Carol SingletonSlade

Houston, Calgary

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Carol SingletonSlade Egon Zehnder, Houston, Calgary


Carol SingletonSlade, based in Houston, leads the firm’s Global Energy and U.S. Board Practices, and is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Executive Committee. Carol advises CEOs and boards at organizations across the Energy value chain, with a focus on upstream operators and services. Carol provides counsel on CEO succession and board composition and effectiveness, and works as a strategic partner to recruit, assess and develop critical senior executive technical and operational leadership roles.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Carol started her career in technical exploration as a geophysicist working with BP, Hess and BG moving into broader regional exploration leadership roles. She then was the commercial lead for exploration in Alaska with Arco before moving into corporate strategy and financial advisory.

Carol earned a BS in Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, an MS in Geophysics from Durham University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Carol serves on the Houston NACD Advisory Board, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

News and Publications

Board Excellence in Both Strategy and Oversight

In today’s environment, boards are expected to fulfill their traditional oversight and compliance role and also add value through strategic insight and guidance.

Leading in the New Energy Reality

Cyclical market volatility will continue to be standard in the energy industry. An impending market rebound has many feeling cautiously optimistic, but the extended cycle of the current downturn — now being characterized as “lower for longer” — has revealed a new reality in the energy sector that will change leadership imperatives for the foreseeable future.

CERAWeek 2017

An impending market rebound has many feeling cautiously optimistic, but the extended cycle of the current downturn – now being characterized as “lower for longer” – has created a new reality that will change leadership imperatives for the foreseeable future. Energy leaders are realizing that lower prices, unpredictable market dynamics and hyper competition for talent, resources and capital are driving a need to rebuild and adapt businesses or risk being left behind. In this new reality, it’s critical to strike a balance between disruption and discipline – understanding how to best lead innovation while still adhering to longstanding best practices that will ensure longevity regardless of future market fluctuations.

International Business Times – US Boards Need Alternatives to Gender Diversity Quotas

The percentage of female board members in the US dropped in 2016, reports the International Business Times. Out of 44 nations, the US ranked 19th place, with about two women per board versus an average of 11.5 seats. Could quotas be the answer?

Fortune – Diversity: Why Are US Boards Lagging Behind?

An early champion of diversifying corporate culture, the US has fallen behind much of the developed world over the past four years, according to Egon Zehnder’s 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis.

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CERAWeek 2016

From exploration to distribution, the energy industry is confronting historic challenges and opportunities that are testing the ability of its leaders to navigate uncertainty

IHS CERAWeek 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, Egon Zehnder is honored to announce its presence as a strategic partner at IHS CERAWeek, an event that brings together leaders and experts from the global energy community for exchanges and insights into key issues.

Bloomberg - Energy CEOs Adopting Accountant Mindset

The slide in oil prices has chief executives across the energy industry focused on conservative investment decisions, smaller workforces and making spending cuts to firm up corporate balance sheets.

Oil & Gas Monitor - CEO Succession: Make Potential a Top Priority

With a massive leadership talent shortage on the horizon, the oil and gas industry needs to radically overhaul its approach to identifying and developing leadership talent.

Managing Energy's Biggest Risk: Leadership

Just when it seemed that the role of energy CEO couldn’t become any more complex or demanding, it did. Macondo, Fukushima, Keystone, Iran, the Arab Spring, and the rise of unconventional plays offer only the sparest shorthand for the risks, regulatory blowback, and geopolitical uncertainties that now dominate the agenda of the energy chief executive.

Energy and CleanTech Practice Profile

Few envisioned the profound changes now unfolding in Energy.

The Next Energy Shortage: Big Oil CEOs

In recent years oil and gas companies have applied innovative technologies to make discoveries of vast new hydrocarbon resources. If only it were that easy for them to deal with a dire challenge above ground: identifying and training a new generation of qualified and prepared executives who are ready and willing to lead oil and gas companies at this pivotal time in the industry’s history.

consultant name

Carol SingletonSlade Egon Zehnder, Houston, Calgary