Our thanks go to Guillermo Arango for agreeing to be the subject of our ninth Qittitut oilfield profile. Fair winds, Bill Diggons Peter Foster Ivor Kaklins   orn in Argentina, Guillermo Arango currently engages   in various entrepreneurial activities and is active in the Houston startup ecosystem. In the mid-1970s he was a software engineer at two computing startups, participated in industrial automation projects at the Argentine shipyard Astilleros y Fabricas Navales del Estado, and worked at YPF. He then worked for 15 years at Schlumberger and 13 years at Baker Hughes. Guille holds a PhD degree in computer science and certifications in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and marketing from INSEAD in France. People know Guille as a technologist, futurist, and ardent trail walker. How did you get your start in the industry? It was completely accidental. After graduate school in California I moved to Europe where I worked in R&D (software technology and industrial automation). During a visit to the U.S. a head- hunting firm invited me to Austin, Texas. I visited the Schlumberger Laboratory for Computer Science and was blown away by the caliber of the people and the quality of the work they were doing. I accepted an offer to lead a small team to develop some specialized software techniques. This was 1990. I couldn’t spell “oil” but it didn’t matter. The focus was on driving innovation through computing and that was my passion. I’m still passionate about innovating after 26 years of working in oilfield services. What are you doing now? When I left Baker, shortly before it became BHGE, Houston had become a hotbed of startup activity, and I immersed myself in it. One of the disadvantages of working in a very large organization is how long and how much effort it takes to innovate and drive change. I am now personally involved in entrepreneurial projects and serve as a mentor to student founders at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. 1 2 B