Global CIO Executive Summit

September 18-20, 2024 | Fairmont Grand Del Mar

September 18-20, 2024
Fairmont Grand Del Mar


Collaborate with your global peers

Get together with other CIOs who lead global operations at this exclusive, three-day summit to exchange ideas and validate strategies unique to large, complex organizations. Engage in candid discussions, dive deep into critical issues and validate strategies with other enterprise heads of IT on the challenges unique to large, complex organizations. Executives are assured a level of information exchange and interaction with true, global peers beyond a regional community on discussion topics driven by Global CIOs, for Global CIOs.

Connect with true peers who lead their function globally and have similar opportunities and challenges, gain new perspectives and share experiences unique to the global nature of your role, and participate in discussions and sessions geared specifically toward global IT leaders.

Balancing risk and reward with cutting-edge technology investments in the race for AI adoption

Furthering the CIO’s role as a business driver and change-maker in the C-suite

Igniting a technology revolution through high-impact, business-first initiatives

Global 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

Allan Cockriel

VP and CIO for Global Functions and Information Risk Management, Group CISO

Tracy Schaefer

Conagra Brands

Michael Smith

The Estee Lauder Companies
Chief Information Officer

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 Global 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.


September 18, 2024

September 19, 2024

September 20, 2024

3:00pm - 5:00pm  Break

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Gala Reception

6:30pm - 7:15pm  Keynote

Steve Wozniak - Live from Evanta's Global CIO, CISO Gala

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Steve Wozniak



Few people have impacted the modern world as significantly as Steve Wozniak. As Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Woz remains one of tech's most fabled figures. A witness and contributor to countless industry advancements, he's an unmatched source of insight and experience.

Members of Evanta's Global CIO & CISO communities receive access to:

  • Woz, live and unrecorded from the Global keynote stage
  • Rare stories, thoughts and opinions on tech's past, present and future
  • Inspiring accounts of successful, innovation-led businesses

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Gala Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

7:15am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30am  Networking

Rising Together — Empowering Diversity in Technology

Women are vastly underrepresented in the technology field, yet their presence is crucial. Every single one of us has the ability to move this dial, to do our part to have impact in driving change. Together we can empower each other, our communities and create a better future for all of us. Join us in this intimate, informal space for women in leadership roles and their allies to freely discuss best practices, key challenges and mission-critical priorities. Come prepared to share ideas and forge new connections that can help empower each other to make an impact in your organizations and communities.

This session is aimed at, but not limited to, women who are leading at their organizations (CIO or equivalent) and those reporting directly to the CIO/equivalent. Priority access will be reserved for these groups.

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Opening Keynote -- A Discussion With Naveen Pandrangi, VP, Global CIO at Phillips 66

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Naveen Pandrangi

VP, Global CIO

Phillips 66

Additional details coming soon.

9:15am - 9:35am  Break

9:35am - 10:20am  Breakout Session

Words That Work(shop) -- Always Get a YES

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Val Wright

Global Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author

Guest Speaker

As a global leader, the stakes are extraordinary in every conversation. Millions or even billions of dollars are in jeopardy during board meetings, investor calls, media interviews, customer interactions and employee conversations. Internationally acclaimed innovation expert, Val Wright, brings her expertise and toolkit to address uniquely global leadership challenges.

Join this interactive workshop to explore:

  • Global team galvanization across country, company, and cultural differences
  • Practical exercises for cross-cultural communication
  • Powerful responses to navigate resistance and get the YES

9:35am - 10:20am  Breakout Session

Would You Be Your Own Customer?

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Ivy Grant

VP, Strategy & Operations


As a consumer, you have certain expectations of data protection and use of data for the businesses you shop at and the organizations you engage with. Think of a moment when a business lost your trust and loyalty – perhaps they used data to over-personalize outreach in a way that made you uncomfortable or perhaps they suffered a breach and didn’t do enough to re-assure you that your data wouldn’t be exposed again. Now be honest – do your organization’s customer engagement and data protection policies meet your personal standard?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Unifying and activating customer data without eroding customer trust
  • Crafting strong customer and stakeholder feedback loops
  • Rebuilding trust after an internal or external incident disrupts the customer relationship

9:35am - 10:20am  Executive Boardroom

Best Practices for Application Rationalization and Reducing Cost

Across regional gatherings, Rimini Street has held boardrooms to discuss how CIOs are balancing an ever-increasing number of service providers and executing a strong vendor and application rationalization strategy. To allocate more funds towards innovation and differentiation initiatives, mission-critical systems need to be optimized, cost effective, and flexible.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Incorporating effective contract management
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Financially optimizing the vendor portfolio

9:35am - 10:20am  Executive Boardroom

(Best) Practice Makes Perfect – Peer Strategy Sharing

Avoid the thousand-yard stares and spend time with people who truly understand what you do for a living. Share and learn best practices for proving that technology reflects the enterprise, bringing data to the forefront, increasing productivity, and changing how leadership thinks about and functions within the business.

Join this peer discussion to share:

  • Change management techniques
  • Technical debt management strategies
  • Modernization implementation plans

10:20am - 11:00am  Networking Break

10:25am - 10:50am  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.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Industry-Agnostic Innovation -- Practical Practices for Every CIO

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Ido Biger

EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer

Delek US

Everything changes and all change produces resistance and risk. How does a leader embed new culture and innovation without setting off risk alarms across the c-suite? Ido Biger of Delek US shares his experience and techniques for AI implementation, cultural shifts, innovation, and more.

