Global CIO Executive Summit

October 11-13, 2022 | Waldorf Astoria Chicago

October 11-13, 2022
Waldorf Astoria Chicago


Collaborate with your Global peers

Get together with other CIOs who lead global operations at this exclusive, three-day summit. Engage in candid discussions, dive deep into critical issues and validate strategies with other enterprise heads of IT on the challenges unique to large, complex organizations. Executives are assured a level of information exchange and interaction with true peers, along with discussion topics driven by Global CIOs, for Global CIOs.

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

Influencing change and adaptability across the global enterprise

Driving worldwide innovation – optimizing processes and elevating customer experience

Leading an international team with the right talent and company culture

Global CIO Governing Body

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


Piyush Chowhan

Lulu Group International
Group CIO

Nancy Flores

Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer

Justin Mennen

Rite Aid
EVP & Chief Information Officer

Don Monk

General Mills
VP and CIO, Technology and Solutions, Global Business Solutions

Mindy Simon

Conagra Brands
Chief Information Officer

Michael Smith

Estee Lauder
Chief Information Officer

Francesco Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Allan Cockriel

CIO - Global Functions / IRM, and CISO

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 Global 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.


October 11, 2022 - tuesday

10:00am - 3:00pm  Social Experience

Social Experiences

Come join your peers for activities around the Chicago area! Details coming soon.

3:00pm - 6:00pm  Break

6:00pm - 9:00pm  Dinner Service

Welcome Reception

Welcome to the beginning of an incredible gathering with your Global CIO peers!  Come enjoy the first evening on the Executive Summit with dinner and good conversation.

October 12, 2022 - wednesday

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

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Opening Comments & Keynote

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


Join your peers for the start of a day full of discussions and connections.  

Details about the opening keynote will be announced soon!

9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Let's Talk Talent Across the Globe

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Eddy Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information Officer


Navigating the tough talent pool has CIOs seeking out solutions to build up their global teams. With employee expectations at an all-time high, now is the time to get creative.  Collaborate and debate with peers about talent solutions.

Join this interactive workshop to solve scenarios about talent: 

  • Mentoring a multigenerational workforce – creating operational excellence
  • Exploring employee potential – diversifying skill sets
  • Keeping the right people – thinking beyond just retention

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Breakout Session

 Details coming soon!

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Delivering Exceptional Experiences to Customers Across the Globe

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Justin Mennen

EVP & Chief Information Officer

Rite Aid

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Antoine Tessier

Chief Technology Officer

Louis Vitton Americas

To create a positive and lasting relationship with customers around the world, global organizations must provide an exceptional, consistent, and personalized experience at all points of engagement. Conversational AI is bringing natural conversational interfaces to a growing number of these engagement points.

Join this interactive roundtable to discuss:

  • A holistic view of customers from different countries to empower consistent experiences
  • Advanced AI strategies to solve customer problems faster
  • Using data to personalize each customer interaction no matter location

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Driving Global Innovation Through Strategic Planning in 2023 & Beyond

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Eric Helmer

Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer

Rimini Street

The Global CIO is a master strategist and business leader striving to ignite innovation at the right time. Balancing the complexities of a global architecture and the enterprise’s appetite for change, a CIO must be strategic about how and when to push for ingenuity. Innovation and continuous improvement remain top of mind for business leaders to drive business growth.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Planning for and weaving innovation into business processes
  • Methods for fostering and encouraging innovation and setting priorities
  • Examples of innovative business outcomes from game-changing technologies (metaverse, digital twins, blockchain, AI, etc.)

10:45am - 11:20am  Networking Break

10:50am - 11:15am  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.

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Supercharging Your Global Employee Experience with AI & Automation

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Muddu Sudhakar



 Details coming soon!

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Data as a Value Driver

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Francesco Tinto

Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Mike Maresca

Global Chief Technology Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Weaving data into the conversation of a digitally-enabled organization can take innovation to the next level. Francesco Tinto and his team at Walgreens Boots Alliance are using analytics as a driver for bigger business and stronger customer value by bringing experience-based technology into game.

