CEO and Division President, John Crane
Jean Vernet is the 14th CEO to lead John Crane since its founding in 1917. In this role, Vernet has global responsibility for one of the largest divisions of Smiths Group. He has more than 30 years of experience in business development, technical sales and finance, having served in leadership roles with Expro and Schlumberger. Vernet has master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and the École Centrale de Lyon.
Vice President - Energy, Microsoft
Darryl Willis leads Microsoft’s strategy to drive digital transformation for companies within the power and utilities, oil and gas, and mining verticals. He came to Microsoft with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, having worked for companies such as BP and Google. Willis has master’s degrees from Stanford University and the University of New Orleans.
Session Moderator - Dr. Francois Laborie
President, Cognite North America
Francois Laborie runs Cognite's operations in North America, including offices in Houston and Austin, Texas. Previously, he managed Cognite’s overall marketing activities as Chief Marketing Officer. He spent the preceding 11 years with software company Vizrt, where he served as COO and CCO, responsible for all commercial and operational activities. Laborie has a Ph.D. from the Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute.
The United States remains the largest geographic market for digital transformation spending, delivering roughly one-third of the worldwide total in 2020. Within the next five years, almost 90% of industrial companies are expected to have implemented Industry 4.0 technologies in all key business divisions.
What will this look like as ecosystems, value chains, and business models are disrupted and bold innovative digital agendas become a top priority?
Hear from top leaders responsible for driving digital transformation within the oil and gas, manufacturing, renewables, and power and utilities verticals. What are the challenges and opportunities? What are some best practices and lessons learned to accelerate the transition?