Transition. It’s the hot button word that has been on everyone’s lips – and minds – for the past few years. You cannot talk about the energy industry without talking about the transition. Some people prefer to think of it as a “transformation.” Whatever you choose to call it, the transition means different things to different people. Not only is the industry itself going through transition, but there are personal transitions.
For our cover interviewee, Ann Fox, that meant transitioning from a captain in the Marines to a captain of industry, and how the leadership skills she learned in the Marines transitioned to her role as CEO of an energy service company. The industry is also in the process of transitioning to a more diverse and inclusive workforce, something Fox, as a Marine veteran, and the rare female CEO in energy, has a heightened awareness of and believes encompasses far more than just gender. “It’s not because we check a box,” she says, “it is what you bring to the table.”
Process engineer Kristine Klavers also shares her personal transition story from the oil and gas industry to the renewables sector. But, really, we’re transitioning all the time. Transition is defined as “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” As we transition as individuals through increased knowledge and experience and expertise, we transition to a better, stronger industry. Klavers says, “Because of my decades of experience in fuel and energy…I view my own transition to renewables as I might the industry’s evolution.”
Wherever you are in your own personal transition, or whatever role you will play in the energy transition, we look forward to bringing you more stories like the ones in this issue about the journey we’re all on together.
Rebecca Ponton has been a journalist for 25+ years and is also a petroleum landman. Her book, Breaking the GAS Ceiling: Women in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry (Modern History Press), was released in May 2019. For more info, go to www.breakingthegasceiling.com.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.