Cybersecurity From the Board Perspective

This session is designed to help the Information Technology professional to better understand what and how to communicate with the members of the board of directors. Whether you are the CIO, the CISO or a Major IT technology project manager, you will benefit from a better understanding of board members. These individuals come from a variety of work experience backgrounds, education and training, and personal life experiences and each of those characteristics impact how they behave in the board room. At times, they can seem to speak a different language; which makes effective communication difficult. And yet, there are a number of consistent key issues that you will need to be aware of, if you are to be effective in communicating your topic and information reporting.
Mr. Czarnecki is that unique combination of an experienced CEO and C-Suite Executive with extensive IT experience, and a seasoned director who has served on dozens of boards in a wide range of leadership positions from Chair of the Audit Committee to Chair of the Board. His presentation will provide you with specific guidance on how to assure that your information is relevant and understood by the board, and hints on the kinds of questions you may expect to get from them.


Gerry Czarnecki, Chairman & CEO of The Deltennium Group, Inc.

Mr. Czarnecki (Gerry) is Chairman & CEO of The Deltennium Group, Inc., a consulting practice helping individuals and organizations with effective strategic planning and marketing, managerial leadership and board governance. Prior to forming The Deltennium Group, Mr. Czarnecki was Chairman and Founder of Snowden Hill, a boutique investment bank focused on investments in the retail industry. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and operated several consumer marketing organizations, and continues to this day with investments in retail marketing.

He is a member of the board of directors of several companies: Jack Cooper Enterprises, where he is Chair of the Audit Committee; ECO Building Products, where he is Chairman of the Board; member of the board of NuraHealth, Inc.; member of the board of RFD & Associates, Inc., where he is Chair of the Audit Committee & Chair of the Compensation Committee. He is also a former, 15-year director of State Farm Insurance, where he served as member of the company Executive Committee, and was also Chairman of the Audit Committee; State Farm Bank, where he was Chair of the Compensation Committee, and State Farm Fire & Casualty companies. He is also: a member of the Board of Trustees of National University, where he is its Chairman; Chairman Emeritus of the National Association of Corporate Directors—Florida Chapter, advisory board member for Private Capital, Inc.

Mr. Czarnecki has had a varied corporate career where he has increased shareholder value through enhanced marketing and operational performance. He has been a General Manager, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer in a variety of industries from consumer marketing to financial services to aviation to technology to media and TV production.

Mr. Czarnecki held a number of executive positions in the banking and financial services industry including General Manager of the 4th largest bank Trust Department in the country; CFO of the 8th largest bank holding company; the CEO of a large, publicly held bank and another large privately held bank owned by an investor group headed by former Secretary of the Treasury, William Simon. In 1993 Mr. Czarnecki was part of the team recruited by Louis Gerstner to begin the turnaround of IBM Corporation. Serving as an IBM Senior Vice President, Mr. Czarnecki had worldwide responsibility for customer focused quality initiatives, human resources, real estate services, quality programs, non-manufacturing procurement, aviation and a wide range of other staff functions. Later he was President of UNC, Inc., a NYSE aviation company, which manufactured aircraft engine parts, repaired and overhauled aircraft engines and accessory components and provided significant outsourcing services to the US military. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Mr. Czarnecki is an author who has written seven books on Leadership and Governance and currently writes a monthly column on nonprofit governance for South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine

Gerry is also the founder and Chairman of The National Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit organization committed to expanding research and development of leading edge ideas in leadership, governance, development, marketing, strategy and customer focused organizational development. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of these activities in the not-for-profit/NGO community, and it provides robust training and educational programs in those techniques to qualified entities where the organization’s capabilities need enhancement, but where funding is limited.

Mr. Czarnecki holds a B.S. in Economics from Temple University, an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Doctor of Humane Letters from National University. He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and holds the Carnegie Mellon, Software Engineering Institute, CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.