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Pilko & Associates Executive Team

Our global team averages more than 38 years of industry experience, and our professionals each have extensive real-world and operational knowledge. They share their thinking, expertise and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and deliver practical advice.

GEORGE PILKO

CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER

GEORGE PILKO

GEORGE PILKO

CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER

Pilko & Associates was formed in 1980 on a very simple premise—give corporate officers and board members more control of operational/EHS and merger and acquisition risk. From the very start, George recognized and determined to solve the problem of continually escalating energy and chemical company risk, leading to catastrophic incident and financial impact such as reduced profit, fines and reputational and shareholder value loss.

George’s leadership brings unmatched value, customer experience and positive cultural and financial impact to Pilko’s clients. Through his vision, Pilko has emerged as the leading risk advisory firm across numerous industries—delivering rapid, dramatic and sustainable improvement—based on industry-leading best practices, leadership, expertise and skill.

George has grown the Pilko team from a small advisory group in Houston to an international firm with senior-level advisors in 35 countries across six continents. George oversees global responsibilities for sales and marketing, business development and operations, but prides himself on being hands-on and accessible.

Sought after as a speaker and writer, George has published articles in Directors & Boards and ICIS Chemical Business, and he has been quoted in publications that include The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Petroleum Economist and Chemical Week.  George currently serves as Chair of the Houston Campaign Council for the University of Michigan $4 Billion Capital Campaign and previously served on the Strategic Advisory Council of the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, Chairman of the Board of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) and trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Texas.  He was named as a finalist for EY’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast Region.

George earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and his MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.

JENNY MEYER

SVP - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

JENNY MEYER

JENNY MEYER

SVP - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Jenny Meyer is Senior Vice President, Business Development. Jenny joined the Pilko team in March 2017 as Director of Business Development, making significant contributions to our event success, prospect management, and client reach. Jenny’s strong sense of intuition, creativity and intentionality drives momentum within our organization and facilitates strong, long-term client relationships. Jenny hails from SCF Partners, where she spent eight years in the private equity trenches, cultivating her experience through due diligence on several M&A transactions, IPOs and assisting with the firm’s business development process. Jenny’s passion is assisting leaders of industry optimize operations and mitigate risks. Jenny earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. When not plotting Pilko’s next strategic move, Jenny enjoys running at Hermann Park.

AAMIR FARID

MANAGING DIRECTOR

AAMIR FARID

AAMIR FARID

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Aamir Farid joined Pilko after 38 years with Shell Oil Company where he was a Senior Executive retiring as Vice President Manufacturing for Shell’s Americas region with responsibility for eight refineries and petrochemical sites staffed by 5500 company employees.

Aamir’s career is exemplified by successful leadership in all aspects of the manufacturing business including Health, Safety & Environmental performance, regulatory compliance, community relations, Financial results, Operating and maintenance discipline, strategic planning, capital planning, financing and continuous improvement. As Vice President, Aamir placed major focus on selection and development of site General Managers, development of individuals with high potential and increasing organizational capability to meet performance expectations.

Over his 38 year career with Shell, Aamir served in a variety of management positions including serving as site GM of the Shell Martinez and Bakersfield refineries and General Manager of Shell’s Deer Park Manufacturing complex. During his tenure as VP, Aamir served on Shell’s global Manufacturing Leadership team and was Senior Executive responsible for Downstream performance in Canada. Aamir served as a Board member on a number of industry groups and committees including API, AFPM and WSPA.

Aamir received his Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and resides with wife Susan in the San Francisco suburbs.

SVEN ROYALL

MANAGING DIRECTOR

SVEN ROYALL

SVEN ROYALL

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sven Royall joined Pilko in December 2015 as Managing Director Transaction Services having previously spent 34 years with Royal Dutch Shell in their Chemicals and Natural Gas businesses. In addition to working out of London, Sven held posts in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore over a period of 10 years, gaining in-depth experience working throughout Asia-Pacific. He also spent two years in Houston running Shell’s Base Chemicals business and was the commercial director at startup of Shell’s first GTL project in Bintulu, Malaysia developing global markets and selling a range of ultra-clean transport fuels and specialty chemicals. More recently, he was Vice President of Chemicals Intermediates and Commercial Operations with responsibility for M&A and transaction processes.

Sven also worked on many joint venture (JV) boards in: Europe, The Middle East (where he was a board member of the Sadaf joint venture with Sabic), Asia-Pacific and North America and on several occasions retained Pilko to advise on important strategic reviews – for example Infineum (jointly with ExxonMobil) and as lead director, Sven was also responsible for JV divestments; for example, Basell (jointly with BASF). His wider industry experience has come from representing Shell on the Cefic Board in Europe during the introduction of Reach and subsequently on the American Chemistry Council Board as Chair of The Responsible Care Committee.

Sven’s direct experience of working with Pilko allows him to appraise our services from a client perspective ensuring we maintain our long standing reputation for thoroughness, clarity and quality.

Sven holds a doctorate in chemistry from The City University, London and a master’s degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

MIKE MCCANDLESS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

MIKE MCCANDLESS

MIKE MCCANDLESS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Over the past 7 years, Mike has led a variety of Operational Excellence projects for midstream, pipeline, energy and chemical clients, working with corporate officers to deliver rapid, dramatic, and sustainable improvement in operational and EHS risk management performance. Mike has maintained and built his relationship to become a trusted partner with all of these clients.

Mike played a key role in the development of the 8IGHT DRIVERS®, and is responsible for assuring that this IP reflects industry and best practice over time. Mike also provides leadership and support internally to ensure that Pilko continuously improves its approach to effectively serving our client base.

Prior to joining Pilko, Mike had 37 years of operations experience with Union Carbide, Dow, and Hexion Specialty Chemicals, retiring as Vice President of Manufacturing. His experience spanned over 30 sites and multiple process technologies. Mike has extensive experience with Six Sigma and other structured problem solving methodologies, and a proven track record of improving performance.

Mike is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

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We are the trusted Advisor to corporate officers and boards on mitigating Operational/EHS Risks and unlocking value in the global energy, chemical and other industrial companies.

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL FOOTPRINT - 78 COUNTRIES

Our global footprint includes advisors in 32 countries across six continents. We continue to grow our global presence to be where you need us to be.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

We have hosted 60+ invitation-only Transactions Roundtables in Asia, Europe and North America since 2001 and 50+ members-only Governance Forums in North America. 

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We are the trusted Advisor to corporate officers and boards on mitigating Operational/EHS Risks and unlocking value in the global energy, chemical and other industrial companies.

 

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