Samantha Rist

Samantha joined Katerra in 2016, a Construction startup putting modern technology to work at all levels of building design and construction to help address some of the industry’s most entrenched challenges.  She started the Human Resources function when the company was less than 200 people and helped build out the HR technology stack and scale to more than 5,000 people over 2 years across the US, Canada, China, and India with more than 20 acquisition integrations.  Her next role was Head of Self Perform, vertically integrating trade labor within the company spanning civil, concrete, framing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and finish trades.  Samantha oversaw growth from less than 400 tradespeople to more than 2,000 and was a catalyst behind launching an apprenticeship program that offers the necessary training and skills for the future of construction. Registered with and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, credentials earned through the Katerra Apprenticeship Program are portable and recognized in all U.S. states and three territories.  Her current role is Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality.

Prior to Katerra, Samantha spent over 20 years in Schlumberger, the largest oil and gas services company in the world.  She started her career as a wireline engineer in the field and held a number of positions across the U.S, Asia, and Europe, spanning field operations, operational management with P&L ownership, R&D, and human resources.  Her last role was HR Leader for a software division spanning 6,000 people, over 100 countries, and more than $3B in revenue.

Samantha received her undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from Cornell University, a Masters in Management of the Oil & Gas Industry and a Postgraduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering from Hariot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.