The End of An Era

After ten years as Editor in Chief of GEO ExPro Magazine, for an impressive 63 issues, Jane Whaley has decided to take a step back, so here is her final Editorial. She is handing over the baton to Iain Brown, our new Editor in Chief, to propel GEO ExPro through what looks to be an exciting future.
This article appeared in Vol. 17, No. 5 - 2020


The End of An Era

Jane addressing an industry meeting. © Global Women Petroleum and Energy Club. A decade is a long time in the oil industry. Ten years ago the price of Brent crude was $75 and the rollercoaster of several years of over $100 oil, followed by a massive crash in 2015 and the present Covid-19-related problems, were all ahead of us. The giant deepwater fields off Brazil had only just started to produce, broadband and ocean bottom seismic were in their infancy, and the exponential rise in production of gas and tight oil from US shale formations was just beginning. Digitalisation and ‘the intelligent oil field’ were occasionally mentioned, while the energy transition was only discussed in fringe meetings.

And a decade ago I became Editor in Chief of GEO ExPro Magazine; ten years that have flown by in a whirl of magazines (63 editions, to be precise!), conferences, exhibitions, meetings and fun. I have been to some fascinating places; met some amazingly interesting people, many of whom I have profiled; learnt so much about the oil and gas and energy industry and the dedicated people who work in it; and seen it and them progress through many challenges, including embracing that important energy transition. 

However, I have decided it is time now to step back and let someone else propel GEO ExPro through what looks to be an exciting future, and I would like to welcome Iain Brown as the new Editor in Chief. I know he is looking forward to working with all our contributors and using his many years in the oil and gas industry to propel the magazine forward to new heights. I leave the magazine in safe hands and I wish him every success in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues in GEO ExPro for all their support, advice and guidance over the past decade – I could not have managed without them. I would also like to thank the many people who contribute to the magazine; their informative, well written and fascinating stories and illustrations are what makes it. And finally, I would like to thank you, the reader, for your many encouraging and complimentary comments about GEO ExPro – after all, without you, there would be no magazine – and I look forward to many more years of reading ‘complex stories in simple words’.

Jane Whaley
Editor in Chief

A note from Tore Karlsson, Managing Director of GEO ExPro Magazine

I would like to say a big thank you to Jane as Editor in Chief of GEO ExPro for the last ten years! She has played a vital role in the continued development of the magazine, resulting in numerous messages from our readers with very positive feedback about the content and quality. We are also pleased that Jane will be contributing articles in GEO ExPro going forward. 

I would like to use this opportunity to welcome Iain as our new Editor in Chief from 1st January 2021. Iain has a very valuable geoscience background and solid experience from our industry, so we look forward to a successful next phase for GEO ExPro.

Read more: GEO ExPro Welcomes a New Editor in Chief


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