Interviews with Industry Leaders

Predictive Analytics to Drive Real Time Production Optimization

Predictive Analytics to Drive Real Time Production Optimization

In the lead up to this year’s Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals and Resources Summit, we sat down with Mark Hutcherson, Director of Operational Excellence at ConocoPhillips, to provide an insight into how the American energy giant is taking the next step toward digital transformation and driving real time production optimization. 

In this exclusive interview, Mark also shares powerful insights on how ConocoPhillips is fostering a culture of technology adoption, as well as how AI is used for the purposes of equipment condition monitoring and predictive analytics. 

60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

Minimizing the risk of a catastrophe by bringing the lessons of space home

In this exclusive interview, David Loyd, Head of the Safety and Test Operations Division at NASA, provides his insights on integrating risk management practices and techniques throughout a large organization with an extraordinarily diverse mission.

Download the full interview to see how operations leaders in high risk industries can move beyond the use of historical data and really leverage data to be more proactive and predictive – so that data flags warnings early, before catastrophic events occur.
Laying the Foundation for EH&S Excellence

Laying the Foundation for EH&S Excellence

In this in-depth interview, Bonnie Schwartz, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety at Calpine – a $6B Fortune 500 company with over 2,200 employees and America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources - shares her insights into successfully building a foundation of operational excellence with principles that begin with safety.

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60 Seconds with Shell Oil

60 Seconds with Shell Oil

Lynn Buchanan, America’s Regional Manufacturing Excellence Lead at Shell Oil, provides us with insight into the importance of leadership and the management behaviors required in driving operational excellence.

Download this exclusive interview to see what is driving Shell’s manufacturing excellence strategy, and how to secure executive level support for continuous improvement initiatives when the business is facing more market volatility, risk and complexity than ever before.

60 seconds with Deepwater Horizon Investigator Captain Hung Nguyen

60 seconds with Deepwater Horizon Investigator Captain Hung Nguyen

Just seven days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen was designated as the co-chair for the US Departments of Homeland Security and Interior joint investigation into the incident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in US history. Captain Nguyen’s role was to determine the causes of the accident and make recommendations for safe operations of future oil and gas activities.

Many of the report’s recommendations have been implemented and we spoke with Captain Nguyen to discuss his personal perspective on the leadership lessons learned from the incident – and where safety improvements still need to be made.

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60 Seconds with Veolia

60 Seconds with Veolia

Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at $50B energy company Veolia, shares his insights on transforming the cultural, operational, and financial underpinnings of a failing coal-fired power plant in just 12 short months.

Download the full interview to find out what are the challenges of modifying the thought-processes and operational models that can often be ingrained for decades in the minds of front-line supervisors, and how culture change can ultimately improve financial performance in high risk industries.

60 Seconds with Cenovus Energy's VP of Health and Safety

60 Seconds with Cenovus Energy's VP of Health and Safety

Mark Little, Vice President of Health and Safety at Cenovus Energy, provides his insights on maturing your safety culture and what it means to achieve excellence in health and safety.

Read the full interview to learn how Cenovus is using their management system framework to drive operational excellence and risk management and how this has helped to simultaneously keep their people safe, their operations productive and their products sustainable during what’s been a very volatile time for companies operating in hazardous environments.

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Graciela Perez, Global Manager at Chevron, shares how the global oil and gas giant is leveraging human factors and data analytics as part of their Lean Transformation.

Download the interview to learn how human factors, linked together with Lean Six Sigma, has helped Chevron facilitate change management, improve cross functional learning, and deliver safer and more efficient operations.

6 Ways NASA’s risk management tools can dramatically improve your safety record

6 Ways NASA’s risk management tools can dramatically improve your safety record

David Kaplan - Head of Safety & Mission Assurance at NASA - shares 6 key lessons learned from NASA’s experience with Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) and how to apply some of these risk assessment tools to the challenges and new regulations that impact hazardous industries.

Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas: The Baker Hughes Story

Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas: The Baker Hughes Story

In this exclusive interview, Rustom Mody – Vice President of Technical Excellence at Baker Hughes - provides useful insights into how disruptive technologies can help oil and gas companies transform their processes, reduce operating costs and improve collaboration among relevant stakeholders.

60 Seconds with Ed Brewer: Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

60 Seconds with Ed Brewer: Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

Ed Brewer, General Manager, Generation Strategy and Planning at Duke Energy, explains what prompted the energy giant to rethink - and rework - their approach to Operational Excellence.

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the millennial generation – positive, negative, or otherwise. Regardless, it is difficult to deny that this blossoming generation grew up in a very different environment than preceding generations. These differences invariably lead to different perspectives, priorities, and practices.