Join this session with Tinto and his Chief Technology Officer Mike Maresca to discuss:

  • Leveraging the value of data to the business
  • Creating a layer of machine learning and artificial intelligence to build on a digital model
  • Implementing experience-based technology to enhance the customer-experience

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

People-First Innovation and Transformation on a Global Scale

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KJ Kusch

Global Field Chief Technology Officer


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Anup Thomas

VP & CTO, Card Payments

Capital One Financial

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Dilip Venkatachari

Global CIO & CTO

U.S. Bank

The most successful organizations drive value from their technology investment by considering a people-first approach to implementation.  When your people and technologies are spread across many time zones and countries, what are some best practices to accelerate global digital innovation and transformation across user experience, employee and customer engagement, product adoption and beyond?

Join this boardroom to explore:

  • Leveraging emerging technologies to accelerate innovation on a global scale
  • Breaking down silos across a dispersed and diverse business while enhancing the employee and customer journey
  • Technology enablement to drive IT as a strategic partner and revenue generator

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Enabling a Global Talent Pool through Strong Collaboration

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Gary Sorrentino

Global CIO

Zoom Video Communications

In today's world of borderless work, global enterprises can expand their talent footprint through hybrid work. But hybrid work does not come without its challenges. Organizations must empower their teams to work effectively from anywhere and influence a collaborative environment.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Expanding and maintaining talent search through current technology
  • Implementing tools and policies to empower collaboration
  • Building high-performing teams that work together across cultures

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Seizing a New Era of Opportunity, Change, and Innovation

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Matt Milton

President, US


Today’s much-hyped “digital transformation” has promised to change everything. But the more important implication of connecting data, exponential technologies, products, processes, and people is the democratization of opportunity. Companies will need to re-envision themselves as entities without walls as part of a broader ecosystem that includes the communities in which they operate.  Now is the time to embrace a key differentiator in this new era of opportunity: to be avid for adventure.

Join this session to learn about:

  • How adventure cultivates resilience, simplicity, and focus
  • Creating inclusivity with technology
  • Defining your company by more than what you sell

1:10pm - 1:25pm  Networking Break

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

The Evolving Role of the Global CIO

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Rhonda Gass

VP & Global CIO

Stanley Black & Decker

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Vipin Gupta

Chief Innovation and Digital Officer

Toyota Financial Services

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Fabian Schroeder

VP Global IT - BA


The scope of the global CIO responsibilities expands beyond borders and beyond managing the IT of an organization.  They must be business leaders looking to add value to a company, talent leaders finding the right employees and adaptive leaders who first need to identify the problem before they can solve it.  So, what’s in the job description for tomorrow's CIO?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Preparing for what the global CIO leadership role will entail in the coming years
  • Delivering at the bottom line while juggling other responsibilities worldwide
  • Strategizing how to be an agile leader who enables others to make quick-decisions

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Let's Get Real - Are You Really Ready for a Major Cyber Attack?

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Corrado Azzarita

Global CIO

The Kraft Heinz Company

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Baker Smith



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Mindy Simon

Chief Information Officer

Conagra Brands

According to Gartner research, loss of data or devices cost organizations an average of $4.11 million worldwide in 2021. You hope it never happens, but if your global organization is targeted, it’s critical to already have a plan in place to avoid as many business disruptions as possible and have a faster recovery.
In this session, you and your peers will discuss:

  • Proactive protocols to ensure a quick response
  • Tools to identify gaps such as IT disaster recovery exercise
  • Building confidence in disaster recovery plans and personnel

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Growing Pains and Gains of Mergers and Acquisitions on a Global Scale

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Sanjay Srivastava

Chief Digital Officer


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Charu Jain

Senior Vice President Merchandising & Innovation

Alaska Airlines

As the global economy is continuously disrupted by socio and political conflicts, many organizations have looked to grow through mergers and acquisitions. IT systems are often an afterthought during the acquisition process, but create a unique opportunity for the CIO to enable employees across the enterprise. Executed thoughtfully and successfully, IT integration can unlock a whole new level of potential for a growing organization.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Leveraging IT’s leadership when evaluating mergers and acquisitions
  • Anticipating potential challenges and opportunities
  • Prioritizing systems through strategic analysis

2:10pm - 2:45pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings


Connect with like-minded, Global 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.

