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 US 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.