When Christina Sistrunk accepted the top position at Aera Energy in 2015, it wasn’t just because it made her the first woman in the company’s history to be named president and CEO.
“It was a unique opportunity to join an organization that had a mature and well-established capability in lean and continuous improvement,” Sistrunk says. “And although I had worked in a lot of different capacities during my career, I had never worked in California or in the enhanced oil recovery sector.”
Sistrunk came to Aera from Shell, where she held several key technical and management positions at both national and international levels. Most recently, she had served as Shell’s vice president of Arctic capability, leading the development of technology, people and systems to ensure long-term, responsible Arctic development.
Before that, Sistrunk served as Shell’s vice president of production assets for the Gulf of Mexico. She was previously based in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, where she held a global role for Shell’s worldwide exploration and production.
Sistrunk says her role today is to ensure that Aera executes “both the right internal and external strategies so everyone understands their role in meeting and delivering exceptional financial, safety and environmental performance.”
Sistrunk’s extensive industry and leadership experience brings unique strengths to Aera.
“I have a strong commitment to safety and safety improvements, a passion for results delivery and holding ourselves accountable, and a passion for working with people to enable them to do things they didn’t know they could do,” she says.
Sistrunk earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at The Ohio State University. She began her career with Amoco Production Co. in Louisiana, which led to several assignments focused on Gulf of Mexico engineering and development.
Sistrunk serves on the boards of the Western States Petroleum Association and the California Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the board of governors for Kern Medical, a Bakersfield-based hospital.
Sistrunk and her husband John enjoy cooking, travel and visiting their daughter in New Orleans.