Starlee Sykes
Regional President, Gulf of Mexico and Canada

“Building something and creating new products that have improved utility is to me one the greatest endeavors we can take on. In the energy industry where I work, it brings opportunity to deliver heat, light and mobility to the world. This means humans can do more and live more.”

As BP’s Regional President of the Gulf of Mexico and Canada, Starlee is an executive known for strong technical leadership who has excelled in a variety of operations, business, and project roles. In her current role, she is accountable for the strategy and performance of one of the largest regions in BP’s portfolio. Most recently as Vice President for Global Offshore Projects, she was responsible for the delivery of BP’s upstream offshore project portfolio comprised of 27 capital projects located across the globe, including three successful major project start-ups in 2017.

Starlee was recently recognized as an ‘accelerator’ by Fortune Magazine for her career accomplishments. Currently serving as Chairman on the BP Exploration & Production Board and as a member of the BP America Board, U.S. Diversity and Inclusion Council, and the BP U.S. Benefits Committee, Starlee has more than two decades of experience in project management, offshore operations and subsea engineering. Since 2011, she has been a member of the global projects organization and also represented BP on multiple joint industry projects. “Be the change that you want to see in the world,” is her mantra, and Starlee lives by these words as she leads efforts to improve equality for women working in the oil and gas industry.

Actively involved in BP’s Women’s International Network and leader of the foundation of the Women in Projects Network, Starlee is recognized as an advocate for women in engineering. She has supported female high school and university students through lectures and community projects, and she serves on the BP Advisory Council for Million Women Mentors. This year, Starlee served as the keynote speaker at the Georgia Tech University Women’s Leadership Conference.

In the Bellaire community where she resides, Starlee leads many fundraising events and donates to a host of charities with a specific focus on supporting women and children in need. As a mother of three boys, she volunteers to speak at career days and to the Boy Scout troops about the energy industry. When Hurricane Harvey hit, Starlee opened her home to displaced families and personally supported them by providing clean clothes and home cooked meals.

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