Oil, Gas 'Might Need a Tesla' to Attract Best Talent
The oil and gas industry might need to see the emergence of a company like Tesla to attract the best talent to the sector, according to John Elkann, chairman and CEO of European investment company Exor N.V.
“I think that talent is attracted by challenges and excitement,” Elkann said during a panel discussion at the annual BHGE meeting in Florence, Italy.
“The car industry has benefitted immensely from the excitement that a company like Tesla has brought into it…that has definitely created, in the last five years, more competitions, more difficulties, but also definitely attracted, and is attracting, a lot of talented people, so…[oil and gas] might need a Tesla,” he added.
During the same panel discussion, EnQuest plc CEO Amjad Bseisu suggested that the sector was being ostracized by younger generations who viewed the industry as ‘dirty’, ‘old’ and ‘bad’.
“I think that perception has to start changing for us to attract the best talent,” Bseisu stated.
In a separate presentation at the event, Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of BHGE, also emphasized the need for the industry to alter its negative image.
“This industry has been plagued by being viewed as a pollutant, as dirty. We’ve got to confront that and radically change the view that people have,” Simonelli stated.
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