Atlanta CDAO Executive Summit

June 21, 2018 | St. Regis, Atlanta

June 21, 2018
St. Regis, Atlanta

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta's top CDAOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today:

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

Becoming a master change agent and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Atlanta CDAO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.


James Bolles

Southern Company
Director, Enterprise Solutions COEs

Snorwlor “Sno” Bropleh

Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
Associate Director - Collaborative Services

John Chastain

Stanley Black & Decker
VP Big Data & Analytics

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi

The Coca-Cola Company
Global IT Head - Data science/AI (Marketing/Strategy & Insights)

Juan Gorricho

TSYS Corporation
Group Executive, Data & Analytics Global Product and Innovation

Rajeev Kapur

Chief Data Officer

Karthikeyan Ramasamy

Koch Industries, Inc.
Head of Data & Analytics Strategy

Andrew Sohn

Crawford & Company
SVP, Global Digital & Analytics Services

Kenneth Viciana

First Data Corporation
Director Information Risk Manager

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Atlanta CDAO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


June 20, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Keynote

The Value of High Quality Data for Machine Learning

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Andrew Sohn

SVP, Global Digital & Analytics Services

Crawford & Company

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Beverly Wright

Executive Instructor, Business Analytics,

Georgia Institute of Technology

The full extent of machine learning and advanced analytics tools are far from realized. Faster processing and newer algorithms are just beginning. Machine Learning demands quality data to feed into the process. While this can be arduous and time-consuming, the quality of the data directly affects the success of a machine learning initiative. Join Beverly Wright and Andrew Sohn to explore what deliberate steps back to the building blocks could look like. Hear case studies and academic research on how to take better advantage of your data to get the most out of your advanced systems.

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Uncovering Accurate Analytics Through Pure Data

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Harry Volande

SVP, Finance, Process Industries & Drives Division & Digital Factory Division.

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Using its in-house analytics program as a navigation tool, Siemens broke and rebuilt its proposal model, found new modes of forecasting and mined historical data to plan for the future. By recruiting mathematicians with no economic or business background to draw purer deductions from data, Siemens found a new level of accuracy in its analytics. Join Harry Volande to hear about a truly successful data and analytics program and learn how the monetization of data can help corner the market.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Building Data Culture From the Ground Up

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John Chastain

VP Big Data & Analytics

Stanley Black & Decker

How do you create a data and analytics program from scratch so your company experiences the shift as a positive change? In building Stanley Black & Decker’s data program, John Chastain focused on big-ticket items, tackling initiatives that resulted in quick wins centered on a business case and finding places to add value. Join Chastain as he shares how he built out base analytic capabilities while generating a constructive data culture. See the journey from the beginning and explore how data can effectively touch every part of the company.

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

From Complexity to Consistency — Digitizing Decision-Making

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Greg Schutz

Associate Vice Chancellor, Business Intelligence

University System of Georgia

With over 26 higher-learning institutions in its constellation, the University System of Georgia is a complex organization with a sophisticated 2025 digitization plan. Involving a system-wide overhaul, the plan will move the universities from maturity to consistency and beyond. Join Greg Schutz as he examines the heart of the program — a data-governance policy that will require a giant shift in culture to data-informed decision-making. Learn how Schutz and USG are engaging all users to set the organization up for success.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Designing a Data-Driven, Self-Service Enterprise

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Doug McClure

VP Business Intelligence

Acuity Brands, Inc.

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Mark Mullins

Chief Data Officer

United Community Bank

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Jay Samonsky

Managing Director


It can be challenging for many organizations to make business decisions based on big-data insights. But hiring external data experts to do this work comes with a long wait time for the right business acumen. How do you evolve into a true self-service enterprise that enables business users to get answers themselves? Join this session to examine the differences between search-based and traditional analytics, and discuss the implications and considerations for analytics leaders as they deploy self-service solutions.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Joe Nattress at 971-222-2379 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Shifting Into an Asset-Driven Data Strategy

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Santosh Kudva

VP- Data and Analytics

GE Power

In industrial organizations, the services economy is a major growth driver. The economics revolve around how to utilize assets to achieve the best possible outcomes for your customers and organization. An asset-driven data strategy is a critical enabler and an effective all-compassing approach you can  supplement with the standard data services, including architecture, governance, data quality and self-service. Join this session to hear more about how to take an asset-forward view and define a simple framework that can drive widespread adoption by your business-user community.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Machine Learning — Architecture and Considerations

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John Thomas

EVP Data Science

Red Ventures

The days of artificial intelligence are here. In many organizations, traditional human-powered analytical tasks are being replaced by machine-learning systems that can do them faster, more consistently and drive better business outcomes. The power of these systems, however, comes down the type, amount, granularity and quality of data available to them. Hear what John Thomas has learned by rebuilding an entire data ecosystem to optimize an AI-powered future.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Shrink the Complexities of Deploying Big Data

