Houston CIO Executive Summit

June 27, 2019 | The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

June 27, 2019
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown 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.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Yanni Charalambous

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Twila Day

Huntsman Corporation

James Green

Chevron Corporation
GM of IT Service Delivery

Jennifer Hartsock


Lori Kittle

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

Al Lindseth

Plains All American Pipeline
SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Laura Tibodeau

Americas Styrenics

John Varkey

Direct Energy


June 26, 2019

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

Automation is Coming – And There's Nothing You Can Do to Stop It

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George Danner

Author, CEO & Futurist

What will happen to humans when AI and automation take over? The winning companies will be prepared by “retooling” their workforce and repurposing talent. CEO, author and futurist George Danner shares what it will mean to stay competitive in an environment of ever-increasing technological sophistication, including:

  • Identifying parts of your business ripe for automation
  • Exploring Natural Language Processing. Machines have evolved and can now think and speak: “Alexa, Port Report”
  • Getting stakeholder buy-in

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Designing an Agile Operating Model for the Digital Present

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Eric Abecassis



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James Brady

VP IT Architecture & Governance


Initiating a new approach to business and IT co-delivery, Schlumberger CIO Eric Abercassis radically rolled out a Scrum@Scale operating model and developed a three-mode approach to delivery —leveraging central, decentral, and hybrid resource configurations. Hear how Abercassis, James Brady and his team are currently realigning development and operations into a DevOps model that compliments this new approach to: 

  • Build a solid ERP foundation with an agile approach to providing value optimization extensions
  • Leverage data by creating a technical stack that delivers clean data to central and decentral groups
  • Changing the corporate mindset by demonstrating IT’s strong partnership in leading agile transformation across the enterprise

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Data and Analytics – Unite and Conquer

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David Harmon

Director of Business Services and Data Analytics

Oil States International, Inc.

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Randy Lakner


Oil States International, Inc.

Join Oil States as a few small steps toward a “Digital Twin” of the organization uncovers a wealth of strategic, collaborative and value-generating opportunities. This session explores how to:

  • Leverage the DTO to understand and unite the various perspectives of your business
  • Improve operational performance by integrating a BI performance feedback loop in day to day functions
  • Build an environment for employees to be successful, greatly enhanced by technology

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Energizing Performance with Digital Innovation

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Jennifer Byrne


Microsoft US

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Brian Khoury

Information Technology

XTO Energy Inc.

Exxon Mobil’s XTO Energy Permian Basin operation is remote, vast and data-rich, but the data was stranded in the field and underutilized. Enter Microsoft, who partnered with XTO to apply Connected Field Services to improve performance and reduce downtime. This session explores how XTO and Microsoft worked together to:

  • Digitally transform and execute in a fundamentally different way
  • Improve data management, including seamless data transfer and mobile access
  • Increase volumes while simultaneously reducing safety risks and improving the bottom line

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Amplify Innovation and Increase Agility Through ERP

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Riley Shearin

Sr. Principal Managing Partner


CIOs want to be able to adapt, innovate and meet the needs of the business, all the while being more strategic to help grow the bottom line. Cloud-based ERP systems can be true differentiators. Come to this interactive session to discuss:

  • How a cloud-foundational ERP system can provide deep insights into your organization
  • How to take those insights and drive innovation and increase agility
  • How to make better decisions and act on real-time reporting and analytics

Executive boardrooms are private, closed-door discussions that encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or; or Rich Keating at 971-978-5040 or

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Speeding Up the Digital Business with Content in the Cloud

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Jesse Carrillo



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Niall Wall

SVP, Business Development & Channel


Still encumbered by legacy business processes? Struggling to speed up onboarding, improve customer experience, and secure collaboration across the extended enterprise? Business processes need to keep up with the digitization of your enterprise. Join a group of your peers to discuss how to:

  • Identify opportunities for improving outdated processes
  • Unlock new customer experiences with digital practices
  • Empower your workplace with seamless business processes

