Vice President of Research, Schlumberger
Simon Bittleston is currently Vice President of Research for Schlumberger. The company has research centers in Boston, Cambridge (UK), Moscow, Rio, Stavanger, Edmonton, Houston and Dhahran, covering all aspects of oil-field activities.
Having been awarded a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics, he joined Schlumberger in 1985 and worked at Schlumberger Cambridge Research. After becoming a research programme manager he moved to Norway in 1993 and became domain manager for the development of Marine Seismic systems where he was responsible for the development of Q-Marine. In 1999 he returned to the UK as a Research Director, and then in 2001 moved to Houston as VP Product Development which included all Product Development and Manufacturing for Schlumberger. In 2005 he moved to Paris and became VP of Mergers and Acquisitions – the team completed more than 40 investments culminating in the Smith acquisition. In 2012 Simon was made VP of research based in Cambridge, UK; he is also a By-Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge. He is married with three children.