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A partner based in Houston, Trent Aulbaugh serves clients across the entire energy value-chain. He advises on senior executive search, CEO succession and placement, board succession and placement, and board effectiveness for public, private and private equity backed companies.  Trent currently leads the Egon Zehnder’s North American Industrial Practice Group and previously was the Houston Office Managing Partner.

In a world where the pace and scale of change continues to intensify, leadership is the only way a company can differentiate itself. It is the only competitive advantage that lasts.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Trent was a Director with Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, where he led strategy engagements. Previously, he founded and led the Strategy and Transformation service line for BearingPoint’s Global Energy practice. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen, a Global Strategy Manager for Compaq’s Desktop Division, and a Senior Analyst with First Data.

Trent has a BS in business administration from the University of Texas and an MBA from Rice University.

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CERAWeek

CERAWeek

Egon Zehnder has partnered with CERAWeek since 2015, convening an annual CEO Breakfast Panel that brings together top energy decision-makers from around the world… Read more

Discussion Highlights from Egon Zehnder’ s Eighth Annual Energy CEO and Board Breakfast

Discussion Highlights from Egon Zehnder’ s Eighth Annual Energy CEO and Board Breakfast

While the energy industry grapples with new digital realities, executives and boards are being forced to answer a fundamental question: How do you prioritize… Read more

Talent Pipeline: Strengthening Leadership in Midstream Private Equity

Talent Pipeline: Strengthening Leadership in Midstream Private Equity

How private equity needs to assess potential chief executive officers and chief financial officers. Read more

CERAWeek 2018 Leadership and Innovation

CERAWeek 2018 Leadership and Innovation

Discussion Highlights from Egon Zehnder’s 7th Annual CEO Breakfast at CERAWeek 2018. Read more

Selecting Your Digital Leader

Selecting Your Digital Leader

What are we doing about Digital Transformation? Trent Aulbaugh, Naveed Bandukwala, Andrea Kinder and Amitabh Sharma discuss how smart talent choices will help drive… Read more

The Next Generation of Leadership in Big Oil

The Next Generation of Leadership in Big Oil

In 2013, Carol SingletonSlade, Steve Goodman, Trent Aulbaugh and Roger Aguirre of Egon Zehnder’s Global Energy Practice warned of the dire need for identifying… Read more

The Next Energy Shortage: Big Oil CEOs

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… Read more

Leading in the New Energy Reality

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… Read more

CERAWeek 2017

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… Read more

Bauer Business Focus – Energy Companies Recruit More Tech Leaders

Bauer Business Focus – Energy Companies Recruit More Tech Leaders

Energy companies are finally starting to take IT seriously, says Egon Zehnder consultant Trent Aulbaugh in an interview with Bauer Business Focus. Read more

More Than Filling Empty Seats

More Than Filling Empty Seats

Board Effectiveness Reviews. The energy boom that ran for much of the first half of the decade generated both record revenues and ready access… Read more

CERAWeek 2016

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 Read more

EnergyWire – US Presidential Hopefuls Need to Focus More on Energy

EnergyWire – US Presidential Hopefuls Need to Focus More on Energy

Industry players want US presidential candidates to pay more attention to energy policy, reports EnergyWirecovering this year’s CERAWeek in Houston. Read more

Rigzone – Oil Companies Trim Back at the Top

Rigzone – Oil Companies Trim Back at the Top

Falling oil prices have triggered a swathe of job cuts in the oil and gas industry this year, with reductions also reaching the executive… Read more

Energy CEOs Adopting Accountant Mindset

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… Read more

What we heard - CERAWeek 2015: “The Future of Energy Leadership” panel discussion

What we heard - CERAWeek 2015: “The Future of Energy Leadership” panel discussion

The market turbulence, high levels of M&A activity, and the ongoing challenges of public dialogue are testing the mettle of energy industry chairmen and… Read more

Oil Prices Fall, CEO Turnover Rises

Oil Prices Fall, CEO Turnover Rises

Chief executive turnover soared in the oil industry in 2014, with an 11.1 percent CEO succession rate and a 60 percent rate of disciplinary… Read more

CEO Succession: Make Potential a Top Priority

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… Read more

Managing Energy's Biggest Risk: Leadership

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… Read more

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