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CIONET is the leading community of senior digital and IT executives around the world. With a membership of CIOs, CDOs, CTOs and IT leaders from the world’s leading companies, CIONET has the expertise and pioneering vision to solve or address any digital or IT management challenge. CIONET develops, manages and moderates a global community and next-generation platform with an integrated array of both offline and online tools and services designed to provide real-time support for digital and IT executives.

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CIONET is the leading community of senior digital and IT executives around the world. With a membership of CIOs, CDOs, CTOs and IT leaders from the world’s leading companies, CIONET has the expertise and pioneering vision to solve or address any digital or IT management challenge. CIONET develops, manages and moderates a global community and next-generation platform with an integrated array of both offline and online tools and services designed to provide real-time support for digital and IT executives.

    Patryk Dolewa - CIO of Gemini Polska - From non-digital to modern scale-up in 2 years

    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    Patryk joined Gemini Polska in 2019 when company was already a market leader, yet with very outdated technology.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

    • 54 min
    David Jack – CTO & CPO of dunnhumby – Powering the future with the ‘human engines’

    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

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Rudi Peeters - CIO of KBC Group - The Open Culture imperative for continuous Transformation

    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

    • 45 min
    Margaret Dawson - Red Hat - Authentic courageous leadership & shared vision for Open Transformation

    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

    • 58 min
    Vargha Moayed - UiPath - Balancing humility & boldness to go global

    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

    About UiPath
    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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Krzysztof Dąbrowski - mBank - Remixing Management Systems and Escaping Technological Debt

    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

    • 1 hr 1 min

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