As leaders working in hazardous industries, it is imperative to understand, embrace and leverage these differences to maximize your company’s performance. In this interview, Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at Veolia, shares his experience working with millennials in the military and energy industries and presents suggestions for leading this generation on your journey to operational excellence.

Safety Culture at Arkema: Focusing on culture to drive Operational Excellence

Safety Culture at Arkema: Focusing on culture to drive Operational Excellence

At a time when the industry is putting increased pressure on improving operational efficiency, how can you ensure that safety remains a top priority for your organization? 

Paul LeonardVice President of Health, Safety and Environment at Arkema – shares his insights on the company’s journey to safety excellence and how they focused on culture to drive operational excellence and become one of the safest chemical companies in the world.

Project Risk Management at BP

Project Risk Management at BP

Hugo Ashkar, Global Projects Risk Manager at BP, talks through the important combination of holistic and evergreen risk management approach deployed at BP.

In this interview Hugo discusses the biggest risks to large capital projects today - particularly in the current market and environment - and how BP is aligning their risk management program with the overall strategy of the business.

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Operational Excellence Content Bundle

Operational Excellence Content Bundle

To help you kick start your 2018 operational excellence strategy we’d like to share 11 of our most popular and insightful interviews and case studies from last year. These feature key takeaways from senior leaders at Chevron, Veolia, Cenovus, Calpine, BP, Duke Energy, NASA and many more – all of whom have decades of experience changing culture in high risk environments. Complete the form on the right to download all these FREE resources ->

Improving Productivity Safely: Driving OE to the Frontline

Improving Productivity Safely: Driving OE to the Frontline

Kristen Kulinowski, board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, provides her insight into CSB’s recent investigations and efforts to identify common drivers behind several major chemical incidents.

CSB Investigators have recently closed high profile investigations into Macondo, the West Fertilizer explosion and fire, the Tesoro Martinez chemical spill, Williams olefins explosion and several others - and are currently investigating spills and explosions at ExxonMobil, AirGas, Dupont facilities.

In this exclusive interview Dr. Kulinowski shares her insight into some of the critical lessons learned from such chemical accidents and the operational risks associated with deferred maintenance, improper MoC, inadequate condition monitoring and more.

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Maintaining Your Safety Culture During Times of Transformation

Maintaining Your Safety Culture During Times of Transformation

In this exclusive interview, Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President of Utilities and Power Operations at Enbridge, shares her insight on how high-risk businesses can enable safe and reliable operations during times of transformation.

Developing an Impactful Safety and Supply Chain Strategy

Developing an Impactful Safety and Supply Chain Strategy

In this exclusive interview, we spoke with Simon Watson - Head of Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing at Thames Water - about Thames Water’s ground breaking approach in using psychology alongside organisational performance to select supply chain partnerships.

Leadership Behaviours that Drive a Culture of Operational Excellence

Leadership Behaviours that Drive a Culture of Operational Excellence

In this new and exclusive interview, Diane Chadwick-Jones, Director of Leadership and Culture at BP, talks to us about embedding – and sustaining - a culture of operational excellence in a large multinational company. By identifying key culture change inhibitors and then implementing specific training and change management tools to tackle those inhibitors, leaders can build a strong safety culture that drives operational excellence.

Leveraging Data to Mitigate Asset Risk at Suncor

Leveraging Data to Mitigate Asset Risk at Suncor

Leigh Mork, Director of Maintenance and Reliability Integration at Suncor Energy, shares Suncor’s approach to mitigating asset risk and how to use asset information to enable safe, reliable and cost effective operations. 

Controlling Risk In A Dangerous World How To Prevent The Next Accident

Controlling Risk In A Dangerous World How To Prevent The Next Accident

In this exclusive interview, Jim discusses the ten common adverse conditions that existed in companies that experienced a major safety incident and how to use the presence and severity of these conditions as indicators to determine if your organization may be drifting toward a disaster.


Developing A Robust Hazard Identification Process

Developing A Robust Hazard Identification Process

In the lead up to this year’s Operational Excellence in Oil & Gas Summit, we sat down with Kal Johnson, Director of HSSE at Cameron LNG. Kal is accountable for developing and implementing an overarching corporate and operations HSSE management system, while maintaining strategic security infrastructure to meet MARSAC and USCG requirements. Kal has been working on a robust hazard identification program.

Maximizing Continuous Improvement at Europe's largest refinery

Maximizing Continuous Improvement at Europe's largest refinery

In this exclusive interview, Ýr Gunnarsdóttir – Operational Excellence / Continuous Improvement Leader for Shell, talks us through how Continuous Improvement (CI) can act as a key enabler for business performance and outcome and how CI ways of working enabled Shell to start-up the Pernis refinery in less than one month after a full shut-down due to a power failure.