Inaugural Sydney Chief Digital Officer Summit Sells Out!

Organizers for the inaugural Sydney CDO Summit, presented by Accenture Digital, have announced that sales have exceeded expectations and that the event, hosted at the UTS Business School in Sydney on 1 March 2016, has completely sold out of tickets.

Attendees at the CDO Summit will learn how to focus zealously on improving the customer experience, build and lead effective teams, and better understand how to increase competencies in digital, social, and mobile media.

Dave Maunsell

Dave Maunsell

“In the same way that CMOs drive marketing strategy and CIOs the technology strategy, those companies serious about digital transformation have identified the need for a CDO to drive the digital strategy at the board level,” said Dave Maunsell, Managing Director, Accenture Digital, Australia and New Zealand.

“The CDO Summit provides the chance not just for CDOs to come together and learn from one another, but for those organisations without a CDO already in place to better understand the significance of this role and the value it can bring,” added Maunsell.

“In light of increased global CDO deployments, their career path to the CEO/NED seat, and their increased influence over digital decision-making, budgets, and head-counts, especially in Australia, we’re excited to host this timely and important event in Sydney for the first time,” said David Mathison, CEO of the CDO Summit and the CDO Club.

The UTS Business School is housed in the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, designed by legendary Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.


The inaugural Sydney CDO Summit will be hosted at the UTS Business School on 01 March 2016

The business school is part of the esteemed University of Technology Sydney, which includes unique, world-renowned programs including an MBA in Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation; the Design Innovation Research Centre, and the Advanced Analytics Institute.

CDO Summits have sold-out previous events in both New York City and London.

The first Summit was held in New York in 2013, and the 4th annual event will take place on April 27, 2016.

The 3rd annual U.K. CDO Summit will be held in London in September, 2016.


With the 2016 Agenda now released, confirmed speakers at the Sydney CDO Summit include:

Keynotes Include:

  • Paul Shetler: Chief Executive Officer at Digital Transformation Office
  • Bronwyn van der Merwe: Managing Director at Fjord Australia
  • Gerd Schenkel: Executive Director Telstra Digital at Telstra

Speaker Companies Include:
Accenture, ACT Government, Allianz Global Assistance Australia, American Express, Australian Rugby Union Ltd., Brisbane Marketing, City of Melbourne, Cricket Australia, Flight Centre Travel Group, Fox Sports Australia, Google, GroupM, Harvey Norman, Intel Australia/NZ, IPG Mediabrands Australia, Microsoft, Network Ten, News Corp, Odgers Berndtson, Salmat, SmartClinics, Sportsbet, Ticketek Australia, University of Technology Sydney, Visa, Westpac New Zealand Limited., and Young & Rubicam

See the Full Speaker list and the Full Agenda.

Twitter users can follow the Summit at or via the hashtag #CDOSYD.

Don’t miss this chance to meet Australia’s digital leaders – register now to save your seat at the inaugural Sydney CDO Summit.

See Select Sydney Speakers:

Gerd-Schenkel Michelle-Fitzgerald Tom-Quinn

Gerd Schenkel
Executive Director
Telstra Digital

Michelle Fitzgerald
Chief Digital Officer
City of Melbourne

Tom Quinn
Former CIO/CTO
News Corp

Rebekah-Horne Paul-Shetler Bronwyn-van-der-Merwe

Rebekah Horne
Chief Digital Officer
Network Ten

Paul Shetler
Australia’s Digital
Transformation Office

Bronwyn van der Merwe
Group Director and
Managing Director
Fjord Australia

Gary-Wheelhouse Kate-Burleigh Lee-Hickin

Gary Wheelhouse
Chief Digital Officer
Harvey Norman

Kate Burleigh
Managing Director
Intel Australia/NZ

Lee Hickin
Product Manager,
Internet of Things

Click Here To See All Sydney Speakers

If you are tasked with understanding what digital leaders must do in order to succeed in almost any industry, the best place to learn more is at the CDO Summit.

Register today for the Sydney CDO Summit on 01 March, 2016, hosted at the UTS Business school and presented by Accenture Digital.

Also sign up now to lock in our Super Early Bird Discount for NYC in April 2016, and Amsterdam in July 2016.

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The CDO Summit is the “must-attend” digital event of the year. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 CDO Summits received stellar endorsements from dozens of speakers and attendees alike:

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“Congratulations to David Mathison and his team on the simply amazing job they did on the inaugural Chief Digital Officer Summit. Probably the most informative, insightful, on target, entertaining, collaborative, thought provoking, and inspiring conferences I have ever attended. I learned more about my business and what I do in the past 12 hours than I have from any research white paper, articles or blogs over the past 12 months. The range of topics and speakers assembled were incredibly diverse, informative, collaborative, and most of all, inspiring. It has invigorated me to be the best possible professional CDO I can be. David Mathison’s skills as a moderator were impeccable, bringing out the best of the speakers and keeping the conversation flowing. His intimate and insightful knowledge of this space is only out-shined by his humility and graciousness. Kudos to David and his organizing team.”

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