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Led by CEO Andy Howell, a member of Yokogawa's global management team, our leadership team brings decades of technical and business experience in their area of responsibility. Together they are accountable for excellence inside KBC so our customers can achieve their own measure of excellence - superior results, sustained.

Our leadership team

Andrew Howell

Chief Executive Officer

Andy is responsible for KBC’s overall business and is a member of Yokogawa’s global Digital Enterprise Business Head Quarters Executive Team. He is based in Walton-on-Thames, London, UK. As CEO, Andy led KBC through its acquisition by Yokogawa and the delisting on the UK AIM exchange. Prior to that, he managed KBC's technology business. He started his career with BP Exploration in the UK, after which he joined Hyprotech where he managed technology development. Following acquisition by Aspentech, he moved to Schlumberger, holding senior management positions related to oil and gas development and production engineering. Andy holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK and a number of patents in Integrated Asset Modeling and Digitalization. When Andy is not passionately speaking about KBC’s role in sustainability and digitalization in the energy industries he can be found spending his spare time on one of his collection of motorcycles in the English and European countryside!

Jon Allwood

Head of Global Digital & Asset Transformation

Jon manages KBC’s global Digital & Asset Transformation business, comprising solution development, service strategy and quality and value delivery. He is based in Singapore. Jon has over 22 years of experience in the energy value chain across multiple geographic areas. Diversely experienced in managing and delivering complex transformational programs, Jon has deep functional expertise in operational excellence, lean manufacturing, and in-plant technology enabled operations improvement. Prior to joining KBC, Jon was in management consulting delivering large scale efficiency programs across many vertical sectors including FMCG, manufacturing, oil and gas, aviation and pharmaceutical. Jon holds a degree in Business and Managerial Economics from the University of Bolton, UK. In his spare time, Jon enjoys high intensity fitness training and, if time permits, (attempting) to play golf.

Mike Aylott

Chief Technology Officer

Mike is responsible for the technical direction of KBC, directly leading our Technology R&D program, for keeping GLT informed on technical matters affecting the company and for technical liaison with Yokogawa. He also heads the Technology Delivery teams, covering Digital, IT and Modelling Services, Support and Training. He is based in Calgary, Canada after many years with KBC in the UK working on designing and building much of process simulation technology that underpins our business. He has experience also across supply chain applications covering planning, scheduling and production accounting and sees this as a ripe area for disruption through new technologies underpinning digital transformation. Prior to joining KBC, Mike was a postgraduate researcher in dynamic process simulation at the University of Edinburgh, building on a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. In his spare time Mike can often be found in the kitchen, where he enjoys making the complex appear simple, or in the great outdoors of western Canada.

Jason Durst

Global Technology Business Leader

Jason manages KBC’s global technology business covering the Simulation, VisualMesa and Digital business lines. He is based in London. Jason has over 19 years of experience in the energy value chain across multiple geographic areas. Diversely experienced in software development, product management, sales and business line management across multiple industries. Prior to joining KBC, Jason held roles in Product Management at Schlumberger as well as roles in economics and commercial valuation consulting across the Oil & Gas value chain. Jason holds an MBA from University of Texas at Dallas and a degree in Business from the Southern Methodist University, in Dallas TX. In his spare time, Jason enjoys cooking, diving and spending time with his family.

Andrew Hitch

Head of Global Consulting Delivery

Andrew manages KBC's global consulting delivery team focusing on operational efficiency, quality and value delivery. He is based in the UK. Andrew has over 35 years of experience in Oil & Gas, Utilities and IT Consulting. Having graduated in Chemical Engineering from Manchester University, and roles in process contracting and safety engineering Andrew joined BP Oil International. Over 20 years he held leadership roles in Refinery and Terminal Distribution Technology, UK Supply Operations, and Programme Director Roles delivering Y2K, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Global Oil Trading Credit Risk System. Andrew subsequently worked in commodities trading and utilities before joining Wipro Technologies where he ran the Energy Vertical Transformation & Change function working on programmes in the UK, Toronto and India. Andrew enjoys cycling, hiking, very leisurely tennis doubles and lives in the Chilterns. Having recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro he is now looking for his next challenge.

Mark Hudson

Executive Vice President, Sales

Mark is responsible for KBC’s global sales, and sales co-ordination with KBC’s parent company, Yokogawa. He is based in London, UK. He started his career with Mobil Oil (now ExxonMobil) in the UK where he held technical, operational and planning positions. Prior to joining KBC he led the refinery scheduling team. Mark started at KBC as a consultant and managed large projects, before moving into business development. He has led sales teams in Europe, Former Soviet Union, Middle East and Africa and most recently the key account management team. Mark holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK. In his spare time, Mark likes to keep fit by cycling and swimming to offset the effects of regular business trips.

Duncan Micklem

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Marketing

Duncan is responsible for KBC’s business strategy and marketing function, including business planning; M&A / alliances; investment prioritization / capital allocation; and marketing. He is based in Houston, TX, USA. Duncan started his career in the engineering industry with AMEC, where he provided health, safety, environment and liability advice on mergers and acquisitions. After moving to KBC, he has held business management roles focused on business development, strategy, restructuring and planning. Duncan holds a degree in Biology and Geography from the University of Exeter, UK, an MBA from Cass Business School, UK and various Marketing qualifications from Cornell University, USA. In his spare time Duncan is an avid sportsman although his three young children ensure he has little spare time!

Paul Newman

Head of Global Consulting Sales

Held several titles at Shell Global Solutions in additional to 35 years working with Shell, including Asia Commercial Services Manager for Downstream Projects & Technology. Also held technical and operational positions at Shell before moving to Site Management. Experience in Hydrocarbon Management, Operational Excellence, Asset & Integrity Management, Flawless Start-Up, Site Transformation, Programme & Change Management, Performance Assessment, Energy Management, Health, Safety and Environment, Human Resources Management, Staffing and Organisational Efficiency, Competency Development and Assurance, Coaching and Mentoring.

Matt Ray

Chief Finance Officer

Matt is responsible for financial management of KBC. He is based in Houston, TX USA. Matt also shares a joint reporting line to Yokogawa financial headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Matt started his career at Deloitte. He joined Yokogawa North America as Financial Controller. He went on to serve as their CFO for 13 years and has since held global expatriate positions in Tokyo and Singapore. Matt holds a degree in Business from The Citadel, USA, and is a registered Certified Public Accountant. In his spare time, Matt likes to dabble in woodworking, grilling, and debate geo-politics.

Suzanne Scott

Global Human Resources Director

Suzy is responsible for KBC’s global organizational development and HR strategy. She is based in London, UK. Suzy has over 18 years' international HR experience at both strategic and operational level. Prior to joining KBC, she was Director of HR covering Europe, Middle East and Africa for PRG, the world's leading supplier of entertainment and event technology, and has held various HR management roles within the entertainment and retail industries. Suzy is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management. In her spare time Suzy enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit and walking her dogs by the River Thames.

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