Veriten Appoints Deborah Byers as Senior Advisor

Written by Veriten | April 3, 2023

Continues Expansion of Veriten’s Strategic Advisory Board

Veriten, a research, strategy and investing firm focused on the long-term challenges and opportunities of the energy transition, today announced that Deborah Byers has been appointed as a senior advisor on the firm’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Byers is an energy, consulting and public accounting expert with more than 35 years of experience. She recently stepped down from her role as Partner at EY after serving most recently as EY’s Americas Industry Leader and previously as US Energy Leader from 2013 to 2018. She currently serves as an independent director to Civitas Resources, Kinetik, and Excelerate Energy. Byers’ expertise in global energy markets and energy investments enhances Veriten’s ability to strategically assess the energy transition landscape.

Maynard Holt, Veriten’s founder and CEO, said, “Deborah has been a great friend and supporter of Veriten since we first launched. Her enthusiastic curiosity and passion for energy perfectly aligns with Veriten’s mission and goals. Her experience spans oil & gas, power, chemicals and downstream, both in the U.S. and internationally. We are thrilled and honored to formally welcome her to Veriten.”

Byers is an active participant in the energy transition and transformation discussion and a leading public speaker. She is an avid supporter of efforts to advance women in energy and energy literacy and education as part of the Switch Energy Alliance Advisory Board.

Jeff Tillery, Veriten’s COO, added, “Deborah is a perfect addition to our Strategic Advisory Board, joining our other talented and accomplished board members, including Greg Armstrong, Leslie Beyer, Naomi Boness and Bill Flores.”

About Deborah Byers

Deborah Byers retired as a Partner from EY in July 2022 after 36 years of service in Public Accounting, including numerous leadership roles. From July 2018 to her retirement, she was EY’s Americas Industry Leader overseeing the markets and growth strategy across its primary industry markets, including Energy, Industrials & Automotive, Consumer, Technology, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Real Estate, Private Equity and Government. Byers was EY’s Houston Office Managing partner and US Energy Leader from July 2013 to July 2018, and Managing Partner of the Southwest Region Strategy & Transactions business unit from July 2008 to July 2013. In these roles, she was a leader in the global energy markets and worked with corporations and investment funds in all phases of energy investment across the sector with key focus on the US Shale and global LNG export market transactions.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Excelerate Energy, Inc. and Kinetik Inc. where she is the Audit Committee Chair overseeing key areas of financial reporting, ESG, and overall enterprise risk. She is also on the Board of Directors for Civitas Resources where she serves on both the Audit and ESG committees.

Byers remains very active mentoring young professionals and is passionate about supporting women in energy while engaging publicly on all things energy transition and transformation. She is active in the community as an Advisory Board member of Switch Alliance where she supports programs in energy literacy and energy access. Byers is also a member of the Memorial Hermann Foundation Board and the Depelchin Childrens Hospital Foundation.

Byers holds a BBA from Baylor University in Waco Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant.