Global CIO Virtual Executive Summit

October 7, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT October 8, 2021 | 7:00am - 12:30pm PDT

October 7, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT October 8, 2021 | 7:00am - 12:30pm PDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with other Global CIOs who lead large, multinational organizations at this exclusive virtual summit. Engage in candid discussions, dive deep into critical issues and validate strategies with other enterprise heads of IT and technology on the challenges unique to complex, multinational operations.

The Global CIO Executive Summit features topics and speakers determined by your industry peers, ensuring the agenda delivers the most timely and relevant information in a true, peer-to-peer environment.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Resetting your global operating model for agile anywhere operations

Driving a global agenda that enables and transforms your business worldwide

Nurturing an agile and innovative culture across globally distributed teams

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Nancy Flores

McKesson Corporation
Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer

Francesco Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Yanni Charalambous

Occidental Petroleum
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Justin Mennen

Rite Aid
EVP & Chief Information Officer

Don Monk

General Mills
VP and CIO, Technology and Solutions, Global Business Solutions

Andy Nallappan

Chief Technology Officer and Head of Software Business Operations

Piyush Chowhan

Lulu Group International
Group CIO

Mindy Simon

Conagra Brands
Chief Information Officer

Michael Smith

The Estée Lauder Companies
Chief Information 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 approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


October 7, 2021

October 8, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  PDT Keynote

Driving a Global Agenda That Enables and Transforms Your Business Worldwide

Jim Miller headshot

Jim Miller

Chief Technology Officer


John Solomon headshot

John Solomon

VP ChromeOS

Google Chrome Enterprise

Whether you define your business strategy as multinational, global or transnational your biggest challenge as a CIO or CTO responsible for operations and teams across multiple countries is balance. Balancing standardization with localization, centralization with decentralization, globalization and localization. And your opportunities lie in identifying processes, products, systems and talent that create and accelerate value on a global scale that will have worldwide impact. As many physical and intangible boundaries have recently become  blurred there’s never been a more challenging (and more exciting) time to be in the driver’s seat of global IT and technology strategy and teams.  

Join your peer Global Business Leaders to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy on a global scale
  • What it means to be a global technology leader of a diverse and sustainable enterprise
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce that is widely dispersed and diverse

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

How Global Geopolitical and Economic Forces Will Impact IT and Technology Strategy

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Alastair Pooley


Snow Software

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Mario Maffie

Global Business Services CIO, Vice President


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Baker Smith



The broad impact of the coronavirus over the past two years has renewed focus on the geopolitical and economic outlook for 2022 and beyond. The uncertainty of the global market is particularly challenging for CIOs. In this technology-driven world, it is no longer realistic to expect that technology, data and markets are decoupled from national interests and international relations. Accelerating forces of globalization, regionalism, new paradigms in global competition and power, worldwide demographic changes and a race for sovereignty in 5G, AI and other technologies must be evaluated accordingly.  

Join this collaborative boardroom of global technology and IT business leaders to discuss:

  • How to solve for the visibility gap despite a distributed workforce and global versus regional requirements
  • The importance of creating agility within your global technology environment
  • How to optimize technology investment decisions and intelligence for both strategic growth and disruptive pivots
  • How technology stack decisions are exposed to geopolitically driven changes in standardization, regulation and market access
  • Building global partnerships and alliances to future proof the business

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Fueling Application Innovation on a Global Scale

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Raymond Peng

Senior Cloud Value Advisor


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Paul Krebs

CIO & Chief Transformation Officer

Koch Industries

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Ratnakar Lavu

Global Chief Digital Information Officer


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Philip Wiser

Chief Technology Officer & EVP


These days, more than half of all customer interactions happen digitally. With the digital landscape changing so rapidly, what are the technological cornerstones a global business needs to turn great ideas into amazing solutions that drive collaboration, easy access to data and top-notch offerings that delight customers? Today, the CIO’s transformation agenda has APIs at the heart of cloud, innovation and business growth.

