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Stan MartsStan Marts

Stan Marts is a senior executive whose 25 years of human capital consulting and executive coaching encompass value-driven roles in operations, finance, business strategy and risk management, as well as successful deca-million-dollar joint ventures and turn-arounds. His experience spans several industries including oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals, electric power and utilities and industrial manufacturing.

Under Marts’ leadership, DES has become known for helping Clients achieve profitable growth through efficient needs identification, deep knowledge of effective job fit and superior candidate sourcing. DES has placed national and global practice leaders in professional service firms, and sales and other functional leaders in oil field service firms. DES also has provided human capital consulting services to portfolio companies of private equity firms.

Prior to entering the executive search field in 2003, Marts held a variety of upper-level technical, commercial and managerial positions in the energy and chemical sectors and in the management consulting industry. From 1999 to 2002, Marts was the Business Director for The Plaza Group, a privately held chemical marketing, logistics and consulting firm with annual revenues of $100 million. He was responsible for all aspects of finance and operations including contract negotiation, petrochemical supply, logistics, human resources, information systems and the domestic and international customer service and order fulfillment processes. Marts created a new business model resulting in a long-term, $40-million-per-year supply contract in a core product area, plus a $20 million annual supply contract ensuring market share retention for a key product.

Previously, Marts was a high-profile member of the Navigant-Sterling Consulting Group, an O&G boutique management consulting firm, from 1997 to 1999. As Business Intelligence Director, he led a 12-member team that conceived, created and delivered a competitive assessment of the E&P business that benchmarked upstream financial and operating performance for more than 50 O&G companies. As a Senior Consultant, Marts developed a new practice area based on scenario planning that led to new engagements and a new client. Marts held significant leadership positions at Shell Oil Co. from 1989 to 1997. He helped form and lead the Deer Park Refining Partnership, a 300,000-barrel-per-day refining joint venture between Shell and PEMEX. Marts was instrumental in securing the operation’s third-party financing, defining its risk management policy and developing business performance metrics. JV income improved from a substantial loss to a multi-million-dollar profit over two years through a growth initiative and cost target attainment.

Also while at Shell, as a risk management futures trader Marts managed price exposure of a $50 million crude oil portfolio. As a planning specialist, he acted as an internal business consultant providing strategic support to the oil and chemical products businesses.

In 1981, Marts began his career with Fluor Daniel as a process engineer focusing on projects in the energy and chemical industries. Marts holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Active in professional affairs, Marts serves as President of the MBA Council of Houston and is a founding member of the Houston Chapter of CEO Netweavers. He is a local leader of the alumni associations of the University of Chicago and the Chicago Booth School of Business.