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London Tech Week Enterprise CxO of the Year Award 2019

Recognising Excellence in Global Enterprise Digital Transformation

Voted for by the public and presented at the AI Summit @ TechXLR8 (ExCeL, 12-13 June 2019), this accolade is awarded to an enterprise leader who is at the forefront of navigating their company through industry 4.0 by prioritising innovation, embracing disruptive tech & accelerating business transformation with technology.

Kishore Agasthi - Chief Data Officer

Nissan Motor Corp

Dr. Inken Braunschmidt - Chief Innovation and Digital Officer

Halma PLC

Inken joined Halma plc, a FTSE 100 global group of life-saving technology companies, in July 2017. She is Halma’s first Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, a role that is pivotal in helping to foster a group-wide digital culture. Inken and her team are working with Halma’s over 40 companies to drive innovation, achieve continued growth, and realise our purpose of growing a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day. In 2018, Inken took on the additional role of Divisional Chief Executive for the Medical & Environmental sector, with Chairperson responsibilities for two Halma companies, Bio-Chem Fluidics and Volk Optical. As well as contributing to their growth strategies, Inken is building their digital agenda, and the use of data and digital solutions to solve global problems from diagnostics to preventable blindness. Prior to joining Halma, Inken was the Chief Innovation Officer of innogy SE, a renewable energy company based in Germany and subsidiary of RWE. Previously, Inken was MD of RW’s Strategy and Management Consultancy practice. Inken studied Business Administration and Innovation & Technology Management at Kiel University and has a PhD in Technology Management.

Damianos Charalampidis - Group Chief Digital Officer & Head of Retail Products

Alpha Bank Greece

Damianos Charalambidis has joined Alpha Bank at the end of 2016 and since then he has been reinventing the way Alpha Bank interacts with its customers across all channels, rethinking, reimagining and simplifying banking and payments for everyone. Together with his team, they run a bank-wide digital transformation journey, which is a 4-year program, involving a great variety of projects, ranging from introducing biometrics, RPAs and digital signatures up to launching Agile Transformation journeys for all major products and processes, for both retail and business customers. The impact of his work is not only happier customers, but also a massive improvement of Alpha Bank's perception from being a traditional bank, to a bank of preference for Millennials and Generation-Z. Before Alpha Bank he was the COO of National Bank of Greece. He also has vast experience in the Telecom industry, serving as a C-level executive with both business and operational responsibilities with significant international exposure.

Nathalie Dore - Chief Digital & Acceleration Officer

BNP Paribas

Nicole Eagan - CEO


As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has established the company as the global leader of AI cyber defense. Her extensive career spans 25 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies. Named 'AI Leader of the Year' in 2017, Nicole has introduced disruptive machine learning to enterprises of all sizes. Today, Darktrace has a valuation of $1.65 billion and counts Insight, KKR, Summit Partners, and Samsung among its investors. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won more than 100 awards and the company has been named one of WSJ's Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.

Sarah Greasley - CTO

Directline Group

Sarah Greasley is Chief Technology Officer for Direct Line Group, and leads the teams responsible for technology strategy, architecture and innovation across the group. She is a highly experienced technical executive and strategic leader, as well as having many years of experience of designing large complex architecture. She has driven the delivery of the architecture to support DLG’s next generation platforms. She was previously at Distinguished Engineer at IBM, and is a strong advocate of Women in Technology across the industry.

Mark Holt - CTO

The Trainline

Trainline is Europe’s leading train and coach app, selling more than 204 tickets every minute. Mark is at the helm of Trainline's disruptive technology, driving forward its innovative vision and the infrastructure delivering this and has been central to its digital transformation – leading a large-scale cloud migration to AWS while building a culture of innovation powered by autonomous, agile and cross-functional teams. Independent auditor Corsis recently awarded Trainline’s technology infrastructure with one of the highest ever ratings achieved, and Mark’s frequently been named as one of the UK’s top technology leaders. Before joining Trainline in March 2014, Mark founded Europe's first secure eCommerce site in 1995 and has led innovative teams at companies such as Capital Radio,, Trayport and CPA Global. He quite simply loves technology and passionately believes that empowered teams of smart people will shape the future of smarter train and coach travel for customers.

Bob Strudwick - CTO


Bob Strudwick has 30 years’ experience of building and leading successful architecture and software delivery teams. He’s the Chief Technology Officer at ASOS and is responsible for driving the transformation of its software design and development capabilities. The role combines leadership of architecture and software engineering across the enterprise, driving software delivery, security practices and accountability for data science capability. Previously he ran ASOS’ DevOps technology and process change programme. Bob has led architecture and engineering through a four-year period of unprecedented change at ASOS, starting with the launch of a new high availability, high performance microservice architecture hosted in the Azure cloud in 2016, and ultimately through the introduction of new big data and business systems capabilities to the complete transformation of its enterprise software stack.

TechXLR8 | 12-13 June 2019 | ExCeL London


TechXLR8 is London Tech Week’s flagship event, revolutionising business by connecting people and technologies driving transformation. London Tech Week's flagship event includes: AI Summit, The Quantum Computing Summit, Blockchain for Business Summit, IoT World Summit, AR/VR World Summit, Cloud & DevOps World Summit & Startup Elevate