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FT-VMware Executive Breakfast Briefing

Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Execution

London |
Speakers include:
Gideon  Kay

Gideon Kay

Dentsu Aegis Network

Helena  Nimmo

Helena Nimmo

Euromonitor International

Darren Mowry

Darren Mowry

Amazon Web Services


This exclusive Breakfast Briefing will bring together leading CIOs and CTOs from organisations of all sizes and a wide range of industries to explore how organisations can harness the power of cloud.

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Full Overview

In this breakfast briefing we will explore how organisations can harness the power of cloud, leveraging the digital revolution and company culture to foster innovation and enable fast execution, without creating silos that slow them down. Businesses are no longer implementing cloud solely to save time and IT infrastructure costs, but due to its ability to transform the way businesses operate and thrive. Innovators are using cloud and cloud native technologies to move into adjacent markets, improve customer experiences, and forge new business models.

Tapping into the best cloud solutions to meet these business needs is critical, but the cost and effort of moving to the cloud along with the complexity and the risk of working across multiple cloud providers are all important considerations for an accelerated path.

Innovating with brand new solutions in the cloud is one thing, ensuring the solution can scale and is governed with appropriate levels of visibility, security, and integration is quite another. The most successful companies are finding ways to launch new services, but also give them a fast path to production that transforms and unshackles existing operations and processes, provides integration with existing applications and databases, and unifies the governance of the new landscape without constraining the possibilities afforded by it.

The Financial Times, in partnership with VMware, present Bridging the Gap between Innovation and Execution. This exclusive breakfast briefing will bring together leading CIOs and CTOs from organisations of all sizes and a wide range of industries to highlight the impact for businesses who leverage culture and technology to inspire innovation.

This briefing will focus on two key themes: One, how organisations can nurture and develop an internal culture that drives innovation. Two, the technology choices that go hand-in-hand with this innovation and influence the speed and risk with which ideas can be executed, and the benefits realised.



Gideon  Kay

Gideon Kay

Dentsu Aegis Network

Gideon Kay joined Dentsu Aegis Network in 2014 as CIO for EMEA, responsible for all the elements of technology from operations to strategy and delivery. From July 2016 to October 2017, he was the Group CIO on an interim basis, whilst still looking after the EMEA region. 

Previously Mr Kay was Group CIO at LCG Group and prior to that, was IT & Business Transformation Director at Balfour Beatty Workplace.  His early career took him through work with IBM and Andersen Business Consulting, following a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering at Birmingham University.

Helena  Nimmo

Helena Nimmo

Chief Technologist
Euromonitor International

Helena Nimmo is an experienced business and technology leader, who passionately advocates for innovation and collaboration when creating high performing teams. She has worked for over 20 years in the fast-paced technology sector, in organisation such as Nokia, Symbian, Fujitsu, Thomson Reuters and now at Euromonitor International, experiencing how companies and their products change as new partnerships, technologies and innovations emerge.

Ms Nimmo started her technology career after completing her M.Sc at Strathclyde University. Prior to this she attended Oulu University, a city in North Finland her family emigrated to when she was young.

Ms Nimmo’s core domain is technology and with the growing importance technology has in our life as users and consumers and the importance it has for companies as revenue generators and market threats, she has taken on an increasingly wider remit in the organisations she has worked in.

Throughout her career, she has looked to drive transformation and encourage individuals to pro-actively adapt to change.

Darren Mowry

Darren Mowry

EMEA Director of Business Development
Amazon Web Services

Darren Mowry has held a variety of senior leadership roles at Amazon Web Services (AWS) for over six years. He defined and built the company’s first customer-facing field sales and business development organizations, and served as the Managing Director of the Nordics and Baltic region where he developed the company’s end-to-end business operations across the eight-county region. Mr Mowry now leads Business Development for AWS in EMEA where his teams are responsible for startup and venture capital go-to-market strategies, enterprise migrations, digital innovation, cloud-native services such as AI, Machine Learning and IoT, and the company’s prototyping endeavors with customers.  Prior to AWS, Mr Mowry held leadership positions in software (Microsoft Corporation) and systems/management consulting (Accenture).

