Energy Spotlight: Stacey Olson
Stacey Olson loves to travel. It gives her a chance to experience new foods and customs and meet new people.
For 20 years, energy giant Chevron Corp. has helped her indulge in that love, assigning her to engineering and leadership positions in Nigeria, Indonesia, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Thailand.
That won't stop with her return last month to the United States to serve as president of Chevron Appalachia, based in Moon.
“I'm looking forward to actually traveling a bit more in the U.S. I've been all over the world, but there's many parts of the U.S. that I haven't traveled to yet,” Olson said.
A New Orleans native, Olson received a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University before spending most of her career with Chevron.
She started with the company in 1989 working on drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
After getting a master of business administration from Tulane University in 1994, Olson began a series of overseas assignments that included terms as vice president of heavy oil operation in Chevron's IndoAsia unit and general manager of asset development in the Asia South unit.
Leading operations in somewhat remote and sometimes volatile locations shaped her approach to work.
“You grow to keep calm and carry on,” she said. “Each and every day there's an emerging, big issue. When you go through that for as long as I did, it's keep calm and carry on and don't get flustered very much.”
As head of the Appalachia unit, Olson wants to build on Chevron's five years of drilling for gas in the Marcellus shale, which slowed recently because of low prices.
“The pause has been good for us, and we've been able to capture a lot of improvements, driving down well costs significantly,” she said. “My job is to take all that and get us back on the path of growing a much larger business here.”
When she's not exploring the rest of the country, Olson is looking forward to exploring Pittsburgh's food scene. She moved to the Strip District to stay close to the action.
“I wanted the easy access to the restaurants, the theaters and all the goings-on in the city,” she said.