James Havlock - Validere
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James Havlock
Manager, Strategy


Master of Business Administration

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Former Fuels Economist

ExxonMobil Beaumont

Former Crude Process Engineer

ExxonMobil Beaumont

B.S., Chemical Engineering

Texas A&M University



Digitalization in Energy Refinery Economics
International Megaprojects
Liquified Natural Gas

James Havlock is Manager, Strategy at Validere. In his role, he focuses on relationships with private equity, banks, and large integrated companies. Additionally, James spends his time with customers to drive benefits in refineries, LNG, biofuels, and water processing.   


James has meaningful experience across the entire energy supply chain, having worked in upstream, downstream, chemicals, and LNG. His contributions include Fuels Economist and Crude Process Engineer at the ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery, as well as, Process Engineering for Golden Pass LNG (US), Upper Zakum 750 (UAE), and Sakhalin-1 Arkutun Dagi (RUS). 


James received his Master of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he was awarded the 2021 Vijay, ’77, and Sita Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award. 


Prior to his time at ExxonMobil, James graduated with a Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University where we has awarded the Craig Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award and the Buck Weirus Spirit Award. 


Outside of the office, James enjoys skiing, running, golfing, and can often be found in the middle of the dance floor. 

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