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Annual Supply Chain Conference Focuses on Customer and Cross-Functional Collaboration

Supply Chain Conference
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Energy Workforce’s annual Supply Chain Conference, sponsored by Aries Worldwide Logistics, gathered energy leaders from across the value chain to discuss driving efficiencies across functions to optimize supply chain performance.

The Supply Chain Committee, chaired by Andrew Little, Premium Oilfield Technologies, hosted the event and brought together the ESG, I&D Engagement, International Trade and HR Committees, who led breakouts on the intersection of their focus areas in relation to supply chain.

The Customer Panel, featuring Micah Garrison, Patterson-UTI; Colin Stevenson, ConocoPhillips; and Victor Zavala, Hess Corporation, focused on collaboration between suppliers and operators, with panelists recognizing the need for more strategic and frequent dialogues with their suppliers. Stevenson highlighted the evolution of supplier business models, and Garrison discussed the differences in capital discipline strategies between private and public companies within the supply chain. A recurring theme was the importance of collaboration with suppliers and how it supports evolving ESG expectations.

Nigel Bell, Deloitte, gave a supply chain outlook focused on the themes of agility, sustainability and resiliency. Ian Falik, Piper Sandler Energy & Power Group, gave the market outlook from a macro perspective, folding in how recent events have impacted prices, supply and global demand.

Committee Breakouts

Experts in the legal breakout included Andrew Baird, Wood; Mark Mehnert, Baker Hughes; Charles Reed, Flex; and Advisory Board Member Craig Lange, Caterpillar Inc., who discussed compliance, while Christopher Richardson, White & Case; Ryan Tull, J.P. Morgan; and Legal Committee Chair Dan Connelly, HMH, focused on markets and the M&A environment.

The ESG breakout participants heard from sector leaders on Scope 3 emissions and supplier diversity programs. The Scope 3 emissions discussion focused on solutions for smaller players and the role of emissions reduction as a value driver, with speakers Mauricio Valadares, Baker Hughes; Brian P. Van Burkleo, voestalpine; and Carolina Ortega Barrales, Milestone Environmental Services.

The DEI breakout included discussion with Miguel Gastellum, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure; Maga Ramirez, TechnipFMC; and Shanta Eaden, Leader’s Edge Consulting, about the importance of supplier diversity and risk mitigation in the oilfield services sector, highlighting initiatives and success stories.

The international trade breakout included experts Kartapurkh Khalsa, NOV; Lana Muranovic, BakerHostetler; and Advisory Board Member James Prince, Baker Hughes. The sessions focused on new global rules impacting trade and how energy companies should be evaluating their export control strategy.

And finally, the workforce breakout experts included Board Member Gabriel Rio, Milestone Environmental Services, and Advisory Board Member Dave Warnick, ChasmBridge, who discussed how leaders influence a company’s employee recruitment and retainment strategy. Galen Dunk, Veryable; Dawn Keske, Oceaneering; and W. Winston Elliott IV, Lockton Dunning Benefits, looked at how to upskill and train the growing workforce.

Energy Workforce would like to thank Aries Worldwide Logistics, H&P, Deloitte and Accenture for sponsoring the event, and strategic partners Chevron, NexTier Completions Solutions and SLB.

If you are interested in joining the Supply Chain Committee or any of the other Energy Workforce Committees, contact Senior Director Energy Policy Maria Suarez-Simmons.


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Maria Suarez-Simmons, Senior Director Energy Policy, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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