New York CIO Executive Summit

June 25, 2024 | Pier Sixty

June 25, 2024
Pier Sixty


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:

Benchmarking organizational readiness for driving innovation and adopting emerging technologies

Identifying transformative cost-saving opportunities for the digitized enterprise

Using outcome-driven metrics to manage cybersecurity in an ever-evolving threat landscape

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

Salvation Army

Warren Kudman

Turner Construction
SVP & Chief Information Officer

Robert McCowan

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Earl Newsome

Chief Information Officer

Anna Ransley

Quaker Houghton

Atefeh Riazi

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Janet Sherlock

Ralph Lauren Corp

Michael Smith

The Estee Lauder Companies
Chief Information Officer

Eswar Veluri


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.


June 24, 2024

June 25, 2024

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Kenneth Corriveau headshot

Kenneth Corriveau



Bridget Snell headshot

Bridget Snell

Acting Chief Information Officer

Save The Children

New York Governing Body members host an intimate networking reception & dinner with peers the evening before to kick off the Evanta Summit. 

Winning the Race – Navigating CIO Burnout
Just like marathon runners who push themselves too hard and risk injury, CIOs continue to push themselves to do more in high-pressure environments. Between rising CEO expectations, digital accelerations and other disruptions, stress levels are soaring. With leaders feeling the pressure and managing teams who are exhausted, how can CIOs go the extra mile to prioritize the mental health of themselves and their workforce?
Join this session to discuss:

  • Redefining your “win” strategy – Prioritizing no more than three goals at a time
  • Empowering yourself by empowering others – best practices for prioritizing mental, emotional and physical health
  • Broadening your support network – delegating effectively and communicating needs clearly to business partners

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

New Heights with Empire AI

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Dru Rai

Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer

State of New York

The State of New York is no stranger to using AI. And with the recent historic, AI consortium launched by the Governor and approved by the Legislature, the Empire State is positioned for maximum success. When Dru Rai took the seat as the state’s Chief Information Officer, his mission was clear: maximize the benefits of AI for the agencies, hardworking taxpayers and residents of New York State.

Join this exciting keynote on Empire AI as Dru shares how he is:

  • Setting an example for the rest of the nation to follow
  • Leveraging an existing high-tech and start-up ecosystem
  • Working with agencies on what the state’s next phase of AI will look like

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

A Data & Analytics Dialogue

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Frank Iannella

CIO USA, SVP Digital & Technology


As organizations collect more and more data, it’s crucial for leaders to empower the enterprise to use that data to ensure better business outcomes. How are you creating an effective D&A strategy that enables the entire organization for growth and innovation?

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Utilizing analytics to drive business decision making
  • Balancing the benefits of data control with data democratization
  • Building a foundation for successful AI implementation

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Peer Discussion - Connecting the Dots Across the Customer Lifecycle

Companies have been collecting data on their customers since the dawn of direct marketing, but in today’s digital era, gathering information is only the first step. Truly knowing your customer requires integrating data and insights from all your existing tools to build an accurate and real-time picture of who they are and what they want. Only then can you consistently deliver the highly personalized interactions that customers expect and that create value for them and your organization. What are the roadblocks your organization must overcome to reach this ideal state?

Join this workshop to discuss common challenges with peers, including:

  • Generating actionable insights from an endless sea of customer data
  • Unlocking value and enabling conversions from every conversation
  • Building differentiated engagement without sacrificing consumer data privacy and transparency

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Optimize Application Rationalization to Reduce Cost

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Mark Coggin

VP, Portfolio Marketing

Rimini Street

Alice Fournier headshot

Alice Fournier

Chief Information Officer

ISS Facility Services - Americas

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Richard Martin

Global Functions IT Leader


CIOs are balancing an ever-increasing number of service providers which requires a strong vendor and application rationalization integrated into strategic decision-making. In order to allocate more funds towards innovation and differentiation initiatives, mission-critical systems need to be optimized, cost effective, and flexible.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Incorporate effective contract management
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Financially optimizing the vendor portfolio

