CIOmove@Covestro on March 30, 2023

Walter Gruener, CIO and CDO of Covestro

Covestro shows resilience against all threats Germany´s chemical industry is facing. The company – formerly known as “Bayer Material Science” – is a leading supplier of polymers. CIO and CDO Walter Gruener and his colleagues will tell us how cloud, AI and IT-security strengthen resilience.

Register for the evening at the headquarters of Covestro by sending a mail “I am in” to

Existing and new resin formulations are developed and tested at the Wind Technology Center in Leverkusen. © Covestro

Here´s our agenda for Thursday, March 30 2023:

4:30 pm          Warm Welcome

Horst Ellermann, Publisher of CIO Magazine

4:35 pm          Presentation of Covestro

Dr Walter Gruener, CIO/CDO

5:15 pm          IT-Security 2023 – Monitor or Be Doomed

Dr Markus Schmall, CISO

Covestro’s IT & digital department is undergoing a very challenging development path, from a legacy IT organization to an agile orientated organization. The Security organization must change / adapt at the same time to stay “in the game”. We will discuss attack landscape and cornerstones of Covestro IT Security

6:00 pm          Cloud as Co-Enabler for Digital Transformation

Dr Walter Gruener, CIO/CDO

Covestro has aggressively re-done the entire IT during the last 3 years in order to live up to Covestro’s digitalization aspiration. The cloud migration is one of the centerpieces of Digital Transformation enablement. Next is to get to the value promise of digitalization. We will discuss Covestro´s cloud migration and what they do based on it going forward.

6:45 pm          Artificial and Human Intelligence  – Adversaries or Partners?
Nils Janus, Director Data Science

Covestro pushes towards becoming not only an AI enabled, but AI driven enterprise. We’ll discuss how Covestro transitions from a mostly use case driven approach to a strategically guided one fostering collaboration between people and AI allows Covestro to not misuse AI as decision support, but as autonomous decision maker.

7:30 pm          Dinner at the Restaurant „Löwe“

At the „Kasino Leverkusen“, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 3, 51373 Leverkusen, Telefon: 0214-8311 200, 10 min walking distance from headquarters

Parking lots are available. In case you need a hotel in Leverkusen, there will be rooms  for 140 € at the Kasinohotel Bayer,  Building W 18, 51368 Leverkusen reserved till March 1st. Book now by mail or phone: 0214 8311 0.

Register for the evening at the headquarters of Covestro by sending a mail “I am in” to