Paal is the chief operating officer for Katerra where he oversees the company’s U.S. operations including architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and construction.
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.