Janet Matsushita   
Refining Director, Europe, Middle East, AP 
ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company

“Manufacturing has been a most rewarding career, exceeding my expectations over the last 30 years. I started manufacturing, Petroleum Refining, immediately after graduating as a Chemical Engineer. It is a pleasure to have received global experience working in Canada, USA, Asia Pacific and Europe with challenging and rewarding technical, business and people opportunities.”

Janet Matsushita is one of ExxonMobil’s most effective and impassioned leaders. She is known for driving improvements in safety performance, particularly through behavior-based safety, within her operating team and worldwide. As Refining Director for ExxonMobil Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific (EMEAP), Janet leads teams that cover 14 refineries employing more than 6,500 people. Janet’s teams have now demonstrated record levels of personal safety and environmental performance for the second consecutive year. 

Passionate about removing barriers and enhancing opportunities for the next generation of female leaders and employees, Janet supports female talent in many ways. She has taken active roles on ExxonMobil’s Women’s Leadership Team and on the company’s Europe and Asia Pacific Women Interest Networks (WINs). On a personal level, Janet is particularly helpful during career planning sessions with female employees, rejecting stereotypes about “standard” career paths for women and truly focusing on each employee’s talents, needs and goals.

Janet is a strong advocate for rational science policy supporting cleaner transportation fuels. She is involved in the issue at many levels, particularly in Europe. She is one of 14 board members for the Fuels Europe industry association, which aims to promote economically and environmentally sustainable fuel policies in the EU. Janet has also participated at the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, where more than 2,000 influential business, institutional, and political leaders from across the EU met in Paris to discuss the dual challenge of delivering energy to society while mitigating emissions. These thoughtful and meaningful engagements have helped to elevate the discussion of energy’s place in a sustainable future for the continent and the planet.

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