Keynote Panel
Aligning Your Teams and Resources to Mitigate Risk Amidst Financial Uncertainty

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Starts: September 21, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: 10:00 am
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Aligning Your Teams and Resources to Mitigate Risk Amidst Financial Uncertainty


How can CIOs & CISOs transform and thrive in a highly disruptive and chaotic ecosystem?

According to Gartner, “57% of boards of directors believe an economically and politically polarized society is the biggest source of risk.”

Preparing and planning for uncertainty and embracing change is an art and essential for 2023 Executives. With the world in chaos and businesses in constant disruption, Leadership must position and execute agile processes and teams that are completely aligned with the business. Embracing automation will be a game changer.

Accessibility to key stakeholders including an aligned board member capable of making quick decisive decisions can make the difference between success and failure.

An agile modular decision-making governance strategy, aligned with the business, must have a clear and decisive pathway to the top. Governance means the possibility of pivoting quickly with processes that can do the same. Transparency and accessibility along with expressed and clearly communicated risk factors are elements of what is now called a “compossible” business.

  • Composability as an Asset
  • Streamlining Third Party Vendor Management with New Processes for Auditing Off-The-Shelf Applications
  • Hiring and Retaining Top Talent
  • Identifying and Mitigating Staff Burnout
  • Key Strategies for preparing your Cybersecurity Team for Future Risks
  •  Detecting Threats in Decentralized IT Environments
  • Improving the Digital Business by Remodeling Security Architecture
  • Steps to measure Organization’s Security Posture
  • Adjusting to changes in regulatory guidelines

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas

SVP & Chief Information Security Officer - ABM Industries

Information Technology Security Executive/Professional. Extensive experience in the development, implementation and governance of IT security, cyber, and compliance programs. Leader positioned to define organizational IT security strategies which align to business goals with compliance drivers. Subject matter expert outside of the security organization providing guidance on ERP applications secure development, regulatory & export compliance, IT & professional service contract development and negotiations, compliance consulting, automation to drive cost reduction & efficiency and product innovation.


Diego Souza

Global Cyber Security Executive | Board Advisor | Global Chief Information Security Officer - Cummins Inc

As an Information Security Executive, Diego takes pride in protecting company data and operational technology from both internal and external threats. With hisy proven track record, he has successfully delivered global information security initiatives that have positively impacted businesses.


Paula Smetana Stuart

Chief Information Officer - Crescent Energy

Proven hands-on Global Chief Information Officer leading IT Change and Business Transformation initiatives. IT Executive with 20 years of global experience as C-Suite and Board of Director responsibilities. Responsible for developing overall IT strategy 5-year roadmap portfolio and operational structure. Successful track record for upgrading legacy ERP systems via standard ERP framework that reduces and eliminates thousands of system customizations. 20 years of experience leading Change Management efforts within Engineering Production Systems to deliver alignment across Operation. Revamped entire global infrastructures to address speed reliability and unmet business needs through executing lower costs hybrid cloud and IaaS environments. Implemented IT integrationinfrastructure for global growth start-ups acquisitions and divestures. Built IT Security Programs including cyber-security data privacy governance and compliance. Expert with disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Expert on delivering Cloud based Data Analytics solutions for manufacturing excellence cost reductions and identifying new revenue opportunities. Passionate Digital Leader through delivering Digital Transformation via IoT High Compute Big Data and Mobility. Experienced managing direct and matrix teams across global operations. Global IT leadership experience across 26 counties 150 location. Leadership roles in publicly traded private and private equity oil gas and industrial manufacturing industries.

Sudhakar Virupakshi

SVP and Chief Information Officer - Buckeye Partners

Sudhakar Virupakshi (“SV”) is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Buckeye. SV joined Buckeye in 2021 and brings over 20 years of comprehensive technology and business knowledge from multiple industries, domains, and continents. Prior to joining Buckeye, SV served as ELT & CIO at Par Pacific Holdings and held various leadership roles at HollyFrontier Sinclair Corp and Tesoro/Marathon Petroleum. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Bangalore University and an executive education from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SV also currently serves as an advisory board member to multiple organizations and as co-chair for the Houston Chief Information Officer community.

Brooke Grammier

Principal & Chief Information Officer - CannonDesign

Brooke has extensive experience moving traditional infrastructures to leading edge cloud technologies while also rapidly transforming Technology organizations. She has a talent for finding the right people to build diverse teams for high performance. She is leading industry efforts to utilize data in ways that not only inform better decision making, but that can also transform the way business is delivered.