Atlanta CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 1, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT

June 1, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Fortifying the foundations of business enablement

Thriving in the Moment – empowering people, maximizing potential, delivering value

Seizing the future – turning the corner to embrace what's next


Puneet Bhasin

Chief Information and Digital Officer

Curtis Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP for IT & CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company

Ben Pivar


Jaspal Sagoo

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dan Webber

UST Global
VP Technology

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO 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 CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Atlanta community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


June 1, 2021

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

The Executioner’s Song – Putting Your Cloud Strategy into Practice

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Lafayette Howell

Head of Cloud Value Advisory, South Central Region

Google Cloud

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Pradeep Parvathipuram

Chief Architect, Head of Enterprise Architecture

COUNTRY Financial

You’ve done all leg work of building a robust cloud strategy – business alignment, clear expectations, and the right partners. But taking the step from strategy to execution can bring your efforts to their knees. From decisions on control and configuration to data access and adoption, reaping the rewards of the cloud requires a systematic, comprehensive approach.

In this session, CIOs will discuss:

  • The most successful approaches to driving rapid cloud adoption across the enterprise
  • Collaboration across the C-suite on data ownership, cloud controls and cloud security
  • Ongoing metrics to track the success of your implementation strategy

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

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

Building the Smart, Resilient Supply Chain

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Matt Moore

Vice President, Strategy


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Guy Brassard


Shaw Industries

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Alvaro Corena

CIO – ERP & Digital Strategy

GE Renewable Energy

Rapid changes in consumer behavior and the turbulence of 2020 have placed strains across the global supply chain. These disruptions have also accelerated the need for a robust technology strategy designed to capture insight, reduce cost through efficiencies, and even leverage AI. This session explores the tools and partnerships necessary to navigate uncertainty and create tomorrow’s durable supply chain.

Come ready to discuss:

  • Utilizing technology across the supply chain to generate real-time analysis of gaps and stresses
  • Opportunities for automation to increase efficiency, balance inventory, and reduce errors in fulfillment and procurement
  • Strategies for implementing new and emerging tools like AI and ML with minimal friction and at scale

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

Securing and Scaling Cloud Environments

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Dave Simpson

VP, IBM Cloud


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Mark Gelhardt

SVP, Technology Governance

US Bank

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Arun Kandel


Southern Poverty Law Center

Studies show that 74% of CEOs believe cloud computing will be the most helpful technology to deliver results over the next 2-3 years. How can businesses digitally transform with cloud, while ensuring they have a secure environment where customers’ data is not compromised?
Join us for an interactive boardroom that explores how businesses can:

  • Make the transition to cloud rapidly while keeping experiences frictionless for consumers
  • Build secure and open hybrid cloud architecture and distributed cloud environments
  • Explore strategic cloud options and execute on them seamlessly

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

CIOs Promise: Delivering Data & Analytics

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Ben Pivar



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Daniel Stuart

Senior VP, Information Technology Services


 Faced with demands for modernization, cost optimization and digital business transformation, CIOs are looking at how data and analytics programs can support expanding their digital business and increasing their D&A maturity. After a D&A strategy is set, IT leader must execute and deliver on the intended business outcomes.

Join your peers in discussing:

  • Approaches to leveraging technology and resources to support D&A program and improve business outcomes
  • Best Practices for building out new business process and executing change management across the enterprise
  • Management of cultural shifts in the organization

10:00am - 10:45am  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Work from Anywhere and the Evolution of Culture and Talent

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Raghu Sagi


Inspire Brands

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Renee Harwood

Retail Industry Principal


As organizations have embraced remote work out of necessity during the pandemic, the market for tech talent has shifted dramatically. Employers can compete for tech talent regardless of location while simultaneously creating a culture that is founded on collaboration and communication. This session will address the unique opportunities the work from anywhere movement have provided to enable a productive and purpose-led organization. 

Join this session for a discussion on:

  • What you can do to maximize the benefits of a distributed workforce
  • How you’re thinking about the future of talent and culture
  • How an increasingly remote tech talent landscape can provide more equitable access

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

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

The Intentional Infrastructure — Cloud Clarity for Greater Outcomes

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Georges Arnaout

Global Head of Customer Success

CloudHealth by VMware

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Jaspal Sagoo


Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Andre Gold

Vice President | Cloud and Infrastructure Engineering

Cardinal Health

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Easwaran Krishnamurthy

Chief Information Officer


As the ongoing rush to the cloud continues, many organizations falter because they equate “movement” with “strategy.” Getting the most out of your cloud journey requires clear communication of terms and expectations, alignment with other business processes and functions, and partnerships among multiple internal and external stakeholders.

This session puts strategy in the crosshairs and discusses:

  • Expanding cloud strategy beyond IT and creating cross-functional, business-wide alignment
  • Establishing policies and guardrails to streamline best practices and eliminate ambiguity on your cloud approach across your organization
  • Building adaptability into your strategy so it can be adjusted as needed to address shifting business needs at any step in the journey

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

Optimizing Your Environment for Better Outcomes

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Grant Shih

Chief Information Officer

National DCP

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Walt Carter

Chief Digital Officer & CIO

Homestar Financial Corporation

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Steve Erdman

Global Vice President, Global System Integrator Ecosystem and Industry Alliances

Red Hat

As CIOs modernize their technology ecosystems, those reliant on on-prem ERP technology face several key challenges. These ERP systems may lead to gaps in capabilities or limit necessary customization. However you tackle these challenges - ERP upgrades, select cloud-based applications, or a wholesale migration to the cloud - you need to have a strong strategy for maximizing your ecosystem today with an eye toward greater value tomorrow. 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • The unique challenges of on-prem ERP systems and what you're doing to solve them
  • Optimizing your current environment while building a plan to evolve it
  • Navigating cultural and organizational changes on your journey

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

Maximizing the Digital Modernization Journey

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Buddy Brewer

Field CTO, Americas

New Relic

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Michael Sullivan


Southern Company Gas

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Torri Martin

Deputy CIO

City of Atlanta

Leading your organization into the future requires the right technology stack, the right talent and the best data to make decisions. But to get to those outcomes, CIOs must modernize a complex ecosystem of legacy technology, identify capability gaps and overcome funding challenges. There’s no perfect solution, but businesses that win get the most out of their existing tech, talent resources and investments.

In this conversation, CIOs will discuss:

  • Striking the optimal balance between legacy systems and smart investments
  • Building the right capabilities and effectively utilizing internal talent around data and innovation
  • Gaining visibility into the true drivers of value across the business

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Atlanta community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  EDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  EDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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

Laura Zenthoefer

Program Manager