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Carol Singleton Slade, based in London and Houston, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Energy and CleanTech Practice and its Board Consulting Practice in the U.S. She is also a member of Egon Zehnder’s Executive Management Committee. Carol works closely with CEOs and boards, particularly in the industrial sector, with a focus on energy. She also helps clients recruit, assess and develop the right individuals for crucial technical and operational senior executive roles.

I strongly believe that we can all be more than we think, and it’s incredibly fulfilling to help leaders, executive teams, and boards see more clearly and then take the next steps on their journeys.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Carol was the Commercial Lead at Arco for oil exploration in Alaska before moving into corporate strategy and financial advisory roles. Earlier in her career, she worked for BP, Hess, and BG, first as a geophysicist and then assuming broader responsibilities for regional exploration.

Carol earned a BS in physics from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, an MS in geophysics from Durham University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She serves on the Houston NACD Advisory Board and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Carol also sits on the Houston Chapter Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that gives those less fortunate the best chance to be all that they can.

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The Post and Courier – Women Make Up Just 11.5% of the Highest-Paid Jobs in Corporate America

The Post and Courier – Women Make Up Just 11.5% of the Highest-Paid Jobs in Corporate America

This year, just 5% of CEOs in the S&P 1500 index are women, compared with 4% in 2015 and 2014. A new study released by the Pew Research Center found that of the four highest paid executives beneath the CEO at each company, just 11.5% were held by women.

CERAWeek 2018 Leadership and Innovation

CERAWeek 2018 Leadership and Innovation

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

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 and training a new generation of qualified and prepared executives who are ready and willing to lead oil and gas companies. Four years later, as Chevron’s chief executive John Watson is set to step down, his likely replacement is a representation of this “new leadership for a changing oil world.”

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 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.

Board Excellence in Both Strategy and Oversight

Board Excellence in Both Strategy and Oversight

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

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 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

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

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?

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.

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

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 firm up corporate balance sheets.

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 chief executives who must chart a course forward and maintain high performance during uncertain times. To see how industry leaders are grappling with this task, Egon Zehnder convened a panel discussion on energy leadership at CERAWeek 2015, the industry’s premiere annual gathering. Here is what we heard.

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 leadership talent.

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 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.

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