It was a pleasure to work with Ray & Berndtson. We had a couple of very senior positions to be filled, and we achieved a shortlist of good leaders in a short period of time. In addition, the discussions we had to convert the positions along with the options generated made the executive search and onboarding much easier. Ray & Berndtson's personal attention and dedication towards the assignment is greatly appreciated.

Managing partner of a top-tier law firm.

Industry Practices

Energy & Utilities


Energy Upstream & Related Support

  • Exploration & production of natural gas, oil, and/or minerals, petroleum equipment & services

Gas & Power

  • Utilities
  • Independent power development and producers
  • Energy merchants (natural gas/electricity trading/marketing)
  • Risk management and control
  • Natural gas gathering and transportation

Refining, Petrochemical & Retail Operations

  • Refining and marketing
  • Chemical
  • Petrochemical
  • Retail petroleum products marketing

Energy Industry Professional Services

  • Specialized boutique investment banking serving the energy industry
  • Strategic consulting serving the energy industry

Today's energy and utility companies face intense market and competitive pressures. Companies are challenged with commodity price volatility, government deregulation and asset privatization. Managing these industry cycles is paramount to building shareholder value. Continued industry consolidation and business globalization will require companies to be proactive in capitalizing on new market opportunities. Strong leadership will be the driving force behind the successful company.

Ray & Berndtson has a strong track record in partnering with global energy and utility companies in attracting senior leaders to address our clients' organizational needs. We succeed by combining presence, in-depth industry knowledge, functional expertise and a consultative approach to deliver unique solutions. We differentiate ourselves by forming responsive, cross-border project teams. These teams match our practice professionals' expertise with those of the client. Our mission is to build deep and committed client relationships, and we are driven by their success.

Energy & Utilities – Representative Searches

The depth of Ray & Berndtson's experience in energy and utilities is unmatched. Thus, it has become the most trusted resource for those seeking the leadership and executive talent necessary to drive their companies to success.

Recent "Energy and Utilities" assignments include:

Designation Assignments
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of one of the top ten gas distribution companies in North America
Chief Executive Officer of a fully integrated energy exploration, production, transmission, distribution and marketing company
Chief Executive Officer;
Chief Financial Officer;
General Counsel
for a $1.8 billion oilfield services and equipment company
President & Chief Operating Officer for a large United States producer of oil furnace carbon black
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President & Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest municipal distribution utilities in North America
President & Chief Operating Officer for a $1.3 billion Southeastern U.S. natural gas distributor
President North America;
President International;
President Europe/Asia/Latin America;
Executive Vice President
of the trading and marketing company in Europe for a major U.S. energy corporation
President of a North American organization representing member companies that produce natural gas and crude oil
Corporate Executive Vice President,
Strategy & Retail;
Vice President Distribution
for major Midwestern U.S. electric utility
for a Canadian-based oil and gas company
Regional Presidents of Latin America,
Europe and Asia
for a major U.S. energy and electric distribution company
Managing Director for a large Dutch utility company
General Manager for a German energy company
Chief Financial Officer for a Canadian-based energy transmission, processing and marketing company
Chief Financial Officer for a Gulf Coast drilling fluids company
Chief Financial Officer for an exploration, development and production company
Chief Financial Officer for an integrated international, government owned oil company
Chief Information Officer;
Division President;
Vice President Human Resources
for a $2.1 billion public utility holding company
Commercial Manager for an international energy sales organization
Executive Vice President & General Counsel of an $18 billion global energy corporation General Counsel of a diversified energy company
Head of Market Planning,
for a major U.S. integrated energy provider
Head of Trading,UK for a leading European gas company
Members, Board of Directors;
Vice President Human Resources;
Vice President Marketing & Sales
for a provider of offshore contract drilling of oil and gas wells for independent and major oil and gas companies
Senior Tax Counsel for an integrated manufacturer and marketer of petrochemicals, polymers, intermediate and performance chemicals
Senior Vice President Research & Development for a major company that markets and manufactures lubricants, car care products and specialty industrial products
Vice President Information Technology for one of the largest interstate natural gas transportation pipeline systems in the U.S.
Vice President & General Counsel of a $8.8 billion energy services provider
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