Detroit CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 17, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm EDT

June 17, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm EDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Detroit 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


Richard Hook


Raman Mehta

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Randall Mott

General Motors
Senior VP, Global IT & Chief Information Officer

Brom Stibitz

State of Michigan
Director & State CIO

Sangy Vatsa

FIS Global
EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer

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 Detroit 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.


June 17, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Inflection Point Detroit — Co-Chairs' Leadership Lessons

David Behen headshot

David Behen



Richard Hook headshot

Richard Hook



Brom Stibitz headshot

Brom Stibitz

Director & State CIO

State of Michigan

Sangy Vatsa headshot

Sangy Vatsa

EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer

FIS Global

While organizations worldwide reassess offerings and delivery models in the wake of unprecedented disruption, stalwart industries and leaders in Greater Detroit stand poised at another vital inflection point. This opening keynote leans on the collective wisdom of your Co-Chairs, inviting audience participation as they reflect on: 

  • 2020 — key lessons learned; how they evolved as leaders through a year of uncertainty 
  • 2021 — key priorities; how their business had changed and how they’re responding 
  • 2022 forward — key difference-makers looking ahead; the future of technology and CIO leadership  

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Digital Experience – Executing to Win

Amjed Al-Zoubi headshot

Amjed Al-Zoubi

Chief Information Officer

Amerisure Insurance

Chris Bruman headshot

Chris Bruman

Global Director, Enterprise Systems Services


Brandon Penn headshot

Brandon Penn

Global Head, Twilio Foundry


Consumer trends speak volumes: Digital experience is the new order – and a winning game plan tracks with increasing digital demands. As the rules of engagement shift, a CIO is well-positioned to guide the organization from digital ambition to execution. 

This interactive, peer-driven discussion will cover: 

  • Identifying digital opportunities that drive adoption and customer satisfaction
  • Optimizing digital platforms to build business capabilities
  • Delivering value through deeper external and internal engagement

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Automating for the Road Ahead

Richard Heitmann headshot

Richard Heitmann

VP, IBM Automation


Scott Bennett headshot

Scott Bennett


Lear Corporation

Kelly Knepley headshot

Kelly Knepley


DexKo Global

Automation transforms work and simplifies how businesses operate. AI accelerates innovation by making every interaction, experience, and process more intelligent. Combining automation with AI will release $134B in labor value in 2022. Whether you want to automate complex operations or automate repetitive tasks, AI-powered automation can help.

Join this interactive conversation to discuss:

  • How AI-powered automation is transforming the future of work
  • Using machine learning and AI to help collect and analyze operational data
  • Optimizing to reduce your manual processes by up to 80%

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10:15am - 11:15am  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Transcending to the New, Hyper-Connected Industry

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Sukant Acharya

Senior Vice President & Global Business Head

HCL Technologies

Justin Beltramo headshot

Justin Beltramo

VP & Global Head Manufacturing

HCL Technologies

David Kepczynski headshot

David Kepczynski

Chief Information Officer

GE Research

Accelerated by global disruption, industries have rapidly reached an historic inflection point. Enabled by next-generation technologies, transformation no longer happens in pockets. To lead the wave of transformation, organizations will need to create seamlessly connected ecosystems that create opportunities for new businesses models and revenue growth, while driving costs down through efficiencies. Join this keynote and its integrated panel to hear from experts on the momentous path to the new hyper-connected industry. 

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Forge the Path to Business Alignment With Low-Code Automation

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Malcolm Ross

Vice President, Product Strategy & Deputy CTO

Appian Corp

Mike Rogers headshot

Mike Rogers



In a highly disruptive and digital environment, hyper-automation and agility are critical to the transformation and optimization of business operations. To keep pace, organizations are increasingly looking to empower their technology-savvy workforce with low-code automation platforms to modernize legacy systems, improve customer experience and ignite innovation.

Join this boardroom discussion to explore how CIOs are:

  • Improving critical business processes with low-code automation platforms
  • Leveraging talent across the business to enable scalable enterprise ready innovation
  • Managing the pros and cons of democratized technology

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

CIOs Promise: Delivering Data & Analytics

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Anita Klopfenstein


Little Caesars

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Cynthia Weaver

VP, Information Technology


Faced with demands for modernization, cost optimization and digital business transformation, CIOs are looking at how data and analytics programs can support expanding their digital business and increasing their D&A maturity. After a D&A strategy is set, IT leaders must execute and deliver on the intended business outcomes.

Join your peers in discussing:

  • Approaches to leveraging technology and resources to support D&A program and improve business outcomes
  • Best Practices for building out new business process and executing change management across the enterprise
  • Management of cultural shifts in the organization

10:00am - 10:15am  EDT Break

11:15am - 11:45am  EDT 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 Detroit community. 

11:45am - 12:00pm  EDT Break

12:00pm - 1:30pm  EDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

June 17, 2021

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