3rd annual Russell Reynolds Associates and McKinsey and Company Stampede Breakfast

What’s on the Minds of CEO’s in 2024

July 8th, 2024


About the hosts

Constantine Alexandrakis is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Based in Chicago, he has held numerous leadership positions at the firm, most recently as the head of the Americas region. Constantine advises corporate boards and CEOs for public and private companies across a wide range of industries. During his nearly two decades at RRA, he has completed board director, CEO and other top management succession and search assignments for leading public companies and private equity-backed portfolio companies. He also has expertise in corporate governance, board effectiveness, and succession planning.

Constantine joined the firm in 2004 after serving as vice president of operations for Hostway Corporation, a web solutions provider. He was also a strategy consultant for Towers Perrin. Earlier in his career, Constantine worked as a financial analyst with United Airlines.

Constantine received his AB in economics from Princeton University, with honors, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds a JD from the University of Miami School of Law.

Kweilin a director of the McKinsey Global Institute and the global leader of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McKinsey.

She has led numerous McKinsey Global Institute research efforts over the last decade including on the Future of Work post COVID-19, Power of Parity on gender equality globally, global competitiveness and productivity, and the impact of COVID-19 and automation and generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) on jobs. Kweilin also helps lead McKinsey’s global social responsibility investments.

Kweilin has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. Kweilin grew up living in many countries – China, Japan, France, and Ecuador. She and her husband have three daughters (an 11 year old and 8 year old twins), and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the President and CEO of Capital Power, Avik leads the company in its growth and expansion across Canada and the U.S. and champions the team in accelerating its current strategic drive to net zero.

Avik is a seasoned global executive and transformational leader with over two decades in the energy business in roles spanning operations, entrepreneurial ventures, investment banking, and corporate advisory services. He has invested over $12 billion in growing long-term value for energy and energy transition companies.

Before joining Capital Power, Avik was Managing Director - Partner, and Co-Head of Carlyle International Energy Partners. He was also the CFO & Chief Transformation Officer for NOVA Chemicals, a leading global polyethylene producer.

Previously, Avik served as Managing Director and Head of Energy & Resources at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and was a member of the Global Leadership Team, Chair of the Energy & Resources Investment Committee, and Real Assets Investment & Management Committees. Under his leadership, the Energy & Resources group grew from an idea to a leading global investor focused on energy transition.

Avik strongly believes in fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs and currently serves as the Director of Enactus Canada, an international non-profit helping university students solve the world's biggest problems through social innovation. He has previously served on the boards of Calpine Corporation, Seven Generations Energy, Teine Energy, Wolf Midstream, and Crestone Peak Resources.

Avik earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and, in 2017, was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Ms. Darlene M. Gates was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer at MEG Energy on May 1, 2024 and was the Chief Operating Officer of MEG from 2021. Prior to joining MEG in 2021, she served as the President of ExxonMobil Alaska. Ms. Gates has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including global leadership roles. Ms. Gates has progressed through many technical, managerial, financial and operating positions in Canada, US, Germany, and Qatar, leading to running Imperial Oil's Cold Lake asset, one of the largest thermal in-situ operations in the world.

Darlene holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta. Ms. Gates is a member of the RCAF Command Advisory Council and 4 Wing's Honorary Colonel. She has also been on numerous charitable and industry boards.

Rich Kruger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Suncor.

Rich joined Suncor in April 2023 with nearly 40 years of global experience in the energy industry, including extensive experience in the Canadian oil sands. Since joining Suncor, Rich’s priorities have been to increase the organization’s focus on the fundamentals and improve overall performance.

Prior to joining Suncor, Rich was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil Limited, a major petroleum refiner, producer of crude oil and fuels marketer in Canada, for nearly 7 years, from 2013 until his retirement in December 2019.

Prior to Imperial, Rich was Vice President of Exxon Mobile Corporation and president of Exxon Mobil Production Company responsible for the company’s global oil and gas producing operations. In total, Rich worked for Exxon Mobil Corporation and its predecessor companies since 1981 in various upstream and downstream assignments with responsibilities in the United States, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, and the Southeast Asia.

Rich has deep experience in successfully driving a strong performance culture focusing on safety, reliability and operational excellence, with a proven track record of enabling companies to deliver exceptional financial results and returns to shareholders.

He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from the University Houston.

Wouter van Kempen is the non-executive chairman of the board of directors for Civitas Resources (NYSE: CIVI), a leading energy producer in the DJ and Permian basins.

He was the chairman, president, and chief executive officer for DCP Midstream, a Fortune 500 midstream energy company, from January 2013 until December 2022 when it was acquired by Phillips 66. Wouter joined DCP in 2010 as the president of the midcontinent business unit and chief development officer, and has held roles of increasing responsibility, including as the president and chief operating officer of DCP, leading the gathering and processing business unit, the marketing and logistics business unit, and all corporate functions. Prior to joining DCP Midstream in 2010, Wouter was president of Duke Energy Generation Services, a merchant energy business that owned and operated ~6,500 MWs of generation assets throughout the US and launched and led Duke Energy’s renewable energy platform and built it to a $2B business. He joined Duke Energy in 2003 and led the mergers and acquisitions team for the company. Prior to Duke Energy, Wouter was employed by General Electric, with roles throughout GE Corporate Headquarters, GE International, GE Lighting, and GE Plastics in the USA, Singapore, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Wouter serves on the board of trustees for ACE Scholarships, a multi-state nonprofit focused on equity in education and expanded school choice and is an advisory board member for the Energy Leadership Institute. He is past chairman and board member of GPA Midstream, the national trade association for the midstream industry and is past chairman and board member of the American Heart Association’s Denver board of directors.

Wouter was born in the Netherlands and has dual citizenship in the United States. He graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a master’s degree in business economics. He has extensive business and financial training from General Electric, IMD International Switzerland, Harvard Business School, and Kellogg Graduate School.