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

A View From the CISO Chair – Perspectives on Security

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Catharina Budiharto

Sr. Director, Cybersecurity Architect & Data Protection


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Angelique Grado


MRC Global

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Brad Hollingsworth

Director of Cyber Security

Mattress Firm

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Jeff Roberts



A panel of CISOs share their perspectives on the cyber security landscape. They tackle these questions and more:

  • From your CISO perspective, how do you assess risk in your network so you can mitigate it? And how do you communicate that risk with your CIO, other executive leaders and the board?
  • What are practical solutions to cybersecurity, beyond just hiring a security team and building a SOC? How are you handling the basic blocking and tackling?
  • How does the CISO avoid becoming the department of “no”?
  • How are you handling the governance and compliance side of cybersecurity?

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Translating Industry 4.0 to Business Operations

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Krish Rao Aedla

Vice President

Tata Consultancy Services

As the fourth industrial revolution gains speed fueled by emerging technologies, business operations are lagging behind. Organizations need to embrace Business 4.0TM and implement a unified vision for innovation. Join as Krish Rao unpacks:

  • The current state of innovation and changing role of CIOs 
  • A model that focuses on personalization, exponential value creation, risk mitigation and ecosystem leverage
  • A culture of innovation at scale

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Transforming the IT Value Chain

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Ann-Michele Bowlin

Chief Innovation Officer

Intertek USA

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John Varkey


Direct Energy

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Dale James

Senior Executive Architect - Inspire


As technology continues to be the primary driver of business capability, CIOs have stopped being looked to as simply providers of internal technical support. IT executives must modernize the enterprise to move to value-based, iterative approaches to technology implementation and utilization while also driving cultural change. This session explores:

  • Enterprise platform strategy vs. siloed, single-purpose technology stack
  • How do CIOs align IT investments to business top priorities?
  • How does IT make smarter decisions with real-time analytics across the entire IT value chain?

Executive boardrooms are private, closed-door discussions that encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or; or Rich Keating at 971-978-5040 or

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Building API Strategy for the Smart Enterprise

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Matt Steele

Senior Program Manager

Google Cloud

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Louis Ventura


Quanex Building Products

APIs and API management have become essential to how enterprises deliver applications in and across clouds. They help build and connect modern applications, increase execution times at scale to optimize costs and use analytics and machine learning to make smarter decisions.

This interactive session explores:

  • How to build transformation strategies across the business with APIs in mind
  • How to measure ROI on your API strategy, including tracking early wins and demonstrating value
  • How your API platform aids innovation and shortens your maturity curve for emerging technologies

Executive boardrooms are private, closed-door discussions that encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or; or Rich Keating at 971-978-5040 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Achieve 100% Analytics Adoption with a New Class of Enterprise Intelligence

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Steve Holdridge

Senior EVP, Worldwide Services


Despite having access to a wealth of data, enterprises still struggle to effectively deliver trusted insights to the entire workforce—preventing them from realizing the full value of their data investments. Overcoming this challenge takes pervasive adoption of trusted analytics.

This session will cover:

  • Mastering the next wave of Enterprise Intelligence with zero-click analytics
  • Empowering your workforce to get more from tools they use, every day
  • Using mobile productivity apps to impact every business role and function

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Championing Projects That Leverage New Technologies

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Allen Wuescher


Toshiba International

Allen Wuescher leads business transformation for the largest of Toshiba’s American Group companies. After completing a successful consolidation of independent operating companies into a single ERP instance, he is focused on working with R&D and business partners to create products and services that leverage new technologies. In this session, he shares:

  • Why he champions projects that combine flavors of data analytics, IOT, cognitive and blockchain
  • His perspective on the future of technological advancement and competitive differentiation
  • His unique perspective on high-tech trends based upon historical human and societal trends