Join this session for:

  • Empirical data to illustrate results
  • Real-world case studies illustrating how leaders can partner and apply cross-industry techniques
  • Updating baselines to adapt to changing behaviors in real-time

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Breakout Session Presented by Box

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Ben Kus



Details coming soon. 

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Turning the Ocean Liner – Mindful Modernization in the Legacy Enterprise

“Old" companies are getting younger as legacy modernization efforts accelerate substantially. Is your legacy enterprise on the right track for modernization? What can you do better to maximize your efforts? Join peers from legacy and non-legacy organizations to discuss the ins and outs of mindful modernization.

Join this peer roundtable to discuss:

  • Drivers and considerations for legacy modernization
  • How to position your organization for successful digital execution
  • Key considerations for successful legacy modernization

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom Moderated by New Relic

Additional details coming soon. 

11:45am - 12:45pm  Lunch Service

11:45am - 1:20pm  Keynote

Keynote Presented by Zscaler

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


Details coming soon.

12:45pm - 12:50pm  Lunch Comments

1:20pm - 1:45pm  Break

1:45pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Transformational Global Leadership in the Digital Age

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Dave Aeri

Chief Technology Officer & CIO

Lactalis Canada

To effectively develop digital capabilities and achieve transformational ambitions, organizations need to understand their current state of digital maturity. Join Dave Aeri shares the successful strategies he is implementing at Lactalis Canada to be a transformational global leader and deliver outcome-focused results.

Join to learn about:

  • Dimensions of digital maturity to support your enterprise’s strategy and vision
  • How to apply and measure maturity in a meaningful way
  • A holistic approach across your strategic vision

1:45pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Breakout Session Presented by the IBM/Microsoft Alliance

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Chris McGuire

VP & GM, Microsoft Global Strategic Partnership


Details coming soon.

1:45pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Mindset Matters – Encouraging Stakeholder Collaboration

Today’s CIO has a unique opportunity to act as a change agent for the entire organization. Strategic communication to key stakeholders and a solid, systematic measurement method encourages leadership buy-in.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Helping the C-suite and board understand true transformation
  • Bringing the enterprise and people side together (IT/OT)
  • Moving from a product to a solution mindset

1:45pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom Moderated by the Intel/Lenovo Alliance

 Additional details coming soon.

2:30pm - 3:15pm  Networking Break

2:35pm - 3:05pm  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.

3:15pm - 4:00pm  Breakout Session

Human-Centered Innovation

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Charu Jain

Senior Vice President Merchandising & Innovation

Alaska Airlines

Charu Jain, head of Alaska’s Guest Digital Experience and Innovation, shares her approach to building an enterprise-wide Innovation Practice. She’ll discuss how Alaska innovates to build deep customer loyalty, advance emerging technologies, drive business growth, and even a sneak peek into your future airport experience.

Join this session to learn:

  • How Alaska Airlines continues to be an industry pioneer
  • When and how a leader pivots teams for optimal workflow
  • Ways that a leader can influence enterprise-wide innovation

3:15pm - 4:00pm  Executive Boardroom

Talk to Me, Goose – How’s Your (AI) Copilot?

The term “copilot” has caught on and dozens of companies now offer AI-assisted capabilities. The promise of unprecedented productivity and transformation opportunities is great, but is the value reliably measurable?

Join this peer group to address:

  • Reimagining and reconfiguring business processes to optimize AI usage
  • Minimizing disruption while maximizing results
  • Building business cases through cost/value realization

4:00pm - 4:25pm  Break

4:25pm - 4:30pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

4:25pm - 5:00pm  Keynote

Keynote Presented by Zoom

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Gary Sorrentino

Global CIO


Details coming soon.

5:00pm - 5:15pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

5:15pm - 7:30pm  Social Experience

8:30am - 9:30am  Breakfast & Roundtable Discussion

9:00am - 9:35am  Breakfast Service

9:35am - 10:05am  Keynote

Unlocking Full Potential – IT Enhancements for The Global Enterprise

While the vast majority of infrastructure has been upgraded and modernized to support the shift to the cloud, global IT teams are still missing an equally seamless access method to deliver cloud-native apps and data to their end users. While traditional browsers have become the de-facto access point for the majority of business critical applications, they lack the deep visibility and hyper-granular policy controls enterprises need. This results in IT leaders surrounding their browsers with layers of tech to meet those needs.

Join this keynote session to discover:

  • Why traditional cloud security methods undermine your global modernization efforts and end-user experience
  • Embracing technological momentum to adapt to a "more-with-less" IT landscape
  • How global enterprise CIOs are using this solution to bolster cloud security

10:05am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Unifying the Business Across Borders to Reinvent IT

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Ahmed El Sayed


Vodafone Group

Modern global leaders must deliver always-on customer experiences at high velocity and low unitary cost. Aspiring to be the first telecom operator with a fully in-house built IT, Vodafone is on a journey to reinvent its in-house IT ecosystem. In this case study, the Global Digital Engineering Director and CIO UK shares how the firm moved from legacy technology to event-based architecture built with revealed technology in mind.

Join this session for a case study on:

  • Overcoming SaaS challenges in-house
  • Maintaining business-IT alignment agility
  • Implementing an effective operating model

11:30am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

11:30am - 1:00pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:15pm  Keynote

World Without Truth -- Fakes, Deep Fakes, and Outright Lies

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Dave Aron

Distinguished VP Analyst


 Additional Details Coming Soon

Dave Aron is the author of the forthcoming book "World Without Truth" and will discuss his research and findings.

September 18, 2024

September 19, 2024

September 20, 2024

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 858-314-2000. Please mention Evanta Global Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $449 USD (plus tax) is August 26, 2024.

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