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Sara Ortwein

President, XTO Energy

Sara N. Ortwein became president of XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, in November 2016. She Sara joined Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1980 as a drilling engineer. In 1997, she was named reservoir evaluation and planning manager for Exxon Ventures, focusing on new venture pursuit and capture in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. In 2001, she became a corporate upstream advisor to senior management at ExxonMobil headquarters in Irving, Texas. Three years later, she was named production manager for ExxonMobil’s operated U.S. production operations. Sara was named vice president of engineering for ExxonMobil Development Company in 2006. She served as a development company executive until becoming president of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in September 2010. Sara has been recognized by the Women’s Energy Network of Houston as an individual who exemplifies a commitment to excellence and a role model for women engineers. In 2012, she was honored by Bio Houston with the Women in Science Excellence award.  In 2013, she was recognized by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a breakthrough leader in the field of energy. In 2014, she was recognized as one of Houston’s Top Ten Women in Energy by the Houston Business Journal.  And in 2017, she was recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers with the Distinguished Membership award. Sara serves on the American Exploration and Production Council Executive Committee and the National Cowgirl Museum Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  She is the immediate past chair of the University of Texas Engineering Advisory Board.