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A data-driven approach to reimagining energy: Fran’s story

Published:
09 June 2021

Having recently joined bp as VP data & analytics and distinguished advisor, data science, Fran leads bp’s data and analytics discipline, which encompasses everything from data engineering and data management to AI and data science

Fran joined bp from the Toyota Research Institute. There her teams were focused on two areas: (i) using theoretical chemistry in combination with artificial intelligence, to come up with novel batteries and fuel cell materials and (ii) developing a human-centred AI for machine-assisted cognition. 

 

Before Toyota, Fran headed platform data science at Uber, an organization that sits horizontally across the company. As one of the first data scientists to join Uber, Fran was tasked with growing the company’s data science capabilities. She founded and built several large data science platforms from scratch, with a mission to transform anyone in the company into a data scientist at a push-of-a-button. 

 

Reimagining data and analytics

 

Having recently joined bp as VP data & analytics and distinguished advisor, data science, Fran describes her job at bp in much the same way. “It’s up to me to be the connective tissue across data and analytics”, she says. Fran leads bp’s data and analytics discipline, which encompasses everything from data engineering and data management, to AI and data science.

 

A big part of her work involves setting bp’s data and analytics strategy to ensure that the organization can make data-driven decisions. Data and analytics will sit at the heart of bp’s operations and, ultimately, will be a crucial element of bp’s journey to become a net zero company by 2050, or sooner. 

 

We’re not just reimagining energy, we’re reimagining digital because it underpins everything we do.

 “The role of data and analytics is to ensure that the whole business has all the information and actionable insights it needs to run safely, efficiently, and successfully”, she says. “Data and analytics can help accelerate the pace at which we’re able to make decisions, and this will help us build an organisation that iterates and innovates faster than any other in the world.”

 

Rewiring the world’s energy system

 

The chance to be a part of this journey was an opportunity Fran knew she couldn’t turn down and, since joining the company, she’s been impressed by how much action is already underway. “We’re laying the foundations to rewire the world’s energy system”, she says. Fostering a data-driven mindset that can drive this transition is part of what makes her role so dynamic. 

 

If people are interested in the data and analytics space, there are so many exciting projects and opportunities here. I think we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of what is possible. Being part of bp’s transformation will be very exciting.

Looking beyond bp and net zero, Fran also sees an opportunity for her work to generate purposeful change for the wider world.

 

As bp is such a large company, what we are doing will impact how others act moving forward. It’s not only about bp, sustainability, and the impact we can have as a company, but also the ripple effect that we’ll have on other companies as well.

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From the people who chart our course to those who put our plans into action, bp is an exciting place to be for anyone who wants to be part of the global energy business