New York CIO Executive Summit

November 14, 2018 | The Conrad

November 14, 2018
The Conrad

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the New York 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

New York CIO Governing Body

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


Andre Bromes

Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ, Inc

Kenneth Corriveau

Omnicom Media Group
SVP, CIO Worldwide

Warren Kudman

Turner Construction Company
VP & Chief Information Officer

Earl Newsome

Praxair, Inc.

Atefeh Riazi

United Nations
Assistant Secretary General & Chief Information Technology Officer

Janet Sherlock

Ralph Lauren Corp.

Michael Smith

The Estée Lauder Companies
Chief Information Officer


November 13, 2018

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

Exponential Humans and the Evolving CIO

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Radia Funna

Founder & Chief Blazer

Build n Blaze

Well into the fourth industrial revolution, it is more apparent than ever that massive disruption has rocked the societal and industrial foundations on which we built our civilization. A theorist, futurist and special advisor to the United Nations, Radia Funna developed the “Theory of the Exponential Human” or “xHuman” to explain the co-evolution of man, machine and code. In this keynote, Funna considers how the rise of the xHuman is disrupting everything from innovation to diversity. She challenges CIOs to evolve and embrace how to:

  • Lead and advise traditional IT to the frontlines of frontier technology
  • “React from the front” to drive next generation organizational strategy
  • Explore opportunities in what she has coined a “gender-neutral economy” defined by the human relationship to machines

November 14, 2018 - morning

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

7:45am - 8:50am  Keynote

Endeavour to Succeed

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Captain Mark Kelly

NASA Space Mission Commander

American Hero, Best-Selling Author

From commanding the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final flight to serving as a pillar of strength as his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, bravely recovered from an assassination attempt — Captain Mark Kelly embodies the true spirit of an American hero. Drawing inspiration from a lifetime of high adventure and distinguished service — combat pilot in Iraq, astronaut on four space shuttle missions, devoted husband and humanitarian – Kelly’s keynote deftly steers personal reflections into a collective call to action that reveals:

  • How continuous exploration can ignite the power of curiosity to discover new frontiers
  • How to rise above global barriers through extraordinary teamwork, communication and leadership
  • How to accomplish your ultimate mission while maintaining balance and the foundation of true success

8:50am - 9:20am  Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Driving Customer Engagement through IT Innovation 

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Lesley Ma

Global CIO

General Motors, Cadillac

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Skip D'Amico

Manager, Digital Innovation, Digital & CRM

General Motors, Cadillac

As Cadillac continues its legacy of innovation, Global CIO Lesley Ma is here to discuss the IT capabilities essential in a transforming industry. Ma and business partner Skip Damico will treat you to a “virtual test drive” of Cadillac’s VR shopping experience, along with real world insight into:

  • Evolving IT solutions to improve customer engagement
  • Boldly driving a legacy brand into the digital age
  • Creating IT-business partnerships aligned around innovation

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

The Perimeter of One

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Andy Ellis

Chief Security Officer

Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Today’s companies are embracing new technologies that open doors to innovative ways to improve business. At the same time, these advancements create a need for a more robust security strategy that safeguards more than just network perimeters. Listen to Andy Ellis as he explores a security approach that combines high visibility and zero trust to protect important assets both individually and collectively.

Find out how to:

•             Protect data spread across a variety of systems, devices and apps

•             Keep security in step with the CIO’s technology, supporting enterprise programs

•             Effectively use zero trust in your organization

9:20am - 10:10am  Executive Boardroom

Creating the Future of Enterprise Data

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Lakith Leelasena

CIO, Client Technology

JPMorgan Chase

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Ishit Vachhrajani

Global CTO

A&E Television Networks

With endless tools and raw data at its disposal, a data-driven organization must have clearly defined priorities, sound governance and business alignment if there is any hope of imbuing their information with meaning. In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • How CIOs are leveraging data to drive business growth
  • What tools and strategies can create new opportunities for data engagement throughout the enterprise
  • Where organizations stand with data governance post-GDPR 

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:   Monica Mast | 971-222-2385

10:10am - 10:40am  Networking Break

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Transcendent CIOs — Facing Digital Head-on

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Guy Hadari


Shire Pharmaceuticals

Imagine this, if you could rebuild your organization from the ground up today using all of the latest technology, tools, and business processes, where would you start? Guy Hadari believes a holistic approach to digitalization is crucial, and he’ll walk us through how to define a strategy that begins with big picture clarity and leads to digital transcendence. Join Guy as he shares:

  • Tactics for getting buy in for digital transformation across the enterprise
  • Methodologies for overcoming isolated and uninformed opinions
  • Strategies for taking technology out of the digital conversation

10:40am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Driving Digital — Up-to-Speed and On Track

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Abu Bakar



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Allen Look


SI Group, Inc.

Caught up in the burgeoning demand to innovate at breakneck speed, how do CIOs deliver on time while keeping control of the IT enterprise? This boardroom session will address the challenges of fulfilling business needs in the driven digital age, including: 

  • How CIOs can maintain strategic influence over digital initiatives
  • How to create stronger partnerships within the business to stay on top of demand

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:   Monica Mast | 971-222-2385

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Slam Dunk Data to Win Customers

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Krishna Bhagavathula


National Basketball Association

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Rajan Mehta



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Kenneth Corriveau

SVP, CIO Worldwide

Omnicom Media Group

In the high-flying arenas of NBA hoops and WWE wrestling, delighting fans is the name of the game —and leveraging data is the winning move. Join the innovative minds behind two behemoth brands in the sports and entertainment industry for the latest insights on how data can build the customer base. Krishna Bhagavathula and Rajan Mehta tag team the following:

  • How optimized data provides a 360-degree view of the fan – driving increased engagement and popularity
  • Organizational structures designed to leverage customer data
  • Experiments and learnings from data-driven initiatives and what lies ahead

November 14, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:30am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Forging the Future of Application Development with AI

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Paulo Rosado


OutSystems, Inc.

