Author: Kris Ramanadhan
Dr. Kris Ramanadhan joined IHRDC as an Executive Consultant in 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Ramanadhan spent 40 years with ExxonMobil Corporation in a variety of technical, managerial, and executive assignments on a global basis with focus on the refining and petrochemicals sectors. Fifteen of these years were spent in the Asia Pacific region, specifically in China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He began his career as an engineer with Exxon in its refining and petrochemicals complex in Baytown, Texas and progressed through technical and operational management positions in its downstream business. During this period he served as a Corporate and Strategic Planning Advisor in Houston and then returned to Baytown as Engineering and Operations Support Manager. In these positions Dr. Ramanadhan handled personnel recruiting, training, profitability maximization, technology applications, and capital investments including the development and execution of large complex projects. In 1990 Dr. Ramanadhan began his international assignments serving as the Project Executive in Singapore for three years on a major refinery conversion project and then moved to New Jersey, as Corporate Advisor for Exxon International with responsibilities for Asia Pacific, Europe, and other regions. In 1994 Dr. Ramanadhan was appointed as Vice President for Business Development for ExxonMobil China Petroleum and Petrochemical Company, Hong Kong, to develop a multi billion dollar, integrated refining and petrochemical complex on a joint basis with two major National Oil Companies. In 2006 he became a Project Executive and was involved in a successful petrochemical complex in Singapore. In 2010 Dr. Ramanadhan returned to Fairfax, U.S. as a Planning Executive for Corporate Strategy Development in several emerging markets. Dr. Ramanadhan received a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, attended the MBA program at the University of Houston, and is a graduate of the New Leadership Program at Thunderbird University (School of International Business).
The United States has gone through a dramatic resurgence in crude oil supply during the past few years as a result of the unconventional shale oil revolution. The combination of horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, increasing oil price, and the risk…