Vice President of Operations
BP Gulf of Mexico
As vice president of BP’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Aleida Rios is one of the company’s top women leaders. She is responsible for the safe, reliable and compliant operations on BP’s four offshore platforms in the deepwater gulf, which collectively produce over 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Along with managing a $1 billion operating budget, she oversees a team of more than 2,000 employees and contractors. Aleida is based at BP’s U.S. headquarters in Houston, but she takes monthly trips offshore — via helicopter — to actively lead and personally engage with her staff.
Aleida serves on BP’s global operations executive leadership team and sponsors the company’s Supplier Diversity Council and Gulf of Mexico Women’s Leadership Council, which supports gender diversity and promotes networking and career development opportunities. She is also a member of BP’s leadership council for the Million Women Mentors program, encouraging employees to mentor girls and young women who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Aleida began her career at BP as an intern in the oil fields of West Texas, and later went on to work at the company’s world headquarters in London as the executive assistant to the group head of safety and operational risk.
Throughout her 25-year career at BP, Aleida has held a variety of leadership posts in operations and engineering. Prior to her current role, Aleida was vice president of operations for the company’s North American onshore business, which spanned seven states and included nine operating centers, 1,300 employees, more than 10,000 operated wells, and 1.5 billion cubic feet of daily natural gas production.
Aleida holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the university’s Chemical Engineering Department Advisory Council. She was honored with the Women in Energy Leadership Award from the Houston Business Journal in 2015, and received the Female Senior Executive of the Year Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
Aleida and her husband Eduardo are both working parents, successfully balancing their careers with raising three active teenage sons.