DACH CIO Virtual Executive Summit

12 May 2021 | 09:00 - 16:00 CEST

12 May 2021 | 09:00 - 16:00 CEST


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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies


Vijay Rathnaparkhe

Robert Bosch GmbH

Sandeep Sen

Linde Plc
Global CIO

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 DACH 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.


12 May 2021

09:00 - 09:45 CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

The Modern CIO — Communicating Value to the Business

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Noah Wasmer

Head of Technical Teams


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Dirk Ramhorst


Wacker Chemie

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Daniela Weber

Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Europe and Middle East

Compass Group

The past year has changed the way IT is seen within an organisation. From the initial push to digitise business processes to adapt to the remote world to longer-term strategic products that assume a different way of conducting business moving forward, business stakeholders are looking at the CIO to solve their most pressing challenges. This now requires a CIO to harness their unique blend of business and digital skills to become more of a strategic partner than a service house. But what does this mean for the future CIO skill set? Are we looking at the next generation of leaders destined for a broader role in their organisation?

Join this Keynote to discuss:

  • How business shifts are changing the way IT is perceived and operates
  • Leaning into influence and business partnerships to increase resources and team agility
  • Overcoming the discomfort of this new role and function to drive business value faster

09:45 - 10:00 CEST Break

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Developing a Strategic Vision for Cybersecurity Threats

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Sandeep Sen

Global CIO

Linde Plc

In many organisations, the CIO is accountable for cybersecurity, but the IT organisation alone can’t provide it. It requires a combination of measures, from educating the wider business, to influencing key people who use technology and executive awareness building.

In this discussion, CIO’s will discuss:

  • How to establish and maintain cybersecurity strategy across the enterprise and its people
  • How CIOs are approaching threat intelligence, and how CIOs should be sharing information and pooling data
  • Rethinking the security and risk strategy for the new normal

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

How CIOs can Accelerate Data Delivery for Data-Driven Business

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Allison Krill


Deutsche Börse

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Patrick Callaghan

VP, Global Partners Technology


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Tobias Fausch


BayWa Deutschland

As a CIO, it’s critical to play a part in the progressive data movement through creating a collaborative working structure with internal stakeholders, as well as have an understanding of the key Data and Analytics priorities. Digital Transformation requires the ability to provide timely, accurate and reliable data to the interested parties, but there are key challenges when it comes to building your data backbone to deliver data driven transformational outcomes that Enterprises require to be and stay competitive. Join this session to discuss these challenges with your peers and, crucially, the tools and techniques CIOs should be equipped with to meet the overall business requirements. Specifically, you will discuss:

  • The cultural and technical challenges involved in moving to a more data-driven cloud, and tactics for success

  • Communicating confidence to the business that “our data infrastructure is aligned with our data strategy”

  • Bridging the knowledge gap for your staff and recruit and retain the missing skills

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The CIOs Updated Priorities for a Distributed Workforce

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Jochen Göttelmann


Lufthansa Cargo AG

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Thomas Kleine-Möllhoff



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Sasa Petrovic

Solutions Strategist

Citrix Systems, Inc.

CIOs have been working with distributed workforces for over a year now. Whilst IT Leaders were quick to shift to remote working, as offices open up, strategies will change and evolve to meet the ever-changing operational landscape. As a CIO, how do you ensure you’re making the right decisions around ensuring an efficient and secure workforce, and how can you continue to build in agility,  resilience by delivering the same user experience in a hybrid work model.
Join this session to share best practices, including:

  • The role of technology to promote collaboration and a sense of belonging for remote workers
  • A digital workspace that improves employee experience and productivity for a hybrid workforce
  • How to harness the full potential of your cloud strategy for better business outcomes

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The CIOs Role in Designing the Digital Future with Customer Centric IT

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Stefan Haverkock

VP IT Corporate & EMEA

Brenntag SE

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Esteban Remecz


Iochpe Maxion S.A.

