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Global Approach, Local Impact: Adapting Digital Strategies to Local Needs

How do you drive the digitalization journey when your operations span the globe? Three leaders share their success stories

Digital transformation is sweeping through the industry, offering unique opportunities for renewal and value creation. Industrial companies are rethinking their business models, growing their profits, and redefining relationships with their surrounding ecosystems.

But where and how do you start this journey? How do you approach digitalizing international operations when you have to juggle different cultures, regulations, needs, and even societal impact?

During this session, three industry leaders will discuss success stories and share lessons from adapting global digitalization strategies to local needs. We’ll explore different approaches to digitalizing international operations, including where initiatives should be run locally, and where global coordination is needed.


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Global Approach, Local Impact: Adapting Digital Strategies to Local Needs


Stuart Wheaton

Stuart Wheaton

Chief Operating Officer, Premier Oil

Stuart Wheaton is the COO of Premier Oil, a role covering the company-wide delivery of operating strategies and activities in six countries. In his more than 30-year-long industry career, he has occupied senior field development and engineering-operational roles with Tullow Oil, Cairn Energy, LASMO, and Exxon. Wheaton has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College London.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Vice President Digital, Petrofac

Steve Johnson is Vice President Digital for Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services business. He has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, working in senior roles focused on ensuring operational readiness, performance optimization, reliability, and integrity management. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in chemical processing and materials engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Mr. Enrique Fernández

Enrique Fernández Puertas

Program & Products Digital Director, Repsol

Enrique Fernández Puertas serves as the Program and Products Digital Director at Repsol, where he has been involved in the innovation and transformation of the company for more than 12 years. He currently leads the digital transformation program together with the CIO and CDO. An industrial engineer by trade, Fernández also has a degree in economic science.

Paula Doyle

Session Moderator - Paula Doyle

SVP of Sales & Marketing, Cognite

Paula Doyle is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Cognite. She has spent the past 15 years working in a variety of roles within the oil and gas industry for companies such as ABB and Siemens, including in Norway and the Middle East. Paula has a Ph.D. in industrial automation from the University of Limerick.