Top 10 energy sector CEOs
We look at the top 10 CEOs in the energy industry in accordance with S&P Global Platts Top 250 global energy company rankings*…
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10 | Patrick Pouyanné
Name: Patrick Pouyanné
Title: Chairman, CEO and President
Company: TOTAL SA
Pouyanné joined Total back in 2000 when they absorbed petroleum company Elf where he was originally the general secretary for the Angolan subsidiary. In 2002 he became Total's senior vice president of the exploration production department in charge of the finance, economics and information systems. In May 2015, he was elected as a member of the board of directors of Total. In December Pouyanné was appointed chairman and CEO of Total, combining both roles.
9 | Darren W. Woods
Name: Darren W. Woods
Title: Chairman and CEO
Company: Exxon Mobil Corp
Woods was elected Chairman and CEO by the ExxonMobil Board of Directors effective from 1 January last year. He first joined Exxon Company International in 1992 as a planning analyst and progressed through a number of domestic and international assignments for Exxon Company International, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company.
In 2016 Woods was elected president of Exxon Mobil Corporation and a member of the board of directors, before taking up his current role.
8 | Joseph W. Gorder
Name: Joseph W. Gorder
Title: Chairman, CEO and President
Company: Valero Energy Corp
Joseph Gorder was first elected to Valero’s board back in February 2014, becoming CEO in May of the same year and Chairman that December. Previously he was President and Chief Operating Officer since November 2012, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in 2011 and oversaw Valero’s European operation from its London office.
Gorder also serves on the board of directors of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
7 | Sanjiv Singh
Name: Sanjiv Singh
Title: Chairman and Managing Director
Company: Indian Oil Corp Ltd
Sanjiv Singh has been with India Oil for over 35 years, spearheading refinery operations as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects in refining and petrochemicals.
He was appointed Chairman in June 2017 and is also Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) and Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Ltd. (HURL). In 2016 he was the recipient of the Fellowship Award of the Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) for conceiving new projects and leading implementation of mega projects across Indian Oil refinery locations.
6 | Vagit Yusufovich Alekperov
Name: Vagit Yusufovich Alekperov
Title: CEO, President and Executive Director
Company: PJSC LUKOIL
Azerbaijani and Russian businessman, Vagit Alekperov is reputed to be the eighth richest person in Russia according to Forbes magazine.
During the late 1960s Alekperov worked in the oilfields of Azerbaijan and West Siberia before graduating from the Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute in 1974. Following a raft of professional achievements, he was appointed President of OAO LUKOIL in 1993 and has maintained his position ever since.
5 | Houliang Dai
Name: Houliang Dai
Title: Vice Chairman and President
Company: China Petroleum and Chemical Corp
Houliang Dai started his career with China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) in December 1997 when he was appointed as Vice President of Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company. Throughout his career with Sinopec he has been variously appointed as Director and Vice President, Vice Chairman and President, Director, Chairman and President and Chairman of Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company. Over the last decade Dai has served as a senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer of the group’s listed arm, Sinopec Corp.
4 | Hwan-Eik Cho
Name: Hwan-Eik Cho
Title: Korea Electric Power Corp
Company: President, CEO and Standing Director
Hwan-Eik Cho has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Standing Director of KEPCO since December 17, 2012. Prior to his current position, he served as Chair-professor at Hanyang University, President of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, CEO of Korea Export Insurance Corporation and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce. Cho received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Hanyang University.
3 | Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani
Name: Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani
Title: Chairman and MD
Company: Reliance Industries Ltd.
Indian business magnate Ambani, is the chairman, MD and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company. According to Forbes the oil and gas giant is worth around $51bn (revenue).
A vast list of honours includes being named Economic Times Business Leader of the Year and the only Indian to be featured on Forbes’ Global Game Changers List in 2017.
2 | Dr. Johannes Teyssen
Name: Dr. Johannes Teyssen
Title: Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer
Company: E.ON SE
Johannes Teyssen’s E.ON journey started in 1989 when he joined the electricity generation division of E.ON’s predecessor VEBA in Hanover. From 1998 to 2001, Teyssen managed an associated company of E.ON operating in electricity and gas distribution and sales.
From 2001 to 2006, Teyssen became a member of the Board of Management of the E.ON Group’s central management company in Munich. By 2010, Teyssen was appointed to the position of CEO of E.ON SE. Other key roles have included President of Eurelectric (2013-2015), World Energy Council Vice Chair (2006-2012), member of the Presidential Board of the Federation of German Industries (2010-present) and member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG (2008-present).
1 | Alexey Borisovich Miller
Name: Alexey Borisovich Miller
Title: Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Company: PJSC Gazprom
Following his graduation from the Leningrad Institute of Finance and Economics in 1990, Alexey Miller took up a number of notable roles prior to becoming CEO at Gazprom. In 1991-96, Miller served with the Committee for External Relations of the Saint Petersburg Mayor’s Office under Vladimir Putin.
An array of high-profile, senior positions followed. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, before succeeding Rem Viakhirev as Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom (CEO) in 2001. Among a series of professional accolades, Miller was also named Person of the Year by Expert magazine – the influential and respected business title – back in 2005.