacto requirements.

“Our interconnected world adds more vulnerability so cyber security must be a shared mission,” states Dr. Bo-Linn.

To learn about the event and register today visit:

CIO Summit US: http://www.cisosummit.us/

To view all of our upcoming events, visit CDM Media’s Summit Calendar.