CRO Network Summit

CRO Network Summit

Currently, robotics implementation overlaps many existing corporate departments and brings unique financial, transformational and operational challenges for early adopter businesses.

For robotics to effectively support a broad range of processes in one business, accountability will be consolidated to a key role or department moving forward: Enter the Chief Robotics Officer.

What is a Chief Robotics Officer?

The Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) is symbolic of an emerging role that is key to achieving corporate-wide robotics adoption. The CRO is to the robotics industry what the CIO was to the computer industry in the early '80s.

CROs will be necessary to manage (in-house) the proliferation, cost and especially integration of robotics technology in early adopter businesses, especially where robots overlap with other operational technologies and human operators.

This role/department is accountable for all or some of the following:

  • Robotics strategy development
  • Technology procurement in an increasingly complex ecosystem
  • Integration and ongoing robotics cost management
  • Ongoing management of robotics operation, maintenance and performance improvement
  • Liability management and ongoing risk assessment as changes/improvements are implemented

What is the Chief Robotics Officer Summit?

A 1/2 day executive meeting designed to promote idea sharing and networking between current and aspiring "CROs" facing similar challenges. The aim is to better prepare these professionals for robotics technology management and present a practical and beneficial vision about what the Chief Robotics Officer role is and will become.

Who Attends and Why?

End-users of Robotics & Intelligent Operational Systems:

To evaluate how similar solutions will be adopted by existing and future competitors and project how to exploit a CRO and/or robotics department to gain competitive advantage.

Robotics & Intelligent Systems Suppliers:

To better understand how robotic solutions can impact clients' top line, bottom line, core or side business and help customers develop a compelling value proposition.

To adapt to when, where and how companies will structure their robotics departments and/or CRO position, and to match sales positioning to specific needs.


To strategize about how their role will evolve as more integration moves in-house and/or how to re-orient their business and career to profit from an increasingly targeted value proposition.


To network with professionals facing similar challenges and share ideas with potential business partners.

Presentations were succinct and panel discussions were focused. A lot of good information was exchanged