New York CIO Executive Summit

November 2, 2021 | Sheraton New York Times Square

November 2, 2021
Sheraton New York Times Square

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with New York's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

New York 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

Andre Bromes

Goodwill Industries International

Kenneth Corriveau

Omnicom Media Group
SVP, CIO Worldwide

Dean Del Vecchio

Guardian Life
Executive VP, Chief of Operations & Chief Information Officer

Michelle Garvey

J Crew
Former Chief Information Officer

Warren Kudman

Turner Construction
SVP & Chief Information Officer

Robert McCowan

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Earl Newsome

Chief Information Officer

Anna Ransley

Heineken USA

Atefeh Riazi

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Interim CDO and Chief Information Officer, DigiTs

Janet Sherlock

Ralph Lauren Corp

Michael Smith

The Estée Lauder Companies
Chief Information Officer

Deepa Soni

The Hartford
Chief Information Officer

Sigal Zarmi

Morgan Stanley
International CIO & Head of Transformation

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 New York 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.


November 1, 2021

November 2, 2021

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

The TechPACT – Diversity is the Opportunity

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Dean Del Vecchio

Executive VP, Chief of Operations & Chief Information Officer

Guardian Life

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Janet Sherlock


Ralph Lauren Corp

It is widely known that diverse organizations not only outperform less-diverse competition – they drive higher profits and innovation. The TechPACT is a non-profit organization with a mission to achieve diversity and representation in the technology community and to help close the digital divide.

Join two of the TechPACT’s founding CIOs – Dean Del Vecchio and Janet Sherlock – for an informal talk about:

  • The TechPACT’s journey and vision – and what you can do as a leader to perpetuate greater technology diversity
  • Meaningful actions organizations are taking to reduce the digital divide and create equal opportunity on a level playing field
  • Strategies to attract, retain and mentor diverse, talented technologists advancing through their careers

8:00am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am  Opening Comments

9:00am - 9:30am  Keynote

Crushing It As a Leader Without Crushing Your People

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Founder, Author, America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot

Her call sign is “FlyGirl” – and Vernice Armour’s true calling is larger-than-life engagement. After two Marine tours of duty in Iraq, soaring heroic as America’s first Black female combat pilot, today FlyGirl earns her wings as a devoted mom and breakthrough author. “I’m a hugger,” she’ll announce when you first greet her. But how do we hug – let alone create deeper connections in our lives and careers – in a hyper-sanitized, socially distant world? Join FlyGirl for an inspirational summit launch that will cover:

  • Refusing to empower your obstacles – leveraging adversity as the mother of innovation
  • Embracing diversity and gutsy leadership – forming stronger bonds with your people
  • Taking care of yourself – finding ways to reinvigorate in the moment and re-engage with your mission

9:30am - 9:45am  Break

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero— Trust Journey

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Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer


With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

Accelerating Business Value During a Digital Talent Drought

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Stephanie Moore

Senior Vice President Marketing


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Robert McCowan

Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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Jean-Michel Kientz

SVP, Technical lead - Interconnected Retail

The Estée Lauder Companies

According to Gartner, 7 out of 10 boards have demanded digital acceleration in a disrupted global climate. But facing a widespread scarcity of digital workers and the need to retrain employees for digital scaling, how is your organization meeting the challenge? Join your peers in this interactive discussion on how to strategically address the digital skills gap, secure talent for value creation and increase employee engagement. Among the key talking points:

  • Pulling the right levers to expand digital business and increase digital maturity
  • The role of the CIOs is securing, inspiring and nurturing top talent and top partners
  • Competing for talent management to scale digital and agile programs

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).

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9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

How CIOs Can Lead Employee Experience with SaaS Intelligence

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Aashish Chandarana

Chief Information Officer


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Roger Czuchra

Chief Information Officer

Centric Brands

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Lesley Ma

Global CIO

NSF International

Gartner predicts that in the next five years 50% of organizations using multiple SaaS applications will centralize management and usage with an SMP tool. Modern CIOs will need better visibility into their app portfolios to make transformational decisions that benefit the entire organization.

Join this interactive roundtable discussion as CIOs discuss how to:

  • Gain visibility into all of your SaaS apps – including those owned by business units
  • Understand the barriers to engagement and how to craft an environment that results in productivity and innovation for employees
  • Maximize your IT resources and budget

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: 

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

How to Support Hybrid Work With Conversational AI

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Bhavin Shah

CEO & Founder


97% of employees prefer hybrid work, which means it’s your job to help them stay productive from anywhere. But most companies still rely on old technology to support the new normal — preventing their people from getting the help they need.

