Year Inducted: 2018
Vicki A. Hollub has blazed a trail throughout her more than 35-year career, rising to become one of the most influential women in the global oil and energy industries.
As president and chief executive officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and production company, she is the first female CEO of a major oil company in the United States. The company is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies based on equity market capitalization.
A native of Bessemer, Hollub graduated from The University of Alabama in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in mineral engineering, petroleum option, and joined Cities Services, which was acquired by Occidental in 1982.
She has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Before becoming president and CEO, Hollub served as Occidental’s president and chief operating officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015.
She previously served as senior executive vice president, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, where she was responsible for operations in the U.S., the Middle East region and Latin America. Prior to that, Ms. Hollub held a variety of leadership positions, including executive vice president of Occidental; president of Oxy Oil and Gas, Americas; vice President of Occidental; and executive vice president of U.S. Operations for Oxy Oil and Gas; executive vice president of California Operations; and president and general manager of the company’s Permian Basin operations.
The National Diversity Council selected Hollub in 2015 as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas,” a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the oil and gas industry. Fortune magazine named her one of the “Most Powerful Women,” noting Hollub is part of an elite group of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and Khalifa University for Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. She is a strong supporter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, regularly participating in conferences to promote education and engineering. She was a featured speaker at CERAWeek and ADIPEC, two of the world’s most important conferences for the oil and gas industry.
She was inducted into the UA College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.