Just before Thursday’s plenary session, 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference chairman Rodney Eads (right) of Pride International introduced Walter Simpson of BG Group as chairman of the 2009 conference. Mr Simpson is BG’s general manager operations and well engineering.
Walter Simpson, general manager operations and well engineering for BG Group, will serve as chairman for the 2009 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, announced Pride International’s Rodney Eads, the 2008 conference chairman. Next year’s event will be held at the Rai Congress Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 17-19 March 2009.
The 2007 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, also held in Amsterdam, drew a record 2,113 people, Mr Simpson said, and he hopes to top that number in 2009. Next year’s conference also will offer 30% more exhibit space to allow more companies to showcase and demonstrate their newest technologies and equipment.
BG Group's Walter Simpson to be 2009 Drilling Conference chairman
As one of three panelist speakers during Thursday’s plenary session, Mr Simpson spoke to the industry’s personnel challenges and encouraged companies to invest more in employee development. He also said that the conference’s Program Committee is already discussing ways to promote diversity at next year’s event – both in terms of wider geographical representation and in getting the industry’s 30-and-younger workers to participate in the conference.
“We’ve had some fantastic sessions in the last couple of days, and I hope we will do as good a job next year in Amsterdam,” he said. “I look forward to seeing you next year.”