Nordic CIO Virtual Executive Summit

22 October 2020 | 08:00 - 13:30 CEST

22 October 2020 | 08:00 - 13:30 CEST

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Nordic CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Creating the digital future with intention

Leveraging IT influence for deeper business engagement and greater value creation

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models


Mats Hultin

Group CIO

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO & SVP, Corporate IT


22 October 2020

08:00 - 08:45  CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

IT Transformation — Setting an Example for the Business

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Henrik Amsinck



The realities of becoming a digital business when you have a decades long legacy as a traditional enterprise is a daunting challenge. In many ways you have to jump in the water and start learning to swim. Henrik Amsinck will tell you his CIO story on jumping into the digital void and learning to swim. Henrik has transformed the traditional IT function into a digital product organisation paying quite a few personal sacrifices, but he is now rewarded by seeing other business units to follow suit - inspired by his highly motivated technology organization.

In this keynote, Amsinck will share:

  • LEGO's digitalisation history
  • How to upgrade a legacy platform to a digital enterprise platform
  • How to inspire the business to organise development into a product approach

08:45 - 09:00  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Driving Culture Change in your Organisation to Fuel Transformation

Joacim Dahlgren Wanhainen headshot

Joacim Dahlgren Wanhainen

CIO Group Functions Technology, SVP


Christian Saugman headshot

Christian Saugman

CIO Denmark & Northern Europe

ISS Facility Services A/S

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Kaj af Kleen


Nordic Entertainment Group

Today, IT talent and culture are the two hot topics for CIOs whether they are leading or supporting corporate’s digital business transformation. However, most CIOs tackle these issues separately, and get lost in the mid of their transformation journey. By connecting them, CIOs can develop IT talents and change organization culture faster and more effectively.

Join this session to:

  • Accelerate culture change and discuss roadmap to meet the associated challenges
  • Leverage influence and engagement at the board to drive initiatives
  • Identify skills and competencies for your future IT organisation

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Transforming the IT Operating Model in Uncertain Times

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Jack Bischof

Vice President of Strategic Services, EMEA


Bodil Forss headshot

Bodil Forss


Vaisala Oyj

Mikael Franzén headshot

Mikael Franzén


Svenska Spel

Vegar Bøthun headshot

Vegar Bøthun


Höegh Autoliners

The current crisis and period of instability has demonstrated that the IT function, more than ever, has to deliver tangible business value. However, when it comes to managing IT investment, there is still not enough fact-based information available to enable CIOs to optimise their IT investments and communicate their strategic decisions with their customers/business users. Data center or cloud, projects or products, applications or services – how do you navigate this increasingly complex IT landscape without connecting the cost to value delivered in a granular, understandable and data-driven way?

Join this CIO Virtual boardroom to:

  • Learn how successful CIOs have transformed their IT investment strategy with fact based real time insights
  • Use multiple existing data sources to inform decision making and the business
  • Fuel transformation investment with accelerated visibility beyond the basics, whilst promoting a culture of accountability

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Redefining the Role of the CIO

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Per Gutesten



Rasmus Lundgaard Pedersen headshot

Rasmus Lundgaard Pedersen


Danske Commodities

Increased demand and truncated timelines have ushered in a new vision of technology leadership in the enterprise. CIOs will have to adjust their focus to coordinate and advance digital initiatives that are increasingly defined and led by leaders throughout the enterprise. While this may reduce the breadth of CIOs’ responsibilities over time, their influence and impact within their organization will not change. 

In this session, you will discuss how to:

  • Manage new digital foundations with more speed to market

  • Redesign the IT operating model to allow IT and business teams to collaborate more closely

  • Evolve from digital evangelists to catalysts of other leaders’ digital ambitions

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Building your Future Workforce

Åshild Hanne Larsen headshot

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO & SVP, Corporate IT


Morten Holm Christiansen headshot

Morten Holm Christiansen


Coop Danmark

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Jørgen Gulnes

Corporate CIO


CIOs have the responsibility to ensure that the IT organisation has the right skills and competencies to successfully executive digital business strategy. But as in-demand skills rapidly evolve and competition for talent becomes fierce, CIOs can no longer rely on hiring alone to fill key talent gaps. Instead, they must focus on future-proofing their current workforce through development and reskilling. Join CIOs to discuss:

• Understanding today’s IT talent landscape

• Determining the roles and skills required for digital success

• Building programs to develop your existing IT staff

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Achieving an Effective Cloud Strategy

Kjell Rune Tveita headshot

Kjell Rune Tveita


If P&C Insurance

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Kristin Lindmark



As companies evolve to keep pace with a digital world, successful cloud strategies elude many IT departments. Dealing with high operational costs and a talent shortage are just some of many reasons that cloud solutions are often a bigger undertaking than they first appear. This session will focus on:

- Discovering the right road map for your organization

- Winning the business' trust during transition

- Avoiding common pitfalls

10:00 - 10:45  CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Return is Not a New Phase, it’s the New Way of Operating!

