Francois Laborie


President, Cognite North America

Francois is President of Cognite North America, overseeing Cognite’s expansion and operations in the US and Canada. Cognite serves as a strategic technology partner for more than 40 industrial companies, including Saudi Aramco, BP, and OMV, helping them scale their digital transformation efforts with data-driven solutions that increase production, revamp maintenance routines, and boost sustainability initiatives. In 2020, Cognite raised one of the largest Series A funding rounds ever in Europe from Accel and became Microsoft’s first Global ISV partner from Norway. Francois has had an extensive career in the technology industry, serving in both research and executive roles. Before shifting to lead Cognite North America, Francois managed Cognite’s overall marketing activities, including product marketing and the Cognite partner network, as Chief Marketing Officer. Francois has been at the heart of the transformation of the media industry through technology. He spent 11 years as COO and CCO of Vizrt, where he focused on disrupting journalism by empowering media content creators with visual storytelling tools. Before that, Francois managed research projects on collective decision-making and human-computer interfaces at the Airbus Group Corporate Research Center. Francois has master’s degrees in computer science and engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and a Ph.D. from the Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute.

Sessions With Francois Laborie

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm (CST) / 02/mar/2021 06:30 pm - 02/mar/2021 07:00 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: Digital Twins: What impact across the full oil & gas value chain?

    Panel Downstream/Midstream/Chemicals Digitalization Upstream Oil & Gas Gas & LNG
    The Digital Twin (a virtual, dynamic, and integrated representation of a physical asset or process over its life cycle) is one of the latest digital technologies attracting significant industry attention. Yet, most Digital Twins in operation in E&P today focus on one or more discrete asset functions (e.g., drilling, maintenance, production). IHS Markit records very few attempts to capture the entire asset in a Digital Twin. What is hampering industry-wide adoption? How are Digital Twins driving integration across functional groups and across the E&P lifecycle? What are emerging technical and organizational challenges that may impede value realization and sustainment?