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:  Haydn McKee at

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Strengthening Security Against AI-Powered Attacks

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Sameer Ansari

Managing Director, Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Lead


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Robert McCowan

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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Inderpal Kohli


Englewood Health

The World Economic Forum cited adverse outcomes of AI technologies and cyber insecurity among the top ten risks for 2024. One of the adverse outcomes is how malicious actors can leverage GenAI to swiftly analyze scouting data, identify system flaws and develop elusive malware. This underscores the need for a preemptive defense strategy to effectively counter the growing threat of AI-powered cyberattacks in the digital environment.

Join this session to discuss:

  • The emerging threat landscape concerns around AI
  • Best practices using AI to defend against AI powered malicious actors
  • Prioritizing new capabilities for implementation

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  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.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

GenAI Use Case — Efficiencies to Deliver ROI

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Niraj Patel



CIOs play a pivotal role in leveraging AI to unlock new opportunities, enhance decision making and streamline processes. Niraj Patel, CIO at Greystone shares his journey on integrating AI tools to solve complex challenges, improve productivity and deliver massive ROI.

Join this session to hear about:

  • Capturing and communicating use case ROI
  • Measuring quality and overcoming challenges
  • Building an ecosystem for future innovation

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Unlocking Full Cloud Potential – IT Enhancements for Today’s Enterprise

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Eric Appel

Global GTM Strategy Officer


While the vast majority of infrastructure has been upgraded and modernized to support the shift to the cloud, enterprise IT teams are still missing an equally seamless access method to deliver cloud-native apps and data to their end users. While traditional browsers have become the de-facto access point for the majority of business critical applications, they lack the deep visibility and hyper-granular policy controls enterprises need. This results in IT leaders surrounding their browsers with layers of tech to meet those needs.

Join this breakout session to discover:

  • Why traditional cloud security methods undermine your modernization efforts and end-user experience
  • Embracing technological momentum to adapt to a "more-with-less" IT landscape
  • How enterprise CIOs are using this solution to bolster cloud security

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Transformative Shockwaves: Navigating Unpredictability Through Strategic Control

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KJ Kusch

Global Field Chief Technology Officer


Vineet Bansal headshot

Vineet Bansal

Chief Information Officer

OnCourse Home Solutions

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Lori Groth

Chief Information Officer

GAF Materials / Building Materials

As lines of business continue to invest in new applications and processes, disconnected, siloed, and individual initiatives are creating shockwaves throughout the organization. Such random acts of digital lack the necessary degrees of strategic oversight and organizational change control, leading to unpredictability and elevated levels of organizational risk. 

Join this boardroom to discuss how to:

  • Adopt new digital solutions with proactive approaches
  • Eliminate chance outcomes from random acts of digital
  • Promote unity while mitigating risks

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:  Haydn McKee at

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Empowering AI to Unlock the Potential of Your Business Applications

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Kevin Sauer

Director – Americas App Innovation Global Black Belt Team

Microsoft Corporation

John Sullivan headshot

John Sullivan


Major League Soccer

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Dr. Klaus Roeller

VP Head of IT Region Americas


Generative AI has ushered in a transformative period, reshaping our expectations and driving widespread adoption of AI services. This shift is not only revolutionizing industries, but also compelling organizations to explore new possibilities in their entire digital landscape. The impact is profound, especially on applications, the digital forefront for many businesses.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Building and modernizing intelligent apps with user experience at the forefront
  • Harnessing AI to create novel opportunities and deliver unparalleled business value
  • Embarking on a new era of AI innovation

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Enterprise Observability for Enhanced Application Security

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Jason Ostroski

Field CTO, North America


Vikram Nafde headshot

Vikram Nafde

EVP, Chief Information Officer

Webster Bank

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Todd Sewards


Prism Vision Group

Top performing CIOs understand the critical role of observability in ensuring the security of their organization's applications and data. By having a comprehensive view of application performance and security, C-level IT leaders can make strategic investments in security measures, prioritize resources, and align security initiatives with business goals.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Setting the foundation for observability and its critical role in cybersecurity
  • Enabling timely incident response and continuous security improvements
  • Developing best practices for IT and security teams to reduce overall risks