As predicted, software ate the world, disrupting industries across the board. For something so ubiquitous, however, its creation remains a mostly manual process with an ever-widening gap between demand and available talent. It’s time that changed. In his keynote, OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado will cover how AI and machine learning will:

  • Affect the future of application development
  • Bridge the talent gap
  • Make your software creation more automatic, adaptable and self-evolutionary
  • Turn development into a 100% creative endeavor by eliminating repetitive, boring tasks

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Networking Break

November 14, 2018 - afternoon

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Technology and Marketing — True Digital Partnership

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Michelle Bottomley

Chief Marketing Officer

New York Life Insurance Co.

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Chris Hummel


United Rentals, Inc.

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Amanda Rubin

Global Co-Head, Brand & Content Strategy

Goldman Sachs

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Michelle Garvey


J. Crew Group, Inc.

Join a distinguished panel of CMOs to discuss one of the most vital C-suite partnerships in the digital age. This panel explores modern marketing and how the quest for the next gen experience creates new opportunities for technology and marketing synergy.

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Lights, Camera, Action! Weaving Video Into Security Awareness

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Michael Cena

Sr. Director, Cyber Security

A&E Television Networks

It can be a struggle when it comes educating people and raising the bar in corporate cyber hygiene. You can test and review security awareness concepts again and again, but how do you make it stick? Join Michael Cena as he shares how the power of video inspired a shift in the security culture at A+E Networks. Cena will the point the lens toward:

  • Visual elements that motivate people to make cybersecurity hygiene a part of their daily routine
  • Valuable strategies to put sizzle into your organization’s awareness program
  • How CIOs can partner to promote greater cybersecurity hygiene

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Innovation as Driver and Differentiator

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Kevin Field



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Joe Leggio



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Tony Stoupas


Moody's Corporation

Whether you view them as opportunities or threats, innovation and disruption are impacting your business. Technology has flooded an already-crowded marketplace with nimble competitors — driving a necessity to embrace new ideas. In this collaborative conversation, you and your peers will explore this alchemy, focusing on:

  • Ways to drive business growth and differentiation through innovation
  • Tools to maximize bandwidth for innovation, such as outsourcing and automation
  • Executing on the nuts and bolts of innovation strategy

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:   Monica Mast | 971-222-2385

2:30pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Crashing the Executive Party with Bold IT Leadership

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Anna Ransley


Heineken USA

Learn how Heineken’s IT leader deployed a retooled IT team to meet the overflowing demand for innovation. Anna Ransley reveals how to ramp up IT productivity while forming stronger business-wide partnerships in a few bold moves:

  • Train and develop end-to-end “IT ninjas” who bring depth and agility
  • Insert technology into strategic conversations to become a front-end partner
  • Rally support around “Here’s how I can bring value,” instead of, “What’s in it for me?”

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Driving the IT Board Agenda

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Cindy Finkelman

Chief Information Officer

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

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Michael Israel

Former SVP & CIO

Six Flags Entertainment

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Rich Preziotti

Former CEO

Vertellus Specialties

You’re in the hot seat, about to make a crucial IT elevator pitch to your company’s board of directors. What do you lead with? What do you leave out? How do you get to the point and earn pivotal project support? Our panel of battle-tested board presenters offer tips from the front lines, including:

  • Appropriate messaging, approach and style to influence the board
  • The importance of prewiring the room to identify technology allies
  • Addressing risk and making a business case that will resonate with the board

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Blockchain — Hype or Help?

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Dutt Kalluri

Senior Vice President, Office of CIO


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Dan McCoach


Nassau Re

If the hype is real — that blockchain today is like the internet in the 90s — more CIOs are going to want to go beyond theory and dig into its enormous potential. This boardroom will delve into the benefits of blockchain/distributed ledger technology. You will cover:

  • The technology behind blockchain and the value it can create
  • Blockchain’s potential impact and what an organization needs to become blockchain-ready
  • Roadblocks to overcome

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:   Monica Mast | 971-222-2385

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:00pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Debating the Impact of AI

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Earl Newsome


Praxair, Inc.

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Atefeh Riazi

Assistant Secretary General & Chief Information Technology Officer

United Nations

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Farhan Shah

SVP & CTO Global Head of AI & Engineering Services


There is more to AI than meets the eye. Atefeh Riazi and Earl Newsome agree on that. But two of New York’s most respected CIOs take different sides on how artificial intelligence will impact the future of business, the economy and society as whole. “The shift is coming,” Riazi says. “We need to understand the shift.” Moderated by subject-matter expert Farhan Shah, who advocates for “Responsible AI,” Riazi and Newsome debate the issues, including:

  • Will AI create jobs or cost jobs? When AI becomes the norm, how will that impact organizational structures?
  • How will AI impact larger forces, such as the environment?
  • How should organizations address the bias in both algorithms and data?
  • How should organizations move toward responsible innovation?

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


Venue & Accommodation

The Conrad

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New York CIO Program Manager

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

Monica Mast

Senior Program Manager