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Sri Sridharan, 38

Environmental Supervisor, Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Irving, Texas

As the industry studies ways to both monetize methane emissions “as a saleable product” and mitigate harmful effects of these industry production byproducts, Sri Sridharan guides Pioneer Natural Resources Co.’s efforts through methane emissions risk and regulations.

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Career path: He began his career as an environmental consultant at Citgo Petroleum in Corpus Christi, Texas, from June 2004 to September 2005. He then worked for Tyler Pipe in Tyler, Texas, from September 2005 to May 2012, first as an environmental engineer and ultimately as environmental manager.

Next, in the Dallas office of Enercon Services, he was the environmental permitting/compliance manager from May 2012 to September 2012. He became the air quality supervisor at Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP from September 2012 to October 2013. In October 2013, he joined Pioneer as staff environmental specialist on the environmental team, and in April 2015, he became environmental supervisor/project manager on the sustainable development team.

Mentors: Sridharan said he is inspired by Pioneer’s leadership team. “They have built a company with great culture and values,” he said, adding that “the most valuable advice I get from them is to stay entrepreneurial and innovative.” With this mindset, Sridharan has displayed leadership initiative several times throughout his career, including when he was barely three years into it.

Repair job: Being a leader means sometimes tackling situations that need immediate damage control. At one company during his early career, Sridharan worked hard to get the company back into compliance with regulators. Because it had “lost the trust of regulators,” the company was “under microscopic scrutiny and zero flexibility to operate.” His job was to “earn back the trust and get out of the additional scrutiny.” While he was consulting with experts and keeping them apprised of schedules and commitments, he said they warmed up to him slowly and were eventually having “open discussions on issues that needed to be addressed.”

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