Johan de Villiers


Global Vice President, Oil, Gas & Offshore Wind

Johan de Villiers is currently serving as Global Vice President Oil, Gas and Offshore Wind. In this role Johan and his team is responsible for strategy, technology and the go-to-market approach for ABB’s Oil & Gas business. The portfolio includes automation, electrical, telecommunication and digital solutions for the upstream, midstream and subsea segments as well as for off-shore wind. Johan joined ABB in 1997. He initially gained practical experience in engineering, manufacturing and project management, followed by various business leadership roles which helped him further develop his business and management related skills. These roles included full profit and loss business roles as well as country leadership roles, and took him from South Africa to the Middle East and to Asia. He worked across a range of business areas, such as power grids, process automation, industrial digitalization, e-mobility, robotics and data centers. Prior to his current role Johan was Country Managing Director – Singapore, with oversight over Southeast Asia. Johan and his team was responsible for driving growth across all 5 ABB divisions in Southeast Asia.

Sessions With Johan de Villiers

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 03:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    Electrifying Ocean Operations: Sea floor energy systems

    Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power
    The energy industry’s shift toward a low-carbon future is not an easy one. One key element of this shift in the offshore context is the application of subsea electrification and broader subsea systems, which can significantly reduce the carbon footprint, while offering higher efficiency and lower capital and operating costs. Despite these advantages, subsea systems have remained a long-standing ambition of the energy industry. What technologies are needed to advance subsea electrification to wide-scale adoption? How do new business models enable or even drive the uptake of seafloor energy systems? How can integration between traditional energy sources (oil and gas) and new energies (solar, wind, wave) in the offshore benefit from these new subsea asset development models?