DACH CIO Executive Summit

1 December 2021 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

1 December 2021
Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with DACH'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:

Embrace newfound exposure to advance your digital agenda and create a strong digital capability

Design a data and analytics strategy that responds to technology and business change

Transform IT operating models for new ways of working and overcome resistance to change

DACH CIO Governing Body

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


Vijay Rathnaparkhe

Robert Bosch GmbH

Sandeep Sen

Linde Plc
Group CIO

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 DACH 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.


30 November 2021

18:30 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Hosted by the Governing Body, this welcome reception and dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

1 December 2021 - morning

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

Putting People and Future Skills at the Heart of Digital Transformation

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Astrid Fontaine

Member of the Board of Management

Volkswagen AG

The pace at which digital transformation has progressed has caused a lack of digital skills that could jeopardise companies with misaligned talent plans. No matter their geographical location or industry, all CIOs face common obstacles: Navigating a limited talent pool, establishing digital dexterity, and reworking processes that restrict their organisation’s digital initiatives. In this environment, how are you thinking about upskilling your people to improve business performance? Join Astrid Fontaine as she shares her thoughts, views on recommendations about how CIOs can better partner with the business to grow talent holistically. Specifically, Astrid will share:

  • Determining what skills your organisation will need to thrive
  • How to gain key advantages with a one-team mindset when equipping employees for what comes next
  • How CIOs can leverage newfound influence and leadership to partner with key business units to strengthen their digital transformation vision

09:45 - 10:00  Networking Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

“Our Journey” to a PEOPLE FIRST & Digital IT PRODUCT DRIVEN Organisation

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Aleksandar Rodic

Global CIO

Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG

At a time of decreasing margins, diverse markets, complex customer needs and emerging technologies, it is more and more important to unite the power in an organization to eventually drive in one common direction. Since many organisations are characterised by an extensive stakeholder management with various stakeholders from different business sectors the IT needs to enable the business. The vision " IT is business and business is IT " aims at the desired future IT position and provides the basis to transform into a lean IT & Business high-performance organisation. Join Aleksandar Rodic as he shares his journey around lean IT and driving high performance.

Specifically, Aleksandar will share:

  • IT “people first” cultural hacking “IT is business and business is IT” best practice
  • Best practice around setting up business relationship management, stakeholder management
  • Building bridges between IT and businesses to break down siloes - joined business and IT Digital Product development teams
  • How CIOs can drive their vision of IT ‘as a business’ to the wider organisation by creation of new IT Digital business models

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

As Economies Roar out of Lockdown, Is IT Equipped for Business Transformation?

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Jack Bischof

Vice President of Strategic Services, EMEA


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Thomas Kleine-Möllhoff



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Jochen Göttelmann


Lufthansa Cargo AG

Financial and operational agility are the keys to value capture in a world where business and technology are inseparable. New technologies and methods are creating new classes of “haves” and “have nots” among peers. The importance of juggling efficiency gains while informing strategies and intelligent adoption of cloud, agile and hybrid operations has never been greater. 

Join this boardroom for a timely discussion on:

  • A CIO’s view of strategic cost and consumption optimisation
  • How Finance, the business and IT team to inform better strategic decisions and outcomes
  • What characterises “maturity” in organisations that successfully achieve this three-way capability

10:45 - 11:15  Networking Break

1 December 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:15 - 12:00  Executive Boardroom

Digital Workplace Experience in Hybrid Environments

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Sasa Petrovic

Solutions Strategist

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Christoph Baeck

Head of IT Infrastructure


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Georg Meyer

Group CIO

Bossard Group

Employee experience and company culture – critical corporate initiatives prior to the pandemic – will be primary pillars of this new unfolding era of hybrid remote work environments. And once again, technology will be front-and-centre, infused into strategy and execution of the digital workspace. As many organisations are now shifting to a long-term hybrid workforce model, personal and team productivity technologies, along with collaboration tools, will form the core of a series of new work hubs that meet the requirements of remote and hybrid workers. In this interactive roundtable, join your peers for a deep dive exploring:

  • Best practices for boosting productivity through collaboration, and measuring outcome
  • How technology ties in to keeping organizations healthy in terms of culture and well-being
  • How innovation and technology talent will enable and inspire the future workplace

12:00 - 12:10  Break

12:10 - 13:05  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

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.

Be sure to opt in when you register online.

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch & Comments

1 December 2021 - afternoon

14:15 - 14:30  Networking Break

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

The Analytic Must Do’s for the CIO — Key Steps Needed to Execute Data-Driven Transformation

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Axel Rohrbacher



CIOs must foster a data-driven approach to uncover new digital business opportunities and, ultimately, accelerate digitisation. But key questions need to be addressed for CIOs leading this change to ensure they derive more business value from information assets. The CIOs mandate is no longer ‘why’ data-driven transformation is needed, but ‘how’. This session will allow you to discuss whether you’re on the right track with your data strategies, best practices from peers, and how to ensure your teams are able to deliver and scale an ambitious data strategy in ongoing uncertainty. 

Join this session to specifically discuss:

  • Tools and techniques on how to deliver on your transformational data projects
  • How you as a CIO can ensure you are delivering data-driven transformation at pace, cost and scale in times of operational uncertainty
  • Empowering your teams with the skills needed to make IT-Business aligned decisions to move your strategy forward

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

New IT Operating Models – Empowering Digital Business

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Sébastien Bey

Senior Vice President and Global Head of IT

Siemens Schweiz

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Gülnaz Önes

Director Engineering IT & CTO


As digital business maturity flourishes, IT teams are looking at how to support and empower the business through the best operating model. Drastic shifts in how IT approaches project management to support new digital business models are taking hold. IT leaders must create an operating model that supports both a product management approach and agile governance throughout the department to reinforce a more fluid and customer-centric business.

In this session, your peers will discuss:

  • Key components of an outcome-based operating model for digital business
  • Structuring a product management service and delivery approach
  • Executing an agile governance model to influence culture and decision making

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

Digital Transformation — Making Your Strategy Stick

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Dirk Ramhorst


Wacker Chemie

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Harald Greiner

Vice President IT, Technology & Sourcing

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

2021 has seen the role of the CIO undergo a gear change within their organisation. Armed with new found influence and leverage, IT Leaders are poised to progress their organisations along the digital business path. But transformation programs can still stall behind organisational resistance and, in some instances, lack of motivation. This boardroom will explore the strategies being used to re-engineer organisations to be agile, adaptable and well placed to deliver on their digital vision, together with what really works, and what the key pitfalls to avoid on your journey. Specifically you will discuss how to:

  • Have effective conversation and communication with the board to drive your initiatives forward
  • Ensuring you have the right culture and future skills in place to fuel transformation
  • Identify digital opportunities that drive adoption and customer satisfaction

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

The CIO's Guide to Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound cybersecurity program. CIOs must take a proactive approach in ensuring cybersecurity risk is considered at every step, even in times of rapid disruption. 

Join this boardroom for a discussion on:

  • Managing third parties and holding them to cybersecurity standards
  • Quantifying, measuring, and communicating risk across the organisation
  • Upskilling your cybersecurity teams to stay ahead of emerging threats

16:30 - 16:45  Networking Break

17:30 - 18:15  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programmes only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures will be subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.


Venue & Accommodation

Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

Your Community Partners

Key Partners
Program Partner

DACH CIO Community Manager

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

Lucy Guille

Senior Community Manager

+44 (0)7701 308 981