One of the questions we get most often here at the CDO Club is "What do CDOs do?"
And the logical follow-up question, which is "What can I do as a CDO to succeed at my organization?"

That’s why the CDO Club gathered several digital leaders from a variety of sectors for a panel discussing what CDOs do, and the 3 roles CDOs must play in order to succeed in any industry, at the April 2014 CDO Summit hosted by Time Warner in New York City.

The panel identified the similarities and differences in the approach, strategy, and management practices of four digital leaders from a diverse set of sectors, each with his own unique challenges and experiences.

The best place to learn more is at the fast-approaching 3rd CDO Summit (and the first in the UK), presented by Accenture Digital and hosted by BBC Worldwide in London on 29 October.

Find out more below. We hope to see you there!

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Its time for the inaugural UK CDO Summit!
The premier event for digital leaders
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Presented by Accenture Digital and
hosted by BBC Worldwide in London
Lock in your seat now - register today
  • Keynotes
    • Sarah Bentley: MD at Accenture Digital
    • Michael Comish: Group Digital Officer at Tesco
    • Mark Dearnley: Chief Digital and Information Officer at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Mark Read: CEO, WPP Digital
    • Charlie Redmayne: CEO at HarperCollins UK
    • Ralph Rivera: Director or Future Media at the BBC
  • Panels featuring digital leaders from:
    • AIESEC
    • Aviva
    • Bartle Bogle Hegarty
    • BBC Worldwide
    • Blackwell's
    • British Library
    • Forgerock
    • Government Digital Service
    • Grey EMEA
    • Microsoft
    • Mindshare
    • Ministry of Justice
    • Nutmeg
    • Pearson PLC
    • RTÉ
    • Travelex
    • more coming...

Keynotes and Featured Speakers:

Charlie Redmayne
Chief Executive Officer
HarperCollins UK
Sarah Bentley
Managing Director
Accenture Digital UKI
Mark Dearnley
Chief Digital and 
Information Officer
Mark Read
CEO, WPP DIgital &
Board Member at
Michael Comish
Group Digital Officer,
Ralph Rivera
Future Media BBC

Select Speakers:

Agenda (Draft):

Wednesday October 29, 2014
07:00-08:30: Registration and breakfast. Networking in Anteroom
08:30-09:00: Keynote: “CDO Talent Map, 2014”
  • David Mathison: Curator, CDO Summit; Founder CDOClub

09:00-09:30: Fireside Chat: “From CDO to CEO: How to Make the Transition”
  • Charlie Redmayne: CEO at HarperCollins UK
  • David Mathison: Curator, CDO Summit; Founder CDOClub

09:30-10:00: Keynote
  • Michael Comish: Group Digital Officer at Tesco

10:00-10:45: Retail Panel
  • Helen Merriott (Moderator): MD at Accenture Digital 

10:45-11:00: Break in Anteroom
11:00-­11:30: Keynote
  • Ralph Rivera: Director of Future Media at BBC

11:30-12:15: “Content and Commerce – Natural Partners or a Shotgun Marriage?”
  • Chris Whiteley (Moderator): VP Global Digital Strategy & New Business Development at BBC Worldwide 
  • Múirne Laffan: Managing Director at RTÉ Digital
  • Juan Lopez-Valcarcel: Former CDO at Pearson
  • Matthew Cashmore: Digital Director at Blackwell's

12:15-14:00: Lunch in Anteroom. Lunch and Learn Sessions: 
  • 12:30-12:45: Gordon Ching: CDO at AIESEC: "Digital Transformation Through Harnessing the Leadership of Millennials"
  • 12:45-13:15: Neil ChapmanSVP & MD International at ForgeRock: "Using Identity to Empower Digital Business"
  • 13:15-13:30: Richard Boulderstone: CDO at British Library
  • 13:30-14:00: Mike Bracken: Executive Director, Government Digital Service: “Digital Leadership in Government Service”

14:00-14:30: Keynote: “From Digital Disruption to Digitally Disrupted”
  • Sarah Bentley: Managing Director at Accenture Digital

14:30-15:15: “Digital Innovation in Financial Services”
  • Sean Cornwell: Chief Digital Officer at Travelex
  • Nick Hungerford: Chief Executive Officer at Nutmeg
  • Andrew Brem: Chief Digital Officer at Aviva

15:15-15:30: Break in Anteroom
15:30-16:00: Keynote: "HMRC: All the tax but none of the paper"
  • Mark Dearnley: Chief Digital and Information Officer at HMRC

16:00-16:45: “Digital Leadership in Government Service”
  • Paul Shetler: CDO at Ministry of Justice 
  • Kathy Settle: Director for Digital Policy at GDS

16:45-17:00: Break in Anteroom
17:00-17:30: Keynote: "Seizing the Digital Opportunity"
  • Mark Read: CEO, WPP Digital at WPP Plc 

17:30-18:15: Advertising Panel
  • Lindsay Nuttall: CDO at Bartle Bogle Hegarty
  • Jon Williams: CDO & Exec Creative Director Grey EMEA
  • Norm Johnston: Chief Digital Officer at Mindshare

18:30-Close: VIP Network reception in Anteroom


“Congratulations and thanks to David Mathison for spotting the need for community and collaboration in the growing Chief Digital Officer space, and for having the wherewithal, network, and organizational talent to put together such a top-notch event in its inaugural year. Next year’s summit should be even more of a must-do for anyone working digital at senior levels in all kinds of businesses.”
Teddy Goff 
Digital Director 
President Barack Obama 2008 and 2012
“David, here’s a handy C^3 test for conference value: Did I learn at least three new perspectives? Check. Did I meet at least three interesting people? Check. Did I take back at least three relevant pieces of news I can use? Check. Flying colors for the Chief Digital Officer Summit 2013! Thank you so much, and yes, I’d be very pleased to participate next year!”
Perry Hewitt 
Chief Digital Officer 
Harvard University
“Sometimes a conference comes along that hits the trifecta – hot topic, high-caliber attendees, and stellar location. The first Chief Digital Officer Summit reached that mark with ease, and I look forward to attending the next one.”
Eric Hellweg 
Managing Director, Digital Strategy/Editorial Director 
Harvard Business Review
“Congratulations on the inaugural Chief Digital Officer Summit. Rarely does a conference offer such high caliber content and attendees. Kudos to David Mathison on creating an event that sparked such great insights and conversation.”
Linda Perry-Lube 
Chief Digital Officer 
RF | Binder
CDO Club founder David Mathison overlooking St Paul's from the roof of the headquarters of premier executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, a sponsor of the London Summit. 
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