Houston CDAO Executive Summit

June 5, 2018 | Four Seasons Houston

June 5, 2018
Four Seasons Houston

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Houston'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

Houston CDAO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Navin Advani

Sysco Corporation
VP - Supply Chain & Merchandising Technology and Enterprise Data & Analytics Platforms

David Bowlby

Occidental Petroleum Corporation
VP, Data & Analytics

Sebastian Gass

Chevron Corporation
GM, Technology Strategy & Services

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

Chief Data Scientist

Anil Varma

Stanley Black & Decker
VP - Data & Analytics

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 Houston 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 4, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Keynote

Major League Analytics

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Ryan Ferguson

Analyst, Research and Development

Houston Astros

In business as in baseball, gaining an edge through the application of data and analytics is a key competitive differentiator. No other organization in Major League Baseball has embraced this as thoroughly as the Houston Astros. Ryan Ferguson will share the techniques he uses to collect and analyze data from unusual sources and turn it into game changing insights for coaches and management. Hear firsthand how the Astros’ cutting edge technology and approach to analytics helped them become the 2017 World Series Champion.

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

How to Stop Losing Sleep Over Digital Transformation

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Jackie Wallace

VP, Data and Analytics

Baker Hughes

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Jennifer Hartsock


Baker Hughes

In the mechanical world of the oilfield services industry, digital transformation has ironically become a major differentiator in staying on the cutting edge. Baker Hughes has been drilling into the full potential of its data through digital capabilities such as machine learning, AI and predictive analytics. Join Jennifer Hartsock and Jackie Wallace as they share Baker Hughes’ digital journey, from mastering predictive maintenance to optimizing the customer experience to ensuring security in a complex and technical environment.

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Saving Lives With Data Innovation

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Bryan Lari

Director, Institutional Analytics & Informatics

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson’s work is a matter of life and death, and its data analytics function supports the clinicians and researchers waging that battle. The organization is using natural language processing to decrease the amount of time needed for researchers to find relevant data while leveraging cognitive computing to create apps that serve as a help desk. Join Bryan Lari in this session to hear how a substantial investment in data at MD Anderson has paid off, and discover what you can apply in your own business.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Shrink the Complexities of Deploying Big Data

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Travis Osborne

Director, Information Management

Apache Corporation

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Todd Goldman



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Jason Townsend

Director, Production, Drilling and Projects Analytics Services


Less than 25 percent of organizations have successfully deployed big data into production. There are many technological and skillset 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? Accompany 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: 

Lucy Solomon at 971-222-2398 or 

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

From Hindsight to Insight — Sysco’s Data Lake Journey

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Navin Advani

VP - Supply Chain & Merchandising Technology and Enterprise Data & Analytics Platforms

Sysco Corporation

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Varun Kumar

Senior Manager Business Intelligence

Sysco South Florida

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Greg Nelson

Director of Business Technology - BI


Sysco needed to streamline the collection, transformation and presentation of its siloed data into a central ecosystem that it could use for driving its analytics journey forward, so Navin Advani and his team built a cloud based data lake. This ecosystem supports use cases from operational reporting to the top end of the spectrum with advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Join Advani as he outlines how this journey transformed Sysco from a hindsight-focused company to an insights-driven organization through the deployment of a self-service insights platform.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Championing Data Outside the CDO Role

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Gary Daugherty

VP, Internal Audit

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Building data and analytic capabilities is the first step toward an organizational culture that makes decisions based on data. The next step is getting people to use the tools. In this session, Gary Daugherty will discuss how he championed the use of analytics to streamline data processes, improve data integrity and reduce risk. Hear how this conventionally un-innovative business function is using its reach and influence to promote data analytics tools, capabilities, best practices and spread a strong culture of analytics across this global organization.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Data Strategy in a Post-GDPR World

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Sue Habas

VP of Strategic Technologies


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Manavpreet Thiara

Director, Global Infrastructure Software & Automation

First Data Corporation

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Marc Paige

AVP IT Software Development & Chief Applications Architect

GC Services L.P.

It’s only been a few days since the GDPR compliance deadline, but organizations are already discovering initial findings and assessing the threats. Whether the approach is high-level processes and employee training or automation behind discovering and managing personal data, the big question is, what's working? Join Sue Habas along with First Data Corporation and GC Services LP as they discuss how organizations are approaching their personal data strategy, and explore compliance challenges and 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: 

Lucy Solomon at 971-222-2398 or 

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Weaving Data Into Your Business

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Arun Narayanan

Group Head Data Analytics

Anglo American plc

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Laura Gardner

Digital Marketing Manager


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Mohammed Rupawalla

Data Ecosystem Core Manager

Schlumberger Limited

As data becomes more prevalent in business, employers are embedding it into the fabric of their organizations and acclimating employees to a data-driven culture. This presents challenges, from change-resistant business leaders and employees to the logistics of selecting and implementing data and analytic strategies. Arun Narayanan has experienced both successes and obstacles in this journey with several companies. Join him for an interactive workshop on how to build and lock in a data-based environment in your organization.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Susan Cook

EVP, North America

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. Join Susan Cook and learn how to map out and transform your organization into an intelligent enterprise.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Designing a Data-Driven, Self-Service Enterprise

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Adil Ahmed

Director, Information Architecture & Knowledge Systems

Bristow Group Inc.

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Anuj Gulati

Chief Customer Officer


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Andy Flowers

Director, Advanced Analytics

Marathon Oil Corporation

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? In this session, ThoughtSpot will highlight 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: 

Lucy Solomon at 971-222-2398 or 

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

The Right Organizational Fit Makes all the Difference for Data

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Melinda East

Lead Data Quality & Management

Statoil North America

As more companies embark on the digital journey, what’s the greatest challenge — technology or data? How and where is data prioritized in your company, and does it make sense? At Statoil North America, Melinda East has been challenging the status-quo when it comes to data. Instead of prioritizing it under IT, her approach has been to treat it as its own function. Learn the benefits of the right organizational fit as East shares Statoil’s data journey toward digital transformation and the critical components of a sustainable data-management strategy.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Data Governance, the Art of Balancing Security and Access

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Charles Li

IT Chief Data Officer for Trading & Supply

Royal Dutch Shell

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Mohan Sadashiva

Senior VP of Product

Waterline Data

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Dr. Ashwani Dev

Strategy Manager, Head Big Data Analytics


Regulatory compliance is a well-known goal of data governance. But the broader objective is for organizations to provide the right data to the right people — an intricate dance of providing access to data while also securing it. How do you master this? Join Mohan Sadashiva to discuss the challenges and best practices around data governance within your organization.

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Digital Innovation and Acceleration at Chevron

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Justin Lo

Team Lead, Data Science Analytics

Chevron Corporation

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Sebastian Gass

GM, Technology Strategy & Services

Chevron Corporation

Chevron recently embarked on a long-term, enterprise-wide journey to transform its business with the power of data and innovative technologies using an approach that equally embraces a focus on three core elements: business, technology and culture. Join Justin Lo and Sebastian Gass as they share the insights and efforts that shaped Chevron’s commitment to drive sustainable, profitable growth through its evolving digital assets around the globe.

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

June 4, 2018

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Four Seasons Houston

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