Ulrich Irnich

Ulrich Irnich (CIO at Vodafone Deutschland) shares his perspective on how IT transformations can be successful by taking into account the different needs of people – in a new episode of the Transformation Leaders Podcast by René Esteban, founder and CEO of the transformation and change management consulting firm FocusFirst.

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About Ulrich Irnich (LinkedIn): Ulrich Irnich has been the CIO of Vodafone Germany since May 2020. His great passion is technical innovations and working as a leader with people and companies in situations of change. Before joining Vodafone Germany, he drove agile and digital transformation as CIO at Unitymedia. As Director of Simplification & Transformation at Telefónica, he was responsible for the radical simplification and transformation of the company. Prior to that, he was in charge of the start-up Cash & Phone and the Digital Transformation program of the E-Plus Group. Before joining E-Plus, he was responsible for the Managed Services business as Managing Director at Computacenter for several years and before that as Director for the SixSigma program at GE Capital.

About René Esteban (LinkedIn): René Esteban is Founder and CEO of FocusFirst. As a former senior leader in a Fortune 500, he found that too many transformation projects take too long, waste money, and annoy key stakeholders – and that there must be a way to accelerate business transformations sustainably. Today, this belief unites an international FocusFirst team consisting of former top executives and subject matter experts. He is an international keynote speaker, author and senior advisor for top executives to achieve challenging goals and accelerate complex transformations.

About FocusFirst (LinkedIn): FocusFirst is a boutique consulting firm for transformation & strategic change projects. We are the specialised firm in the industry that combines former top executives and an award-winning method to accelerate transformations. This unique “double helix” of capabilities equips us to help our customers deliver results faster against demanding business goals. Executives work with FocusFirst to develop organisations, structure & accelerate transformations. FocusFirst works with leading Fortune 500 companies such as Merck, Novartis, E.ON, BASF, as well as established mid-sized companies.


Only available in German for now.