VP, Human Resources Marathon Oil Corporation
Eileen M. Campbell is vice president of Human Resources at Marathon Oil Corporation and serves as a member of Marathon's Executive Committee. She was appointed to her current position in September 2000. Her career spans over 20 years, focusing on management, human resources and government affairs. As a member of Marathon's executive team, Campbell is responsible for human resource capital, with more than 30,000 worldwide employees.
Campbell joined Marathon in 1991 as manager of Government Affairs, lobbying for Marathon in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. In July 1998, she was appointed director of State Governmental Affairs for USX Corporation, former holding company for Marathon Oil Company.
Prior to joining Marathon, Campbell was employed by United Gas Pipe Line Company as a lobbyist. Previously, she worked for eight years in a number of positions with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
A native of New Jersey, Campbell holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. She serves as the president of the Board of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Houston affiliate and also serves as vice chairman of the Board of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME). Campbell is a Board member of Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston.
Curtis A. Carver, Jr.
Colonel, Ph.D., U.S. Army, Vice Dean of Education U.S. Military Academy, West Point
Curtis A. Carver Jr. is a career Army Colonel with 26 years of service to the nation. He has served in a number of tactical and strategic leadership positions stationed throughout the world. He currently serves as the Vice Dean of Education at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition to administrative responsibilities, he is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and typically teaches courses associated with information technology or web-based computing. Carver is the recipient of a number of awards including the Signal Corps Bronze Order of Mercury, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and NATO Medal. His academic awards include American Council of Education Fellow, Evanta Outstanding National Leadership Award, FISSEA Educator of the Year, ACM Senior Member, IEEE Senior Member and a number of best paper awards at international conferences. His work on web-based courseware and adaptive interfaces has been exhibited in the Ars Electronica Center in Graz, Austria. His research interests remain diverse and include information assurance, adaptive hypermedia and computer science education.
SVP, Human Resources Valero Energy Corporation
Mike Crownover joined Valero in 1997 and has headed Valero's HR department since 2002. He was promoted to his current title of SVP of Human Resources in July 2007 and was elected as a corporate officer in October 2005. Prior to coming to Valero, Crownover spent 20 years with Halliburton in a variety of HR roles. During his tenure, Valero has grown from 1,700 employees to more than 23,000 and has consistently been recognized as one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For, and ranked #1 Best Big Companies to Work For in 2007 by Fortune 500.
Crownover earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
VP, Human Resources & Administration Complete Production Services
Kenneth L. Nibling has been in the oil and gas industry since 1980. He currently serves as an executive officer and Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Complete Production Services, Inc. Prior to that time, he served as Vice President, Human Resources of National Oilwell Varco, Inc. and was Varco International and Tuboscope, Inc.'s Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for fourteen years. From 1988 to 1991, Nibling was Director of Human Resources for Union Texas Petroleum, an international exploration and production company. Nibling received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in 1972.
EVP & Chief Administrative Officer El Paso Corporation
Sue Ortenstone is SVP of Human Resources and Administration for El Paso Corporation. In her current role, Ortenstone oversees corporate human resources, corporate communications and community outreach, IT, facilities and real estate functions for the company. A major focus for her is driving the company's culture transformation across the organization. The new performance driven culture focuses on talent management, leadership development, recognition and the employee experience and achieving the company's vision of being the "Place to Work," the "Neighbor to Have" and the "Company to Own." Ortenstone began her career as an engineer in training for Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a division of Tenneco, Inc. She has held various positions with increasing levels of responsibility in engineering, operations, marketing, business development and strategy. Her most recent previous position was CEO of Epic Energy, Australia's largest natural gas pipeline company at that time.
Ortenstone earned a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a registered professional engineer. She is on the Board of Junior Achievement, the Advisory Board for the University of Texas College of Engineering and the Business Advisory Council for Goodwill Industries.
Group VP of Human Resources & Support Services Spectra Energy Corp
Jim Pruett is group vice president of human resources and support services for Spectra Energy Transmission, Spectra Energy's natural gas transmission, storage, gathering and processing and distribution business. A career employee, Pruett joined the company as a labor relations representative for Panhandle Eastern in Kansas City, Mo., in 1982. After a series of promotions, he was named manager of labor relations for Panhandle Eastern and manager of employee relations for Panhandle Eastern and Trunkline Gas, director of field employee relations for PanEnergy in Houston in 1990, and director of employee and labor relations for PanEnergy in 1997. In 1998, he was named vice president of human resources for Duke Energy Gas Transmission, and vice president of human resources for DEGT and Duke Energy Americas in March 2004. He was named to his current position in April 2006.
Pruett worked previously as a labor relations representative for Chrysler Corporation in Detroit from 1973 to 1975, and as personnel manager for Colt Industries in Kansas City from 1975 to 1982.
The Kansas City native received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with honors, from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He also earned a master's degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University. Pruett is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Professional Association for Compensation, Benefits and Total Rewards. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for Communities in Schools. Pruett was born in 1949. He and his wife, the former Rebecca Hurst, have two daughters.