Join this boardroom session to discuss:

  • How APIs are at the center cloud strategy and application modernization initiatives
  • The role of APIs in enabling ML and AI capabilities
  • Driving new partnerships and monetization opportunities for the global enterprise
  • Typical investments in decision-making tools that drive innovation

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Resetting Your Global Operating Model for Agile Anywhere Operations

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Gary Sorrentino

Global Deputy CIO

Zoom Video Communications

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Piyush Chowhan

Group CIO

Lulu Group International

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Regina Salazar



To survive and thrive in an ambiguous future, organizations need to embrace agility at scale. After all, work is no longer a place we go, it’s a thing we do. As we recover from pandemic disruption, organizations are tasked with crafting a model for anywhere operations. This requires changes in technology infrastructure, security policies, and employee and customer engagement models.
Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Defining the “office” of today
  • The tools and technology that empower distributed teams
  • Drafting a remote workforce playbook that combines cost efficiency with productivity gains

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

CIO as a Force Multiplier - Harnessing and Orchestrating Technologists Across a Global Enterprise

Corrado Azzarita headshot

Corrado Azzarita

Global CIO

Kraft Heinz

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Marc Carlson


Land O'Lakes

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Ryan Talbott



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Andrew Davis

Head of Research & Innovation


As shadow IT becomes more prevalent and inevitable, allowing business units to have direct control over technology and analytics initiatives is becoming less of the exception and more of a key strategy for accelerating transformation. Today there are more employees customizing and building digital solutions outside of IT than inside IT. Technology leaders of large, global organizations are faced with a substantially more complex set of tradeoffs in balancing value from business-driven technology initiatives with the inherent risks. Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • How to leverage the new rules of engagement between IT, the business and shadow IT to drive and accelerate transformation
  • Shifting the role of IT from the operator to curator and orchestrator
  • Adapting the operating and governance models to balance autonomy and innovation with control, documentation, security and reliability
  • Cultivating and evangelizing citizen technologists and analysts on a global scale

10:00am - 10:45am  PDT Keynote

Global Secure Cloud Networking – Enabling Agile Enterprise Cloud Transformation

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Michael Fitz

VP of Global Wireline Solutions and Strategic Accounts


Global enterprises are focusing on re-architecting IT infrastructures for a post COVID-19 digital world. Configuring a seamless continuum between physical sites, remote personnel and partners is a major priority for global companies. Your ability respond to this new reality will be key to long term success.
Join this thought-provoking discussion to consider:

  • The importance of low latency infrastructure in managing exponential growth & data flows from edge to core infrastructure
  • Why your cloud network needs more than best effort public internet
  • How to leverage an integrated wireline and wireless network to provide cloud networking diversity

10:45am - 11:00am  PDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

Cloud Strategy for Complex Multinational Enterprises

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Howard Boville

SVP - IBM Hybrid Cloud


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Jamie Engstrom



Don Monk headshot

Don Monk

VP and CIO, Technology and Solutions, Global Business Solutions

General Mills

Cloud is no longer an “if” but a “how fast” for large organizations. With growing worldwide footprints, global enterprises also need international data storage to keep applications performing the same for all their users in any location and in compliance with regional regulations. But with more choices and capabilities in cloud services also comes increased complexity and issues for consideration.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Structuring and navigating a cloud strategy on a global scale
  • Crafting a digital transformation strategy with security at the forefront, using hybrid cloud environments
  • Determining approaches to comply with multiple regional regulations and expectations
  • Leveraging edge computing in a highly distributed model

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11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

The Future of Global Networking – Creating a Cohesive Enterprise Network

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Michael Fitz

VP of Global Wireline Solutions and Strategic Accounts


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Stefan Henkel


Siemens Healthineers

Network convergence has been quietly talked about for a while, and with the introduction of 5G, this conversation is quickly becoming a reality. A converged architecture holds out the promise of users receiving the best Quality of Experience (QoE) by leveraging the best of both worlds, wireless and wireline. Join your peers in a focused discussion on options for designing a converged network architecture to support a global workforce.

