Over the past two decades, women have taken on more prominent leadership positions in the energy industry:
- In the US, a number of high-profile successes illustrate this trend. Lynn J. Good, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy, was recently selected as one of the most powerful women in US business by Fortune magazine. In 2016, Vicki Hollub will become the first female CEO of a major US oil company, Occidental Petroleum. Chevron’s Patricia E. Yarrington, vice president and CFO, and Melody Meyer, an operating group president, were largely responsible for the most aggressive capital-expenditure program in the oil and gas industry.
- Globally, Liv Garfield, at age 39, became the CEO of the UK company Severn Trent Water—the youngest female executive in the FTSE 100; in 2016, Isabelle Kocher, currently deputy CEO at Engie, will take over as that company’s CEO; Huda M. Al-Ghoson is the head of HR at Saudi Aramco; Wafaa Al Zaabi is the deputy managing director at Kuwait Petroleum; Helle Kristoffersen is the senior vice president of strategy and business intelligence at Total in France; Sriwan Eamrungroj is the head of strategy for PTT and Khun Puntip Oungpasuk is the head of strategy at PTT Global Chemical in Thailand; Isabelle Gaildraud is the managing director of Total E&P Norway and Elisabeth Proust is the managing director of Total E&P UK; Nishi Vasudeva, the chairman and managing director of Hindustan Petroleum, won the Platts Global Energy award for CEO of the Year in 2015; and Maria Victoria Zingoni is the executive managing director of downstream business at Repsol and the 2015 Platts Global Energy award winner for rising star (individual).