Houston CIO Executive Summit

June 26, 2018 | Four Seasons Houston

June 26, 2018
Four Seasons Houston

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston CIO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Houston CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.


Yanni Charalambous

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

James Green

Chevron Corporation
GM of IT Service Delivery

Jennifer Hartsock

Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE)

Lori Kittle

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

Al Lindseth

Plains All American Pipeline
SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Wayne Shurts

Sysco Corporation
EVP & Chief Technology Officer

Amy Suhl

Shell Global Solutions Inc
VP & CIO, Projects & Technology

Laura Tibodeau

Americas Styrenics

John Varkey

Direct Energy


June 25, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Creating a Company of IT Owners

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Dr. Daren Martin

Culture Architect and Best-Selling Author of "A Company of Owners"

In Dr. Daren Martin’s top-selling book, “A Company of Owners,” he provides a blueprint for business leaders to build a thriving culture and maximize employee engagement. For CIOs, embedding a culture of IT across the business – and fostering an openness to change – can truly elevate new IT initiatives. In this session, Martin will teach you how to cultivate a company of “IT owners.” Be ready to create your BAM – Business Actionable Mantra!  

June 26, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

One Mission. One Goal. One Team.

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Former Combat Pilot, Author, Zero to Breakthrough

She answers to “FlyGirl” and make no mistake – Vernice FlyGirl Armour earned those wings. She flew the AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter during Operation Iraqi Freedom and became the first African-American female combat pilot in U.S. Armed Forces history. Drawing inspiration and leadership lessons straight from the heat of battle, FlyGirl challenges executives and organizations to “get gutsy” by harnessing the power of a Breakthrough Mentality Mindset and overcoming personal and professional setbacks. FlyGirl now travels the globe with one mission and one goal: to give you “permission to engage” your teams like never before.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

The Golden Age of Digital

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James Green

GM of IT Service Delivery

Chevron Corporation

We have clearly entered the “Golden Age of Digital,” where businesses are embracing digital to define new business models, create value in existing models and drive operational efficiency.  Regardless of where an organization sits on their specific digital journey, adopting a holistic approach paves the way to success. In this session, Jim Green shares a perspective from the energy industry along with the key learnings and best practices to successfully lead a digital transformation. Join Green to deepen your understanding of what it takes to succeed in the digital world.

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

The Future of Work – Meeting the Demands of Digital

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Anisha Vaswani

VP of Enterprise Systems


The future of work continues to evolve, and every day that future is brought closer by the accelerating business demands of digital transformation, emerging cultural norms and the capabilities of new technologies and innovations. Digitally-enabled businesses must strive to be more global and work outside their normal bounds. The session will explore the growing demand for transparency and less hierarchy in the workplace alongside the advent of real-time communications tools. Hear use cases from firms that are on the leading edge of implementing more data-driven decision making, AI-enabled processes and new models for information security.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Avoid Risk in Business-Critical Applications During Digital Transformation

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Peggy Colsman


Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

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Lyndsey Gibbons-Neff

Director of Professional Services

Onapsis, Inc.

Digital transformation is not just a buzzword, but an outline of business and operational plans to integrate and prioritize the latest digital technologies available. Unfortunately, security is often a second priority, or not even in the scope of the transformation project. Worse, many organizations have not identified a plan for how they will migrate their most critical SAP and Oracle applications in a secure way, putting their assets at risk. Join this session to discuss how to make security an enabler instead of a roadblock and discuss what key action items can be implemented immediately to ensure security and compliance of your business-critical applications.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Bits, Bytes and the Board of Directors

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Al Lindseth

SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Plains All American Pipeline

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Jeff Roberts



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Laura Tibodeau


Americas Styrenics

Corporate directors often lack the technology background for nuanced discussions of IT. Yet boards of directors are still acutely interested in harnessing the disruptive opportunities of new technology, and the CIO is expected to deliver. The best CIO board presenters are savvy communicators who can focus on the right metrics and the right message. Go inside the mind of the board in this peer-driven roundtable discussion, and learn how some of your peers are making an impact in the boardroom.

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity is a Team Sport

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Joanna Burkey

CISO, Americas


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Angela Haun

Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Annette Moore


NASA Johnson Space Center

Collaboration is crucial when it comes to protecting critical infrastructure. To improve cybersecurity, there must be a partnership between business, government, academia and private and public industries. Join this fireside chat to learn and share ideas on how to communicate the importance of security as a team sport, and how to build a culture of shared responsibility across all lines of business.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Activating Digital Disruption in Oil and Gas

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David Womack

Global Director of Strategy, C&P Industries


CIOs are not isolated from the challenges of growth, consolidation, customer acquisition and retention, market expansion, or talent departure. But CIOs can take center stage by addressing these challenges, using emerging and transformative digital technologies that demonstrate the business value of IT. How can CIOs move disruptions such as AI, blockchain and IoT beyond the buzz and into the realm of practical IT-led reinvention, while sustaining enterprise scale? David Womack explores actual use cases where CIOs have implemented disruptive technologies to solve traditionally thorny problems, move forward with speed, and achieve improved results.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Raising the CIO Bar

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Jim Bailey

Vice President and CIO

Modec International

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Sameer Purao


Austin Industries, Inc.

