San Francisco CDAO Executive Summit

December 5, 2018 | InterContinental San Francisco

December 5, 2018
InterContinental San Francisco

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with San Francisco'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

San Francisco CDAO Governing Body

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


Stephen Harris

VP, Head of Enterprise Data & Analytics

JuneAn Lanigan

Western Digital
Global Head of Enterprise Data Management

Tim Swan

MUFG Union Bank
Managing Director, Head of Information Asset Management

Sendil Thangavelu

Senior Director of Engineering

Sandeep Uttamchandani

Chief Data Architect & Head of Data Platform Engineering

Diana Wolcott

VP, Data Science

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 San Francisco 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.


December 4, 2018

December 5, 2018

6:00pm - 10:00pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Big Data Opportunity in Our Driverless Future

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Evangelos Simoudis

Founder and Managing Director

Synapse Partners

By 2022 125M vehicles will have Internet connectivity leading to a huge influx of data.  With this new data stream on the horizon, the next-generation mobility applications enabled by autonomous vehicles and on-demand services is just around the corner. Find out how the exploitation of data by machine intelligence technologies are key ingredients in this next generation of mobility and how your business can benefit from them.

In this keynote, you’ll learn:

  • The three shifts of next-generation mobility and how they’ll disrupt a variety of industries
  • The central role of data and AI in every aspect of a future that includes autonomous vehicles and on-demand mobility services
  • Which business models to use for data-enabled monetization in on-demand shared mobility

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

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Assume Nothing – How the Data Executive Can Adapt and Evolve

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Harinder Singh

Global Director, Data Strategy & Solution Arch.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Fawad Butt

Executive Director, Chief Data Governance Officer

Kaiser Permanente

The leaders of data in an organization often have a multi-purpose function within any business and, while the role will differ depending on the circumstances of the business needs. This panel will be a discussion about how data can be structured in a way that successfully enables businesses of all sizes to create impactful solutions with a large pool of data.

This session will discuss:

  • Communication strategies from the data team to the executive boardroom
  • Strategies to manage data responsibly in the era of the data economy
  • The future of the data executive: embracing waves of change for a successful roadmap

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Creating an Enterprise-Wide Data-Driven Operating Model

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Mark Picone

VP, Information & Data Services

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe has developed an enterprise-class data driven operating model and single source of truth to capitalize on valuable data assets and drive insights to run its Digital Media business.

In this session you will discover:

  • A playbook to establish an enterprise-class data driven operating model
  • Strategies to form a unified data architecture and analytical experience
  • Cross-functional governance models needed to build a common analytical experience

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Examining the Data Trinity – Governance, Security and Privacy

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Azadeh Moghtaderi

Head of Data Science


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Aaron Crews

Chief Data Analytics Officer

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

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Sam Benedict

VP of Solution Strategy

erwin, Inc.

Without data governance, the time and money invested in data privacy and data security can be wasted. This has been seen most where protections and controls fail.

In this boardroom, we’ll discuss:

  • The new data trinity of governance, security and privacy
  • Data governance strategies from politics to culture
  • How to govern and socialize data with context and control

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: Clay Gartner at 503-808-9833 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Trends in Deep Learning – Two Use Case Applications

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Mike Tamir

Head of Data Science

Uber ATG

Applied deep learning has fast become a standard tool for many industry machine learning applications. New advances in neural network techniques have opened the doors to solving problems at scale that were out of reach until recently.  Because of these advances applications such as in image recognition for self-driving cars, medical image classification, text translation, and fake news detection are both tractable and often the industry standard. In this session you'll discover:

  • High level insights into deep learning advances possibilities and their benefits
  • Two key application areas of deep learning 
  • Expectations for how this technology will evolve within the enterprise

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Driving Business Innovation Through Data, Analytics and AI

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Charles Holive

Managing Director, Data, Analytics, & A.I. Strategies


Analytics and AI offer a life time opportunity to re-invent every industry by shifting core businesses from selling product/feature/services into outcomes and value driven partnerships. Dormant data in many industries like Healthcare, are only steps away from becoming true monetized assets.

