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Patryk Dolewa - CIO of Gemini Polska - From non-digital to modern scale-up in 2 years
In this #LeadershipDeepDive episode, Patryk Dolewa, CIO of Gemini Polska talks with Hendrik Deckers about:
🔸 working in a greenfield scenario
🔸 bringing digital transformation into a family business with strong work ethics
🔸 developing e-commerce platform to a unique position on the market
🔸 power of the digital
🔸 keeping the balance between business and customer needs
Patryk joined Gemini Polska in 2019 when company was already a market leader, yet with very outdated technology. Digital transformation brought in by Patryk and his team significantly contributed to becoming a leader on e-commerce with over 2 million active accounts.
Patryk Dolewa is the finalist of the European Digital Leader of the Year 2021, where every year CIONET nominates top CxOs in four categories: B2B, B2C, Public sector & Non-profit, Finance. Patryk represents Poland in the B2C category. The winners will be announced at CIONEXT conference on November 10th.
Table of contents:
01:23 | Introduction and Patryk Dolewa's background
02:36 | About Gemini Polska
05:30 | Technology landscape
07:15 | Implementing change: greenfield scenario
09:00 | Cloud strategy
10:58 | Innovative solutions: e-commerce platform
13:55 | Power of the digital
15:40 | Gemini Polska's culture of work
17:58 | IT organization
20:35 | Data-driven company
22:57 | Analytics of e-commerce
25:10 | Patryk's role as CIO
29:57 | The importance of CIO community
31:40 | Patryk's management style
35:22 | What makes a good day?
36:45 | MBTI profile: the protagonist
39:21 | Making tough decisions and being self-aware
42:32 | Personal mantra
44:57 | Patryk's core values
46:41 | Tough lessons learnt
49:36 | Best moment in life
51:17 | Advice for people starting out
David Jack – CTO & CPO of dunnhumby – Powering the future with the ‘human engines’
In this #LeadershipDeepDive episode, David Jack, CTO & CPO of dunnhumby, talks with Hendrik Deckers about the challenges of transformation within the world’s leading company in customer data science, the ongoing productisation of services and the value of the humans behind it.
During this conversation, David also talks about his “nudging” management and leadership styles and how an impostor syndrome can actually become a strength.
Watch this interview to learn and be inspired by David Jack who has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry and has, in his own words, "one of the coolest CTO jobs in the world".
TABLE OF CONTENTS
01:13 | Introduction: David Jack's background
03:55 | About dunnhumby
08:43 | About dunnhumby - The real transformations
13:16 | About dunnhumby - The key differentiators
14:58 | About dunnhumby - 'Productising' services
20:24 | Open Culture
24:30 | Critical processes behind the data science goodness
28:29 | Open Source
31:40 | The obvious route to the cloud
36:02 | Exciting technology trends
41:03 | The CTO & CPO role at dunnhumby
44:20 | Management style
46:55 | Leadership Style
49:45 | MBTI Profile – The Logician
53:54 | Sources of happiness
55:40 | Core values
59:53 | Ups, downs and learnings in life
01:04:43 | Mantras and lessons learned
01:07:19 | Advice for people starting out
Rudi Peeters - CIO of KBC Group - The Open Culture imperative for continuous Transformation
In this #LeadershipDeepDive episode, Rudi Peeters, CIO of KBC Group, talks with Hendrik Deckers about the role of Open Culture in the continuous transformation of a bank, the organisation’s cloud strategy, processes and architecture and how innovation is rooted in and contributes to the transformation journey.
During this conversation, Rudi also talks about how his curiosity, positivity and integrity have paved his path to become a CIO and the evolution of the role.
Watch this interview to learn and be inspired by Rudi Peeters – the curious biologist with 33 years of experience in tech, strategy and business.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
01:05 | Introduction: Rudi Peeters' background
03:37 | About KBC
04:29 | Continuous Transformation
06:03 | Corona as a Transformation Accelerator
07:36 | Business & IT
10:36 | Open Culture
12:31 | Open Culture & Open Leadership
15:32 | Open Processes & Innovation
19:52 | Open Processes & Innovation - Example of deployed project
20:50 | Open Architecture & Open Technology
21:36 | Open Architecture & Open Technology – Most important technologies for transformation
22:33 | Cloud Strategy
24:07 | Open Source & Collaboration
24:38 | KBC as an Ecosystem
26:21 | Exciting technologies for transformation
27:32 | The Digital & IT organisation at KBC
29:08 | The CIO Role at KBC
30:16 | Management style
32:55 | Leadership style
34:39 | MBTI Profile – The Debater
37:39 | Key drivers
39:05 | Mantras, mentors and learnings
41:11 | Core values
42:17 | Ups, downs and learnings in life
43:43 | Advice for people starting out
Margaret Dawson - Red Hat - Authentic courageous leadership & shared vision for Open Transformation
In this #LeadershipDeepDive episode, Margaret Dawson, VP & CDO of Red Hat, talks with Hendrik Deckers about Open Transformation, how different types of organisations can succeed in their own transformation, the most exciting technologies today and her passion and drive to increase diversity in tech.