Join this interaction discussion to explore:

  • Network diversity – Are 5G and broadband delivering on their promise of greater network resiliency?
  • How the current environment has impacted your long-term planning to deliver the best possible user experience
  • Global CIOs’ current experience with SD-Wan and realization of value

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

Challenging Assumptions and Rethinking Your Playbook for Global Cyber Resilience

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Richard Hook



Jacob McLein headshot

Jacob McLein

Director, Enterprise IT Security


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Agam Upadhyay



One of the most important roles CIOs and CTOs can play in cybersecurity is to always be questioning existing assumptions and strategies. When it comes to cyber warfare, what used to work yesterday probably won’t work tomorrow, thus making it critical to identify and question established assumptions and strategies which can often be exploited. Global enterprises preparing for a future where they will be increasingly targeted by sophisticated attacks need to reimagine their approach to understanding, planning and executing for resilience. Come prepared to challenge your own assumptions at this interactive boardroom that will discuss:

  • Identifying your organization's and security team's underlying assumptions
  • Rethinking how you devise your playbook and reorient from scenario based to impact based
  • Creating an adaptable playbook process that can be regularly rolled out across a large global organization
  • Integrating and breaking down the silos of business continuity and cybersecurity to drive resilience
  • Defining roles, responsibilities, workflows and messaging for the next normal of cyber attacks

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

Scaling and Accelerating Operational AI in a Global Organization

Corrado Azzarita headshot

Corrado Azzarita

Global CIO

Kraft Heinz

Vittorio Cretella headshot

Vittorio Cretella


Procter & Gamble

Stuart Hughes headshot

Stuart Hughes



AI programs are one of the few areas not currently being negatively impacted by belt tightening, as most large global companies have either increased or maintained their level of AI investment. Now is the time for Global leaders to keep the momentum going – identifying sources of transformative business value and developing enterprise-wide capabilities for competitive agility and growth. Join this strategic discussion that will address:

  • Going fast by slowing down – establishing the foundation for success
  • Creating the vision and assembling collaborative teams organized for value creation and scale
  • Determining size and aligning AI investments and budgeting for integration and adoption
  • Global AI governance – ensuring accountability in multinational regulatory and legal environments

12:00pm - 12:45pm  PDT Keynote

Ensuring Employee Productivity by Securing the Hybrid Workplace

Jay Chaudhry headshot

Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


Alex Philips headshot

Alex Philips

Chief Information Officer

National Oilwell Varco

Today’s focus on business continuity, ability to acquire remote talent, and a growing popularity in a hybrid work environment has created an urgent need to enable secure, fast, and reliable access to applications – from any device, any location, and over any network. Unlike in years past, work is now defined as an activity you do rather than a place you go. IT leaders are now under pressure to securely enable this modern work environment.

This keynote will focus on Global CIOs' ability to:

  • Guarantee enough versatility to provide secure access to all business applications
  • Deliver a great user experience as users work from anywhere
  • Protect users and apps, minimize chances of ransomware attacks and ensure sensitive data remains protected

12:45pm - 1:15pm  PDT Networking

The Passion Project Exchange

Lynda Pak headshot

Lynda Pak

SVP, Technology Leader for Global Brands & Corporate Functions

The Estée Lauder Companies

As we move toward the final quarter of 2021, what initiatives are you most proud of as a leader? What are your passion projects in your professional and personal lives? Grab a beverage and join this session to casually connect and celebrate the bright spots in a demanding career — and year.

1:30pm - 3:00pm  PDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

7:00am - 7:45am  PDT Keynote

The New Role of CIOs – Unlocking the Power of Technology for a Digitally Native Organization

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Jim Swanson

Executive VP & Group Chief Information Officer

Johnson & Johnson

The global COVID-19 pandemic has elevated CIOs' credibility and transformed the perception of IT as a business accelerator. It has become clear that technology and data insights are not only the key to innovation but also to improved business outcomes and growth. In this keynote, Johnson & Johnson Enterprise CIO Jim Swanson will discuss how CIOs can succeed in this new environment and unlock the power of data and insights to build a digitally native organization. Swanson will highlight the importance of raising digital acumen within an organization and collaborating across functions to create high-return innovative solutions. He will also talk about the role of leading with a purpose to inspire tech innovations beyond boundaries.

7:45am - 8:00am  PDT Break

8:00am - 8:45am  PDT Keynote

Can the Link Between Data and User Experience Stall Your Digital Transformation?

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Dan Adika

CEO & Founder


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Dan Abushanab



The common element in every digital transformation is buying and customizing software to create compelling user experiences that improve business processes. But figuring out how multimillion dollar software investments are driving advancements across the enterprise is difficult when CIOs lack visibility and insights into digital assets. Additionally, the risk of creating a poor user experience is high when there are no UI standards and the cross-application nature of the users’ work isn’t considered.

