Former Shell president to address new gala dinner at Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit

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The former president of Shell, John D. Hofmeister, has been named speaker at the first-ever gala dinner to be held for the decommissioning and abandonment sector, at the 2015 Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit on 17 March in Houston.

The dinner represents a major networking and business development opportunity, providing guests the chance to cement relationships with top level executives from key US regions and around the world.

More than 20 operators including Shell, Chevron, Exxon and BP will be attending, plus international operators such as Shell E&P Nigeria and Petrobras.

John D. Hofmeister served as the President of Shell Oil Company from 2005 to 2008. A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 36 years, he has also held key leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

In addition, Chris Peterson, Vice President at Titan Salvage – the company at the face of the largest and most technically demanding salvage project of its kind in history – will share the awe inspiring story behind the lifting of Costa Concodia.

“We’re delighted that John and Chris have agreed to speak at the gala dinner, which itself is a first for the sector,” said Phil Chadney, senior industry analyst with summit organizer, DecomWorld. “With the plummeting oil prices forcing a rethink in oil operations all over the world, it will be useful to hear from two experts that have respectively contributed so much to both the oil and gas and salvage industry.”

“The dinner will also provide an excellent opportunity for the industry to share experiences and make new contacts, which will be critical for the year ahead,” he added.

Also new this year at the seventh annual summit, taking place over 17-19 March, is a full day ‘closed door’ deepwater D&A workshop with exclusive case study insights presented by BHP Billiton and Anadarko on their latest projects.

More than 700 offshore, decommissioning, abandonment and late life executives and more than 60 leading exhibitors from across the world will be attending the sector’s biggest networking and business development event.

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