Contact Information

  • Caroline Wachtman
    (281) 825-9627

Description

Geoscience Leader

Improving decision making through agile people and project management

 

Proven leader; inclusive, collaborative supervisor of multidisciplinary teams identifying energy opportunities and appraising investments.  Strategic advisor and Subject Matter Expert (SME) in geology; led oil and gas opportunity evaluations and business development throughout West Africa, Caribbean and Caspian regions.  Skilled at building and maintaining relationships; and briefing senior leaders, partners and governments.  Drives quality and consistency through attention to detail.    

Location

Houston

Experience

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
ZARVONA ENERGY, LLC, Houston, Texas
March 2021 - present
Contract Geologist
Evaluate subsurface controls on Permian basin fields to identify workovers, recomplete targets and new drill opportunities.

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, Houston, Texas
Supervisor and Manager of Geoscience
June 2016 – February 2021
Led multiple cross-functional teams (10-30+ people per team) to explore for oil and gas resources throughout West Africa and the Caribbean with project budgets of $400M+. Clearly communicated findings to technical and non-technical management, external partners and governments.
• Led, influenced and challenged thinking on investment decisions and well proposals resulting in decision to pursue 2 new acreage captures and defer a well, saving $60M+
• Led equity management, preparing and hosting dataroom for 9 prospective investor companies
• Drove development of short-term and long-term plans and budgets that resulted in approval of operations in dozens of countries and 5 different teams
• Built relationships with 15+ partner companies and governments to enable project success
• Managed contract compliance for Production Sharing Agreements and Joint Operating Agreements for more than 15 contracts in 5 countries resulting in accurate reporting
• Directed research program for 30+ Subject Matter Experts working 90+ projects; simultaneously guided team through an organizational re-structuring
• Applied both traditional research methods and innovative, machine-learning techniques, improving quality and efficiency of scientific and technical outcomes

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, Houston, Texas
Strategic Planning Advisor April 2014 – May 2016
Designed strategic company plans, briefed Senior Leaders and conducted external 10k reporting.
• Delivered timely, accurate and consistent data on planned reserve adds, Opex, Capex, volumes, and staffing plans utilizing Excel and Tableau, enabling effective planning
• Presented complex technical analysis to the public and the Board, and drafted 2014 Financial & Operating Report and Summary Annual Report driving awareness of investment activity
• Re-appraised development and production investments, promoting continuous improvement

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, Houston, Texas
Supervisor of Geoscience September 2010 – March 2014
Led a 10+-person team of geoscientists and engineers to design development plans for multiple oil, gas and condensate fields in Kazakhstan.
• Organized and managed a technical study of discovered fields and exploration targets, securing government approval of oil and gas reserves assessment
• Influenced and aligned 6 partner companies, NGOs and government regulators, endorsing oil and gas development plan

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, Houston, Texas
Geoscientist December 2005 – August 2010
Interpreted seismic data to direct oil & gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, Angola and Qatar.
• Interpreted 2D, 3D and 4D seismic and assessed hydrocarbon volume resulting in 2 planned infill wells to capture bypassed resources
• Collaborated with engineers improving field performance of 3 fields

Skills

Business acumen
Seismic interpretation
Field study evaluation
Strategic decision-making
Project management
Cooperative and collaborative
Lead multidisciplinary teams
Polished communication
Negotiation and influence
Analytical problem solving
Highly organized

Education

Master of Science (MS) in Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Advanced Leadership Program, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, Arizona
General Leadership Program, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, Arizona
Enterprise Leadership Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina