DACH CIO Executive Summit

29 November 2023 | Hilton Frankfurt City Centre

29 November 2023
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:

Amplifying Value Through Digital Ecosystems

Accelerating Growth with Agility & Innovation

Authoring the Future through Culture, Influence & Technology

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

Jochen Göttelmann

VP IT Lufthansa Airlines (CIO) & Lufthansa Group Operations IT

Dr. Michael Müller-Wünsch

Otto (GmbH & Co KG)

Sinanudin Omerhodzic

Aldi Nord

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.


28 November 2023

29 November 2023

18:00 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Ahead of the DACH Summit, Governing Body members will host an exclusive networking reception for all CISO attendees. Please join your peers for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

08:15 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

The CIO's Future-Focused Agenda: Franchising Digital Delivery

The landscape of technology leadership has undergone a permanent transformation. The widespread access to digital tools is fundamentally reshaping the boundaries between IT departments and other business areas and yet, there is considerable confusion about who should be doing what.

Join Tomas Nielsen, Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner as he builds on Gartner's latest research and shares insights into:

  • Considerations for the CIO’s agenda over the next 18 months
  • Navigating the shifting expectations that the C-Suite have for their CIO
  • Trends and expectations of the leadership role

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Analytics, Data and Digital Processes – Digitalisation With DFB

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Frank Biendara



Data and Analytics maturity varies drastically among organisations and it can be difficult for CIOs to know where they start, and whether they are making the most out of their data sets. The challenges faced span across multiple different areas — from communicating data updates internally to demonstrating the impact data strategy has on business outcomes. So how can IT Leaders get past the complexities of these challenges and utilise them to improve their strategies? Join Frank Biendara, CIO at DFB as he shares his insights into how DFB are using data across its users, clubs and associations to better organise and improve football within the region.

Specifically, Frank will share:

  • How DFB are improving German football through digital, data and AI
  • Communicating confidence to the business that digital strategy is aligned with wider organisational goals
  • The learnings and recommendations for CIOs looking to make the most out of their data sets and drive business collaboration and value

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Harnessing the Power of AI to Improve Cyber Resilience

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Sergej Epp

Chief Security Officer, EMEA Central

Palo Alto Networks

Artificial intelligence has the potential to drive efficiency and technological innovation. Yet taking advantage of this opportunity in the wrong way can have serious security consequences for the organisation. IT and Security leaders need to anticipate and prepare to mitigate potential risks as data is increasingly accessed and analysed in increasingly different ways. For business stakeholders to secure investment, how can CIOs demonstrate the benefits of these technologies? 

Join this session to learn about:

  • How AI plays a role in sophisticated attacks today and how to prepare
  • Examples of how to leverage AI to process and analyse large volumes of data quickly...and safely
  • How leaders can use AI capabilities to enhance cybersecurity and demonstrate value to the business

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

The CIO's Data Journey – Viewpoints, Navigation Tips and Cross Border Security

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Frank Thomas

Senior Director Channels & Alliances


Michael Hilzinger headshot

Michael Hilzinger

Group Chief Information Officer

Knorr-Bremse AG

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Carolina Soto

Global Head of IT Investment & Asset Management

Munich Re

For the CIO and business stakeholders, a modern data architecture can churn out as many questions as salient solutions, especially in complex organisations that operate across borders. How do you effectively organise your data? Where do you invest for success? How can you address complex security challenges such as cross border compliance? This peer-driven discussion will serve as a checkpoint on your data journey, exploring:

  • The ‘how’ of harnessing and optimising your data for better business outcomes
  • Ensure data security and compliance across borders for privacy
  • Insights around data as a service, data security and data warehousing

10:45 - 11:50  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:40  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.

11:50 - 12:35  Breakout Session

Leading with Digital Sustainability

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Thomas Kuczek

Technical Program Manager

Google Chrome Enterprise

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Jeremy Drury

Chief Digital Officer, IKEA Germany


Enterprises are under pressure to address multiple challenges impacting the planet, their people and profitability. Now is the time to position technology leaders as key partners in tackling these issues and maximises sustainable value across the business.

