Gaurdie Banister Jr.

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Gaurdie Banister Jr., Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Aera Energy LLC

Banister is the former president and CEO of Aera Energy LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company jointly owned by Shell Oil Company and ExxonMobil; he served from 2007 to 2015. Prior to Aera Energy, he served in executive level positions at Shell Oil as technical vice president, Upstream Asia Pacific from 2005 until 2007, and Upstream Americas from 2003 until 2005, overseeing drilling and development activities. From 2001 to 2003 he served as vice president of Business Development and Technology. He was president USA and executive vice president of Shell Services EP Gas and Power from 1998 to 2001. Banister joined Shell Oil in 1980 as an offshore facilities engineer.


Banister serves on the board of Russell Reynolds Associates, the board of trustees of American University in Washington D.C., the foundation board of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and on the board of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation in Bethesda, Maryland.


Banister is also the founder and CEO of Different Points of View, a private firm that provides advisory services in the areas of leadership and safety. He mentors and serves as an advisor to start-ups in the energy and technology space.


Banister brings significant global business and leadership expertise as former CEO of one of California’s largest oil and gas producers and public company board experience. He has a strong background in engineering and the oil industry, and provides valuable perspective in strategic planning, risk management and operational excellence which is relevant to Dow’s business operations.


Banister serves on the Tyson Foods Board of Directors (since 2011). He served on the Board of Directors of the Bristow Group from 2017 to 2019 and Marathon Oil from 2015 to 2018.