Atlanta CDAO Virtual Executive Summit

December 2, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm EST

December 2, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Atlanta CDAO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Data governance, stewardship and quality as drivers of insight and action

Governing Body Co-Chairs

James Bolles

Southern Company
Director, Enterprise Solutions COEs

Snorwlor “Sno” Bropleh

Habitat For Humanity International
Global Director for Operations - Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Steve Einbender

The Home Depot
Senior Data Scientist, CyberSecurity Advanced Analytics

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi

Reynolds American
Head of IT - Data, Reporting, Analytics

Diwakar Goel

GE Power
VP – Global Chief Data Officer

Rajeev Kapur

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Chief Data Officer

Sesha Madapoosi

Exec Director, Data & Analytics Products

Karthikeyan Ramasamy

Advanced Analytics and Strategy Leader

Kenneth Viciana

Director Information Risk Management

What to Expect

Connect with your CDAO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


December 2, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  EST Keynote

CDO 4.0

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Mario Faria

VP Program Director, Research Board


Tamer Soliman headshot

Tamer Soliman

SVP Global Data Analytics


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Farouk Ferchichi

Chief Data & Analytics Officer


Gartner Research Board has identified that Data & Analytics executives are beginning to embrace the product management discipline at scale. This session, led by Mario Faria from Gartner, will cover the 2020 state of the CDO market and the trends observed for successful D&A leaders in what Gartner Research Board defines as CDO 4.0, while Tamer Soliman of Assurant and Farouk Ferchichi from USAA will share their journeys.

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Executive Boardroom

The Journey to Trusted Data

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Kyle McNabb

SVP Product Strategy & Marketing

ASG Technologies

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Vimal Zala

VP, Head of Data Services

CRH Americas, Inc.

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Binu Varghese

Global Data & Analytics Leader


Business leaders struggle with immature data environments and cultural obstacles when shifting to a data-driven organization. Learn how your peers are automating the foundation of trusted data to deliver business value and enable compliance, data privacy and modernization efforts through AI and Machine Learning.

In this boardroom we will discuss:

  • Overcoming cultural challenges that inhibit enterprise data transformation
  • Building on strong foundational elements to support innovation and disruption
  • Measuring and delivering ROI through automated tooling

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Executive Boardroom

Revitalizing Data Performance Through Cloud Applications

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Justin Sears

VP, Product Marketing


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Rashu Garg

SVP - Head Of Data and Analytics Products

Regions Financial Corporation

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Meenakshi Thanikachalam

Head of Data Strategy, Architecture, Analytics


CDOs are capturing more data than ever before, using it to train advanced machine learning models and embedding those models in cloud applications to augment the intelligence of employees and customers. The large and rapidly expanding volume of new data requires expansive storage and agile analytical processes which only cloud technologies can make operationally efficient and economically viable. 

In this boardroom, you will discuss: 

  • Mitigating risks prior to practical deployment of cloud technologies

  • Evaluating the challenges of migrating application infrastructure from on-prem to cloud 

  • Strengths and weaknesses of ML applications running in the cloud

10:00am - 10:45am  EST Keynote

Driving Digital Transformation Faster with X Analytics

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Justin Borgman


Starburst Data

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Ivan Black

Director - Big Data Platforms


Leaders need faster access to new data to better understand evolving business needs and to accelerate digital transformation. COVID-19 has made historical data obsolete, and many organizations are experiencing a data deficit where their models were trained to recognize behavior patterns that no longer exist. The path forward lies in X Analytics and the ability to improve decision-making with faster access to newer data sources and patterns, uncovering new behavioral patterns and helping ML models refocus on the right data.

This keynote will explore:

  • Pain points associated with delays in digital transformation projects
  • How X Analytics addresses these, with examples across industries
  • Strategies for building an X Analytics architecture that fills data, technical and organizational gaps

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Data Visualization for Improved Decision Making

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Ethiraj Purushothaman

Global Head Advanced Business Analytics

Coca-Cola Company

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Mark Jackson

Director of Business Intelligence

Piedmont Healthcare

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Rishi Diwan

Chief Product Officer


Visualizing data in an easy to understand and compelling way is critical to communicating value and ensuring stakeholders understand insights and how to act on them. Yet data and analytics teams continue to struggle with delivering relevant, consumable insights for actionable take-aways.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Tailoring visualizations for key stakeholder consumption
  • Addressing the challenges associated with interpreting data for a persuasive narrative to take advantage of established storytelling principles
  • Translating data and analytics into contextual patterns, trends, and easy-to-spot anomalies to drive informed decision-making

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Self Service Analytics Demand Data Literacy

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Dr. Vijay Gandapodi

Head of IT - Data, Reporting, Analytics

Reynolds American

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Lalit Thakur

SVP and Chief Data Officer

American Tire Distributors

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Christina Hsiao

Technology Evangelist


Data literacy is essential for employing self-service analytics, yet many organizations continue to suffer from a lack of strategic prioritization.  Learn approaches on how to successfully improve data literacy and self-service analytics throughout your organization.

In this session you will explore strategies for: 

  • Optimizing business data literacy to achieve an empowered analytics-driven culture

  • Expanding data and analytics core competencies to increase self-service capabilities

  • Providing quality data in an agile manner that accelerates value delivery

12:00pm - 12:30pm  EST Networking

Q&A with Ken Viciana, Fiserv

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Kenneth Viciana

Director Information Risk Management


Join this interactive networking session for an informal Q&A with Ken Viciana from Fiserv connect with your Atlanta CDO peers. In this session, the Atlanta community will have the chance to share their takeaways from the program in small groups and walk away with at least one new connection.

December 2, 2020

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Senior Program Manager – Territory Specialist