Leadership Enables Right Decisions on Sea and in Oil Fields

The differences between operating a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier group and a partnership between GE and Chevron to recover oil and gas are more than skin deep. However, they also have many data, communications and performance needs in common, so the skills and leadership needed to accomplish both successfully are also very similar.

"It's all about getting the right information to the right people at the right time, so they can make the best decisions possible, and this capability is as important in process applications and manufacturing in this high-tech age as it is in military operations worldwide," said Ron Reis, senior service manager for North America at GE Oil & Gas.

Reis is uniquely qualified to convey this lesson because, until 18 months ago, he was the commanding officer of the $8-billion U.S.S. John C. Stennis nuclear aircraft carrier and its 5,000-member crew, and he led and supported combat operations in two deployments. The carrier has 70 strike aircraft, two 550-MW nuclear reactors, 280,000 shaft horsepower and four propellers. During his 28-year military career, Reis also flew 100 combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He described his experiences and their applicability to the process industries in his presentation, "Leadership and the Industrial Internet" on the second day of GE Intelligent Platforms2014 Users Summit in Orlando, Florida.