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Christoph Heidler

CIO (former)

Christoph Heidler
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Platform Services and Digital Ecosystems provide the base for secure and sustainable IT services.
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Transformation Journey

Christoph Heidler is VP Global Transformation Strategy & CIO EMEA at Zscaler where he leads the global team of transformation strategists on a mission to support and guide clients and prospects as they develop and implement market-leading digital strategies.


He is a skilled entrepreneur and technology leader, bridging the gap between business and technology to enable digitized enterprises all while building strong, highly motivated teams.


Building on 25 years of expertise and successful digitisation initiatives at global corporations, Christoph provides strategic impulses for C-level audiences, shapes successful strategies, and transforms IT and security architectures to meet business goals. 


Previously, Christoph has worked in various management roles in multinational corporations, managing applications and business systems, owning global infrastructure, and, as CIO, leading worldwide transformation initiatives. More recently, as group CIO and board member at SGS, he was responsible for the global IT strategy and led the infrastructure and application transformation of more than 800 applications and 3,000 servers for more than 90,000 employees in 2,500 locations, across more than 140 countries.


He has a passion for changing the role of IT in enterprises, driving high-performing teams, and fostering open and collaborative work environments. Christoph shares his passion for strategy and technology vision as a guest lecturer at the University of Luzern, Switzerland. He studied electrical engineering and information technologies at the University of Duisburg, Germany.


Lessons Learned

The digital transformation and industry 4.0 have changed the company’s attack surface and cybersecurity exposure. We can no longer trust what’s on the network, even when using company devices. All prevention, detection, and response efforts must focus on identified digital data assets and authorized access of individuals and systems (Identity Access Management (IAM) of humans, systems, and processes).


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