Nordic CIO Virtual Executive Summit

13 October, 2021 | 8:00-11:30 CEST 14 October, 2021 | 8:00-10:45 CEST

13 October, 2021 | 8:00-11:30 CEST 14 October, 2021 | 8:00-10:45 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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies


Mats Hultin

Group CIO

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO & SVP, Corporate IT

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


13 October 2021

08:00 - 08:45  CEST Keynote

The CIO Mission — Directly Aligning IT to Business Objectives

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Tony Fergusson

Director Transformation Strategy


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Sebastian Kemi

Head of Cybersecurity


Keeping pace with business demands requires IT to embrace transformation. Poor user experience, slowed M&A value, expanded security concerns, and IT misalignment with business goals prevent top enterprises from obtaining agility and resiliency. As last year demonstrated, legacy systems don’t react quickly or scale to accommodate rapid change. It’s imperative that CIOs focus on removing the legacy infrastructure that slows IT transformation and impedes business growth.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Providing corporate access to any user on any device from any location
  • Promoting alignment between IT objectives and business initiatives 
  • Deploying cloud technology that accelerates enterprise scaling and agility strategies

08:45 - 09:00  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Rebuilding Culture & Collaboration in Hybrid Work

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Thomas Angelius



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Bjorn Ekstedt

CIO and Executive Advisor


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Mats Hultin

Group CIO


As employees emerge from the protection of their homes and return-to-office policies become the norm, leaders must reconfigure their talent, culture and workplace strategies to support a flexible and collaborative work environment. With technology capabilities critical to workforce planning strategies, it's imperative for CIOs to lead this conversation to ensure the business is setup for success.

Join this thought-provoking session to discuss:

  • Implications, opportunities and risks of a fully remote or hybrid workforce
  • Resetting organizational culture for a new style of work and retaining employees
  • Designing and securing the new collaborative workplace

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

The CIOs Guide to Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

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Galith Nadbornik

Regional Vice President, Nordics | Executive Programs


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Rasmus Lundgaard Pedersen


Danske Commodities

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Per Gutesten



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 organization
  • Upskilling your cybersecurity teams to stay ahead of emerging threats

09:00 - 10:00  CEST 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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Kaj af Kleen


Nordic Entertainment Group

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Simon White

Chief Digital Officer

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions

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

10:00 - 11:30  CEST 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.

14 October 2021

08:00 - 08:45  CEST Keynote

Digital Business Acceleration: Sustain Momentum to Keep up with Pace of Change

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Peter Skyttegaard

Sr Director, Analyst


The widespread drive to accelerate digital business initiatives has meant big changes in the way work gets done and decisions are made, but as hybrid workforce models persist, CIOs are finding it critical to keep up digital momentum. That means ensuring that non-digital behaviors and practices don’t creep back into processes and decisions that were transformed during the pandemic response. Join Peter Skyttegaard as he shares recommendations and views on:

  • What successful digital business acceleration demands
  • Ways to prioritise digital business acceleration to achieve better business results
  • 5 things CIOs can do to create digital momentum

08:45 - 09:00  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Digital Transformation — Making your Strategy Stick

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Bodil Forss


Vaisala Oyj

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Marika Lindström


Paulig Group

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Rickard Antblad

CIO Nordics

Compass 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

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

The CIO as Champion of the Sustainable Enterprise

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Fredrik Ohlsson

Vice President Information Technology


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Fredrik Carpenhall

Vice President, Processes & IT

Seco Tools AB

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Jonas Hagner

Chief Digital Officer

VR Group

Sustainability is a business imperative, and competitive advantage lies with companies that develop a winning sustainability strategy – encompassing environmental, social and governance. Today’s Sustainable Enterprise is built on open platform architectures that let CIOs dynamically respond to growing regulatory, global, social and investor expectations. No matter where you are on this critical journey, this session will help you build a smarter sustainable business mandate for long-term success.

Join your peers for an interactive discussion focused on:

  • The transformation of strategy, operations, portfolio and business models to drive to Net Zero
  • Technology that can assist with monitoring and measuring waste elimination, support re-use and remanufacturing, and close the loop in the supply chain
  • “Sustainable by Design” principles to improve end-to-end sustainability and minimize impact

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Managing Cloud Migration the Right Way

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Vegar Bøthun


Höegh Autoliners

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Kjell Rune Tveita


If P&C Insurance

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Jacob Tovborg-Jensen


Lb Forsikring

The cloud is often the vehicle for new technology — digital business models, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. However, how do you keep the same level of governance and operational management during a cloud migration? Interact with your peers on: 

  • How architectures and techniques evolve to get maximum value from the cloud
  • Balancing IT-lead and business-lead operations 
  • Vendor management, risk assessments and security reviews

10:00 - 10:45  CEST Keynote

The CIOs Mandate — Connecting Business, Data, and Technology

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Teemu Salmi

SVP, CIO & Head of Digital

Stora Enso

The challenge for many CIOs today is to instill a culture of data-driven decision making for digital business. Those who want to exploit the potential of new data and advanced analytics capabilities at scale typically face numerous challenges. As a CIO, it's critical to develop a strong, clear strategy connecting business, technology, and data and analytics to maintain your competitive advantage and mitigate these challenges. In this Keynote, Teemu Salmi, CIO, Stora Enso will share insights into their journey on becoming a data driven organisation, as well as the benefits and pitfalls along the way.

Specifically, Teemu will share:

  • How the ‘Data Driven Stora Enso’ initiative has enabled new business possibilities
  • Increasing efficiency and productivity adopting a data-driven approach
  • Bringing innovation to new levels through engaging the business in the journey


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