TOP 100 GLOBAL SALES LEADERS 2021
Executive Vice President, Regions, Alliances, and Enterprise Sales at Baker Hughes
Ukpong boasts 27 years and counting in the energy industry. Having started his career as a reservoir engineer and petrophysicist at Schlumberger, he knows the business from the inside out. Since then, Ukpong has gained plenty of experience managing operations on a global scale. Regions in his scope have included North America, Europe, parts of Africa, and Latin America. The volatility and unpredictability inherent in some of these places make a steady hand paramount. “If you’re in the oil and gas industry, you have to … be ready to adapt and change when volatility comes,” Ukpong said in an interview with CNN. He added that volatility bolsters innovation — when conditions shift rapidly, you’re forced to think differently about how you do things. The numbers back up his expertise: In 2018, Ukpong skillfully managed a massive $32 billion merger between GE Oil and Gas and Baker Hughes.