This session will discuss:

  • Successful use cases of launching a multi-million dollar analytics businesses
  • Ways to drive innovation at scale across your organization
  • Development of BI to AI to drive incremental value to your customers

10:20am - 11:10am  Interactive Session

Western Digital's Voyage Though the Modern Data Landscape

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Joe Rossi

Global Senior Director, Big Data & Analytics

Western Digital Corporation

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Linda Zhou

Director of Research & Machine Learning Solutions

Western Digital

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JuneAn Lanigan

Global Head of Enterprise Data Management

Western Digital

Navigating today’s advanced analytics (big data, fast data, AI/ML, etc.) path forward is extremely complex. How do you make sure you are placing the right bets and making the right investments while mitigating risks as much as possible? In this session, collaborate with executives from Western Digital’s Enterprise Data Management and Data Center Systems and learn from each other’s successes and failures.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • Strategies to tackle the technology landscape and get the most value from your data
  • Lessons learned to harness the power of your data
  • Future tactics to marry agility and an evolving technology stack

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Leading Digital Transformation From the CDO Perspective

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Brady Cole

Chief Data Officer

Bank of The West / BNP Paribas USA

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Prasad Uddaraju

Dy. Chief Data Officer

First Republic Bank

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Sajjad Hussain Khazipura

VP of Cloud and Data Platforms

Wipro Ltd

Data and analytics can fuel digital transformation and the CDO is the natural leader to drive this change. Benefit from this interactive session as discussion leaders provide true examples of how to drive change.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • Tactics on how Chief Data Officers should participate in digital transformation
  • Strategies to position data and analytics principles as key components of success
  • Techniques to persuade others in the organization for future projects using data

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: Clay Gartner at 503-808-9833 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

7:45am - 8:30pm  Keynote

Understanding Empathetic Technology in a Data-Driven Future

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Poppy Crum

Chief Scientist

Dolby Laboratories

Empathetic technology can help us interact more richly and successfully with each other and our technology. It can change how we tell our stories. It will change the stories we have to tell and the data that will be collected. Hear from Poppy Crum, PhD, on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies.

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Delivering for Clients – How Digital and Data Work Together

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Rene Kim

SVP, Global Data Officer

Charles Schwab

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Sara Tresch

SVP, Digital Strategy & Transformation

Charles Schwab

Digital and Data Offices are now at the center of client experience and must collaborate more than ever.  Find out how Charles Schwab uses a client centric model to develop solutions, integrate new technology, and accelerate delivery. Hear about the role that data, analytics, and modeling play in digital transformation and the operating model changes required to do so.  

In this session you'll:

  • Learn about Schwab’s “Through Client’s Eyes” approach
  • Understand the importance and the “how to’s” of a data driven approach
  • Benefit from examples of how to communicate change across teams and functions

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Building a Data Culture by Asking the Right Questions

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Chris Bush

Head of Digital Analytics and Data Science

Levi Strauss & Co.

No matter how smartly your data strategy is crafted, it will fail without the right underlying business culture. Successfully incorporating analytical insights into decisions requires business managers to embrace a data-driven mindset and change their ways of working. As a result, organizations can’t achieve data centricity without winning the hearts and minds of business managers. Hear how Levi Strauss & Co. is navigating cultural change on its way to remaking its digital business. In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to avoid the pitfalls of building a data centric organization
  • How to build trust in data and illustrate the power of analytical insights
  • Why you should learn to think like a lawyer to frame your analytical questions and drive better outcomes

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Agile Data Makeover - Data Engineering Strategies

