Tuesday, May 26, 2020

An energy industry trailblazer on her next big move

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One of energy’s trailblazing women is starting a new chapter.

This month, Janeen Judah retired from Chevron and announced that she would join the board of directors for Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

Janeen has spent more than 35 years in the energy industry. She served as 2017 president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and as general manager for Chevron’s Southern Africa business. She was also president of Chevron Environmental Management Company and general manager of reservoir and production engineering for Chevron Energy Technology Company. She also held various petroleum engineering positions for Texaco and Arco.

In a statement welcoming Janeen to the board of Patterson-UTI, company Chairman Mark S. Siegel noted Janeen’s diverse experience as an “invaluable asset.”

It will also be an invaluable resource for girls and young women interested in STEM — which has been and will continue to be an area of focus for Janeen.

“The best-paying and fastest growing jobs are all in STEM fields — medicine, computer science/tech and engineering — and all are underpopulated by women. I am a big advocate for engineering as a surefire way for first-generation college students to get on a career trajectory with only four years of college and little debt, if you help finance your college with internships,”  she told Pink Petro in an email. “Most of the grand challenges faced by our society are engineering challenges — energy for all, technology access, clean air and water, climate change, medical advances (as the interface between engineering and medicine gets fuzzier) — and the need for technical minds has never been greater. Girls should not be afraid to aim high and study STEM fields and be problem-solvers.”

Janeen has a lot to say about women in energy. Check out her Q&A in the Houston Chronicle here and her reflections on the “woman question” in her last post as president of the Society for Petroleum Engineers.

Congrats Janeen!

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson is a champion of women in business — from innovators and entrepreneurs to executives and nonprofit leaders and founder of Brave New Word.

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