Eugene J. “Gene” Voiland
Former President & CEO of Aera Energy LLC
Gene Voiland is principal of Voiland Enterprises, LLC. He previously was president and chief executive officer of Aera Energy LLC, one of California's largest producers of oil and gas, until retiring in January 2008. He held that position since June 1997 when Aera was formed following the merger of the California exploration and production operations of Shell and Mobil. Today, Aera is jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil.
Previously, Mr. Voiland worked for Shell Oil Company, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Cal Resources LLC, a California Shell affiliate. During his 28-year Shell career, Mr. Voiland held a series of exploration and production engineering and management assignments in California, the Gulf Coast, and Texas, including several head office senior management positions in Houston.
Active in civic affairs, Mr. Voiland is a member of the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce, the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, the Cal State Bakersfield Foundation, the Bakersfield College Foundation, and the Kern Community Foundation as well as the chairman of the board of Valley Republic Bank in Bakersfield. Mr. Voiland previously served on the board of the United Way of Kern County. He also is past chairman of the board of directors of the Western States Petroleum Association.
Mr. Voiland was named a Distinguished Chemical Engineering Alumnus of Washington State University in 1991 and serves on the advisory board of the University's College of Engineering and Architecture. He also is a member of the Governing Board and the Investment Committee of the WSU Foundation.
Mr. Voiland received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Washington State University.