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BanisterGaurdie E. Banister, Jr.

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
Aera Energy LLC

Director since 2015 (Independent)

Mr. Banister, 58, retired as president and CEO of Aera Energy LLC (an oil and gas exploration and production company jointly owned by Shell Oil Company and ExxonMobil) in July 2015, having served in that position since 2007.

Prior to Aera Energy, he served in executive level positions at Shell Oil, as technical vice president, Upstream Asia Pacific from 2005 until 2007 overseeing drilling and development activities in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. From 2003 to 2005 Mr. Banister was technical vice president, Upstream Americas, where he championed innovative capital cost approaches to major projects and from 2001 to 2003 served as vice president of Business Development and Technology. He was president USA and executive vice president of Shell Services EP Gas and Power from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Banister joined Shell Oil in 1980 as an offshore facilities engineer.

Mr. Banister is lead independent director of the Board of Directors of Tyson Foods, Inc. He also serves as trustee of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation. He previously served on the executive committee of the California Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board of the Chancellor of the California State University System, the board of the Western States Petroleum Association and is past chair of the board of the United Way of Kern County.

 Mr. Banister holds a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and received an honorary doctorate degree in arts and sciences from Fort Valley State University.