Diptesh Patel

Diptesh Patel

Deputy Director, Hybrid Cloud Services
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Feng  Li

Feng Li

Chair of Information Management
Cass Business School, City, University of London

Professor Feng Li (PhD, FBAM)is Chair of Information Management and Head of Technology and Innovation Management at Cass Business School, City, University of London.  For three decades, he has been investigating how digital technologies can be used to facilitate strategic innovation and organisational transformation in the digital economy. He advises senior business leaders and policy makers both in the UK and internationally on how to manage the transition to new technologies, new business models and new organisational forms.  His research has attracted the support of over £40 million of external research funding, from the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, the EU, and the private sectors.  Feng is the author of What is e-Business? How the Internet Transforms Organisations (Oxford: Blackwell). He is the founding chair of the e-Business & e-Government Special Interest Group and an elected Fellow of the British Academy of Management (FBAM). 

Richard  Munro

Richard Munro

Global Cloud Strategy Director

Richard Munro is the Global Cloud Strategy Director for VMware. In this leadership role, he is responsible for helping organisations maximize their business potential through their hybrid cloud deployments, from native public clouds, including AWS, Azure and Google, to their private clouds and the application platforms that run within them.

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Mr Munro has a strong technical background in cloud infrastructure, being an evangelist for next generation IT Services, cloud transformation, cloud native applications (e.g. CI/CD, Containers, Serverless, etc) and Wardley mapping. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in both business and IT transformation programmes for a number of global organisations.

Mr Munro is also a certified Enterprise Architect and is married with three children. He enjoys reading, sailing, rock guitar, snow-boarding and cycling.

For more information, contact:

VMware EMEA team


Tel: 020 7592 1200




Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT, including Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.

Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.

Agenda - 28th Mar

  • 8:30am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:30am
    Welcome remarks from the Chair
  • 9:35am
    Opening keynote: Innovation enabled by Cloud

    VMware Global Cloud Strategy Director, Richard Munro, will explore business innovation enabled by cloud, looking at how businesses can transform and adapt to unlock opportunities, creating long-lasting change with cloud at the heart.

    Richard will discuss the cost and effort of moving to the cloud, with examples of managing the complexity and risk of a hybrid-cloud model, working with multiple cloud providers on an accelerated path. 

    Richard Munro, Global Cloud Strategy Director, VMware

  • 9:55am
    Panel discussion: Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Execution

    Discussion: Organisations face ongoing challenges to constantly innovate – not just coming up with new ideas, but being able to execute on them to realise new business opportunities. This discussion will explore:

    • How the culture, infrastructure and appetite for risk should look for successful organisations
    • Learnings that can be taken from successful, innovative organisations
    • Benefits of effectively harnessing innovation across the business with cloud at the heart

    Feng Li, Head of Technology and Innovation Management, Cass Business School

    Darren Mowry, EMEA Director of Business Development, Amazon Web Services

    Gideon Kay, Chief Information Officer EMEA, Dentsu Aegis Network 

    Helena Nimmo, Chief Technologist, Euromonitor International 

    Diptesh Patel, Deputy Director, Hybrid Cloud Services, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

  • 10:45am
    Chair’s closing remarks
  • 10:55am
    Networking and refreshments

Who will I meet

Complimentary places are available to C-Level Executives, Directors and Heads of Technology, Data, Information from organisations of all sizes, subject to approval by the Publisher.  If this fits your profile, please apply now for a complimentary place.


Organised by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

In Partnership with (2)

VMware, the industry-leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure software company, enables organizations to innovate by streamlining IT infrastructure and operations, freeing IT resources for investment in strategic innovation. A pioneer in the use of virtualization and policy-driven automation technologies, VMware simplifies IT complexity across the entire data center and out to user workspaces, empowering IT to move at the speed of business.

About Amazon Web Services 

For 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 165 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 61 Availability Zones (AZs) within 20 geographic regions, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK. Millions of customers including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit


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