At a Glance
• Senior Advisor, Europe & Eurasia Practice
• Former President of the US-Russia Business Council
• Served as Vice President of ExxonMobil Russia and Country Manager for Russia and Kazakhstan with Texaco
• Spent seven years in the US foreign service as an Economic Officer at the US embassies in Moscow, Mexico City, and Brasilia
Edward S. Verona, Senior Advisor, advises clients on issues in Russia and throughout Europe and Eurasia, where he brings decades of expertise on energy-related matters.
Prior to joining McLarty, Mr. Verona served for five years as President of the US-Russia Business Council (USRBC), where he led the Council’s efforts to provide government relations services to American and Russian companies and facilitate American entry into the Russian market.
Before joining USRBC, Mr. Verona spent many years in the energy sector and in the U.S. Foreign Service, posted in Eurasia and in Latin America. He served as Vice President of ExxonMobil Russia, with responsibility for government and public affairs. Previously, at Texaco, he held positions including Country Manager in Russia and Kazakhstan, and as International Government Affairs Advisor in Washington, DC. He spent two years as Chevron Texaco’s Vice President for Government and Public Affairs in Latin America, based in Venezuela. Mr. Verona began his energy sector career working for Shell Oil Company in New York City, and first worked on energy issues in Russia in 1996 as Executive Director of the Moscow-based Petroleum Advisory. He has served as Chairman of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Association and as Chief Representative of Barrick Gold in Russia.
Prior to joining Texaco, Mr. Verona served for seven years in the US Foreign Service as Economic Officer in Mexico City, Brasilia, and Moscow. In 1980, he joined equipment manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand as Special Representative posted in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Miami.
Mr. Verona graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, and he received a Master’s of International Management from the American Graduate School of Global Management (Thunderbird). He speaks Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
In the News
Edward Verona on Rex Tillerson’s leadership style and experience abroad
December 13, 2016
The Washington Post
Edward Verona on Rex Tillerson’s appointment for Secretary of State
December 12, 2016
Edward Verona discusses Russia’s privatization plan and its impact on the free market
February 8, 2016
Center on Global Interests
Edward Verona on the outlook for the Russian economy in 2015
January 28, 2015
Center on Global Interests
Edward Verona discusses the impact of Western sanctions on the Russian economy
September 11, 2014
U.S. News & World Report
Why Rex Tillerson Has the Right Stuff
By Ed Verona
February 6, 2017
The National Interest