With more than 25 years experience, Pierre Lhermitte has developed a triple professional background: technical, business and politics.
He built technical skills on board merchant marine vessels where he served as both navigation and maintenance officer. Life at sea and experience in engine room taught him resilience, autonomy and diplomacy, as well as a recognized talent for troubleshooting.
Jumping from cargo ships to offshore units, the position of Chief engineer on board a drilling rig was a natural transition to the oil & gas industry. After 10 years at sea, Pierre joined the operator TOTAL E&P as a marine and logistics specialist. He then held various positions such as logistics Manager in Angola and Yemen. Those experiences taught him how to manage and improve complex organizations in highly time pressured environments, with huge financial stakes. In Angola, the outcome was a new marine organization associated to a substantial cost optimization, with no harm to the safety and the quality of services.
Observing numerous examples of waste in the upstream petroleum industry, Pierre decided to study the mechanisms of cost escalation process and proposes today an exclusive analysis of the root causes of the cost inefficiency in the exploration and production sector. To this end, he went back to school in 2012, to complete his education and acquire necessary skills such as finance, accounting or cross-cultural management. Back to business with an INSEAD Executive MBA and several complementary specific trainings about the Theory of Constrains or the Blue Ocean Strategy, Pierre has today a large panel of analytics tools to help his clients towards one unique goal: create value. Regardless if solution may come from a thorough process analysis or a sociogram, Pierre considers paramount reaching first a deep understanding of any given problem, in order to address it sustainably.
Still concerned by the massive value destruction in the oil and gas upstream industry, Pierre observed that African producing countries are probably the stakeholders most impacted by problem. He then developed a specific approach for value maximization where the local content issue remains one leverage among others.
Before proposing services to public sector, Pierre returned once again to school to get, in 2017, a Master on public policy, at Sciences-Po Paris. Today, Pierre works closely with several African governments or agencies, and share his researches and experience, to help maximizing oil and gas project added value for both public and private sectors.