Special Advisor to the Board of African Power Corporation, and Supervisory Board Member of Thyssen Petroleum
Kay Ellen Consolver is an experienced business, financial and legal executive in the oil & gas, mining and power industries. She serves as an independent director on, and business advisor to, Boards of Directors in these sectors, bringing expertise in audit, corporate governance, global expansion, risk and reputation management and women’s leadership initiatives.
She is recognised as an exceptional leader who believes in “paying forward’ to emerging women leaders and has done so by mentoring and sponsoring women in their careers and by leading and providing advisory services to women’s networking organisations which do the same.
Her expertise is based on her work as a Non-Executive Director, her 20 years as a senior global executive with ExxonMobil, where she held a diverse range of senior roles, leading financial, business and legal teams in 65 countries, and her experience as a director and executive with, and advisor to, start-ups in New York, Boston, Washington DC and London in a wide range of businesses
In 2016, she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in Worldwide Who’s Who for Achievement of the Highest Order. In 2015, Cranfield University School of Management in the UK selected her as one of “100 Women to Watch” in their ‘Female FTSE Board Report’ and Brummell magazine honored her in 2013 as one of 30 Inspirational Women on Boards in London.
Currently, Kay Ellen serves on the Supervisory Board of Thyssen Petroleum, a privately held oil & gas company, owned by members of the Thyssen family, with headquarters in Monaco to oversee acquisition and development of properties in the Middle East and North Africa and offices in Houston, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska for its properties in Louisiana and Alaska.
She also is a Special Advisor to the Board of African Power Corporation, a privately-owned company based in London, which is working toward a listing on the London Stock Exchange to raise funds to invest in a diversified portfolio of power assets in Africa to address Africa’s chronic power shortage.
Previously she served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Russian Platinum, in anticipation of its premium listing on the LSE. Headquartered in Moscow, it has mining operations in eastern Siberia and licenses to develop properties in Norilsk. She chaired the Committees on Corporate Governance and Nominations and served on the Audit, Remuneration and Technical Risk Committees. When the platinum price collapsed, the family decided to remain as a private company and the 4 NEDs appointed for the FTSE listing agreed to step off the Board.
During 20 years at ExxonMobil, Kay Ellen held key roles in Mobil’s global downstream and midstream operations, where she was the first woman to these positions. She led teams of more than 750 professionals, working across 6 continents in 65 countries. As Board Chair and CEO of 7 downstream companies, she headed operations in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Latin and South America and the Caribbean; as International Treasurer, managed $2 billion of cash flow for Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific; as Corporate Secretary, led a worldwide secretariat of 240 managing NYSE and other worldwide stock exchange listings for over 250,000 stockholders, disbursing $850 million of dividends; and as Assistant General Counsel, heading downstream and midstream global legal services, led attorneys providing legal services in 90 countries. While at Mobil, she founded the first network for women lawyers.
Kay Ellen began her career with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a premier U.S. law firm, established in 1819 in New York City. Upon receiving her law degree from Wisconsin University, she was the first woman appointed to clerk for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP
In support of Women’s Leadership globally, Kay Ellen chairs Vital Voices Europe in London and serves on the Board of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a preeminent NGO, based in Washington D.C. Founded by Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Vital Voices has partnered with over 15,000 emerging women leaders from more than 140 countries who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women.
She also has served as Chair of the International Women’s Forum UK, a ‘by invitation only” organisation honoring women leaders, of which she is a member, where she co-founded their programme to recognise and mentor emerging women leaders. IWF is a network of 6500 women leaders in 74 affiliated Forums in 33 nations spanning 6 continents – on whose worldwide Board she has also served. She currently is on the Board of the New York Forum, the Founding Forum of IWF and a member of IWF UK and IWF CT.
Supporting women in the natural resources industry, Kay Ellen has recently been selected to serve on the Board of Women in Mining in the UK. She is also a member of WomenCorporateDirectors, the Global Women’s Petroleum & Energy Club, POWERful Women, Women in African Power and The Women’s Oil Council.
CHARITABLE & CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Charitably, in support of the oil & gas industry, Kay Ellen has recently been appointed Chair of the US Board of RAFT, an awarding winning UK medical research charity founded as result of the Piper-Alpha tragedy to find better treatment for burn victims. Its Mission since its founding in 1988 is to carry out medical research that helps people regain their quality of life, independence and dignity after major trauma. Today it focuses on research for bionic limbs, bone regeneration, breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, facial reconstruction and wound healing.
Culturally, Kay Ellen has a distinguished portfolio. She has produced over 15 plays Off West End and Off Broadway, 5 of which were nominated for industry awards. In recognition of her work, she has been asked to serve as a Trustee for theatrical organisations – in London: LAMDA (UK’s oldest drama school), The Tricycle Theatre, Theatre 503, The Playground Studio; in New York City: St Ann’s Warehouse; in Washington, DC: The Studio Theatre. As a Trustee, she has had responsibility as Board Chair and as Chair of the Audit, Corporate Governance and Fund-Raising Committees.
She frequently speaks on Board Leadership, Business Globalisation, Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Women’s Leadership. This year in London, she has been asked by the Financial Times to speak at their Non-Executive Director Diploma course and their Effective NED Workshops. For the Family Business Institute (UK), she has been asked to speak at their annual conference focusing on Corporate Governance.
Last year, she spoke for NEDonBoards at their New Year’s launch and for the Natural Resources Forum at their London Stock Exchange breakfast on Avoiding the Pitfalls: Lessons from NEDs in Oil & Gas. She also spoke at the London Conference on Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in the Extractive Industries and at AfricanFundForum where she also chaired the first day of the Conference.
She has previously been featured by the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Club, the Institute of Directors, Inova BRICS, Women on Boards, the London Stock Exchange Russia/CIS Conference (Moscow), Sadovnick Partners (Los Angeles), and the Women Corporate Directors Conferences: The Americas (Miami; Atlanta), the European Institute (London) and EMEA (Paris
Kay Ellen also brings access to her worldwide network of executives across multiple industries, organisations and disciplines to those companies on whose Boards she serves or which she advises and to those with whom she networks.
To continue to expand her networks globally, in London, she is a member of Chatham House, the Institute of Directors, the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Club, Institute of Business Ethics, IWF UK, the Oil Council, US-UK Fulbright Commission Interview Panel; Women on Boards, Women in Mining, Women’s Oil Council and Women Corporate Directors; in the US: IWF (New York and CT), the National Association of Corporate Directors (Washington DC and NYC), Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics), Women in African Power (Washington DC) and Women in the Boardroom (NYC) and the World Affairs Council (CT).