Episode 228: Key Trends That Will Shape the Oil and Gas Industry w/ Sophie Zurquiyah

“Energy transition is everywhere. It is an underlying trend, and sustainability is something that we have to incorporate into every company’s strategy.”

Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO of Viridien, discusses the transformation of CGG into Viridien.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The reasons behind CGG’s rebranding to Viridien
  • The significance of technology and quality of service in differentiation in the marketplace
  • The role of AI and machine learning in enhancing product offerings
  • The impact of the energy transition on Viridien’s goals and strategies
  • Key trends shaping the future of the oil and gas sector
  • The influence of being based in the EU on Viridien’s business approach
  • Strategies for attracting and retaining top talent in a competitive industry
  • Sophie’s vision for Viridien’s future and its evolution over the next decade
Seismic Soundoff · 228: Key Trends That Will Shape the Oil and Gas Industry w/ Sophie Zurquiyah

In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Sophie Zurquiyah provides an in-depth look at CGG’s strategic rebranding to Viridien. She explains how the new name symbolizes the company’s commitment to sustainability, technology, and expanding into new markets such as carbon storage, minerals, mining, and high-performance computing. Sophie emphasizes the importance of technology differentiation and quality service in maintaining a competitive edge. She also discusses the role of AI and machine learning in improving efficiency and extracting insights from data.

Sophie also highlights the impact of the energy transition on Viridien’s strategies and goals, emphasizing the need for sustainability in every aspect of the business. She shares her insights on key trends in the oil and gas sector, including the importance of energy security and affordability. Sophie also reflects on how being based in the EU influences Viridien’s approach to business and ESG goals.

Listeners will gain valuable insights into Viridien’s strategies for attracting and retaining top talent, the significance of technology in addressing energy security, and Sophie’s vision for the company’s future. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the evolving landscape of the oil and gas industry and the role of technology and sustainability in shaping its future.


Viridien, formerly CGG, is an advanced technology, digital and Earth data company that pushes the boundaries of science for a more prosperous and sustainable future. Building on a track record of innovation, Viridien continues to serve the energy industry as it accelerates its growth in the low-carbon markets of minerals & mining and carbon storage, as well as in high-performance computing and infrastructure monitoring. Learn how Viridien’s insights, innovations, and solutions can help resolve your complex challenges efficiently and responsibly – and see things differently.

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Guest Bio

Sophie Zurquiyah is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Virdien. She is a graduate of the École Centrale of Paris. She holds a Master’s in Numerical Analysis from Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris VI) and a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. 

Sophie Zurquiyah started her career in 1991 in the oilfield services industry as a geophysical engineer at Schlumberger in P&L and in positions covering R&D, Operations and Support in France, the United States and Brazil. She was then appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) and then President of SLB Data and Consulting Services that provided processing, interpretation and consulting services for most of SLB’s business lines. She was also Vice President of Sustaining Engineering, which included all support and improvements to commercial products, services and technologies worldwide. She joined CGG on February 4, 2013, as Senior Executive Vice President, Geology Geophysics Reservoir (GGR) segment. Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of CGG SA on April 26, 2018, Sophie Zurquiyah was Chief Operating Officer in charge of the GGR business lines, Global Operational Excellence and Technology of CGG. 

Show Credits

Andrew Geary at TreasureMint hosted, edited and produced this episode. The SEG podcast team comprises Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis. 

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