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.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

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

30 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

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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Michael Müller-Wünsch


Otto GmbH & Co KG

As 2023 approaches, resilience and adaptability have never been more important traits to enable CIOs to accelerate digital business. But driving digital initiates in a billion euro business is tough, especially in the age of online business and powerful competition. To survive in tough operating environments, you need an expanded digital offering, technology to open up revenue models and a clear strategic vision. None of this will be possible without the right people in place to improve business performance. Join Michael Müller-Wünsch, CIO, Otto as he defines critical success factors for their ‘transformation journey’. Michael will discuss:

  • Creating sustainable changes in mindset and corporate culture
  • How CIOs can facilitate expansion of digital competence throughout the company
  • Gaining key advantages with a one-team mindset when equipping employees for what comes next

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  Breakout Session

How Should CIOs Drive Digital Trust in a World in Motion?

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Tony Hynes

Deputy CISO


In times of ongoing uncertainty, it’s never been more critical for the CIO to earn stakeholder’s trust that they can seamlessly and consistently safeguard people, privacy, and data to enable digital business. A foundation of trust empowers CIOs, stakeholders, organisations, and end users to adopt new technologies, solve business challenges, and drive transformation with confidence.

Join this session to discuss:

∙ How to cultivate trust and prevent identity and data theft

∙ How to build a cybersecurity strategy that prepares you for the future, including: post-quantum and multi cloud & IoT security.

∙ How to deliver digital workforce experiences that stand out from the crowd

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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Thomas Kleine-Möllhoff

Country Digital Lead


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 values 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

10:45 - 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.

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

The State of Zero Trust Transformation in DACH

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Nathan Howe

VP, Emerging Technology


The buzz words are many: Cloud, Digitisation, Transformation, Zero Trust, etc. all of which, whilst technically “cool”, do not deliver business level outcomes or initiates, rather they become a cost centre for the business. Thus slowing down the adoption of the technology and limiting the business benefits. Learn how adopting true technical distribution of your various assets: users, workloads, processes and data; will creates business success and reinvent how technology is seen by the business. Specifically, you will learn how others are taking a Zero Trust approach to:

  • Distributing your technical assets and be empowered in your organisation
  • Adopting a Zero Trust architecture to reduce costs and complexities across the business
  • Keep things simple and secure to drive competitive advantage in your industry

11:30 - 12:15  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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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 than 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

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

The Role of API Security in Digital Transformation

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Jochen Göttelmann


Lufthansa Cargo AG

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Stefan Henkel


Siemens Healthineers

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Filip Verloy


Noname Security

As organisations continue to accelerate digital business, transformation initiatives create risk exposure, with APIs forming a major attack surface. Proactively securing your environment from API security vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and design flaws are among the biggest challenges that IT 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:

  • Mitigating API security risks to better enable digital transformation
  • Ensuring risk management keeps up with the pace of digital business initiatives
  • Making API security a key element of transformation projects

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

Digital Transformation — Making Your Strategy Stick

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Ralf Werner



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Hanno Boekhoff

Senior Vice President Information Technology

Thieme Group

2022 has seen the role of the CIO undergo a gear change within their organisation. Armed with newfound influence and leverage, IT Leaders are poised to progress their organisations along the digital business path. But transformation programs can still stall behind organisational resistance and, in some instances, lack of motivation. This boardroom will explore the strategies being used to re-engineer organisations to be agile, adaptable and well-placed to deliver on their digital vision, together with what really works, and what the key pitfalls to avoid on your journey. Specifically, you will discuss how to:

  • Have effective conversation and communication with the board to drive your initiatives forward
  • Ensuring you have the right culture and future skills in place to fuel transformation
  • Identify digital opportunities that drive adoption and customer satisfaction

12:15 - 13:15  Lunch Service

13:15 - 13:50  Keynote

Building a Sustainable Future — How CIOs Can Drive Sustainable IT

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Ryan Talbott



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Thomas Kuczek

Technical Program Manager

Google Chrome Enterprise

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

14:00 - 14:45  Breakout Session

“Do Good and...Go Back to the Basement?" – Why CIOs Should Promote Their Work in the Business

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Thomas Kleine-Möllhoff

Country Digital Lead


The CIO’s role in the enterprise and the leadership skills needed to succeed continue to evolve. Especially in the digital age, IT Leaders are expected to go above and beyond the “traditional” role definition of managing and operating technology in secure, efficient and effective fashion to achieve business objectives. Given that, how should CIOs advocate and promote the important work they do across the organisation to demonstrate the value of IT as a business enabler and key contributor to an organization’s success? 

