Wednesday, 7-Feb at 15:00-15:50

Closing Forum: Is A Talent Gap Hurting the Project Industry?
Many observers of project related sectors are concerned by a perceived ‘hollowing out’ of experienced project subject matter practitioners. Just how challenging is it for EPCs, project owners and associated service providers to find the level of talent and experience they prefer, whether for their own teams or with their subcontractors? Is this a self-inflicted industry wound, the result of indiscriminate downsizing during the downturn? And is it difficult to attract new entrants? Our forum will discuss these issues.

Moderator: Chris Kent
Global Projects Director, Pentagon Freight Services PLC

Chris Kent joined a major freight forwarder’s project department straight from school and has remained in project forwarding throughout his career. He has held many senior posts in a career spanning over 40 years and travelled the world extensively seeing major projects shift in to the mega project and module type market. In January, 2017 he re-joined Pentagon Freight Services after a 14 year absence having spent 14 years with them starting in 1988. His present role is Global Project Director and his remit is to grow the existing project forwarding team and to assist in marketing Pentagon Freight in the key project sectors of energy and resources.

About Pentagon Freight Services PLC

Pentagon Freight Services is one of the largest privately owned oil & gas freight forwarders in the world. Pentagon’s service ethos is to be a truly flexible local forwarder whilst simultaneously being a serious global player. Through entrepreneurial and strategic expansion, Pentagon has grown to become a true global freight forwarding organization with 66 offices in key worldwide oilfield locations and a staff of more than 900.This unique combination allows Pentagon to offer the oilfield, energy, marine and resource sectors a freight forwarding service second to none. Through a continually expanding worldwide office network and carefully selected fully compliant agency partners, Pentagon provides an unrivalled experience across the entire freight transportation spectrum.