Alice
Guehennec
Group Chief Digital & Information Officer

Alice Guehennec is the Group Chief Digital & Information Officer at Saur, a water studies company with 13,000 employees, 10,000 local authorities under contract, and net revenue of approximately €2bn.

Graduate of the UTC (Compiegne) with a master’s in science as well as a master’s in Information Technology, Guehennec holds 15 years of experience split between management consulting and IT services, with a strong focus on business and IT transformation management. Prior to Saur, Guehennec has held roles at companies such as EY (IT Consultant), Capgemini (Vice President Business Unit), Accenture (Senior Manager), and Sodexo (CIO & CDO Europe).

She believes her experience taught her about strategy and business transformation, but also how to develop strong knowledge in the operational implementation of information systems.

When it comes to leveraging her expansive experience, Guehennec is quick to point out the relevancy of her skill set. “My experience is very useful in my current position because a consulting company teaches you how to work- methodologies, how to approach a new organisation, how to define a new strategy, and project and programme management as well. And all this is very useful when you are in a CIO position because you have to very quickly become aware of where your organisation is and where you want to go and then define an execution plan and, finally, execute.”

She offers some advice for leaders on driving transformations during these challenging times. “To be a transformation leader, there are few capabilities to develop—first the capability to very quickly understand the situation and where to go. You have to be to have a strategic view of things and the capability to make things understandable for CxOs because most of the CxOs do not have a solid understanding of technology. So part of the job is to train leaders, CxOs. 

“And the last topic, of course, is resilience because when you are in execution mode, we need resilience. And then there’s the buzzword of the day- agility, the capability to adapt to a situation because, of course,  there’s a difference between the theoretical plan and the real plan.”

 

Read the full story HERE

Images

Close
Quotables
Quote
“We are not talking about just delivering water. We are talking about how to save water.”
Author name
Alice Guehennec
Job Title, Company
Group Chief Digital & Information Officer
Quotables
Quote
“At Saur, we have made it our mission to be the one water service company that will save and win the water war.”
Author name
Alice Guehennec
Job Title, Company
Group Chief Digital & Information Officer
Quotables
Quote
“I think that mentally team spirit is very key to success.”
Author name
Alice Guehennec
Job Title, Company
Group Chief Digital & Information Officer

More Interviews

Zoltan
Kemeny
GACW President & CEO
Global Air Cylinder Wheels
Larry
Phelan
Global CPO
EY
Jenny
Bofinger-Schuster
SVP Sustainability & Operational Excellence
Siemens AG
Pär
Larshans
Environmental Director of Sustainability
Ragn-Sells