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

The Future of Conversational AI & Customers Worldwide

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Raj Koneru


Conversational AI continues to grow in sophistication. Automation can drive customer experiences from start to finish, but it must be done the right way and take into account shifting customer behavior. The time is now to leverage AI as tool to support outcomes such as increasing the speed of business, allowing for flexibility and engaging with customers around the world on their schedule.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Integrating knowledge-structuring automation with human-in-the-loop (HITL) interfaces
  • Narrowing attention to relevant data that can be converted to usable knowledge
  • Figuring out conversational AI’s role in the future of the metaverse

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Successful Failures – Comparing Lessons Learned

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Steve Kent


Subaru of America

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James Swanson

Executive VP & Group Chief Information Officer

Johnson & Johnson

It’s time to get brutally honest with your global peers.  Not every venture is a success, but let’s make mistakes count.  Come to this session to reflect on some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from cloud strategies, security breaches and everything in between. Nothing is off limits as it’s time to learn from others.

In this boardroom you will discuss:

  • Explore some of the pivotal failures and lessons that others have experienced
  • Benchmark your current challenges against those who have gone through it
  • Discover opportunities to avoid making the same mistakes peers have already done

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Global Events & the Impact on Business Priorities

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Ronald den Elzen

Chief Digital and Chief Technology Officer


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John Gigerich


Keurig Dr Pepper

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Mark Murphy

Chief Information and Digital Officer


From the pandemic to the geopolitical climate, the global CIO must take into account current events from around the world as they build up the organization.  From supply chain issues to moral stances by organizations, how are business leaders navigating this turbulent time?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Impact of current events on the stability of business practices
  • The push for globalization with threats of sanctions or other disruptions
  • Global supply chain problems and the work arounds being made

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Sustainability — A Global CIO’s Social and Business Responsibility

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John Solomon

VP ChromeOS

Google Chrome Enterprise

Global CIOs need to be strategists who create sustainable enterprises not just for social responsibility but also to provide business value, especially as technology waste becomes more prevalent. How are CIOs developing a sustainability strategy, and how are companies using sustainable technology to drive growth while also delivering environmental and social progress?

Join this keynote to discuss:

  • Using the power of technology to enable and accelerate sustainability efforts across the organization
  • Protecting people and the planet by making technology itself progressively more sustainable
  • Pursuing breakthrough innovation with ecosystem partners to develop radically different and more sustainable ways of doing business in the future

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

4:50pm - 6:30pm  Networking Break

6:30pm - 7:15pm  Social Hour

7:15pm - 8:45pm  Dinner Service

Gala Dinner & Keynote: Human Curiosity- A Passion for Limitless Innovation

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Moogega Cooper

Planetary Protection Engineer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Come join your peers for a formal night of collaboration and celebration! Network with your peers and enjoy a dinner with friends new and old.  

Join in welcoming an innovator and leader in space exploration, Dr. Moogega Cooper.

Human Curiosity- A Passion for Limitless Innovation

Award-winning engineer Dr. Moogega Cooper earned her nickname "The Real Life Guardian of the Galaxy" from her work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and as the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars Rover "Perseverance" mission. She's an integral part of the ongoing mission to discern if Mars could be habitable for humans while making sure we don't harm the red planet. A high school graduate at 16 and Ph.D. at 24, her passion for empowering others to achieve their dreams has been featured on shows including "Bill Nye Saves the World."

Join this talk to:

  • Reinfuse passion into your work and leadership abilities
  • Be inspired to follow your human curiosity
  • Gain insights about overcoming obstacles through Dr. Cooper's rise in the male-dominated field of space exploration

8:45pm - 9:30pm  Networking

October 13, 2022 - thursday

8:00am - 11:00am  Breakfast & Roundtable Discussion

Planning for the Future of the Enterprise and the Global CIO

Join Global CIO peers for a networking breakfast and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed morning with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships before heading home.

Discussion topics to be announced soon!


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Venue & Accommodation

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 312-646-1441.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $595 USD (plus tax) is September 20, 2022.

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Global CIO Program Manager

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

Dawn Hosseini

Senior Program Manager

(971) 300-3139