11:45am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

11:50am - 12:30pm  Networking

Rising Together — Empowered Women & Allies, Empower Women

Grab your lunch and head to the keynote room to join us on this conversation. This will be an intimate, informal space for women in leadership roles and their allies to freely discuss best practices, key challenges, and mission-critical priorities. Come prepared to share ideas and forge new connections that can help empower each other to make an impact in your organizations and communities.

This session is aimed at, but not limited to, women who are head of function at their organizations (CIO or equivalent) and those reporting directly to the CIO/equivalent. Priority access will be reserved for these groups.

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Optimizing for Agility – Network and Security Convergence

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Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer


Integrating a complex ecosystem across all security areas can optimize defenses without simplifying adversaries’ challenges. This approach balances robust security with efficiency, crucial for navigating generative AI and tech advancements. Achieving this requires strategic selection and consolidation of platforms to enhance agility, reduce risk, and maintain cost-effectiveness.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The composition of an effective security architecture
  • Value you can derive from a converged networking and security platform
  • Common consolidation mistakes people make and how to avoid them

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Life After the CIO — What's Next?

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Lesley Ma

VP, Chief Technology Officer

NSF International

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Elizabeth Reyes

Deputy Executive Director

New York City Employees’ Retirement System

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Asli de Munnink

Former Chief Digital and Information Officer

Digital Transformation Leader

What does life after the CIO look like? For many executives, the natural next career step is to transition from presenting to the board to serving on a board of directors. Another progression is a COO position, but how does one assess the options in building their own personal brand?

Join this all-female panel to learn:

  • Building a personal brand
  • Assessing COO positions
  • Landing a board seat

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Building an AI-Powered and Secure Unstructured Data Strategy

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Diego Dugatkin

Chief Product Officer


Manik Patil headshot

Manik Patil

SVP, Head of Cloud Enablement

U.S. Bank

Your unstructured data holds immense value in the files that define your business. To maximize the potential of this data, it's crucial to establish a comprehensive unstructured data strategy that prioritizes both security and AI integration.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Identifying your valuable unstructured data sources and tools
  • Developing robust security measures for internal and external data use
  • Balancing AI with stringent security and compliance protocols to increase utility

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

From AI Promise to Profitable ROI Outcomes

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Bharath Yadla

Head of Strategic Initiatives


MK Aydin headshot

MK Aydin

CIO Finance & Legal


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Don Welch

Vice President for Information Technology and Global University Chief Information Officer

New York University

As businesses navigate the expanding data landscape and the intricacies of AI systems, understanding the true performance and ROI impact of AI initiatives becomes increasingly challenging. 

In this session, gain actionable insights with real-world use cases on how to:

  • Ensure data readiness for successful AI implementations

  • Leverage proven methodologies to operationalize AI for measurable ROI

  • Drive continuous AI-centric innovation at all stages of maturity

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: Haydn McKee at

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Operational Excellence to Improve Customer Experience

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Heath Newburn

Global Field CTO


Yang Lu headshot

Yang Lu

SVP, Global Commerce and Customer Engagement


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Lars Kielhorn

VP, Technology & CIO

Dorilton Capital Management

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Illysa Ortsman

SVP, Global Head of Infrastructure & Technology Operations


Meaningful enhancements in IT operations performance have often been achieved incrementally, demanding intensive attention over long time horizons. Does the rise of AI present an opportunity to make transformative leaps in customer experience or should CIOs wait to assess the results of early adopters?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Differentiating between hype and practical value
  • Communicating the ROI behind quick wins
  • Choosing the right time to invest in AI

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Embrace AI or Fall Behind? – Evaluating AI Hype

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Vince Paquet

Chief Product Officer


Steven Wolk headshot

Steven Wolk

Chief Technology Officer

P.C. Richard & Son



Chief Information Officer

W. R. Berkley

Eswar Veluri headshot

Eswar Veluri



CIOs face a critical choice: harness AI or risk falling behind. The amount of hype AI has received can make it challenging to determine how to best leverage AI within your organization.