Throughout this conversation, Margaret also shares all the ways her background and life journey have been shaping her leadership DNA.
Dive into this interview to learn and be inspired by Margaret Dawson!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
01:26 | Introduction and Margaret Dawson's background
04:06 | About Red Hat
05:00 | Open Transformation
06:44 | Open Culture & Open Leadership
09:09 | Open Culture – Examples of successful cultural change
10:58 | Open Culture – The role of diversity
12:09 | Female Digital Leadership
15:55 | Open Processes
18:07 | Open Technology & Open Architecture
20:50 | Open Technology & Open Architecture – The 3 layers
22:34 | Open Technology & Open Architecture – Open Hybrid Cloud
25:08 | Open Technology & Open Architecture – Exciting technologies for transformation
28:12 | Successful transformation in large organisations
29:57 | The CDO role in Red Hat
33:03 | Margaret’s management style
35:08 | Attracting talent at Red Hat
37:04 | Margaret’s leadership style
39:41 | MBTI Profile – The Advocate
43:29 | Margaret’s sources of happiness
46:09 | Margaret’s core values
49:16 | Margaret’s mentors and learnings
52:47 | Margaret’s ups, downs and learnings in life
57:10 | Advice for people starting out
Vargha Moayed - UiPath - Balancing humility & boldness to go global
In this Leadership Deep Dive episode, Hendrik Deckers talks to Vargha Moayed, Chief Strategy Officer of UiPath, about growing up in Morocco, living in France, USA and most importantly, what his background taught him about resilience as well as balancing humility and boldness in order to go global.
Listen to this episode of #LeadershipDeepDive and deep dive into Vargha Moayed's leadership philosophy, his views on how to build a successful team and how he got into the RPA technology.
Vargha has become the CSO of UiPath and from this conversation, you can find out why.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
00:00 - Introduction
1:50 - What does UiPath stand for?
2:20 - What solutions does UiPath offer?
3:20 - When was UiPath born?
4:47 - What makes Daniel Dines, UiPath's CEO & Founder, special?
7:32 - UiPath's growth story
13:40 - What are the biggest challenges faced by Digital Leaders around the world that UiPath can help solve?
About Vargha Moayed
15:53 - The story of Vargha Moayed
27:05 - Views on innovation in big companies - elephants and cheetahs
29:16 - Lessons learned from working in investments in startups
31:44 - How did the move to east Europe came to be?
Vargha Moayed in UiPath
34:25 - Getting into the RPA technology
39:47 - What are the key events that need to take place for an European startup to become a success?
42:12 - How important is the view of the analysts on technology companies?
44:24 - What exactly is the role of the Chief Strategy Officer in UiPath?
47:19 - Building successful teams in a fast growing company
49:05 - Vargha's leadership style
Vargha Moayed in life
50:43 - What are the values he's passing on to his children?
51:50 - Why does Vargha love change?
53:29 - How many languages does Vargha speak?
54:24 - MBTI Profile
57:21 - Advice for those starting out and have the ambition to be successful
59:42 - The meaning of resilience
1:00:44 - Most important learning in life so far
Krzysztof Dąbrowski - mBank - Remixing Management Systems and Escaping Technological Debt
After a career as IT Director, Krzysztof Dąbrowski became a COO at mBank - Poland's first digital bank that was a fintech before fintech was a thing.
In this episode of Leadership Deep Dive, Krzysztof Dąbrowski talks with Hendrik Deckers about his passion for "stealing like an artist" from different management systems to approach complex operational challenges and to always be learning, even if he's exhausted the learning materials from a given domain.
He shares the behind-the-scenes view of building efficient operational processes and banking systems on the foundations of obsolete technologies. He dives into a transformation program that compiled COBOL applications into .Net in real time, without stopping any systems, and another that translated a proprietary language into one they could actually find programmers for.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
01:00 - Introduction: Krzysztof Dąbrowski, COO of mBank
01:50 - about mBank - the first digital bank in Poland
03:20 - The role of COO at mBank and the operations transformation he led
10:50 - Defaulting on technological debt: compiling into a new language without slowing down the systems
20:00 - mBank's cloud ambition
22:30 - Translating the corporate banking core system
25:50 - How IT is organised at mBank: balancing agility and compliance processes
mBank scaled agile model
navigating "agile islands"
33:04 - The changing role of a CTO/CIO
36:05 - Krzysztof's management style
39:55 - Recruiting top talent in Poland
43:20 - mBank's innovation strategy, startup incubator and ecosystem
44:00 - What your team says about you when you're not around
45:58 - People and books that inspire Krzysztof
The importance of surrounding yourself with kind people
You need to know good specialists when you see them, even if you don't understand their craft
52:30 - The difficulty of keeping it simple
54:45 - The values he wants to pass on to his children
56:20 - His advice for future CIOs
How learning new skills used to be different
Why you should do things you're not yet good at