In memoriam - Jerry Hubbard, Energistics

Energistics president and CEO Jerry Hubbard died on the 1st January 2015 following surgery for bladder cancer. A tireless promoter of oil and gas standards, Hubbard also fostered the National Data Repositories movement and co-founded the Standards Leadership Council.

Hubbard obtained a Masters in science management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and subsequently worked with OFS Portal, Oilcats and SparesFinder where he was active in the development and adoption of global oil and gas e-business standards, serving with API/PIDX and the UNSPSC. He joined Energistics as EVP business development in 2006. Named COO in 2010 and president and CEO in 2011, Hubbard built the organization from around 60 to some 125 active corporate members.

Along with his promotion of Energistics’ XML-based oil and gas data standards, Hubbard’s legacy includes his successful nurturing of the National Data Repository movement from a small informal gathering to its current influential position. He was also an instigator and promoter of the Standards Leadership Council, an ongoing attempt to foster cooperation between standards bodies in and close to oil and gas.

Hubbard was a tireless advocate for industry standards and was judged by some to be ‘the best CEO Energistics ever had.’ His affable personality and ability to listen and engage with folks on standards related matters or on life in general will be remembered by many. Colleagues at Energistics remember him as ‘always kind, with a funny story to tell’ and as having ‘a passion for great food and drink – especially if part of an international adventure.’ ‘He was a genuinely friendly man and a clear, astute thinker.

Hubbard received the Philip C. Crouse Cornerstone Award in May 2014, cited for ‘fostering a global user community across standards organizations and dedication to the progression of open data exchange standards and data management practices.’

More in the Houston Chronicle obituary.

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