Senior Vice President, BP
Cindy Yeilding is Senior Vice President of BP America. Her previous roles at BP include numerous leadership and technical positions, including Vice President of exploration technology and assurance, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico exploration and appraisal, and global geoscience R&D Manager.
Cindy earned her bachelor's degree in geology from Southern Methodist University and her master's degree in geology from the University of North Carolina. As an exploration and research scientist, Cindy has developed and led geological courses, published technical papers, participated on panels and delivered numerous technical, leadership and keynote presentations for technical societies, universities and leadership forums.
Cindy has served as a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), which named her a “Legend in Exploration.” Cindy is a member of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors of BP Exploration and Production. She is BP's executive sponsor for Princeton University and a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors, and the University of Texas's Jackson School of Geosciences Advisory Council.
Cindy actively promotes mentoring and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She serves as the executive sponsor of BP's women's network, and she is a member of BP's Million Women Mentors leadership council. Cindy was a founding member of AAPG's Women's Committee and initiated the OTC Women's Networking Session. She proposed a high school STEM challenge for OTC 2017 and is currently leading the development of this program.
Cindy has been recognized as one of Houston's Top 15 Business Women by the National Diversity Council, received a “2016 Women in Energy Leadership” award from the Houston Business Journal and was recognized as one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2016.