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The luckiest CIO in the world!

The luckiest CIO in the world!

“We have not only survived, but our people are producing a level of performance that we have never experienced in our short(ish) history.”

– Damian Bunyan, Uniper

Damian Bunyan is Chief Information Office at Uniper, an energy company formed out of E.ON with some 12,000 employees around the world. He describes himself as the luckiest CIO in the world

In 2019, Uniper was the first organization in the world to move its energy related applications into the cloud, a project led by Damian. The digital workplace element of the project enabled the vast majority of the Uniper team to seamlessly work from home when lockdown began in early 2020.

The project has been a huge success, with 80% of the team’s KPIs at all-time highs. Damian talks to Paul Miller about how they have achieved such success and what’s next for this young energy company.

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Damian Bunyan, Chief Information Officer, Uniper

Damian Bunyan has worked in the energy industry for his whole career, moving to Germany to work for E.ON in 2006. The carveout of the upstream assets into a new company, called Uniper, was the latest of many M&A transactions he has witnessed. When the new company was created in 2016, Damian was asked to become CIO. He brought all the experience of the previous transactions to bear. He saw the separation from the old company as a gift: an opportunity to modernize an ageing infrastructure and build an IT platform that is fit for the digital transformation Uniper required. 


Paul Miller is CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group (DWG), rated by the Financial Times in 2020 and 2021 as one of the UK’s leading management consultancies in digital transformation. He is a business and social entrepreneur. His latest book is ‘Nature of Work – The new Story of Work for a Living Age’ (co-authored with Shimrit Janes). His previous book, ‘The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future’ (co-authored with Elizabeth Marsh), was shortlisted for the Management Book of the Year 2016 Award. Paul’s previous book, ‘The Digital Workplace: How technology is liberating work’, helped to popularize and explain the term “digital workplace”. Paul has given many inspirational talks on the digital future of work, for audiences at Microsoft, IKEA, Google, Accenture, Harvard Business Review, Cisco, European Commission, IMF, Adobe and Oxford University. He hosts the Digital Workplace Impact podcast.  

Paul hosted the pioneering internet radio show Digital Workplace Live is Executive Producer of the 24-hour global digital experience Digital Workplace 24. Prior to founding DWG, Paul was Founder and CEO of communications company The Empowerment Group; Publisher and Editor of social and digital innovation magazine “Wave”; and, in pre-internet days, co-founder of the Ideas Café salon. He lives in the Cotswolds in the UK and is a keen tennis player and long-time yoga practitioner.  

Paul on Wikipedia 

Connect with Paul on Twitter: @paulmillersays 

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