Digital Boardrooms

Created to meet the information and networking needs of on-the-go CIOs & IT leaders, our Digital Boardrooms will allow our community to learn, interact and engage with one another wherever they are. Our Digital Boardroom platform is completely interactive and is the ultimate digital networking tool.

We help our attendees: Learn, benchmark and exchange ideas with likeminded executives around the world as well as expand their personal network.

Developing a Strategic Approach to Managing a Global Tech Group

Date: Tuesday, 29 October

Time: 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

As more companies are globalising their operations, and M&As show no sign of slowing down – it’s become apparent that tech leaders need to develop the skills necessary to create and deliver a global tech strategy, while supporting the needs at a local territory level.

In this Digital Boardroom, Tony Johnson, Senior Vice President International I.T. at 20th Century Fox will cover the following aspects in detail:

  • Senior stakeholder management across multiple international territories and cultural nuances
  • Helping the organisation to evolve from a traditional outlook to a modern perspective
  • Highlighting the elements of a healthy organisation and tech function

Presenter: Tony Johnson, Senior Vice President International IT, 20th Century Fox


Too much innovation theatre and not enough balls in the back of the net

Date: Wednesday, 6 November

Time: 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

Business strategist and change expert Mark Zawacki will discuss his research results from a co-authored initiative on 'core vs edge innovation', and how large multinationals will need to fundamentally rethink their current approach to transformative and strategic innovation. Utilizing several case studies, he’ll explore recent experiences from leading global organisations on:

  • The application of edge innovation models
  • Exploring the organisational roadblocks and cultural barriers to corporate innovation they have encountered
  • How such barriers can be overcome

You will leave this session with fresh insights how to innovate at greater speed and with greater impact across your organisation.

Presenter: Mark Zawacki, Business Strategist & Founder, 650 Labs

Mark Zawacki is a business strategist, keynote speaker and angel investor. He’s the co-founder of 650 Labs, a strategy firm that supports multinationals globally understand the broad-based disruption across industries now emanating from Silicon Valley. Mark helps many large non-tech companies navigate through and around disruption, in order to sustain market share, grow revenue and remain relevant for the long term. Prior to 650 Labs and Milestone Group, Mark spent nearly a decade as a strategy consultant with the CSC Index, working in Amsterdam, London, Sydney and San Francisco.

650 Labs is a strategic partner of the CIO Leaders technology advisory and consulting partnership.

Structuring optimised product and engineering teams for success

Date: Tuesday, 3 December

Time: 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

In this session Mark delves into the structure of teams, how they should be built for optimal cohesion and efficacy as well as highlighting the common and not so common pitfalls.

​Presenter: Mark Ridley, Owner & Founder, Ridley Industries

Mark is an experienced CTO, having held the role at Liberis, Dynamo Mortgages, AVADO and Mark was the Group CTO at Blenheim Chalcot, the UK's premier venture builder, working with CEOs and CTOs across the portfolio. As the technical co-founder of, he was responsible at board level for the product development and technology strategy of the best-known recruitment brand in the UK.

Mark currently advises several UK and European startups on technology and business strategy.