Arun Narayanan

Chief Data Officer, Anglo American

Arun Narayanan was appointed the Chief Data Officer of Anglo American in 2018.  In this role, Arun is responsible for shaping and leading the implementation of Anglo American’s data analytics strategy.  The Data Analytics group is part of Anglo American’s innovative approach to sustainable mining, helping to shape the future of Anglo American and potentially change, for the better, how the entire mining industry operates.  Arun leads the team that develops the industry-first VOXEL platform, which implements digital transformation for mining.  This platform uses data science to improve operational efficiencies and output of Anglo American, which will help deliver towards the profitability of the company, increase the safety of operations and reduce any environmental impact.

Previously, Arun was with Schlumberger for more than 21 years, focused on building and executing best-in-class software for the oil and gas market.  His final role there was VP E&P Data, Schlumberger Software, responsible for defining and building the industry’s first E&P data lake encompassing exploration, development & production.  Arun joined Schlumberger in 1997 and has been instrumental in developing the software landscape of oil and gas software.  Arun led the team that developed the oil industry’s first cloud-based offering – INTERSECT in the Cloud, which led to developing the transformative end-to-end DELFI platform.  Arun held various technical and management positions within Schlumberger in the US and Asia.  He has, in the past, been responsible for product design, development, and marketing.  He also was the general manager for the software businesses in India and Malaysia.

Arun holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and MBAs from both the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.