Join this session to explore sustainable strategies for:

  • Reducing efforts in the negative impact your company and products have on the planet (environmental sustainability)
  • How to best champion and manage the impact on your people (social sustainability)
  • Managing the business' fiscal health and future profitability (financial sustainability)  

11:50 - 12:35  Breakout Session

IT is Business and Business is IT

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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 increasingly important to unite the power within an organisation to drive in one common direction. Since many organisations are characterised by extensive stakeholder management with various stakeholders from different business sectors, IT needs to enable the business and transform it into a tech-first entity.

Join Aleksandar Rodic, CIO of Fiege Logistik as he shares:

  • The importance of empathy in business relationship management
  • Vital factors to retain and win IT talent 
  • How to lead high digital performance and transform the IT service function to a tech-first business

11:50 - 12:35  Executive Boardroom

The CIO’s Playbook – Execute Strategy Confidently

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Ian Stendera

VP of Product


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Tobias Guenthör



Sinanudin Omerhodzic headshot

Sinanudin Omerhodzic


Aldi Nord

As a CIO, what are you choosing to prioritise when looking at your IT initiatives? While many may compete for your time - investing in security, innovation or even saving costs - they don’t need to be at odds. CIOs can practically take steps to remove the noise that’s creating decision drag.

Join this boardroom to discuss how to:

  • Filter out the noise that stems from unreliable volumes of data
  • Get the business and IT collaborating when objectives are (re)prioritised
  • Tactics that enable CIOs to collaborate in real-time with IT and business stakeholders

12:35 - 13:30  Lunch Service

13:30 - 14:15  Keynote

Visibility and Insight Key For Successful Transformation

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Nathan Howe

GVP, Innovation


The rapid adoption of business technologies has driven an exponential growth in cyber risk. Security leaders inherit a vast technology stack with few insights into its health or management. This may lead to security paralysis, where problems are tackled piecemeal through audits or as they rise to visibility. Taking this approach leaves the vast majority of business systems under-examined and potentially vulnerable to attack. This session will cover proven methods for simplifying and solving cybersecurity problems by gaining increased visibility into the environment. 

Join this session to learn:

  • Ways to eliminate redundancy in business architecture and reduce the attack surface
  • How increased visibility into the environment can help you quickly locate and remediate issues at their point of origin
  • How insights gained from increased visibility can drive competitive advantage

14:15 - 14:30  Break

14:30 - 15:15  Breakout Session

Finance Mastery: Cost, Growth and Collaboration

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Alexander Graf

Global CIO

Huber + Suhner

With a recession inching its way out of the shadows, CIOs are expected to drive down costs in order to create growth opportunities. As you navigate these economic pressures, and relationships with key stakeholders, now is the time to lean on and learn from peers.

In this interactive session, you'll come together to:

  • Brainstorm innovative techniques and best practices for cost optimization
  • Uncover opportunities by harnessing technology and data potential
  • Discuss crucial aspects of building and maintaining productive relationships with key stakeholders

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

Empowering Decision Making with Data-Driven Insights

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Alex Zschaler



Muammer Kizilaslan headshot

Muammer Kizilaslan



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Roman Meier-Andrae

Head of IT & Digitalisation


As organisations collect more data, it’s crucial to empower the enterprise to use this data to ensure better business and customer outcomes. Organisations who want to futureproof their business will think beyond the dashboard to use data for decision making. Learn how technology leaders are modernizing their data platforms and automating processes to get the most value from their data.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Laying the foundation for predictive and advanced analytics
  • Balancing the benefits of data control with data democratisation
  • Encouraging the enterprise to make more data informed decisions

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

Cloud Promise Meets Cloud Reality

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Kai Grunwitz

CEO Germany & Regional Leader DACH


Thorsten Hallermeier headshot

Thorsten Hallermeier


MHK Group AG

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Amit Ramkissoon


Deutsche Bank

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Dieter Voss

Head of IT, Regions and Applications

Schneider Electric North America

Rapid adoption of cloud infrastructure has set in motion new concerns for the CIO. Cloud sometimes fails to deliver on promised cost savings leaving some organizations exposed to unwelcome risk. CIOs must lead the charge to find the skillset necessary to plan, build, and operate in a way that delivers on the cloud’s promise of business agility.