VP, Corporate Functions Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Rick Purdy joined Kimberly-Clark Corporation in September 2007 as VP of Human Resources responsible for supporting finance, information technology services, strategy, marketing, law and governmental affairs, the Chairman's office, human resources, global labor relations and human resource organizational and leader development. Purdy has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Temple University and an M.B.A. from LaSalle University. He has had a career both broad and deep in many areas of the business and HR. He began his corporate career at General Electric, where he worked for more than 12 years in nearly all HR generalist and specialty areas. Moving to Aetna as VP of HR, Purdy was responsible for a large-scale rebuilding of the HR function including, revamping compensation, talent management, recruitment and succession. He then led a similar HR turnaround at Prudential Healthcare as SVP of HR.
In his tenure at Pfizer/Warner Lambert, Purdy gained extensive global experience managing operations in Latin America, Europe and Asia, as well as the U.S. and Canada. Sharpening his organizational development skills at Pfizer, he was ready for his next position at Snapple Beverage Group and then at parent company Cadbury Schweppes, where as EVP of HR he was heavily involved in business integrations and service outsourcing in the acquisition of Adams, Pfizer's Consumer Confections business. Previously, Purdy was CHRO of Phipps Houses Services.
David E. Roberts, Jr.
EVP, Upstream Marathon Oil Corporation
David E. Roberts joined Marathon in 2006 as SVP of business development. He previously served as Executive Vice President/Managing Director for BG Group with responsibility for Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining BG, he served as advisor to the Vice Chairman of ChevronTexaco Corporation (now Chevron Corporation) from 2001 - 2003, where he provided strategic and operational advice to executive management regarding the company's upstream operations.
Roberts spent his early career with Texaco in a variety of engineering and operations management positions, including as business unit leader of the giant Kern River (California) field. Immediately prior to the Texaco Chevron merger, he was the Director of Strategy for Texaco's global upstream business. Roberts is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Engineering.
SVP, People Waste Management, Inc.
Romans was named Senior Vice President, People of Waste Management in January 2007. Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is a FORTUNE 200 company with revenues of approximately $13 billion and 50,000 employees. A human resources professional with 30-plus years experience, Romans joins the company's senior leadership team from the St. Joe Company, a real estate development company. Before that he was senior vice president of human resources for Hughes Supply, the largest distributor of supplies to builders and contractors, which was acquired by Home Depot in 2006.
Romans received his bachelor of science degree from Kent State University and a master of science from Texas A&M University. He is a frequent contributor to "HR Strategic Review" and sits on its editorial board, as well as a lecturer for the American Strategic Management Institute.
President Houston Texans
Since joining the Texans, Jamey Rootes has overseen the team's efforts to secure stadium naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club's successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, created and launched the team's identity, and developed the team's highly-acclaimed customer service strategy.
Under Rootes' leadership, the Texans have earned many distinctions, including the American Marketing Association's "Crystal Award" for best overall marketing campaign. J.D. Power & Associates recognized the team for providing the best NFL fan experience, featuring the Texans as a service success story in their book entitled, Satisfaction.
Rootes was selected twice by Sports Business Journal as a member of their distinguished "Forty under 40" list of leading sports executives. He maintains an active role in the community, serving on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, the United Way of Greater Houston, the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Houston Food Bank. Rootes lives in West University with his wife, Melissa, and their children, Christopher and Caroline.
Partner Baker Botts L.L.P.
Gail Stewart has been with the firm's tax department since 1983. Her focus is regulatory compliance of pension and other employee plans, executive compensation and employment agreements. Stewart has more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits matters and provides counsel to companies on the design and regulatory compliance of pension, profit sharing and employee stock ownership plans and welfare benefit plans. She has extensive experience with the design and implementation of executive compensation arrangements, such as equity-based incentive programs, salary continuation plans, golden parachute arrangements and employment agreements.
In the executive compensation area, Stewart helps clients establish and manage executive compensation plans and arrangements, as well as negotiate and draft employment and severance agreements with senior executives of publicly traded and privately held companies.
Stewart also regularly advises clients on employee benefits issues attendant to mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and bank loans, as well as on prohibited transactions and fiduciary problems relating to employee benefit plan investments. She represents clients of all sizes, both public and private, in a variety of industries.
President & CEO Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Dan Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in 1999 and was named President and CEO in 2002. Before joining Memorial Hermann, he was SVP of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System. Wolterman earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati and a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University. He has more than 27 years experience in the healthcare industry and a long history of community involvement. Wolterman has served as chairman of numerous organizations, including the Greater Houston Partnership and Texas Hospital Association Board of Directors. He was recently selected to chair the American Heart Association - Houston Division and named to serve on the Governor's Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal by Governor Rick Perry.Wolterman is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health, and serves on the University of Houston - Clear Lake Healthcare Administration Program Advisory Council. Wolterman has received numerous recognitions, including AHA Grassroots Champion Award - American Hospital Association and the Texas Hospital Association, Health Access Texas Public Health Award, the InterFaith Care Partners Sustaining Presence Award, the Xavier University Distinguished Alumni Award and most recently, one of four honorees as Father of the Year.