San Francisco CIO Virtual Executive Summit

December 9, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm PST

December 9, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm PST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Leveraging AI and automation to streamline a remote work environment

New norms in acquiring and nurturing IT talent

Creating a security-centric culture


Opinder Bawa

University of San Francisco

Kevin Cornish

Covered California
Chief Information Officer

Tom Rodden

Varian Medical Systems

Avi Sokol

Vice President & Chief Information Officer


December 9, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  PST Virtual Summit Keynote

Supporting a Productive Distributed Workforce

Meerah Rajavel headshot

Meerah Rajavel

Chief Information Officer

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Rashmi Kumar headshot

Rashmi Kumar


Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Bill Sole

Sr Director, Enterprise Cyber Security Infrastructure


At the start of the pandemic organizations quickly turned to have their employees work fully remote. As the months wear on, new challenges emerge. Now, CIOs are at the forefront of building and nurturing a new remote work culture that will outlast the emergency and set the business up for long-term success.

In this virtual discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • Keeping teams engaged and connected through technology
  • Tools and partnerships to support creativity and productivity
  • How workplace culture may look post pandemic

8:45am - 9:00am  PST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Is Your Technology Getting the Most Out of Your Strategy?

Bryan Kirschner headshot

Bryan Kirschner

Vice President, Strategy


Snehashish Sarkar headshot

Snehashish Sarkar

Acting CIO

Varian Medical Systems

Kevin Cornish headshot

Kevin Cornish

Chief Information Officer

Covered California

Srinivasan Rangaswamy headshot

Srinivasan Rangaswamy

Global Head, Advanced Analytics & Data Science


Technology itself is not a strategy, but maximizing the right technology makes a strong strategy successful. Getting there requires excellent data for decision-making, actionable metrics for benchmarking and AI-enrichment of quality information to take the next step. In this session, CIOs will dive into the ways that data-driven enterprises leverage tech better to come out on top.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Data scalability, data portability and AI-ready infrastructure

  • The right tools to enhance to enhance your digital-consumer strategy

  • Benchmarking tools and processes

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Accelerating Digital Business Initiatives

Srini Tanikella headshot

Srini Tanikella

Vice President Information Technology

SMART Modular

Datta Junnarkar headshot

Datta Junnarkar

Senior Director, IT

The Boeing Co

Michael Heffner headshot

Michael Heffner

Vice President, Solutions and Industry Go-To-Market

Appian Corp

As a CIO, it is crucial to enable the digital agenda while connecting technology with business value. During this unprecedented time, organizations can leverage digital offerings to alleviate impacts on operations and business performance.

In this virtual boardroom discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • How to reprioritize digital projects to meet new needs
  • Strategies to communicate value to your board
  • New and existing partnerships to push objectives forward

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

2020 Mobility Trends – 5G’s Role in the “New Normal”

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Nelly Pitocco

VP of Product and Solution Engineering

T-Mobile for Business

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Narendra Dhara

CTO & SVP, Cloud Infrastructure

ALTEN Calsoft Labs

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Mallik Tatipamula

CTO, Group Function Technologies & Architechtures


As the enterprise workplace changes at an accelerated pace, enterprise and IT leaders are looking to the advantages of 5G to enable their workforce and support a “mobile-first” mindset. Now more than ever, having a network that can meet and anticipate your evolving business needs is crucial for your future success.

In this session, engage in an open dialogue with your peers and T-Mobile’s 5G experts about:

  • How mobility will drive digital transformation, enable innovation and support a more mobile workforce
  • The ways 5G is powering the new remote work reality
  • How 5G and advanced mobility will help bridge the digital divide

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Reimagining Your Technology Transformation Plans

Gaja Nagarajan headshot

Gaja Nagarajan

Head of IT


Milind Wagle headshot

Milind Wagle

Chief Information Officer


Mahmoud Elmashni headshot

Mahmoud Elmashni

Cloud and Application Services Leader, North America


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Deepika Rayala



A winning CIO or CTO always thinks several moves ahead, but how do you effectively plan for the future in a time marked by constant uncertainty? What began as an emergency response has become the new normal, and an organization’s success depends on its ability to adapt and stay agile. This session covers the essential business of re-evaluating your technology roadmap – what stays, what goes and how to reinvent for the new year ahead.

