Darryl Willis is Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Energy Industry and Sustainability. Willis blends his technical and strategic acumen with his deep knowledge of the global energy sector to drive digital transformation for organizations within the power & utilities, oil & gas, and mining sectors. The global team Willis leads at Microsoft drives enabling the energy transition, reducing carbon emissions, and intelligently fulfilling growing demand with new renewable sources.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Willis was vice president of Oil, Gas and Energy at Google Cloud. His other past roles include president and CEO of BP Angola; head of Deepwater Horizon claims and spokesperson for BP; and senior vice president and deputy head of Subsurface for BP.
Darryl works with governments, consumers, business customers, and investors to drive the transition to clean power, while providing equal access to all. Willis is an advocate for energy startups, supporting and fostering innovation in the field to enable next-generation leaders to solve for the energy transition. Willis has been actively involved with various nonprofits, volunteering, and serving on the boards of Rebuilding Together, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Switch Energy Alliance.
Willis holds an MS in business from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in geology and geophysics from the University of New Orleans, and a BS in chemistry and literature from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He sits on the boards of Nine Energy Service and the American Bureau of Shipping. A father of three, Willis is a native of New Orleans, and loves cooking, traveling, and jazz. He can be followed on Twitter @DarrylKWillis and LinkedIn @Darryl-Willis.