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Meenal Iyer

Sr. Director, Enterprise Analytics


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William Neil

VP Client Data and Data Architecture

First Republic Bank

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Todd Goldman

Vice President


Every enterprise understands the urgency of digital transformation and the central role that data plays in the process.  In a world where analytics agility is a key competitive edge and big data expertise is scarce, data integration challenges have intensified as digitization proliferates real-time flow of data across a multitude of platforms.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • The pervasive data integration demands for better agility and flexibility within the enterprise
  • Different strategies for diverse data management and governance demands
  • Eliminating big data complexities on premise and in the cloud

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: Clay Gartner at 503-808-9833 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Navigating the Evolving Data Privacy and Security Landscape

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Tony Blackham

Chief Information Security Officer


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Eric Heath

Chief Privacy Officer


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Azadeh Moghtaderi

Head of Data Science


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David Yin

VP Consumer Insights


Privacy regulations are emerging at a rapid pace across the globe and are of increasing interest at the state level in the US.  These laws do not lend themselves to the traditional compliance approach. In an era of ever-increasing public awareness around the institutional uses of personal data and fears of misuse or even loss.  Hear from the CISO, CPO and Data Governance lead from as they navigate through data privacy and security practices that build long term value and trust.  

You’ll discover:

  • How is preparing for the next set of data privacy challenges
  • Which strategies to utilize to prepare for new regulations
  • How to practically adapt your data ecosystem for agile data security

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

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Next Wave of Enterprise Intelligence

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board & 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.

In this keynote, you’ll hear:

  • Strategies to map out your organization into an intelligent enterprise
  • Best practices to build data analytics throughout the organization
  • Ecosystem solutions to help manage data securely but remain agile

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Data Democratization Frameworks That Enable Data Access

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Sendil Thangavelu

Senior Director of Engineering


Data democratization is a game changer and, for enterprises, it is an evolution that requires balancing the need for access to data with the appropriate level of controls. In the age of data lakes, Organizations continually strive to make data accessible to their user community in a timely, secure, and reliable manner.

In this session you’ll:

  • Learn about Technology frame works that help propel data democratization
  • Take away practical steps to adapt your data ecosystem for wider use
  • Learn about Interdepartmental communication strategies that prevent data silos

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Introducing the Networked Organization – A Modern Approach to BI and Analytics

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Paul Staelin


Birst, an Infor Company

Organizations shouldn’t operate like a collection of fragmented business functions. CDO's have the opportunity to drive alignment by empowering teams to work in an interconnected fashion. An emerging model for BI and analytics, known as Networked BI, can become the technology foundation CDO’s need to connect centralized and decentralized teams, applications, and data across the enterprise.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage cloud computing, multi-tenancy, virtualization, and web-scale architectures
  • Tactics to promote end-user self-service in a well-managed environment
  • Strategies that balance business agility and data governance

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Best Practices for Data Privacy and Effective Data Management

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Diana Wolcott

VP, Data Science


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Sunder Srinivasan

Head of Information Management

Silicon Valley Bank

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Mike Palmer

Chief Product Officer


Privacy regulations do not lend themselves to the traditional compliance approach. In an era of higher public awareness around the institutional uses of personal data, these regulations aim to trigger a change in how organizations handle personal assets.

In this boardroom session, you’ll discuss:

  • How companies are using data management and solve for privacy challenges
  • Strategies for GDPR compliance and other upcoming regulations
  • How to manage data across heterogeneous environments

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Predict What’s Next With Analytics and AI

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Erwin Haasnoot

Senior Director, Analytics Architect


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Manesh Kitanhoth

Sr. Director, EDW & Business Intelligence

Willis Towers Watson

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Srinivasan Rangaswamy

Global Head - Data Engineering & Analytics


Join your peers as they explore how to develop predictive and prescriptive analytics practices. In this boardroom you’ll discuss:

  • How can you use a predictive analytics model to innovate every part of the business?
  • How can artificial intelligence help you effectively utilize data connected with maintenance needs, staffing, supply chain management, compliance concerns, etc.?
  • Can CDOs use this type of inspiration to promote data literacy at the same time?

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: Clay Gartner at 503-808-9833 or

December 4, 2018

December 5, 2018

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InterContinental San Francisco

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