Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) U.S. LLC
Jim Sledzik has assumed the Managing Director role for the North America team of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV). The corporate venture capital fund invests globally in early-stage and high-growth technology companies of strategic importance to Saudi Aramco.
With more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including 10 years in venture capital and private equity investing, Jim joined Aramco in October 2018. He is responsible for overseeing existing investments and growing SAEV’s investment portfolio in North America.
Prior to Aramco, Sledzik served as Managing Director at Hall Labs, known for innovation in tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems, ranging from sustainability to personal transportation. He provided corporate governance and strategic direction for companies incubated within Hall Labs, assisting with product development, patents and monetizing game-changing technologies in the world’s largest markets.
Sledzik served as Senior Partner and President of North America for EV Private Equity from 2008 to 2017, managing five funds targeting technology-driven, high-growth potential companies in the upstream oil and gas sector.
His career spans a wide range of marketing and technology roles including Global Marketing & New Technology Director and Vice President of Multi Client Services for geophysical services company WesternGeco and Global Account Director for oil and gas technology provider Schlumberger.
Jim earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s of science in geosciences from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and serves on the advisory board for the Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University.