Ben Linke is the Vice President of Emissions Management for Baker Hughes. In this role, Ben is leading the Baker Hughes Energy transition strategy, helping the industrial and energy sectors better understand, control and reduce emissions.
Previously, Ben was Vice President for the Services & Offshore Business Unit within Baker Hughes’ Oil Field Equipment Product Company. Responsible for the P&L, operational and execution activity for subsea wellheads and premium connector & casings, Ben’s remit also extended to installation & commissioning, life of field services and intervention services.
Ben also served as Global Operations Executive Director for Baker Hughes Subsea Services where he was responsible for installation & commissioning and life of field operations globally. Prior to that, he was the Strategic & Operations Sourcing Director for General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas – Oilfield Equipment, where his remit included the global procurement strategy, supplier relationships and logistics.
He also served as Executive Director for GE’s Corporate Audit Staff with responsibilities for operational and strategic projects as well as financial and compliance audits across GE Oil & Gas, GE Latin America and GE Supply Chain. He spent 5.5 years on various assignments and leadership roles across GE in the USA, UK, Italy, Brazil and elsewhere.
Ben joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 2009, where he worked on assignments in GE Healthcare in Germany, Sweden and the USA. He joined GE in 2004.
Ben and his family reside in the United Kingdom. He is originally from Cologne, Germany and an International Management graduate from FHDW – Bergisch, Gladbach in Germany.
The emergence of grid scale battery storage in combination with a growing share of renewable generation represents a real threat to natural gas’s reign as the fuel of choice to supply power to the grid. Already the competition between renewables and natural gas is limiting the potential for natural gas demand growth in the Rockies and greater Western United States, just look at the stagnant growth in natural gas export to states like California. Lack of demand bottlenecks supply, which means lower prices for producers. Where is the balance and what does the future hold for natural gas production in the region?
2022 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Ben
What are you looking forward to at this year’s Energy Summit (aside from your session)?
I am looking forward to learn and teach about the energy transition with fellow leaders in the energy industry.
What made you decide to join us at this 34th Annual Energy Summit conference to participate on this panel?
It is good opportunity to network with fellow leaders to solve some of the toughest challenges we have to solve and we can only do that if we continue the dialogue and collaborate.
Why do you think your panel topic is critical in the oil and natural gas industry at this time?
Energy is super critical and important but we need to address the climate challenge. It is a very important, challenging and rewarding opportunity.
How would you recommend that someone stays current on these issues, if they are interested or want to know more? Read about the topic, network and advance dialogues with colleagues in the industry among operators, regulators, competitors and customers.
What is your personal favorite story about, or characteristic of the Colorado oil and natural gas community and those who work in it?
The O&G community in Colorado is very progressive and forward thinking in the US and can be a blueprint for other states.