Jones Partners Thought Leadership Series

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thought Leadership Series
Jones Partners
Staying Ahead of Change in an Accelerating Energy Market
6:00 PM – Presentation (Shell Auditorium)
7:15 PM – Reception (Anderson Family Commons)
Jones Graduate School, McNair Hall, Rice University  
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Derek Mathieson
President, Western Hemisphere Operations,
Baker Hughes

 William M. Arnold
Professor in the Practice of Energy Management,
Jones Graduate School of Business 

There is a mixture of both excitement and turbulence in the energy sector today that is quite unlike anything we’ve experienced in the last 30 years. In the United States alone there is potentially an abundance of gas and domestic oil production has increased to levels not seen since the 1990s. The inflection points for many of these unprecedented changes trace back a few short years providing some sense of how rapidly the energy markets and the companies therein are evolving.

As a global diversified energy services provider this backdrop presents both opportunities and challenges in how strategy is developed and the timeframes where meaningful business impact can be attained. From a leadership perspective three emerging tenets are examined; market responsiveness and the imperative of agility, the paradox of scale and the catalytic nature of technology. Current examples from the energy sector will be used to illustrate how both the pace and the impact of decisions are shaping companies today.

About Derek Mathieson

Derek Mathieson is President, Western Hemisphere Operations of Baker Hughes Incorporated. Mathieson previously served as Baker Hughes President of Products and Technology for two years and as the company’s Chief Technology and Marketing Officer for a year after joining Baker Hughes in 2008 from WellDynamics, Inc., where he most recently held the position as Chief Executive Officer. Previously he worked for Shell UK Exploration & Production and for Wood Group in the United Kingdom. Mr. Mathieson holds a Ph.D. in micro electro-mechanical systems and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering both from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a chartered engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

About William M. Arnold

Bill Arnold is Professor in the Practice of Energy Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Bill joined Rice in June 2009 and teaches courses on “Managing Energy Transitions.” Previously, as Royal Dutch Shell's Washington Director of International Government Relations and Senior Counsel for the Middle East, Latin America, and North Africa, he engaged at the highest levels of government in the US and abroad to provide geopolitical insights, develop business strategies, build scenarios, and advance multi-billion dollar projects. Bill also held a White House appointment as Senior Vice President of the Export Import Bank of the United States from 1983 to 1988, when he received the Distinguished Service Award. He was Eximbank’s liaison officer to the Berne Union, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cornell University; a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Business Administration/International Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the US Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

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