To deliver the experience your employees expect, it takes a faster approach to support: Conversational AI. Join this session to learn:

  • Where industry leaders have deployed conversational AI to support hybrid work
  • How the latest AI platforms can adapt to your unique environment while on the job
  • Ways to automatically resolve employees' requests, such as IT issues and HR questions

10:30am - 11:00am  Networking Break

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Reducing OT/IT Complexity to Accelerate Digital Business

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Chris Blauvelt

Director, Operational Technology


Equipped with a structured, well-governed strategy, CIOs and CISOs can simplify and refine their company’s IT and security landscape, control costs and reap more benefits from doing business in the digital age.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Creating a culture of awareness
  • Measuring and communicating risk
  • Implementing actionable intelligence

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Competing With Digital Dragons

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Michelle Garvey

Former Chief Information Officer

J Crew

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Chau Banks

Chief Information & Enterprise Analytics Officer

The Clorox Company

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Yelena Pevzner

CIO - Corporate Technology


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Atefeh Riazi

Interim CDO and Chief Information Officer, DigiTs

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Atti Riazi has witnessed the digital marketplace emerge and erupt in her 35 years in the CIO chair. Facing skyrocketing consumer demand for easy-to-access digital products and services, Riazi asks a bold question of technology leaders: “Are you a digital dragon, or a dinosaur?” Chau Banks of Clorox and Riazi offer multi-industry perspectives on what it means to be a digital dragon in the hyperconnected world – soaring beyond aging process to delight end users in new ways, including:

  • Creative digital approaches to meet-and-exceed customer expectations
  • Operational and platform changes to achieve a competitive edge
  • Convergence of technology and business to elevate customer experience

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Weaving a Global Data Fabric to Advance AI

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Igor Tumasov

IBM Watson Americas Sales Leader


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Arun Kumar Bhaskara-Baba

Global Vice President, Manufacturing Information Technology

Johnson & Johnson

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Terrence Robbins

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

STO Building Group

Smart organizations are fueling their operations with the power of data and AI. Through integrated technologies, a data fabric architecture enables dynamic and intelligent data flows and orchestration across any enterprise to create a network of instantly available information, empower people to do higher value work, and hyper-personalize digital experiences. However, only 2 of 10 firms have scaled their transformation and technology solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preparing your workforce for a data-first world
  • Improving business outcomes through data-driven decisions and innovation
  • How data and AI can deliver instant benefits to your organization today

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 your program manager.

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11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Hello to Human Connections

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Naveed Husain

VP, Vertical Sales Programs


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David Strobelt

SVP/CIO & Supply Chain Officer

New York & Company Inc

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Steven Wolk

Chief Technology Officer

P.C. Richard & Son

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 this interactive roundtable to discuss:

  • Leveling the playing field for both in-office and remote employees so all experiences are equal
  • Bringing together employee experience and customer experience to enhance productivity and increase customer satisfaction
  • Making every interaction better via computing intelligence, allowing employees to work their way

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: 

11:45am - 11:55am  Break

11:55am - 12:55pm  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.

12:00pm - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:55pm - 1:05pm  Break

1:05pm - 1:10pm  Lunch Comments

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Keynote

Driving an Agenda that Enables and Transforms Your Business

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Sebastian Scheiter

Director, GTM, Chrome Enterprise


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Steve Wrenn

Group CIO, Global Supply Chain

Johnson & Johnson

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, the sky is the limit…until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside the box solutions?

Join this panel to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce

1:40pm - 1:55pm  Break

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

Crafting Your Future IT Culture

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David Kline

EVP, Chief Technology Officer

News Corp

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Philip Wiser

Chief Technology Officer & EVP


In recent months, there has been a dramatic shift in the workforce, and organizations are now faced with meeting the demands of a hybrid world. In this hyper-competitive environment, CIOs are asking, “Where do we go from here?”

Join two technology leaders from the media industry for a human-centered discussion on IT culture, employee engagement and leadership in the new, post-pandemic world. They will cover:

  • Lessons learned during a global crisis and what to expect going forward
  • Giving a voice to employees – creating a self-help environment with cross-functional teams
  • Enabling seamless operations with a the new remote/hybrid/in-person workforce

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Building the Right Team for Customized Digital Experience

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Akash Bhatia

Chief Financial Officer


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Janet Mak

Deputy CIO

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Richard Martin

Senior IT Director & Global BRM - Procurement Technologies

PepsiCo Inc

Digital infrastructure has made it easier for many organizations to purchase the capability they need to close key gaps. But the next competitive advantage in the digital ecosystem comes from creating unique user experiences. As technology and data leaders reach the “build” stage for their products and services, it will be essential to develop the right teams – and the right culture – to meet demand and thrive.