Join Thomas Kleine, Country Digital Lead at Pfizer Germany, as he shares his thoughts around:

  • Why marketing and communication should be part of the IT strategy and why it should sit in the priority list of the CIO
  • Strategies and tactics around the value contribution of IT
  • Marketing for your own discipline – practical examples on how IT Leaders could communicate the value proposition of IT

14:00 - 14:45  Executive Boardroom

Overcoming Hurdles to Cloud Migration

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Frank Thomas

Senior Director Channels & Alliances


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Claudia Plattner

Director General for Information Systems

European Central Bank

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Hans Sättele



One critical hurdle IT teams face when overseeing cloud migration is ensuring decisions are taken with quality, real-time data. The shift to the cloud is often costly and may require an overhaul of IT infrastructure and collaboration with other business units. For cloud migration to be a success, CIOs must ensure data across the business is accessible, secure and relevant, whilst business expectations for migrating their company's digital assets to the cloud are met. During this peer discussion you will discuss:

  • Combating the hidden data management and protection costs in the cloud
  • Exposing the hidden cost and cyber vulnerability of cloud-native data protection
  • Meeting business expectations for migrating company assets to the cloud, whilst prioritising and securing data in the cloud

14:00 - 14:45  Executive Boardroom

Rethinking Your Application Strategy to Drive Business Value

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Jered Markoff

Chief Technology Officer, Emergency Operations Center

World Health Organization

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Michael von Roeder


50hertz Transmission

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Michael Gieseking

Head of IT


The future of applications provides organisations with nearly unlimited possibilities to create business value. Increasingly, applications have become a primary driver of business strategy, yet the ability to think in terms of applications is still difficult for many enterprises. CIOs have an enormous opportunity to use techniques such as low-code adoption in more strategic ways. It’s important for organisations to have a sense of what these strategic opportunities are so they can use low-code to deliver on their most ambitious goals. 

This boardroom will discuss how CIOs can:

  • Solve targeted problems by delivering and deploying new applications in as little as a few weeks
  • Enable business units to iterate and deploy applications more often, allowing for more impactful end products delivered in a secure way
  • Improve operational efficiency and drive innovation by eliminating the barriers that legacy systems present

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  Breakout Session

Interactive Workshop — Thinking Outside the Box, Discussing Disruptive Ideas to Talent Shortages

Wages for IT roles are inflating at an increasing rate, and new employees are being poached days before they start their new roles. What can a CIO do to compete with these enormous challenges? Recruitment and retention demands require out-of-the-box thinking to stay ahead of the curve. In this discussion, we'll consider ideas to combat this fundamental issue within the industry.

In this interactive session, you’ll come together to brainstorm:

  • How CIOs are encouraging their teams and retaining their rosters — what makes your employees happy?
  • What can be done to combat staff turnover — overcoming exponential wage inflation
  • Rethinking your job requirements — diversifying the entry point to the IT profession

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

New IT Operating Models – Empowering Digital Business

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Jaroslav Bláha



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Carolina Soto

Head of IT Investment Management

Munich RE

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Bernd Ruff

Vice President Information Technology


As digital business maturity flourishes, IT teams are looking at how to support and empower the business through the best operating model. Drastic shifts in how IT approaches project management to support new digital business models are taking hold. IT leaders must create an operating model that supports both a product management approach and agile governance throughout the department to reinforce a more fluid and customer-centric business.

In this session, your peers will discuss:

  • Key components of an outcome-based operating model for digital business
  • Structuring a product management service and delivery approach
  • Executing an agile governance model to influence culture and decision making

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

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

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Hjalmar Lundin

DACH Lead - Chrome Browser Enterprise

Google Chrome Enterprise

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Markus Bierl

Chief Information Officer (CIO) - Franke Group

Franke Holding AG

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Dirk-Andrew Heil



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 behaviours 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

29 November 2022

30 November 2022

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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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