Innovation Talks. Stefano Venier

Dec 11 2018 - 6.00 p.m. - Bologna Business School - Via degli Scalini 18 - Bologna

Stefano Venier, Chief Executive Officer of the Hera Group, will be a guest of the fourth Innovation Talk of the Fall Edition. Regeneration and Innovation for a new Shared Value is the title of the speech during which he will share with the BBS Community his vision on the role of innovation, digitalization and data analysis in the development of the circular economy, fundamental to promote a new model of growth for companies, cities and the territory. The event is organized in collaboration with Philip Morris Italia.

How to combine the economic growth with respect for environmental and social aspects? This is the question we have been hearing with increasing frequency in recent years, talking about sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Well, this question is wrong. The right questions to be asked are how can business become regenerative and resilient, producing more environmental and social value than it entails? And how to create economic value by responding to the needs of society and relevant eco-systems?

In this historical moment, the greatest market opportunities derive from the greatest challenges that humanity is facing, in particular inside the cities. For a utility this means a smart use of energy, through energy efficiency and renewable sources and an efficient use of resources, thanks to the circular economy of materials – no more waste – and water resources.

Innovation, digitalization and data analytics are the means to achieve these objectives, supporting the business development and the growth of territory and local communities, toward a model that is more regenerative, resilient and secure: the Circular Smart City. But there is a challenge within the challenge, the cultural and the competence change inside the business and the context.

The circular economy is one of the areas in which the Hera Group creates ‘shared value’, that is where value is generated for the organization, saving natural resources (and thus costs), providing solutions for the most urgent priorities and challenges for the sustainable development of the planet.


The event, dedicated to BBS Community, will be held in English and Italian with simultaneous translation.



After a Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Energy Management from the Enrico Mattei School in Milan, Stefano Venier began his career 1987 at Zanussi as an assistant to the head of production planning control in the laundry division, where he dealt with industrial automation and the design for the construction of Europe’s leading automated factory.

From 1989 to 1996 he worked at Eni – Enichem, rising through the ranks as: strategic planning assistant, head of market analysis and then head of strategic projects. His duties included enhancing the company’s presence in Eastern Europe, developing production joint ventures in Asia, streamlining the company’s asset portfolio through mergers and acquisitions, and developing strategic plans for the group.

In 1996, he joined management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney, where he focused on the energy, utilities and telecoms sectors. In 2002 he was named Vice President of Energy & Utilities. As a consultant, he worked on projects involving strategic planning, M&A, rationalisation and optimisation of operations and services as well as the launch of new activities, in line with the trend of progressive liberalisation and fragmentation taking place in the sector. The leading utilities for which he worked include Enel, Edison, Terna and a number of international operators. He also spent extended periods working for Wind and Fiat.

In 2004 he joined the Hera Group, where he was appointed Head of Business Development and Strategic Planning. From 2008 he was Director of the Development and Marketing Department of the Hera Group which, in line with the organisational changes implemented by the Group, oversees the following: activities of Planning and Control, Energy Risk Analysis and Control as well as Business Development and Upstream Assets and the Strategic Planning and Regulatory Affairs Department. In 2014, Stefano Venier was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of Hera S.p.A.




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