DACH CIO Executive Summit

30 November 2022 | Hilton Frankfurt City Centre

30 November 2022
Hilton Frankfurt City Centre


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with DACH's top CIOs 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 CIOs today:

Accelerate your digital agenda and create a strong, secure, digital capability

Fostering leadership development and team connection in a hybrid world

Enabling a data-driven culture across the organisation to fuel digital business

DACH CIO Governing Body

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


Vijay Rathnaparkhe

Robert Bosch GmbH

Sandeep Sen

Linde Plc
Global CIO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO 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 DACH CIO 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.


29 November 2022

18:30 - 21:30  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

Venue: Holbeinstrasse 1, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

30 November 2022 - morning

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

Putting People and Digital Skills at the Heart of Transformation

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Astrid Fontaine

Member of the Board of Management People & Transformation, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles


The pace at which digital transformation in businesses has progressed at rapid speed and caused a lack of digital skills that could jeopardise companies success. No matter their geographical location or industry, all CIOs face common obstacles: Navigating a limited talent pool, establishing digital dexterity, and reworking processes that restrict their organization’s digital initiatives. In this environment, how are you thinking about upskilling your people to improve business performance? Join Astrid Fontaine as she shares her thoughts, views on recommendations about how CIOs can better partner with the business to grow talent holistically. 

Specifically, Astrid will share:

  • Determining what skills your organisation will need to thrive
  • How to gain key advantages with a one-team mindset when equipping employees for what comes next
  • How CIOs can leverage newfound influence and leadership to partner with key business units to strengthen their digital transformation vision

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Digital Beyond The Obvious - How High Performing IT Leverages the Power of Digitisation

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Annette Hamann



In the Consumer Goods Industry, digitalisation starts with the consumer touchpoints allowing more in-depth understanding of consumer behaviour and preferences. However, without the digitalisation of the value chain and a transformation of the IT, the full power of digital cannot be leveraged. This means setting out a clear ambition for both the consumer and company journey, including new processes, new capabilities, and an adapted operating model. Join Annette Hamann as she shares how Beiersdorf IT are actively pursuing this goal, launching a new strategy and transformation towards high performing, agile and competitive IT. 

Specifically, Annette will share:

  • How digital transformation at Beiersdorf has two dimensions, the consumer journey and the company journey
  • How IT is a critical success factor, becoming a strategic asset and differentiator
  • How to introduce new ways of working to ensure different areas of IT and business work together

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

How CIOs Can Establish a Culture of Proactive, Continuous Optimisation

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Jack Bischof

Vice President of Strategic Services, EMEA


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Fabian Schroeder

VP Global IT - BA


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Esteban Remecz


Iochpe Maxion S.A.

When the world macro environment changed, companies in all sectors had to radically change, develop new business models, replan, optimise and go digital to survive and thrive. CIOs need to answer some big questions: Are our technology investments delivering business value? Which ones drive the greatest value? Where can we eliminate waste and excess capacity to fund innovation? How can we better align resources to business outcomes, and manage value creation from projects or products? 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • How CIOs are addressing fundamental shifts taking place in technology organisations to better align with business value and objectives
  • Effectively adopt product-oriented methods and a commercial mindset, while supporting Cloud and/or Agile journeys
  • Tackle misaligned investments and excess capacity in a hybrid technology environment to reduce inefficiency and waste

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Hybrid Work – Winning the War for Talent

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Sasa Petrovic

Digital Strategy Director

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Carsten Trapp

Head of Corporate IT

Carl Zeiss AG

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Michael Hilzinger

Group Chief Information Officer

Knorr-Bremse AG

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Michael Müller-Wünsch


Otto GmbH & Co KG

In fast changing business environments, you need to be agile, be more resilient and become a magnet for top talent. For CIOs, it’s more important then ever to understand your digital capabilities and use them to create a winning culture. But what else can CIOs do to attract top talent into their organisation? 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Rethinking technology and culture in a hybrid work world
  • Providing workspaces that help attract and retain top talent
  • Collaborative strategies to drive meaningful ways of working

10:45 - 11:30  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:20  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

