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396 Building A Culture Of Innovation with Sandeep Kibey @ Exxon-Mobil

Over the past 1.5 years, Sandeep has championed an initiative to promote a culture of innovation at this Company. We cover:

  1. Barriers to Innovation in large organizations
  2. Why a balanced Innovation portfolio matters in large organizations
  3. How he is transforming the innovation culture

Sandeep Kibey serves as the Wells and Materials Supervisor in Lab Operations at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston TX. His team delivers high-impact Lab capabilities and technology solutions focused on Corporation’s core, high-value assets. His areas of focus include innovation, technology, and leadership. Prior to his current role, Sandeep was the Wellbore Technology team lead in ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company delivering well integrity technologies to ExxonMobil drill teams worldwide.

Sandeep is passionate about the energy industry. He is driven by the purpose of “energizing humanity” i.e., providing reliable, affordable energy to the world while preserving our Planet’s climate. In his current role, Sandeep champions an initiative to promote innovation culture within the Lab. Sandeep also serves on the Leadership Committee of the Inclusion & Diversity Employee Resource Group for ExxonMobil employees of Asian heritage.

Sandeep joined ExxonMobil in 2007 and held multiple research leadership roles in pipelines, risers, drilling, and completions in his initial assignments. He and his team have been nominated three times in the last 10 years for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company’s annual Innovation, Creativity, and Excellence award. In 2020, Sandeep received ExxonMobil’s Advanced Skill Milestone award in Wells research.

Sandeep holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the Stanford LEAD Executive program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.



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