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Disney Hires Technology Veteran Diane Jurgens as CIO


Walt Disney Co. hired Diane Jurgens, a senior technology management exec with more than three decades of industry experience, as its new chief information officer.

Jurgens will start at Disney on Oct. 5 and report to McCarthy. Jurgens replaces Susan O’Day, who retired as Disney’s CIO and EVP of enterprise technology in January 2020.

Jurgens most recently served as CTO for BHP, a multinational mining, metals, and petroleum company based in Singapore. She previously held senior executive positions with companies in various industries including president and managing director of Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co., CIO for General Motors’ international operations, and as an executive at Boeing.

As Disney’s CIO, Jurgens will lead the company’s global Enterprise Technology organization, which includes enterprise business systems, infrastructure, workforce enablement, and enterprise resilience engineering. Her responsibilities also will include planning, prioritization, implementation and operations of Disney IT systems and infrastructure across the company.

“Diane is a proven global technology leader with strategic vision, and her talents will be a great asset to the company as our businesses and industry continue to evolve,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Her breadth of experience in driving technology and innovation on a worldwide scale make Diane the right choice for this role, and I am very excited to welcome her to my team.”

Jurgens commented, “I am incredibly grateful to Christine for the opportunity to be part of an amazing organization, and I look forward to working with the talented Disney team and leveraging my experience to contribute to the innovation and creativity that the company is known for around the globe.”

Jurgens holds an an M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University.


Source: Disney Hires Technology Veteran Diane Jurgens as CIO

20 Technology Skills Wanted By Amazon, Other Top Employers


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Software developers, network engineers and systems engineers were the top three technology roles that employers were trying to fill in the second quarter, while SQL, project management and Java were most in-demand skills, according to a new report from Dice that focuses on tech hiring trends amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Recruits with programming language skills in Java, Python and C++ were at the top of the list for Amazon, which Dice ranked as the top tech employer during the second quarter.

There was continued growth among infrastructure-related tech occupations and emerging U.S. tech hub cities during the April-to-May period, even while tech job postings nationwide decline, according to Dice, a Centennial, Co.-based tech jobs site.

“In 2019, the biggest challenge confronting many businesses was the need to source great talent amidst record-low unemployment within the tech industry,” the Dice report states. “One year later, the biggest issues have been existential, with companies trying to determine the best way through a new, radically changing landscape.”

While tech job postings held strong in March, even as many companies closed their offices and started relying on remote workforces, the effects of the pandemic were evident in the second quarter, when postings fell in comparison to the same quarter last year. But while uncertainty prompted companies to scale back their immediate hiring, resulting in marked declines, June saw large, nearly across-the-board increases compared to the previous month – and even a return to pre-pandemic levels in some instances, according to Dice.

Companies now are in a better position to do long-term planning, “with a clear need for vital technologists,” Dice said, and tech unemployment rates, which are lower than national employment rates, have dropped.

Read on to find out which companies have been hiring, what kinds of jobs they’re trying to fill and what skill sets they’re looking for – in addition to the cities and states that have been seeing the most job listings. Dice’s second-quarter tech job report is based on labor market data from Burning Glass Technologies, a Boston-based software company focused on job market analytics.


Source: 20 Technology Skills Wanted By Amazon, Other Top Employers

Tesla will face challenges with a new battery technology, experts say


Welcome to Insider Energy, a weekly energy newsletter brought to you by Business Insider. 

Here's what you need to know:

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  • Do you have feedback or story tips? Reach out to me at bjones@businessinsider.com. 
  • A reminder: BI is looking for an energy reporter/editor to help shape our coverage. It's a sweet gig with a ton of opportunity to make a mark on a fresh beat for our newsroom. 
  • Climate commitments erupted from this week — Climate Week — like popcorn from seed, oil from a pressurized well, electrons from solar cells. 

    China, the world's top emitter, made a surprising pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2060. California said it would ban sales of new gas-guzzling cars by 2035. Meanwhile, a number of corporate giants — from Morgan Stanley to Walmart — committed to various emissions reduction targets. 

    Big news also spewed from the electric-vehicle industry — namely, from EV firms Nikola and Tesla (which, though rivals, are both named after the inventor Nikola Tesla). 

    Nikola's founder and chairman stepped down amid allegations of fraud. Tesla, on the other hand, held its much-anticipated "battery day" Tuesday, during which it announced a new cell design and forthcoming $25,000 electric car. 

    Let's jump in. 

    Picture a drive-in theater for the wealthy with Elon Musk on stage. That was essentially Battery Day. 