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Recalibrating when necessary for scale and price
  • Navigating unwelcome risk
  • Refocusing on the right observability and operational processes

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Breakout Session

Navigating the Skies of Transformation: Soar to Success in the Digital Age

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Jochen Göttelmann

VP IT Lufthansa Airlines (CIO) & Lufthansa Group Operations IT


In today's rapidly evolving landscape, leaders can lose sight of the vital importance of IT resilience in favour of emerging technologies, innovation and automation. First, CIOs must adapt their core IT to meet the challenges of modernisation and cybersecurity threats to transform and thrive in the future-focused digital age.

Join Dr. Jochen Göttelmann, CIO, at Lufthansa as he shares his insights on:

  • The role and importance of security across a standardised IT architecture
  • Aligning business, digital, security and IT priorities in an increasingly complex operating model
  • Creating strategy in a highly regulated market with little digital DNA

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

Designing Communities of Practice to Enable Business-led IT Delivery Success

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Petra Friz

Executive Partner


A key enabler of franchising digital delivery is co-delivery. Gartner's research shows that a critical success factor for business led delivery is creating the right communities of practice (CoPs) and for IT to be proactively engaging the delivery teams.

Join this interactive workshop exclusively for ExP clients to:

  • Learn about the concepts and background of CoPs
  • Explore how to create the right communities and what to consider
  • Create your own foundation using the CoP charter template

 **Exclusively for Gartner EXP Clients** 

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

Pushing Towards an Automation First Approach – Myths & Realities

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Sanjay Chopra


HCL Software

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Patrick Wild

Head of Global IT


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Stefan Haverkock

Director IT & Digital

Hoyer Group

Enterprise automation has rapidly evolved from tactical, efficiency-driven initiatives to strategic, game-changing imperatives. This shift, combined with the increasing adoption of Data, AI, and ML, has created a complex and ever-changing landscape. CIOs now face the challenge of navigating this landscape to achieve both digital transformation and operational excellence. This requires a careful balancing of business strategy, scalable operating models, and the right mix of tools, technologies, and techniques.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Creating an ‘Enterprise Automation Layer’ that sits above all enterprise applications and cloud services to better manage the processes that flow across them
  • Intelligently manage workflows and orchestration between people, systems & "digital workers" towards a Hyper Automated enterprise.
  • Coordinating automation across data, security and business strategies to ensure more effective business outcomes

16:30 - 16:45  Break

16:45 - 17:30  Keynote

Value vs. Risk – A Thoughtful Approach to Generative AI

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Sandeep Sen

Global CIO

Linde Plc

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Tobias Fausch


BayWa Deutschland

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Gülnaz Önes

Global CIO

Mercedes-Benz Mobility

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Andre Rothfuss



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Ralf Werner



For CIOs, there’s nothing new about managing internal expectations on hyped technologies, but the recent advancements in AI have caused an increased and urgent demand for the evaluation and adoption of generative AI models. There is no question that these breakthroughs, such as ChatGPT, are just the beginning, but CIOs must temper expectations and ensure a thoughtful approach to building AI models that will add more value than risk. 

Join the panel as they share thoughts and insights into:

  • Communicating and quantifying the benefits and risks of generative AI adoption
  • Identifying and aligning a business need and use case for AI implementation
  • Keeping up and staying ahead of the continuous AI advancements

17:30 - 18:00  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

28 November 2023

29 November 2023

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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 69-133800. Please mention Evanta to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of €259 EUR (plus tax) is 6 November 2023.

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