Guenier is a writer, speaker and business consultant. He is interested, in particular, in issues associated with the impact of new technology on business and society at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In particular he talks about why big IT projects go wrong, how some projects are destined for failure from the start, and of course how to prevent and handle these failures. While primarily concerned with IT, the lessons can be applied to many business situations.
Guenier has an MA from Oxford University and is a barrister. After twenty successful years as chief executive of various high-tech businesses, he founded his consultancy, Guenier Ltd., in early 1995.
Assignments since then have included a senior role at Inmarsat (global satellite communications), Chief Executive of the Central Computing and Telecommunications Agency, reporting at ministerial level to the U.K. Cabinet Office, and Executive Director of Taskforce 2000, a non-profit body set up by the British Government’s Department of Trade & Industry to communicate awareness and understanding of the millennium computer problem.
His current activities include chairmanship of iX Group plc, which uses internet-related technology for market research and opinion polling. In particular its Medix business, via a Web-based portal for doctors, provides a service for the pharmaceutical industry, academia and the media. Guenier advises other new technology businesses.
He has been a regular contributor to TV and radio and has had speaking engagements throughout the world. In 1998, he was voted “IT Personality of the Year” by readers of Computer Weekly and, in 1999, received the award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” at the Computing Awards for Excellence. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He has various international contacts, particularly in North America, and a current special interest in the relationship between IT and healthcare.