    Seated in parked Tesla cars, shareholders watched as Musk, who's known for fanfare, announced major changes to the firm's batteries that would result in steep cost reductions. 

    The big picture: Those reductions stand to make future Tesla models cheaper than their gas-guzzling rivals. 

  • The cost of batteries has long held back widespread EV adoption. 
  • The new battery: Tesla's cells, to be made in-house, will be larger and feature a more efficient "tabless" design. 

    The problem with silicon: An abundant and cheap element, silicon stores a lot more energy than the leading anode material, graphite (the stuff in pencils). But it's notoriously challenging to work with. 

  • As silicon absorbs ions of lithium, i.e. battery juice, it expands dramatically.
  • That causes cracking that degrades the cell over time. (To be clear, it's a lot more complicated. I dive into more of the details here.)
  • This problem has stymied the battery industry for decades. 
  • Tesla's solution: It's not surprising that Tesla is using silicon, as higher energy density translates to cheaper EVs, but experts we talked to this week weren't exactly sold on the company's approach (which we detail here). 

  • They said Musk's firm will likely run into the same challenges that have long plagued silicon-cell makers. 
  • A former Tesla battery engineer, who now runs his own cell company, said it's unlikely that Musk will achieve the 20% range improvement his company promises through silicon cells. 
  • Do you have info about Tesla? You can reach me at bjones@businessinsider.com or on Signal at 646-768-1657.

    Read more: Our transportation team was all over Tesla this week. Here are some of their stories. 

    Shell; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

    It's old news that oil giants are transforming into clean-energy producers. What's more interesting is how they plan to adopt a less-familiar business model — one honed by utilities over decades — without sinking. 

    That's a question that will test Elisabeth Brinton in her career at Shell. 

  • Brinton leads Shell's new energies division. 
  • She's also a key figure behind the company's goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. 
  • Who is she? A former exec in the utility industry, Brinton is known by some of her peers as a near-irrepressible optimist and visionary, whose agenda hasn't always matched those of her superiors. 

    In other news: Shell has launched a major cost-cutting initiative, months after the price of oil crashed, called 'Project Reshape.'

  • The company is looking to cut 30% to 40% off the cost of producing oil and gas. 
  • Shell will also look at cost-saving opportunities in its network of 45,000 gas stations as part of the review.
  • The project, first reported by Reuters, is part of the company's pivot towards renewable energy and mirrors similar moves by other European majors including BP. 
  • Do you have info about Shell? You can reach me at bjones@businessinsider.com or on Signal at 646-768-1657.

    DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images BP's value plummets days after unveiling details of a green makeover 

    BP's share price reached a 25-year-low this week, days after the company unveiled fresh details about its strategy to become a major renewable-energy producer. 

  • It's not great news for a company that's considered a paragon of what green makeovers look like for oil companies.
  • What happened? There's the usual — oil is cheap and still struggling to gain ground. But there's also a question among investors about whether BP can be successful while adopting a less-familiar business model. 

    In other news: BP was in talks with electric-truck maker Nikola for possible partnerships on hydrogen fueling stations but they fizzled this week as Nikola faced fraud allegations, per the Wall Street Journal. 

    Do you have info about BP? Reach out at bjones@businessinsider.com or on Signal at 646-768-1657.

    FILE - This Jan. 16, 2020 file photo shows a Uniper energy company coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Associated Press A quick guide to understanding 'net-zero'

    Defined: Net-zero indicates that a company will not release any more carbon emissions than it removes from the atmosphere, such as through planting trees. 

  • "Carbon-neutral" is often used as a stand-in for net-zero. 
  • But: Companies produce a range of different kinds of emissions, and net-zero doesn't necessarily apply to all of them.

  • Oil companies, for example, have said they'll reduce to zero emissions tied to their operations (such as those stemming from heating office buildings). 
  • However, they don't go as far as reducing to zero emissions that come from customers using their products like fuel. Those emissions fall into a category known as Scope 3. 
  • The vast majority of emissions produced by fossil-fuel companies are Scope 3.  
  • A bigger goal: To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, countries need to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by mid-century, according to the Paris Agreement. 

  • More than 20 countries have set net-zero goals.
  • 4 stories we didn't cover 
  • GE said it will stop making coal-fired power plants, Reuters reports. 
  • Airbus announced it's working on three zero-emissions hydrogen planes, Bloomberg reports. One design could carry up to 200 people.
  • Electric-motor startup Turntide raised $33 million from investors including Amazon and Nest founder Tony Fadell. 
  • Solar tracking company Array Technologies is the latest cleantech company set to go public through a SPAC, pv magazine reports. 
  • That's it! Have a great weekend. 

    - Benji 


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