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Chris Pope

VP Innovation


Executives don’t have to worry about a permanent workforce at home, but at ServiceNow we’re never going back to the way things were. In reality, 75% per cent of CIOs expect at least 5% of their workforce to work remotely permanently. We should all be prepared to serve a market that’s permanently been altered by the pandemic. Overnight we saw a rapid pivot away from the physical office to the digital office. This overnight experiment has demonstrated the value in remote working and overcome some of the fears organizations had. Join Chris as he discusses:

• The Challenges and Opportunities within a Changing Operating Model

• How CIOs align IT investments to business top priorities

• How to make smarter IT decisions in times of change

10:45 - 11:15  CEST Break

11:15 - 12:00  CEST Networking

CIO "Live" Networking

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Building the Change Ready IT Organisation

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JP Iversen

Group CIO


Ingo Paas headshot

Ingo Paas


Green Cargo

In an increasingly competitive landscape, new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. But to fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to the strategy and execution of the organization.  Take this opportunity to share your strategies for embedding innovation and change into the core of your business. This conversation will focus on:

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Defining new business opportunities through technology
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Bring IT and Business Together with Agile

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Ulrica Holmgren



Bjorn Ekstedt headshot

Bjorn Ekstedt



Marianne Gade Gørbitz headshot

Marianne Gade Gørbitz


Color Line

In the burgeoning space of agile development and delivery, if technology leaders aren’t setting the pace, they are scurrying to keep pace with nonstop business-wide demand. In this closed-door session discuss how: 

• CIOs can achieve a collaborative mindset to iterate faster and show value

• To set up cross-functional teams focused on products/outcomes over process

• To consider the future state delivery model and agile transforming capabilities at scale

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Future Mindset of IT Leaders to Drive Digital Leadership

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Caroline Porteous

Head of Adobe Sign - Northern Europe, Middle East & SSA


Anders Lundsten headshot

Anders Lundsten



Tore Torvbråten headshot

Tore Torvbråten

CIO - DNV GL Maritime


Alan Jensen headshot

Alan Jensen


Salling Group

The past few months have put tremendous pressure on CIOs to quickly shift priorities and accelerate digitalisation in their organisations to maintain business continuity. With remote working likely to stay, mindsets are changing – and the business is listening. Enterprises are continuously digitising document workflows to improve employee and customer experience, while reducing costs and maximising existing technology investments. Join Adobe and a select group of IT leaders as we discuss:

  • The CIOs future role in digital transformation
  • How to minimize the impact of unforeseen and unpredictable situations without sacrificing productivity
  • Enhancing collaboration and security through 2021

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Experiment, Develop and Scale – The Innovation Life Cycle

Annika Rådeström headshot

Annika Rådeström


ICA Sverige AB

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Simon White

Chief Digital Officer

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions

The realities of the digital business demand a revamped approach to innovation. For CIOs, this means that the ideation and adoption of new methods, technologies and business models must be a refined, core competency. Join this session to build a roadmap for innovation from the fringe to the heart of the enterprise. You and your fellow CIOs will discuss:

- Supporting experimentation – from governance and ownership to funding models and piloting

- Bringing new ideas from innovation “labs” to the core business with greater speed and higher adoption

- Scaling innovation to reduce its cost and maximize value

12:00 - 13:00  CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Convergence of IT and OT

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Niklas Osslen


IKEA Industry AB

Jaakko Virevesi headshot

Jaakko Virevesi

VP, Group IT


The Internet of Things, data and analytics, and automation advancements have enabled manufacturing and other industries to modernise factories, reduce operational costs and improve security efficiency. Due to these advancements, IT and OT need to be more aligned than ever. In this discussion you’ll discuss:

• Best practices to cultivate the relationship between IT and OT to drive execution

• How to align IT and OT security and manage OT security costs

• The inherent hurdles innovative projects create, such as change management and reskilling staff

13:00 - 13:30  CEST Networking

CIO "Live" Networking

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

16:00 - 17:00  CEST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings


Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Nordic CIO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Please contact your Program Manager to participate.

Your Community Partners

Program Partners

Nordic CIO Community Manager

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

Ingvild Hokstad

Programme Manager

+44 (0)1784 268 045