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Elissa Picozzi Sterry  

Elissa is Vice President, Intermediates, for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. While many people recognize ExxonMobil Corporation as the largest Fortune 500 Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, is also the third largest chemical company in the world with 2008 revenue of $55 billion. Intermediates are chemical building blocks used in a wide variety of end uses including paints, industrial process fluids, oil drilling aids, agricultural chemicals, household and industrial cleaning products and plastic additives.

Elissa completed both an undergraduate degree and Masters of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell. While studying at Cornell, Elissa met her husband, John Sterry, who was pursuing combined study in engineering and business at the Johnson School. They were married at Sage Chapel in 1981.

While at Cornell, Elissa was accepted to the Engineering Co-op program and began working for Exxon Corporation as a Systems Engineer. Upon graduation in 1980, Elissa accepted a full-time position with Exxon Chemical Company. Elissa has held a number of positions throughout her career in manufacturing, marketing, planning and general management. In 1999, she was appointed to the position of Vice President, Ethylene Elastomers.

In 2002, Elissa became Deputy Manager, Public Affairs, for ExxonMobil Corporation in Dallas Texas. While in Public Affairs, Elissa led activities to increase public awareness of the company’s record and commitment to corporate citizenship. Later that year, Elissa was appointed manager, Economics and Energy, and became a recognized speaker on ExxonMobil’s outlook for energy and energy related issues. Elissa has traveled around the world to speak with government officials, government agencies, think tanks, investors, national oil company executives and university students on energy related matters.

In 2004, Elissa was appointed manger, Business Planning and Support, for the ExxonMobil Gas and Power Company. In her role, Elissa was responsible for developing strategies to meet the world’s increasing demand for clean burning natural gas. In 2006 she returned to the Chemical Company in her current role.

Elissa lives in Houston, Texas with John and two beloved cats. Outside of work, Elissa enjoys cooking, wine collecting and travel. Elissa remains a member of the Society of Women Engineers, which she joined as an undergraduate, and spends significant time coaching and mentoring young, female professionals. She also serves on the Product Stewardship Council for Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Trade Association and has recently been nominated to serve on the Houston Salvation Army Board.