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Hanno Boekhoff

Global Head of Information Technology & Services (CIO)

Hamburg Sud

Remember when “embracing disruption” was an aspirational call-to-action – not a necessary navigation of everyday life? Now that you have your company’s undivided, fully-disrupted attention, why look back? As more and more customers head online, CIOs must ensure that their experience is seamless – creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate products or services.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your business
  • Leveraging a cultural shift to more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities

11:00 - 11:45 CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Managing Large Scale IT Transformation at Allianz

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Anton Von Bebenburg

Strategic IT Transformation Advisor

Allianz Insurance plc

Digitalisation is an integral part for the new Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (ACGS) strategy. Transforming IT is as a key enabler for enterprise-wide transformation. This change goes beyond the introduction of agile working in IT - the real challenge of IT in Insurance is about how the business connects and partners with IT to create value and deliver the right solutions. In this Keynote, Anton Von Bebenburg will take you through their journey of IT transformation, together with lessons learned and recommendations for those grappling with their own IT initiatives. Specifically, Anton will discuss:

  • Bringing people and stakeholders together for the common objective of enterprise-wide transformation
  • Moving towards a product based IT organisation and the associated benefits
  • Recommendations for CIOs who are faced with the daunting challenge of driving IT transformation in their organisation

11:45 - 12:15 CEST Break

12:15 - 12:45 CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

What CIOs Need to Know about their Next Generation Cloud Strategy

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Marco Bill- Peter

Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Operations

Red Hat

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Christoph Baeck

Head of IT Infrastructure


Hybrid scenarios and multicloud environments are here to stay. As CIOs who are looking to support innovation and IT budget requirements, you may be developing new applications and moving existing workloads to the cloud. The reality for every organisation is never as simple as a full-scale cloud migration. Instead, the future of IT is hybrid. Join this session and learn:

· Why open hybrid cloud is our recommended strategy for architecting, developing, and operating a hybrid mix of applications

· How to deliver a truly flexible cloud experience with the speed and stability

· Scale your cloud strategy for digital business transformation.

12:45 - 13:00 CEST Break

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Strategic Drivers to Digital Business Acceleration

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Wolfgang Bitomsky


Fcc Environmental LLC

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Tim Boysen

Head of IT

Trox GmbH

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Henk Kiewiet

Director IT

Musashi Europe

A CIO’s 2021 marching orders come straight from the top: In a Gartner survey, 7 out of 10 boards demanded digital acceleration in a disrupted global climate, while operational excellence through digital business topped the forward-driving agenda. How does your digital strategy measure up to the mission? Join your peers in an interactive session built around modern digital design.

Among the key talking points:

  • What it means to be ‘digital-first’ – breaking down roadblocks and navigating roadmaps
  • What levers to pull to expand digital business and increase digital maturity
  • How CIOs create credibility to drive the enterprise in a digital direction

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Creating Successful Digital Business Value with IoT

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Vijay Rathnaparkhe


Robert Bosch GmbH

IoT has become a familiar expression across business and technology. Despite this, it’s certainly true that IoT will redefine business and how the CIO will lead digital transformation. But what are the best approaches to the IoT in facilitating new business models, improving efficiency and increasing both employee and customer engagement? Join this session to hear:

  • How can CIOs actually bring ‘I’ to the ‘Thing’, especially for traditional ‘thing makers’ 
  • Journeys that traditional companies have been on to change their business model to a service
  • Use the IoT to better deliver business goals, objectives and value

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Preventing Employee Burnout: How can the CIOs Drive Creativity, Resilience in their Workforce

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Christian Ullrich



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Harald Greiner

Vice President IT, Technology & Sourcing

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

IT Teams have been working in overdrive for the past year and, in some instances, even longer. This, combined with blended work/home environments can lead to negative, disengaged IT teams who can, ultimately, burnout. As an IT leader, it’s your role to help identify, prevent and combat this in your teams, as well as lead by example. Join this session for an open discussion with other CIOs about how to ensure your teams continue to operate in a healthy, balanced and sustainable way. Specifically, you will discuss:

  • How to raise awareness of burnout signals and spot them early, even in a remote ‘out of sight, out of mind setting’
  • Positive practices to help maintain high performance and motivation over the longer term
  • Share best practices on decreasing the risk of employee distress, while maintaining momentum

14:00 - 14:30 CEST 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 DACH community. 

14:30 - 16:00 CEST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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