Valley Executive Insights

Todd A. Stevens

Todd A. Stevens is President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of California Resources Corporation, California’s largest independent oil and natural gas producer. As CEO, Mr. Stevens focuses on strengthening the balance sheet, enhancing margins, and operating CRC’s resilient asset base. CRC’s entire workforce is Californian, and he drives the company’s commitment to the communities where employees live and CRC operates. Prior to CRC, Mr. Stevens worked for 20 years in various management positions at Occidental Petroleum Corporation and most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Development. During his career with Occidental, he led most of Occidental’s growth initiatives and his responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, evaluating and developing finance-related strategic and business opportunities, restructuring alternatives and asset dispositions, land management activities and worldwide exploration activities. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mr. Stevens serves as a Director on the following boards: Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation, Val Pac (San Fernando Valley Business Political Action Committee), Southern California Leadership Council, USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Advisory Board, and the Board of Counselors, Master of Business for Veterans Programs at USC.

Christina Sistrunk

Christina Sistrunk is president and CEO of Aera Energy LLC, one of the largest California and U.S. oil producers with annual revenues of more than $2 billion. Delivering 25 percent of the state’s production, Aera is one of the nation’s most active drillers and operates over 14,500 wells. Aera’s success is accomplished through the innovative application of lean manufacturing processes, information systems and company culture.
Sistrunk began her career with Amoco Production Company in Louisiana working in a variety of production, facilities and reservoir engineering assignments focused on Gulf of Mexico engineering and development.
In 1998 Sistrunk joined Shell and held a series of technical and management positions, including operations manager and asset manager in the Gulf of Mexico and a two-year assignment as health, safety and environment manager for the Americas.
Sistrunk had a global role for worldwide exploration and production based in Rijswijk, The Netherlands to lead the creation and implementation of process safety improvement programs. She returned to the U.S. in 2009 as vice president of production assets for the Gulf of Mexico and later became vice president of Arctic capability. In that role, Sistrunk led the development of technology, people and systems to enable responsible Arctic development for decades to come.
Sistrunk currently chairs the Western States Petroleum Association Board of Directors and was appointed to the governing board of the Kern County Hospital Authority. She is also a member of the California Chamber of Commerce.
Sistrunk was named a Safety in Action Icon for 2016 by DEKRA Insight, for her inspirational, influential and innovative contributions to safety that have touched lives and changed the way people work; and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas by the National Diversity Council.
Sistrunk holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University. She and her husband, John, have one daughter, Nicole.

A. Trem Smith, CEO Berry Petroleum Company, LLC.

A.T. (Trem) Smith is Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Berry Petroleum, a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company with production in California, Utah, Colorado, Kansas and Texas. He is currently focused on creating Berry following its emergence from bankruptcy March 1, 2017 with an emphasis on corporate culture, operational excellence, innovation, and the environment and safety.

Smith has 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including 25 years with Chevron beginning in 1981. He served in a number of leadership positions with increasing responsibilities in Russia, Thailand, and multiple locations in the United States including La Habra and San Francisco, California. During his time with Chevron, Smith was exposed to all phases of the business including production, operations, exploration, business development, M&A, finance and technology. In 2006, he started a private independent and successfully built a thriving company with a high impact team which led to discoveries and production in the United States and norther Iraq. Prior to joining Berry, he founded TS&J Consulting focused on distressed companies and assets in the United States and United Kingdom.

Trem graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a major in Geology and Russian. He has a Masters and PhD in Economic Geology from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been married for 39 years and has two sons and four grandchildren. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and was a board member of the World Affairs Council.

Albert (Al) J Williams

Albert (Al) J. Williams is vice president, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit for Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company (CNAEP). Al is responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas production in California with core operations in seven field locations. Chevron is the largest oil and gas producer in California and is the leading producer of thermal heavy oil production in the San Joaquin Valley and internationally. He is also the Executive Sponsor of Chevron’s global heavy oil research & development portfolio which includes oversight of Chevron’s International Heavy Oil Center located in Bakersfield, CA.

Previously Al was president of Chevron Pipe Line Company (CPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, a role he assumed in May 2014. He was responsible for managing an extensive network of crude oil, natural gas and refined product pipelines, as well as storage facilities in North America. CPL also provides technical, commercial, operational and project management support to Chevron’s pipeline projects around the world.

In 25 years of service, he has served in a number of leadership positions with increasing responsibilities in Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and multiple locations in the United States.

A native of Mississippi, Al received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1990, and a Master in Business Administration from Tulane University in 1998.

Al is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers. He also served as the first president of the Chevron Black Employee Network at its formation in 2000. In his previous position he served on the board of the Houston Police Foundation. Currently, Al serves on the California State University, Bakersfield Foundation Board, San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation Board, Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering Advisory Board, and as an Ambassador for the Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Initiative.