The GEC is KPMG's premier event for financial executives in the energy industry. The event's day-and-a-half-long agenda is designed to examine, discuss, and debate the industry's top issues, including the impact of the global economy, regulatory changes, and energy policy. This year, the GEC's curriculum consisted of 14 sessions and more than 50 speakers and panelists.
Included in the headcount were two dynamic luncheon keynotes. On May 25, Dick Cheney, the former vice president of the United States, secretary of defense, congressman, and CEO of Halliburton, and his wife, Lynne, shared their experiences and insights over a lifetime of public service. More than 1,000 people viewed the address in person and online through KPMG's Global Energy Institute website.
The following day, John Hofmeister, CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil, passionately stressed the need to engage and motivate the U.S. citizenry to look out for society’s energy future.
As always, GEC participants had the opportunity to create their own curriculum by attending nine breakout sessions. In addition to the traditional accounting and regulatory updates, this year’s conference also included sessions on energy trading, shale gas, hydrocarbon margin optimization, and enterprise risk management.