Confirmed Speakers for 2019


Dale Bradford Vice President, Western
Hemisphere Offshore
Murphy Oil Corporation
Michael Gassert Vice President Offshore & Pipelines EniProgetti
Vikas Jhingran Portfolio Manager, Norphlet Shell International
Exploration and
Ryan Malone Projects General Manager –
Gulf of Mexico
Tom Preli Director Offshore Enbridge Energy 
Sunday Shepherd Exploration Manager – Cenozoic MaturationGulf of Mexico Chevron North America Exploration and Production
James West Senior Managing Director –
Oil Services, Equipment & Drilling
Evercore ISI

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Thank You 2019 Sponsors!

Companies in Attendance

The first edition of the Deepwater Executive Summit was attended by delegates from 75 different companies; an outstanding turnout for an inaugural event.  With a high-impact lineup of speakers for 2019, along with increased global deepwater activity, DES 2019 will be a must attend event.


3D at Depth, INC Gulf Energy Information Quest Offshore
3M GulfQuest Red Willow Production Company
Aker Solutions Halliburton Saipem
American Bureau of Shipping Hornbeck Offshore Services Schlumberger
Anadarko Hydra Shell
Apex Subsea Inc. IBP SIEMENS
Audubon IRONWOOD CAPITAL Silverwell
Beacon Offshore Energy LLC JDR Southwest Research Institute
Benthic USA LLC Jumbo Offshore Stena Drilling
BP Keppel FloaTEC, LLC Strana Offshore
Castrol (BP) Kosmos Energy Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
CETCO Energy Services LoneStar Deepwater Subsea 7
Chevron Maritime Developments Ltd. Supreme Integrated Technology
CIMC RAFFLES Materia Inc. Talos Energy
Corrosion Resistant Alloys MCDERMOTT TechnipFMC
COVAR Energy Consulting Murphy Oil Technipfmc
CSG Investments, Inc. NACE International TI Geosciences LTD
DNV GL New Industries, LLC Total
Doris, Inc. NOV United Technologies CCS – Fire and Gas Detection
EM&I Oceaneering Universal Pegasus International
Eni Pacific Drilling Wells Fargo Securities
Enpro Subsea Petrobras Wood
Ensearch PROCEANIC World Oil
Fairfield Geotechnologies PRT Offshore  
Genesis Oil & Gas QMax  

Deepwater Executive Summit (DES) is the only focused event dedicated to deepwater oil & gas and the strategic insights of global oil and gas operators in the sector. The Summit’s focused agenda provides a superior quality delegate experience. Following the highly successful inaugural event in 2018, we are pleased to announce the 2nd annual DES 2019 on November 19, 2019 at the The Westin Houston, Memorial City.  

Touted by delegates as exceptionally well organized and delivering enlightening panel discussions, each of our distinguished Operator speakers will offer prepared insightful remarks, as well as participate in a Panel Session.  DES provides timely information to better understand the represented companies corporate strategies in deepwater, as well as insight into the Global Deepwater market.

Key Tangible Takeaways from 2018 include:

  • Delivering the Metrics – Value creation is now a strategic policy of the IOC’s led from a focus on value-based performance and commitment to capital discipline; higher competition for capital across their portfolios
  • Focus on lower break-evens by achieving accelerated delivery at significantly reduced CapEx
  • Leveraging the downturn through early mover advantage and strategic portfolio building
  • A shift towards optimization of assets and focus on advantaged reserves; move away from undisciplined reserve and production growth
  • IOCs are bullish on deepwater exploration with vast potential identified (Deep, Deeper and Harsh environments)

We are reaching a critical “Turning of the Tide” in the deepwater industry with Final Investment Decisions under greater scrutiny than ever before. A number of projects are starting to move forward, but the dynamics have changed and not all projects are a given.

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