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Abe Manasrah

VP - Data & Analytics Officer

Tanner Health System

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George Smiley

Sr. Director Enterprise Information and Architecture

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Todd Goldman

Vice President


Less than 25 percent of organizations have successfully deployed big data into production. There are many technological and skill set hurdles that contribute to this unfortunately low percentage. How does an organization overcome them and reduce the cost and time it takes to deploy these big projects? Join this session to examine lucrative approaches that can minimize the complexity of big data and make it possible to complete projects in days without an army of Hadoop experts.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Joe Nattress at 971-222-2379 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board, and CEO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow. Hear from MicroStrategy Founder and CEO, Michael Saylor, and map out how to transform your organization into an intelligent enterprise.

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Spark a Data Revival With a Back-to-Basics Approach

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Juan Gorricho

Group Executive, Data & Analytics Global Product and Innovation

TSYS Corporation

Focusing on education, alignment and leading by example, this session will explore the importance of supportive leadership in shifting the data culture, with an emphasis on the fundamentals. Juan Gorricho will lead the conversation, delving into the technical and business sides of the data strategy discussion and how they can work in tandem for stronger results. Join in to hear insights on how to accomplish this through forming strong relationships and building a solid foundation.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Managing Data at Speed and Scale

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Ningyu Chen

VP, Data as a Service

Macy's Inc.

In the era of big data and fast data, where speed and scale matter, the companies of today must master both to succeed tomorrow. Join this session to hear about the data journey of Macy’s, which envisioned and built a cohesive, integrated information fabric to support its digital transformation. By mining billions of logs in near real time, it provides business unprecedented operational visibility. By bringing together ever-changing product attributes and managing hundreds of millions of availability answers at a UPC location level in real-time, it created one of the largest omnichannel catalogs ever assembled in the retail industry. The result? Operations excellence and a powerful, differentiated customer experience. Listen in to hear more about this transformational initiative.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Map Your Way to Value Through Data

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Snorwlor “Sno” Bropleh

Associate Director - Collaborative Services

Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.

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Brandie Szuda

Chief Data Officer

MAG Mutual Insurance Company

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Kenneth Viciana

Director Information Risk Manager

First Data Corporation

Today, no matter the company or industry, data is being collected left and right. But to what end? The obvious goal is monetization, but how to do this is often unclear. This session will get back to the basics — what forms and channels should you explore? What are the barriers and challenges you will likely experience? Join this session to explore best practices and strategies on how to monetize your data, inspire revenue generation and value creation.    


Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Joe Nattress at 971-222-2379 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

The Factory Floor — Now With Implemented IoT and Predictive Analytics

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Charles Reeves

Sr Manager Business Intelligence and Technology Innovation

Graphic Packaging International

Common company objectives? Improving production efficiency, product quality control and product customer service, while reducing machine downtime. But how do you accomplish this through data analytics? Join Charles Reeves as he explores how the role of IoT and data analytics on the factory floor can provide revenue-impacting benefits for the entire company. See how data is at the heart of every company, and how effective data analysis can provide benefits to both the company and its customers.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

The Automated World Beckons — Are You Ready?

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Dharika Hopkins

Sr. Dir., Enterprise BI, Data & Info. Mgmt.

Cox Communications, Inc.

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Mano Mannoochahr

Chief Data & Innovation Officer

General Electric Company

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Grant Nelson

Vice President - Strategic Financial Analytics

Genuine Parts Company

Ever find yourself thinking, “If only implementing AI could be as automatic as the benefits it provides?” You’re not alone. As the era of automation quickly approaches, there are endless decisions and steps to take to prepare for the shift — so many that it’s hard to know where to start. What assets and processes would benefit most from automation? What should be considered before applying machine learning or AI to sensitive information? What are the best practices you should abide by? This session will explore how to make the most of AI and automation, accelerate smarter decision-making and facilitate faster execution.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Joe Nattress at 971-222-2379 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Leading The Charge Toward Data and Analytics

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Steve Einbender

Senior Data Scientist, Network Security Analytics

The Home Depot, Inc.

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Siva Thiyagasamudram

Director - Data, Analytics and Innovation

Under Armour

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Eric White

Director - Business Intelligence

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation

When it comes to an effective data and analytics program, executives are tasked with driving data literacy. What communication strategies and tools can gain buy-in across the organization? How do you leverage your data to drive business outcomes? Join Steve Einbender, Siva Thiyagasamudram and Eric White as they draw on their experiences to explore the role data and analytics can play. Listen in as they discuss how data leaders can educate the organization and embolden data initiatives as revenue generators and business drivers.

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 20, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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St. Regis, Atlanta

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