30 November 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

"Our Journey” to PEOPLE FIRST & Digital IT PRODUCT DRIVEN Organisation

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Aleksandar Rodic

Global CIO

Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG

At a time of decreasing margins, diverse markets, complex customer needs and emerging technologies, it is more and more important to unite the power in an organisation to eventually drive in one common direction. Since many organisations are characterised by an extensive stakeholder management with various stakeholders from different business sectors the IT needs to enable the business. The vision " IT is business and business is IT " aims at the desired future IT position and provides the basis to transform into a lean IT & Business high-performance organisation. Join Aleksandar Rodic as he shares his journey around lean IT and driving high performance.

Specifically, Aleksandar will share:

  • IT “people first” cultural hacking “IT is business and business is IT” best practice
  • Best practice around setting up business relationship management, stakeholder management
  • Building bridges between IT and businesses to break down siloes - joined business and IT Digital Product development teams

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

The Modern CIO’s API Security Strategy – What’s Next?

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Jochen Göttelmann


Lufthansa Cargo AG

In today’s climate, having a holistic view on API security is key to protecting organisations from the ever-expanding API attack surface. Proactively securing your environment from API security vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and design flaws are among the biggest challenges that security leaders face. But how can CIOs identify and eliminate attack surfaces before an attack, and actively test APIs for vulnerabilities throughout the lifecycle, in addition to preventing real-time attacks?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Remediating management and configuration issues before they become a problem
  • Security testing for DevOps that integrates into the tools your team is already using
  • How to build a framework and network architecture to support the rise in remote employees

12:15 - 13:15  Lunch Service

13:15 - 13:50  Keynote

Building a Sustainable Future — How CIOs Can Drive Sustainable IT

The world faces formidable sustainability challenges, and technology can be a game-changer in driving real change. With the impact end-user computing has on climate change, as IT leaders we have the collective opportunity to make a lasting impact on the future of the planet. CIOs play a critical role in leading this change through championing sustainable computing and technology choices. Join this session to understand how CIOs can contribute towards a carbon free future. 

Specifically, this session will cover:

  • Adopting a 360-degree view of sustainable IT across the lifecycle of computing devices
  • Leading digital sustainability in your organisation and empowering sustainable technology
  • Driving sustainable decision-making in IT through platform choices

13:50 - 14:00  Break

30 November 2022 - afternoon

14:45 - 15:30  Networking Break

14:55 - 15:20  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

Enterprise Security and Digital Risk – How CIOs can Prepare for Evolving Threat Landscapes

As digital business continues to accelerate and cloud work continues to grow, many enterprise assets live outside the old “walls'' of the organisation. The role of the browser is changing rapidly. It’s now a critical endpoint; a strategic productivity and security layer in the enterprise tech stack. CIOs must now ensure they have enterprise-grade security, speed and stability to empower the workforce and mitigate the risk of harmful web-based threats. 

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • How business transformation is forcing CIOs to think differently about architecting their environment
  • How changing employee behaviors and the rise in flexible working is driving the need for new technology
  • Reconceptualising traditional ideas of how to approach security within the enterprise

16:15 - 16:25  Break

16:25 - 17:00  Keynote

ALDI Nord – Business & Technology Hand in Hand: How Collaboration is Reinventing the Discount

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Sinanudin Omerhodzic


Aldi Nord

Shoot for the moon, if you want to achieve something. But do not forget that technology and business always go hand in hand. Join this closing Keynote to hear from Sinanudin Omerhodzic, CIO, Aldi Nord as he shares his perspectives on:

  • Time to enter a new world – Next generation of discount empowered by technology
  • Collaboration is key – interdisciplinary teams with a strong customer orientation and a joint understanding
  • An innovative environment – the new campus in Essen, Germany, the perfect environment for sharing and driving joint innovation

17:00 - 18:00  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


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  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programmes are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organisation’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.


Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Frankfurt City Centre

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Frankfurt City Centre at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling +1-888-225-9664.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of €239 EUR (plus tax) is 7 November 2022.

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DACH CIO Community Manager

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

Lucy Guille

Senior Community Manager

+44 (0)7701 308 981