In this keynote, Dan Adika, CEO and Co-Founder of WalkMe, will discuss the two critical things every enterprise should consider to drive user adoption and better digital transformation outcomes:

  • Deep visibility and insights into their tech stack
  • An efficient and agile way to action these insights

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Balancing Global IT, Technology and Process Standardization with Regional Customization

Nancy Flores headshot

Nancy Flores

Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer

McKesson Corporation

Tom Gergets headshot

Tom Gergets

CTO, Vice President - Global Technology Services


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Eileen Mahoney

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer


Francesco Tinto headshot

Francesco Tinto

Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

In an environment where the pace of competition and volatility is increasing faster than ever, the benefits of globally standardized technology and processes can simultaneously be both a competitive advantage and an impediment.  Global business leaders are tasked with finding and driving the right balance between leveraging global economies of scale through standardization while needing to be locally responsive and perceptive. Join this important boardroom of Global Business Leaders to discuss:

  • Balancing competing needs and requirements in different markets

  • Identifying and documenting the technology, processes and workflows that create value from global standardization, those that can simply be consistent and those that can be customized

  • Creating a framework for global standardization and regional customization decisions

  • International M&A’s, JV’s and partnerships - balancing integration and standardization with customization and localization

  • Managing and minimizing technical debt while being regionally responsive

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Accelerating Security at the Pace of Global Business

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Dave Lewis

Global Advisory CISO

Duo Security

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David Kepczynski

Chief Information Officer

GE Research

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John Varkey

VP, Enterprise Digital Services

Waste Management

In 2020, the multi-decade process of turning the digital enterprise inside out accelerated instantly. We’ve now passed an inflection point – most cyber assets live outside the old “walls” of the organization and cybersecurity controls must be scalable, flexible and reliable. How are Global CIOs partnering with CISOs to establish a global security strategy that is an enabler of the digital business rather than an obstacle?

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • Ways your peers discuss strategy for trust and access with other senior leaders
  • Foundational technologies to support a global cybersecurity mesh
  • Re-conceptualizing traditional ideas of how to approach security within the enterprise and shifting the business mindset
  • How to create defined and repeatable processes with plans for action to eliminate security deb

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

The Global CIO Imperative to Drive a Diverse, Inclusive Organization Worldwide

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Kim Mackenroth

Vice President & Chief Information Officer


Lynda Pak headshot

Lynda Pak

SVP, Technology Leader for Global Brands & Corporate Functions

The Estée Lauder Companies

Sabine Roduit headshot

Sabine Roduit

SVP and Head of IT North America

Nestle USA

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Eddy Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information Officer


It is widely known that diverse teams and organizations not only outperform less-diverse competition – they drive higher profits and innovation around the world. With the powerful, connective force of technology at their fingertips, global CIOs are uniquely positioned to deliver diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that impact every aspect of the IT creation/workforce experience. This peer-driven boardroom looks beyond compliance to explore actionable DEI strategies around:

  • Sourcing and hiring diverse IT talent – instilling access and opportunities for all
  • Partnering with the business and building pathways to elevate diverse IT talent into leadership roles
  • Creating avenues and connections for marginalized sections of the workforce
  • Expanding initiatives by accurately measuring and evangelizing the business value of DEI in IT

10:00am - 10:45am  PDT Keynote

Hello to Human Connections

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Nat Natarajan

EVP & GM, Product and Engineering


The world has become a very different place, and the way we work is forever changed. It took a major wakeup call to stir us into action. For most companies, the response to the challenge was about technology and digital transformation, but it should be more than that. It needs to center on driving the best possible human experience – sustaining human connection - so individuals and the companies they work for can thrive.

Join us to discuss how to:

  • Level the playing field for both in-office and remote employees so all experiences are equal
  • Bring together employee experience and customer experience to enhance productivity and increase customer satisfaction
  • Leverage the spectrum of no-low-pro code APIs to bring together all the ways people can work
  • Make every interaction better via computing intelligence, allowing employees to work their way

10:45am - 11:15am  PDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with Global 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 Global CIO community.  

October 7, 2021

October 8, 2021

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