Atlanta CDO 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 CDO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDOs 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


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


December 2, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am EST Virtual Summit Keynote

CDO 4.0

Mario Faria headshot

Mario Faria

VP Program Director, Research Board


Tamer Soliman headshot

Tamer Soliman

SVP Global Data Analytics


Farouk Ferchichi headshot

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.

8:45am - 9:00am EST Break

9:00am - 10:00am EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Journey to Trusted Data

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Kyle McNabb

SVP Product Strategy & Marketing

ASG Technologies

Vimal Zala headshot

Vimal Zala

VP, Head of Data Services

CRH Americas, Inc.

Binu Varghese headshot

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 Virtual Summit Boardroom

Revitalizing Data Performance Through Cloud Applications

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Justin Sears

VP, Product Marketing


Rashu Garg headshot

Rashu Garg

SVP - Head Of Data and Analytics Products

Regions Financial Corporation

Meenakshi Thankikachalam headshot

Meenakshi Thankikachalam

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 Virtual Summit Keynote

Driving Digital Transformation Faster with X Analytics

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Justin Borgman


Starburst Data

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Ivan Black



Leaders need faster access to new data to better understand their evolving business and accelerate digital transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic 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 giving analytics teams fast access to all data, no matter the source, to find new patterns and retrain models. Gartner calls this X Analytics, the ability to improve decision-making with faster access to newer data sources, thus uncovering new behavioral patterns. This will address the loss of the great data science work that's been done, and help get machine learning models focused 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

10:45am - 11:00am EST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Data Visualization for Improved Decision Making

Ethiraj Purushothaman headshot

Ethiraj Purushothaman

Global Head Advanced Business Analytics

Coca-Cola Company

Mark Jackson headshot

Mark Jackson

Director of Business Intelligence

Piedmont Healthcare

More information to come! 

11:00am - 12:00pm EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Self Service Analytics Demand Data Literacy

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi headshot

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

Community Networking and Discussion

Join this informal and interactive networking session to 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.


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Atlanta CDO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program manager.

Joseph Nattress