In this virtual boardroom, you will discuss:

  • How your business is preparing for customer expectations in a Post-Covid world
  • The impact to your strategic roadmap and digital transformation initiatives
  • What initiatives are being prioritized heading into 2021

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9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Productivity by Automation

Pethuraj Perumal headshot

Pethuraj Perumal

IT Infrastructure Director

Juniper Networks

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Scott Little

Senior Vice President of the Americas

Software AG

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Prakash Kota



Automating processes can save valuable time and resources across the business, which is more important today than ever before. With so much emphasis being placed on productivity and efficiency, CIOs need strategies that stick.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Overcoming common roadblocks to successfully implementing a strategy and platform
  • Delivering productivity gains and increased effectiveness to processes company-wide
  • Scaling automation processes to drive cross-company impact in days, not months

10:00am - 10:45am  PST Virtual Summit Keynote

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Don Schuerman



Sanjay Srivastava headshot

Sanjay Srivastava

Chief Digital Officer


Remember when “embracing disruption” was an aspirational call-to-action – not a necessary navigation of everyday life? Now that you have your company’s undivided, fully-disrupted attention, why look back? As the pandemic pushes more and more customers online, CIOs must ensure that their experience is seamless – creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate products or services.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your business
  • Leveraging a cultural shift to more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities

10:45am - 11:00am  PST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Matt Moore

Global Director, Supply Chain Solutions


Erik Molitor headshot

Erik Molitor


Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Jacob Sorensen


Bank of the West

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Pranab Sinha

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer


In an increasingly competitive landscape – new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. To fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to organizational strategy and execution.

Join this boardroom strategy session on how to embed innovation at the core of your business, discussing:  

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Strategies for building a resilient supply chain to minimize disruption  
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Enabling Employees for Remote Work

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William Miller

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer


Amith Nair headshot

Amith Nair



EJ Tague headshot

EJ Tague

Regional VP, Enterprise


Remote work has quickly gone from a trend to a necessity, and the speed of this shift has placed both companies and employees in a challenging position. During this session front line executives share their advice, strategies, and real-world experience about what it really takes to enable remote work.

Join  your peers to discuss:

  • Empowering employees with effective, combined communications and collaboration tools
  • Balancing long-term and short term work-from-home strategies
  • Addressing rapidly changing challenges with solutions to engage the mobile workforce

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The "Remote Right" Secure Digital Workplace

Sudhir Kumar headshot

Sudhir Kumar

Chief Technology Officer

The Wine Group

Linda Gerull headshot

Linda Gerull


City and County of San Francisco, CA

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Mick Slattery



Sharon Mandell headshot

Sharon Mandell

Chief Information Officer

Juniper Networks

Supporting a large, permanently distributed workforce means the traditional “castle and moat” approach to enterprise IT infrastructure and security no longer works. CIOs must embrace alternative IT roadmaps that are more agile, adaptive and most importantly, people-centric. As you grapple with the challenges of quickly moving from Remote Light –just maintaining business continuity, to “Remote Right” – delivering agile, scalable and secure workplace solutions in the new normal, you must embrace a new strategy to truly reimagine the future of work.

Join CompuCom President Mick Slattery to discuss:

  • Using new technology capabilities to deliver secure remote work solutions
  • Mapping out your IT “blind spots” as you adapt to the new normal
  • The value of managed services to augment skills gaps in your security team

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Driving the Business Forward with Data at the Core

Shadaab Kanwal headshot

Shadaab Kanwal

Leader for Data and Analytics Services

Charles Schwab

Faisal Mushtaq headshot

Faisal Mushtaq

Chief Technology Officer

Sleep Number

Rama Naageswaran headshot

Rama Naageswaran

VP, Product Management


Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. This peer-to-peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics program to provide accurate, real-time data.

Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value 
  • Define clear data ownership and standardization

12:00pm - 12:45pm  PST Virtual Summit Keynote

Cloud Strategies to Power Digital Transformation

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Howard Boville

SVP - IBM Hybrid Cloud


Laiq Ahmad headshot

Laiq Ahmad

CTO, VP & Global Head, Digital Platform Engineering & Technology

GE Digital

Anisha Vaswani headshot

Anisha Vaswani

Corporate CIO


The most successful businesses today connect digital transformation to business goals using innovative technology and increasing moving more of their enterprise workload to the Cloud. CIOs are charged with clearing adoption hurdles to align mission-critical tasks and business priorities with the multiple cloud environments.

This interactive session explores:

  • Examples of successful transformations using open, flexible, and secure multicloud operating environments
  • Fostering digital transformation and creating a competitive advantage through a hybrid cloud strategy
  • Accelerating the skills and culture that leverages AI and cloud

By registering for this session, this serves as your authorization to Evanta or its vendor to provide your contact information to IBM to follow up on your interaction and participation. IBM’s use of your contact information is governed by the IBM Privacy Policy. If you need more information on how IBM is using your personal data you may refer to the IBM Privacy Statement. To withdraw your marketing consent and unsubscribe to receiving emails click on the unsubscribe button at this address:

12:45pm - 1:15pm  PST Networking

Community Discussion

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Shadaab Kanwal

Leader for Data and Analytics Services

Charles Schwab

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

1:30pm - 3:00pm  PST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for 1-to-1 in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers, and now it’s become even more critical to collaborate with CIOs who are facing the same challenges.

This is an opportunity to meet 1-to-1 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 San Francisco CIO peers.

  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded

  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

How to Participate

Available if you sign up and select peer meetings prior to the summit. To join your meetings or download meeting calendar invites, please reference the instructions that were emailed to you from

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

Annie Garner

Program Manager