Sonia has worked in the oil industry for around 13 years. Her first experience was in an extra heavy oil crude operator while doing her thesis, then after graduation she has been in an American oil service company since 2006. She is currently based in Buenos Aires Argentina, as a Senior Sales Manager for Completions and Well Intervention (CWI) products and services for the Southern Cone, which covers Argentina and Bolivia.
Within her current role the main objective is to set the strategy and plan for operations and sales, while looking in details that terms and conditions in current and future contracts result in a win-win situation for both parties involved. The team looks over the entire process from identifying opportunities where products and services can be used to add value to customers, going through the process of preparing economic and technical offers, planning for execution when awarded, reviewing terms and conditions and later on managing performance.
Sonia started out in the company as a training Engineer in operations in Venezuela, being the first woman hired in the country in operations in that product line, and has grown in different areas, operations, sales and commercial. After 6 and a half years, she was transferred to Germany, where she had a lot of exposure of not only the business itself but the diversity of European cultures. During her last position as Commercial Manager for CWI for Europe, Russia, Africa and Caspian, she started getting actively involved in Diversity and Inclusion activities due to its importance to achieve better results.
After four years in Germany, she became pregnant with identical twins, and during her maternity leave period her husband got a temporary assignment to Argentina and made the move with 7 months old twins. At the same time she started a Global MBA, half way through the MBA, registered for a second Masters degree in Strategic Operations Management and Innovation, and before finishing that one she registered for a third Masters degree in Competitive Intelligence in Globalized Environments. She finished the three masters in two years right on the same period where her transfer with the company finally materialized and started with her current role.
During her time in Germany she served as Mentor in the University of Leibniz where her mentee was a Chinese student working on her PhD. She has also been a mentor in the Cherie Blair Foundation, to an Indian entrepreneur. Her professional passions are, besides continue growing in current globalized environment: Mentoring (especially young professionals), Raising awareness on cultural differences and its impact to get better results, and Commercial contract management. In the future, she plans to get enrolled towards the commercial oil industry and grow the business with strong base for all parties involved. She is noted for engaging with others, finding solutions, and her leadership skills. She is looking forward to networking and connecting with other like-minded professionals, and to gaining the recognition and credibility of being a member.