Thomas Nessel

Thomas Nessel

Executive/Director Quality Management and Operations

Midstream, Downstream, Upstream, Clean Tech
United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Asia, South America, Africa

1. What is your profession? Or if you are retired, what was your profession?

Head of Sales and Business Development

2. What are your areas of expertise?

Midstream: Corporate Development and Operations, Executive, Technology

Downstream: Supply Chain, Operations, Corporate  Development

Upstream: General Management, Corporate Development, Operations, Executive, Supply Chain

Upstream Areas: Offshore

Clean Tech: Supply Chain

Types of Clean Tech: Solar, Wind, Batteries

3. Current Employer:

Seebird Solutions AS

4. Previous Employers:

FMC Technologies, General Motors Europe, Vauxhall Motors Ltd., IBC Vehicles Ltd., Adam Opel AG

5. How did you end up in the Energy Industry?

After being 25 years in the automotive industry learning everything about engineering, manufacturing, quality and lean operations I was recruited into the Oil&Gas industry by FMC Technologies in Norway. Being in charge of Quality & Operational Excellence, initially in the Eastern Hemisphere, and later globally based at the headquarters in Houston I focused on the execution of customer requirements, the compliance to industry & quality standards, and cultural change management of the entire organization and supply chain towards a Zero Defect Culture.  

6. Why do you like working with Start-Ups?

I enjoy pushing myself and others on new ideas and outside the envelop thinking to develop myself and the organization to the next level. I uncovered a new side and skill set of me, and I enjoy to be independent, innovative, and hands on at the same time.

Okay, now for some fun things about Thomas

7. What are three of your interests outside of work?

  • Family

  • Soccer

  • Motorbikes - I am a "Ducatista" for 30 years

8.  What are your top 3 accomplishments (personal or professional)?  Don’t be shy!  Give ‘em to us.

  • My three kids

  • Living and working in 5 different countries

  • Having friends all over the world

9.  If I were a superhero, my superpower would be               .

Curing terminal illnesses

10. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a                 when I grew up.

Chef - I love cooking for friends

11. If I weren't so damn good at what I do now, I'd probably be                 .

a Rock Star

12.  My favorite song is               by            .

"Ripples" by Genesis

13.  If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd          .

Be happy and share

14.  The best piece of advice I've ever been given is                              .

Believe and trust in your fate