In this session:

  • Stay Competitive: Leverage AI for growth and customer engagement
  • Effectively embrace: Adopt the productivity promises of AI
  • Recognize hype: Know when to leverage AI for each use case

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: Haydn McKee at

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  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.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle

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Marty Resnick

VP Analyst, KI Leader • Technology Innovation-CTO


Gartner's emerging technology hype cycle highlights the technologies and trends with the greatest potential to disrupt a broad cross-section of markets. Rapid innovation in critical enabling technologies is creating new possibilities for IT solutions, Join Marty Resnick, Vice President on Gartner's Technology Innovation team and co-lead for Gartner Futures Lab as he shares recommendations and implementation strategies on emerging technologies.

In this session: 

  • Identify relevant emerging technologies and business benefits that support your strategic product roadmap
  • Analyze investment and strategic planning around disruptive technologies
  • Amid the hype over genAI, it’s important to ask if genAI — or another kind of AI — is needed

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Personalized Customer and Employee Insights with AI

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Matt Lehman

Industry Principal, Financial Services


CIOs can create a seamless user experience and leverage AI for employee and customer outcomes by relying on data-driven insights for decision making and real-time recommendations or guidance. In creating more intimate and personalized customer interactions and experiences, AI can change the way organizations interact with clients and drive significant improvements in employee satisfaction.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Simplifying workflows and personalizing intelligence 
  • Harnessing conversation insights and interactions 
  • Increasing productivity across sales, marketing and operations

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Getting ROI from AI-Powered Observability

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Peter Pezaris

Chief Strategy and Design Officer

New Relic

Beverly Chamberlain headshot

Beverly Chamberlain

VP, Global Head of IT Enterprise Services

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Mahendra Durai headshot

Mahendra Durai

SVP, Chief Technology Officer


The rapid pace of technological change has introduced unprecedented complexity and risk for organizations. From uncontrolled cloud expenses, to complex software architectures, rapid innovation, emerging security threats, and high expectations around generative AI, the challenges can be overwhelming.

Join this roundtable session to discuss:

  • The top trends driving the need for observability
  • How to overcome the obstacles to achieving it
  • The next generation of observability with generative AI

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: Haydn McKee at

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Where Should Data Live in the AI Era?

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Paul Battle

Executive Director US Corporate Business - Data Center Group


Stephen Holt headshot

Stephen Holt

Head of AI Solutions - SMG Americas


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Solomon Zilberman

VP of IT


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Ray Malak

Vice President - Information Security

Flagstar Bank

Private, public, hybrid—the future of AI is only as bright as the data CIOs can secure, store and make available. As AI trickles across all aspects of IT infrastructure, AI solutions promise both disruption and optimization. The infrastructure decisions CIOs make now will define what data is available to our AI models, tools, and devices in the future.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Optimizing Gen AI tools and devices for business needs
  • Reconstructing data for the AI era
  • Balancing a hybrid system with data security and accessibility

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: Haydn McKee at

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

You Speak, They Swarm — The Power of Story in Reaching Your Audience

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Arthur Zards

Thought Leader, TED/TEDx Speaker, Coach & Producer

Those who tell the stories rule society." (Plato) But busy executives don’t have time to learn complex communication models or esoteric storytelling processes — you need a simple, effective framework that can help you not only connect with any audience, but also elicit real change. Enter the Swarm Effect.

Join this session with Arthur Zards — an expert on storytelling, TEDster and provocateur — to:

  • Hone your skills in executive influence
  • Adopt a more authentic and engaging approach to speaking
  • Take your next presentation from “understandable” to “compelling

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

June 24, 2024

June 25, 2024

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