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Chairman & CEO of Ogilvy and Head of Enterprise Strategy for Amazon Web Services headline Avasant CIO Digital Connect in New York

Senior executives and global leaders converged for this cutting-edge, exclusive event, gaining powerful insights focused on how companies can drive business innovation through high performance technology capabilities and how cloud-based enterprise services can accelerate transformation. Amazon Web Services and Capgemini teamed up on Thursday, May 7, 2015 to co-sponsor Avasant's 2015 quarterly series CIO Digital Connect event themed "Digital Innovation Through Enterprise Cloud Transformation" held at the Offices of Loeb & Loeb in New York. Through keynote speakers, powerful dialogues, and moderated panels, Avasant CIO Digital Connect provided valuable opportunities for seasoned leaders to harness cutting edge approaches to cloud-based technology, bridging the gap between investment, innovation, and full technology potential. John Seifert, Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather North America gave a keynote speech on driving digital innovation in traditional businesses, and drove home the importance of continuous reinvention based on trust as the cornerstone for competitiveness in the face of disruptive change. Avasant Digital Lead, Edward Wilson-Smythe cited client success cases and digital technologies that are creating value and fulfilling the needs of customers. "Advances in technology make fundamental business transformation possible with little or no investment, and with very fast time to market for new initiatives. We are glad to see our perspectives being validated by thought leaders such as Ogilvy & Mather, Amazon Web Services, Capgemini, and by leading clients who are already reaping the benefits of digital transformation." "As cloud computing becomes the new normal for IT, companies from across all industries and sizes realize the benefits cloud delivers and the resulting transformation that occurs extends beyond the IT organization," said Stephen Orban, Head of Enterprise Strategy, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Enterprises are transforming entire businesses by utilizing AWS to focus on delivering innovative, globally available solutions to their customers instead of managing their underlying infrastructure." R. Arun Kumar, SVP and Head of Strategic Global Sales for Application Services at Capgemini emphasized that, "Cloud-delivered services is a disruptive trend that's accelerating the shift to digital while reducing the importance of labor and location in the overall costs mix." Other distinguished speakers at the event included: Kenneth Adler, Partner & Chair, Technology & Outsourcing, Loeb & Loeb; Joel Binn, Senior Director, Department of Sanitation, City of New York; Lanny Cohen, Global CTO, Capgemini; Lorraine Cichowski, CIO, Associated Press; Albert Eng, Managing Director, M&A and Corporate Development, TIAA-CREF; Misha Ghosh, Head of Product Development & Innovation, MasterCard; and Ned May, Senior Vice President, Research, HfS. About Avasant With its headquarters in Los Angeles, California, Avasant is a leading management consulting firm providing digital transformation, sourcing advisory and globalization services to Fortune 1000 clients around the world. Our talented team of consultants, technologists and lawyers average 20 years of industry-honed experience and have conducted 1,000+ engagements in over 40 countries worldwide. Avasant drives customer value through the use of its proprietary consulting and advisory methods, which have been refined over decades of real world transaction and engagement experience. The combination of world-class resources and cross-industry experience enables Avasant to yield superior business outcomes for its global clients across four primary domains: Digital, Business & IT Transformation, Strategic Sourcing and Globalization Advisory. For more information, visit Follow news, photos and video from Avasant Connect at, on Twitter at and using #avasantconnect, Facebook at, and LinkedIn at For complete event details, please visit For further information and photos, contact: Jemie Sae Koo Vice President of Marketing Avasant