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Krish Rao Aedla

Vice President

Tata Consultancy Services

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Amy Suhl

VP & CIO, Projects & Technology

Shell Global Solutions Inc

Instead of the IT status quo, CIOs are now driving business change by embracing the digital forces of analytics, IoT, automation and Agile to create differentiation and new channels of business growth. In adopting the digital forces, CIOs must take partnerships and responsibility to the next level. How do you work with the CFO to achieve the maximum business benefit per dollar spent or align with the CMO to enable digital customer interfaces? How do you augment your portfolio to include operations or separate business units? Join this peer-to-peer dialogue to explore executive partnership and the expanding CIO role.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Building Successful Cloud Strategies

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James Green

GM of IT Service Delivery

Chevron Corporation

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Erik Tennison

Associate Information Officer


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Rob Brown

Chief Revenue Officer

Remote DBA Experts

As organizations gain experience with cloud systems, an increasing number of businesses are creating or re-evaluating their overall cloud strategies.  However, the analysis of these strategies often leads to some common questions. Many IT leaders are left wondering which cloud strategy- cloud only, cloud first, best fit,  hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, IaaS, DBaaS, SaaS - is the best for their business needs.  In addition, they are also identifying how their business processes will need to change to meet cloud and, more specifically, SaaS application requirements.

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

June 26, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Cloud — Myth Versus Reality

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Jay Ferro

Chief Customer Officer


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Scott Crenshaw

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Private Cloud


 Today’s CIOs are constantly being asked to move faster and do more in the cloud. They must also confront myths about the cloud that may no longer be true and could be keeping them from realizing their organizations’ full potential. One such myth? The role a private cloud might play in digital transformation. Join self-described serial CIO Jay Ferro, for a lively discussion on the truths behind some of the biggest cloud myths.

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Looking Ahead — Technology, Talent and Disruption

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Jennifer Hartsock


Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE)

We are entering the fourth industrial revolution, characterized by emerging technologies that fuse the physical, digital and biological realms — permanently altering the world of work. These resulting shifts and disruptions impact every level of business and industry, and will be led by the technology function. Jennifer Hartsock shares how BHGE sees the future of work and how they are enabling tomorrow’s workforce. She’ll also explore the changing role of IT in driving digital transformation, including how people development and the use of technology will enhance processes for finding and retaining top performers who possess the right skills to address this next phase of work.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Zooming into the Cloud With Next-Gen Communication

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Harry D. Moseley



Technology is transforming the way high-growth companies are communicating. As organizations search for better, faster and more efficient ways to collaborate and get work done, they find themselves turning to the cloud for new, innovative solutions. What does the future hold? Will organizations harness the power of AI to make video meetings even better than in-person meetings? Join Harry Moseley, CIO of Zoom Video Communications, to explore the digital transformation journey and discover how to create a culture of trust with next-generation communication.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

From Operational Master to Strategic Leader

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Amy Absher

General Manager, Enterprise Systems & Services

Chevron Corporation

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Dulce Borjas



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Don Reny


Exterran Holdings, Inc.

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Patrick A. Tickle

Chief Product Officer

Planview, Inc.

For any organization, the cornerstone of digital transformation is the ability to alter the way people work in order to drive customer value and accelerate time-to-market. As CIOs move from operational master to strategic leader, it’s not the same old game, and organizations need to shift and execute more and more quickly. By working smarter and striving to get the most out of every available resource, CIOs can successfully make enterprise visions of innovation, growth and enhanced customer experience into reality. Join this executive boardroom discussion to explore techniques and methods that connect strategy to delivery and pave the way for transformation at speed.

June 26, 2018 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Benchmark This! An Interactive Experience

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Charles Li

IT Chief Data Officer for Trading & Supply

Royal Dutch Shell

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Benjamin Williams


Devon Energy Corporation

What is digital transformation? One thing is certain – it’s one of the hottest topics for Houston CIOs. Digital transformation means something different for every organization, but CIOs are united in seeking to leverage the disruptive power of new technologies in their industries. One of the best ways to check your assumptions on any business initiative is to know where you stand among your peers and allow them to challenge your assumptions. This interactive session is a chance to baseline your digital transformation and explore context around the metrics.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Using Low-code Automation to Achieve Digital Strategies

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Mike Hughes

Director, Product

OutSystems, Inc.

It's been said that the world is changing so fast, it’s no longer the big beating the small, but the fast beating the slow. CIOs are always looking for ways to accelerate their digital strategies, and low-code automation is one way that organizations can use technology to differentiate themselves. In this session, Mike Hughes shares how low-code development brings automation to IT — whether streamlining operations, creating new customer experiences, or re-platforming aging legacy applications, low-code platforms are quickly becoming the new standard for organizations looking to innovate faster and outpace the competition.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Free the Data, Find the Insight

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Jennifer Hartsock


Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE)

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Grady Ligon


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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John Varkey


Direct Energy

Data is the lifeblood of the organization, and to enable healthy business growth, it must flow freely. CIOs are building the the on-premise and cloud infrastructure that allows the free movement of this critical business intelligence, yet seamlessly linking silos of information across manufacturing, finance, retail and more is no small task. In this interactive discussion, CIOs will discuss ways they are enabling the discovery of cross-functional insights, efficiencies and opportunities through data analytics strategies that serve the enterprise as a whole.  

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

The World Series of Technology

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Chris Hanz


Houston Astros

Chris Hanz came to the Astros knowing a bit about baseball and a whole lot more about the creative use of technology, working as a team and looking for talent in all the right places. When the Astros won the World Series following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, it was more than a win for baseball — it was a win for the entire city of Houston. Hanz shares how he uses technology to create enjoyable experiences for fans and capitalizes on the IT pioneers working in his company. Learn the importance of not overestimating business users’ technical skills and how rapid-data insights trump data governance.  

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Venue & Accommodation

Four Seasons Houston

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Houston CIO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Mallory Paige

Senior Program Manager