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

What the Intelligent Enterprise Means for Digital Transformation

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Matt Makaila

VP & Head of Merger-Related Services


What does having an intelligent enterprise mean for your business? Learn how SAP has transformed the conversation around digital transformation and opened up for easier integration and usage across various industry architectures. This session covers:

  • A view on business process change and “fake” digital transformation
  • Lessons learned from implementations to date, and new innovative ways to customize and join processes across disparate enterprise architectures
  • Why the future of the intelligent enterprise is continuous innovation, with IT adapting to support new and different ways of working

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Journey to the Intelligent Enterprise – A CIO Roundtable

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Kenneth Gasior


Talen Energy

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Don Reny


Exterran Holdings, Inc.

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Steve Holdridge

Senior EVP, Worldwide Services


Enterprises aspire to maximize their return on investment from data, and to quickly take advantage of the latest innovations in analytics, mobility, cloud, and AI/machine learning. Yet too many organizations struggle with disparate data systems, inconsistent data, closed architectures, and tools that only empower a fraction of the workforce. In this peer-driven discussion, discover:

  • What industry leaders are doing to overcome these challenges and transform their businesses
  • How to apply the right tools and structure to balance counteractive forces, such as agility vs. governance
  • How to empower individuals and teams with access to those tools, while establishing a single version of truth

Executive boardrooms are private, closed-door discussions that encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or; or Rich Keating at 971-978-5040 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Digital Transformation – What Does It Really Mean?

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James Druzbik


Group 1 Automotive, Inc.

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Jennifer Hartsock



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Jay Krishnamurthy

Global CIO


A panel of CIOs with varying views talk digital transformation strategies and where they are at on their journeys. This informative session tries to answer these questions and more:

  • What does “digital transformation” mean to you and your organization?
  • What’s unique about each of your transformation journeys?
  • What are the key components of digital transformation?
  • What’s the difference between internal messaging around digital transformation and external (customer-facing) messaging around digital transformation?

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Innovation@Amazon – Fostering a Cutting-Edge Culture

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Arno Van den Haak

Head of Worldwide Business Development

Amazon Web Services

You may have heard about Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 philosophy. How do successful organizations protect and nurture the vitality of a Day 1 culture? Enterprises that don't innovate risk being marginalized, and technology and business leaders are often expected to help accelerate the speed of innovation from within. There’s probably no force that is more powerful and intangible in driving business innovation than corporate culture. Arno van den Haak, Head of Worldwide Business Development, leads a discussion on:

  • Mechanisms that leaders can leverage to create an innate bias for action and ultimately foster a culture of innovation
  • How customers have changed their culture to be more agile and adapt to a cloud-first culture, including the challenges and steps

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Powering Digital with Behavioral Science

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Al Lindseth

SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Plains All American Pipeline

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Gaurav Khandelwal

CEO & Founder


Digital transformation initiatives fail without significant frontline employee input. Process re-engineering through modern technologies must address both business objectives and end-user needs. A human-centric design approach helps enterprises successfully push ongoing digital transition efforts. This roundtable discussion explores:

  • Transforming how business is done from the ground up through behavioral science methods
  • Ensuring high user adoption and motivation before significant investment in technology is made
  • Mitigating risk and delivering outstanding value by using science-driven modern UX

Executive boardrooms are private, closed-door discussions that encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or; or Rich Keating at 971-978-5040 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Dare to Disrupt – ENGIE’s Zero Carbon Energy Future

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Dulce Borjas


ENGIE North America

CIO Dulce Borjas shares how ENGIE launched a transformation journey by taking bold steps, with digital at the center of its strategy. In this keynote, she explains:

  • The 3-year transformation strategy and massive reorganization
  • The digital journey, and how it’s enabling ENGIE’s transformation
  • How the company’s culture is enabling its strategy and innovation

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

June 26, 2019


Venue & Accommodation

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

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Pierre Ngung

Former Program Director


Rich Keating

Program Manager

971 978 5040