About John de Wardt
John de Wardt is President of DE WARDT AND COMPANY INC., a firm he founded to assist companies to increase their profitability through improving business processes. DE WARDT AND COMPANY INC. specializes in developing strategies using scenario planning techniques, applying Lean Manufacturing techniques and improving operations / project performance.
Mr. de Wardt graduated from the University of Newcastle in England with an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1976; he specialized in industrial processes and business management. During this period, he completed the Institute of Mechanical Engineers industrial experience program through a scholarship with Imperial Chemical Industries, a leading UK petrochemical company.
From 1976 to 1991 Mr. de Wardt worked in various engineering and contracts management positions for Shell International throughout the world. In 1990 he published the first in a series of papers discussing “Contracts in the 90’s”.
In 1991, he became Deputy Managing Director of Forasol / Foramer - an international drilling contractor based in Paris, France. In this position, Mr. de Wardt directed numerous successful projects applying the new business methods and practices he had developed.
In 1993, Mr. de Wardt led the Well Construction and Well Management Strategy Development Team for Halliburton and Brown & Root in Houston, USA, sponsored by the Vice Chairman. This work contributed to the integration of the two companies’ energy services organizations and deployment of a strategy that is redefining the upstream oil and gas industry.
Since 1994, Mr. de Wardt has successfully implemented his proprietary programs with exceptional results. He is a recognized expert in Lean Manufacturing, organization development and strategic planning as well as being an accomplished facilitator. He has analyzed market trends and assisted with strategy development for numerous clients throughout the upstream oil and gas business to construction contractors in the highly competitive power generation and water / waste water markets. These clients have increased their market share, revenues and profitability. He developed and facilitated proprietary workshops for many clients that have resulted in world-class results on projects around the world. Mr. de Wardt has published more than 15 leading industry articles.
In 2008, Mr. de Wardt was retained for a 3 month assignment as the Acting COO of a manufacturing facility for an international growth manufacturing business in the FSU.
John de Wardt has Lived and Worked around the World
John de Wardt has lived and worked in France, Malaysia, Netherlands, Thailand, the UK, and the USA.
He has also worked assignments in Abu Dhabi, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dubai, Gabon, Germany, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen.
...substantial improvement in product delivery and resultant reductions of inventory. The catalyst for these new processes was the Strategic Planning workshop lead by John de Wardt.
John’s emphasis on rigorous planning has resulted in tangible and measurable results in the area of drilling and completing wells. A true step-change.
His recent corporate strategy development work resulted in a set of strategic initiatives that are already beginning to deliver value only a few months into their implementation.
John de Wardt provided us with a straight forward, hard driving, no nonsense approach to strategic planning that is still helping us define and achieve new business goals.
His insight into the oil and gas industry is invaluable, and his knowledge of best practice in manufacturing has added measurable value to several of our investments.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
Weatherford jumps to the big league
In 1997, Weatherford International commissioned John de Wardt to undertake worldwide interviews of company personnel in all divisions and incorporate these results into his strategy development program. A six day workshop that included 110 participants developed many initiatives designed to reach the challenge made by the CEO - double revenues profitable with in 5 years. These initiatives were detailed out by teams after the workshop and summed up to show that a course could be followed to grow the company from $500 million to $ 1 billion. Simultaneously, the workshop group foresaw the significant mergers that could occur in the oil service industry that prompted Weatherford to accept a merger offer from Enterra and maintain itself in the big league. John has continued to support Weatherford in a number of strategic planning areas relating to new growth businesses: intervention services, under balanced services and expandable services.
Smith dominates a new service
Smith Bits hired John de Wardt to undertake a scenario planning session for their newly created Advanced Engineering Service. This process created a new understanding of how Smith could differentiate themselves through delivering more value to the customer. Implementation of this strategy yielded a massive growth in this new service and domination in many markets. Furthermore, Smith followed advice from John on the implementation of Lean Manufacturing techniques to further improve the profit margins of a commodity business. Smith have continued to call on John's services for insight into the future trends in the oil industry and how they can impact the products and services.