DACH CIO Virtual Executive Summit

18 November 2020 | 09:00 - 15:30 CET

18 November 2020 | 09:00 - 15:30 CET


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Creating the digital future with intention

Leveraging IT influence for deeper business engagement and greater value creation

Getting ROI from a strong organisational culture


Vijay Rathnaparkhe

Robert Bosch GmbH


18 November 2020

09:00 - 10:00 CET Virtual Summit Keynote

The Power of Digital Transformation to Drive Business Success

Kavitha Mariappan headshot

Kavitha Mariappan

EVP, Customer Experience and Transformation


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David Branik

VP - Head of Telecoms


A paradigm shift has occurred in the last few months, positioning IT as agile superheroes. CIOs now must plan for a new wave of business expectations and quickly develop revenue generating innovations, while balancing employee workloads and resource capacity. In this keynote, CIOs will share how they intend to capitalise on their new position as a strategic business driver.

10:00 - 11:00 CET Virtual Summit Boardroom

CIOs at the Forefront of Cultural Transformation

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Thomas Kleine-Möllhoff



Claudia Plattner headshot

Claudia Plattner


DB Systel

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James Hodge

Chief Technical Advisor


For digital transformation projects to succeed, a broad culture change is needed. CIOs not only need to embrace and leverage new technologies, they must galvanize new ways of thinking and working within IT and across the business. This boardroom will address strategies for:

  • Fueling a culture of innovation and agility
  • Driving the methodical adoption of new technologies
  • Fostering data-informed leadership and a business-first mindset within IT

10:00 - 11:00 CET Virtual Summit Boardroom

The CIOs Role and Mindset for Tomorrow’s Agile Organisation

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Carolina Soto

Global Head of IT Change

Allianz Global Investors

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Daniela Weber


Compass Group

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Andreas Weber

Senior Director Solution Consulting


To keep pace with digitalisation and technological innovation, CIOs must continue to reshape their role from delivery executive to business executive. They must help their organisations move beyond digital experimentation and pilots and bring digital best practices to scale. Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Resilience during disruption
  • Effective workplace management and cross-silo processes
  • Transformation through collaboration

10:00 - 11:00 CET Virtual Summit Boardroom

Enabling a Distributed Workforce – The CIO’s Mandate

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Wolfgang Bitomsky


Fcc Environmental LLC

Dirk Ramhorst headshot

Dirk Ramhorst


Wacker Chemie

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Nicolas Casimir



The flexibility of working from anywhere has been a boon to employee productivity and new ways of working. What began as a temporary solution has now become a strategic initiative for your organisation. And it is up to you to ensure the company has the proper infrastructure to successfully and securely carry out this new corporate mandate—all while keeping an eye on the bottom line.
Join this session to discuss:

  • Planning for the long term: freeing up technical talent and reduce day-to-day management and maintenance
  • Improving the end-user experience while reducing costs and improving security
  • Working toward a zero trust posture and what types of architecture are critical to this shift

11:00 - 11:45 CET Virtual Summit Keynote

Cloud Transformation - How to Succeed in Technology Change and Business Alignment

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Christian Richter

SVP Customer Success Manager


If the past several months has done one thing for the CIO, it’s caused these executives to reflect on how to lead up, down, and across the organisation. In this keynote, CIOs will discuss how and why they have had to select new tools in their leadership toolkits, including trust, empathy and increased communication, in order to lead the organisation through disrupted times. 

11:45 - 12:15 CET Break

Midday Break

Midday Break

12:15 - 13:00 CET Virtual Summit Keynote

SEATs Digital Transformation in Two Dimensions

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Sebastian Grams



Dr. Sebastian Grams will describe a two-dimensional compass used in SEAT as a digitalisation framework used to define and prioritise IT projects to generate as much impact as possible for the company. Sebastian will also address the toolbox that is needed for such a journey, and will discuss SEATs exciting mobility platform, SEAT:CODE. Specifically, Sebastian will cover:

  • The current challenges SEAT face in IT, together with their ‘two dimension’ framework
  • The technology movement happening within SEAT, and it’s implication on the VWGroup
  • SEAT:CODE as SEATs software development centre, and it’s future impact on the VWGroup and marketplace

13:00 - 14:00 CET Virtual Summit Boardroom

People First: Assess your IT Team to Enable IT Future Capabilities

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Tim Boysen

Head of IT

Trox Group

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Henk Kiewiet

Director IT

Musashi Europe

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Herbert Lohninger


Universität Salzburg

CIOs have the responsibility to ensure that the IT organisation has the right skills and competencies to successfully executive digital business strategy. But as in-demand skills rapidly evolve and competition for talent becomes fierce, CIOs can no longer rely on hiring alone to fill key talent gaps. Instead, they must focus on future-proofing their current workforce through development and reskilling. Join CIOs to discuss:

• Understanding today’s IT talent landscape

• Determining the roles and skills required for digital success

• Building programs to develop your existing IT staff

13:00 - 14:00 CET Virtual Summit Boardroom

Creating a Customer-Centric IT Strategy

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Chris Hartigan

Chief Solution Officer, Customer Experience Management


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Tobias Fausch


BayWa Deutschland

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Ulrike Holzhammer

Head of Baloise IT Services


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Jan Huntgeburth

Vice President Strategy & Delivery

Ergo Insurance

For most organisations, the digital ecosystem begins with the customer. As the pandemic pushes more and more customers online, CIOs must ensure that their experience is seamless creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate services. In this interactive session, you will discuss:

  • Expectations of today’s varied customer base
  • The CIO’s role in the orchestration of digital interactions and the technologies that help serve digital-first consumers
  • Ways to evolve a data centric approach to consumer insight- fostering new business opportunities

13:00 - 14:00 CET Virtual Summit Boardroom

From Models to Data — The Rise of Data-Driven Architecture

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Jochen Göttelmann


Lufthansa Cargo AG

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Stefan Henkel


Siemens Healthineers

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Christian Richter

SVP Customer Success Manager


The need for CIOs to provide fast, smart answers to challenging business questions means switching from diagram-driven to data-driven architecture. The switch takes architecture from being used by the few, to a point where your whole organisation is benefiting from and using the architecture you create every day! Join this interactive discussion to discuss:

  • Next generation enterprise architecture and how, as a CIO, you engage the business
  • Initiating projects faster using data-driven approaches
  • Challenges and opportunities for the next generation CIO

14:00 - 14:30 CET Networking

CIO "Live" Networking

 An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

14:30 - 15:30 CET Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow DACH CIO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Please contact your Program Manager to participate.


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DACH CIO Programme Manager

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

Lucy Guille

+44 (0)7701 308 981