Exciting phase in firm's growth
Renowned tech futurist joins WFS Technologies team
WFS Technologies, a firm that deals in subsea wireless automation, Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing networks for the energy industry (including oil & gas and offshore wind) has hired Theo Priestley as chief marketing officer.
Mr Priestley is a globally-renowned technology evangelist who focuses on emerging trends and their impact on business and wider society. He is already lined up for a number of key industry conferences including this week’s The Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Summit in Edinburgh where he will chair a panel session. He will also speak at the Digital Transformation for Oil & Gas conference to be held in Amsterdam in June.
Widely recognised as a thought leader in the internet of things, Mr Priestley has written more than 100 articles for a range of publications.
He has also delivered keynote talks and chaired conferences across the world on topics including IoT, smart cities, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, digital transformation, and augmented/virtual reality.
Brendan Hyland, founder and chairman of WFS Technologies, said: “Theo is a fantastic fit for the team because he shares our vision and passion for how next generation technology, which has already transformed our daily lives, can significantly contribute to increased production efficiency and cost reduction as well as benefit asset integrity and late life extension.
“He brings yet another new dimension to our business, reinforcing our focus on building our market position for future global expansion. As a tech futurist, who is widely regarded internationally by his peers, Theo has an impressive network of connections and we look forward to seeing how this further supports our ambitious business plan.”
Mr Priestley said: “The energy industry, as well as that of defence and smart cities, are undergoing a massive transition at the moment and emerging technology plays a large part of that transformation.
“WFS has a rich heritage in creating real-time solutions under extreme conditions with its portfolio of unique and modular IOT applications designed for subsea and sub-surface use. I’m looking forward to supporting the team and company expand by helping to further drive its position and thought leadership in the industry.”