In this roundtable, you and your peers will discuss:

  • Establishing the digital foundation to create customized products and services for internal and external customers
  • Developing a talent base to support the next phase of digital evolution
  • Building a culture of innovation and agility that is a differentiator in the marketplace

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:

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Future of Work – How AI is Modernizing Employee Experience

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Muddu Sudhakar

Co-Founder and CEO


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Cherif Amirat

Chief Information Officer


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Cindy Taibi

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

New York Times

As more employees express a post-pandemic desire for flexible work arrangements, IT organizations must adapt to these shifting priorities. Creating new hybrid work environments require an agile, flexible, resilient approach to improving digital experiences – while maintaining employee productivity and future growth. In this session, your CIO peers will discuss:

  • How to mitigate IT challenges that accompany the shift to a hybrid workforce model
  • How AI/advanced technologies ease the burden of work-from-anywhere user demands
  • How to scale employee self-service experience to support business growth

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:

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

Disruptive Leadership – Changing the Transformational Standard

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John Georgatos

Former Global CIO


Technology is the backbone of every organization, and today’s CIO must have the acumen to inspire innovation across the enterprise. Join John Georgatos as he narrates his transformative journey, catapulting MDC Partners (now Stagwell) from a decentralized holding company to an agile digital enterprise that helped merge, and change the legacy transformation blueprint.

In this session, John will illustrate:

  • Accelerating transformation efforts – fast decisions = better outcomes
  • Laying the foundations for future growth – efficiency & savings, security, standardization
  • Constructing the centralized digital enterprise – eliminating complexities, creating a more agile and simple environment

2:40pm - 3:10pm  Networking Break

3:10pm - 3:55pm  Breakout Session

Customer-Centered, Data-Driven E-Commerce Growth

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Katherine Bahamonde Monasebian

President & GM, NA, Commerce

Stanley Black & Decker

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Michael Kingston

Deputy Global CIO, L'Oréal and CIO

L'Oreal Americas

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Eileen Mahoney

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer


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Eswar Veluri



Digitization of e-commerce has opened up new avenues of growth and profit, and technology leaders are capitalizing on that potential in a variety of ways. This discussion highlights best-in-class approaches to fulfilling what customers want and expect in this new era of digital business. Learn and interact with our panel as they address:

  • Achieving growth with a consistent, human-centered focus on e-commerce
  • Leveraging data and predictive analytics to improve customer engagement and supply chain logistics
  • Partnering across the business to expand offerings through digital channels

3:10pm - 3:55pm  Executive Boardroom

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

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Shannon Britton


Shiseido Americas Corporation

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KJ Kusch

Global Field Chief Technology Officer


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Navi Grewal

EVP, Digital and Technology

MasterBrand Cabinets

A 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.

Join this boardroom with your CIO peers to discuss:

  • How to drive user adoption and better digital transformation outcomes
  • How to gain deeper visibility and insights into your tech stack
  • How to take action on those insights through greater efficiency and agility

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:

3:10pm - 3:55pm  Executive Boardroom

Empowering a Modern Approach to Software Management

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Cory Wheeler

Co-Founder & VP, Sales & Success


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Dutt Kalluri

Senior Vice President, Office of CIO


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Amit Basu


International Seaways

The role of an enterprise CIO has historically included a large focus on the administration, operation and management of all employee systems. However, this is evolving. Zylo data shows that IT’s ownership of software budgets is now less than 25% of all software spend across the enterprise as software purchasing and administration becomes decentralized. 

 Join this executive roundtable discussion to learn how CIO’s are:

  • Evolving the software management ecosystem to enable and empower employees
  • Balancing software controls and governance with the freedom and flexibility of a SaaS environment
  • Modernizing SaaS governance models – pivoting with the shifting enterprise

3:55pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:15pm  Closing Comments

4:15pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

The Key Driver to Digital Transformation Success Is Not the Technology

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Pat Calhoun



According to a Gartner survey, 7 out of 10 boards are demanding digital acceleration, yet a Boston Consulting Group study found that 70% of digital transformation initiatives fail. How do you flip the odds to ensure success?

Join this keynote to examine:

  • If it’s not the tech, then what are the top reasons digital initiatives fail
  • What Gartner says could stifle digital workplace progress through 2030
  • The imperative for CIOs: prioritizing culture, people, and change management

4:45pm - 5:30pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 1, 2021

November 2, 2021

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


Venue & Accommodation

Sheraton New York Times Square

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton New York Times Square at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-627-7067. Please mention New York Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $259 USD (plus tax) is October 28, 2021.

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