Former Fortune 500 Chairman and CEO Joins Fast-Growing Construction Technology Startup
Menlo Park, CA – August 6, 2019 – Katerra, a technology company redefining the construction industry, today announced that Paal Kibsgaard has joined as chief operating officer, a new position within Katerra. Kibsgaard was previously the chairman and CEO of Schlumberger Limited and served on Katerra’s Board of Directors for three years. He will report to Katerra’s co-founder and CEO, Michael Marks.
“Paal is one of the best operating executives I have ever met,” said Michael Marks, co-founder and CEO of Katerra. “With Katerra recently passing its fourth anniversary, we have built a solid foundation for future growth. Paal’s appointment marks a new phase for the company, and under his guidance, we will accelerate our work to transform construction through technology.”
In his new role, Kibsgaard is responsible for Katerra’s U.S. operations, including architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and construction. He will drive alignment across these groups to ensure operational excellence as Katerra delivers a growing number of projects in the U.S. and expands its advanced manufacturing footprint. He will also be responsible for additional international expansion beyond the company’s current footprint in U.S., the Middle East, and India. Lastly, he will oversee the development of new construction technologies.
“Katerra is building a truly unique company to lead the overdue transformation of the global construction industry,” said Paal Kibsgaard, COO for Katerra. “I am excited to join Katerra and to become part of a very strong management team. By successfully executing on our mission, we can make quality construction more available to a larger population around the world.”
Before Katerra, Paal held a variety of global senior management positions at Schlumberger Limited including chairman and CEO; COO; president of the Reservoir Characterization Group; vice president of engineering, manufacturing and sustaining; and vice president of human resources. Earlier in his Schlumberger career, Paal was geomarket manager for the Caspian region after holding various field positions in sales and marketing, and customer support. A petroleum engineer with a master’s degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Paal began his career in 1992 working for ExxonMobil. He was named best CEO in Oilfield Services and Equipment by Institutional Investor Magazine for four consecutive years from 2016 to 2019.
Katerra is a technology company optimizing every aspect of building design, materials supply, and construction. With leaders from the most groundbreaking technology, design, manufacturing, and construction companies, Katerra transforms how buildings and spaces come to life. Founded in 2015, Katerra has a growing number of domestic and international offices, factories and building projects. For more information, visit www.katerra.com.
Robin Clewley | VP, Marketing & Communications, Katerra