FAMILY AFFAIR: Oil and Gas Has Driven Govia Family to Success

FAMILY AFFAIR: Oil and Gas Has Driven Govia Family to Success
There's decades of oil and gas excellence in the Govia family. Thirty-five year industry veteran Delfina Govia shares her family's experiences.

Delfina, pictured front row on the left, is shown with fellow workers during her time working offshore.

Chip Off the Old Block

Delfina said what most excited her about working offshore was just being on the water and being able to pull oil out of the ground in the middle of the water.

She went on to spend 10 years in the midstream and downstream sectors before making her way back to upstream in finance and production operations in the Gulf of Mexico. She then ventured into oil and gas consulting and started her own firm in 2006, specializing in integrated operations and advisory services for clients globally.

“I spent the majority of my career and life based in the United States and I have worked all across Europe and Latin America,” she said. “Working globally has helped me in my business today because cultural nuances that affect operations must be acknowledge and embraced.”

She said the most successful people in industry are those who can take the beauty of every local culture and infuse it into everything that they do.

“When you travel all over the world as a consultant, you are more open to being able to go in and truly help a company improve their performance because you’re not walking in with some sort of preconceived notion about how these people should behave.”

Delfina’s father, Stephen Govia, also has global industry experience and has been in the oil and gas industry for four decades. He formed his oil services company GOSIG in June of 1984 and named it after himself – partly.

“The last few letters of the company name are S-I-G. Those are my initials. I put the ‘GO’ in front of it to say, ‘Go Steve!’”

It became a family business as Delfina’s mother previously worked as the accountant and Delfina’s brother worked there until he joined the military.

“Oil and gas is in our blood,” he told Rigzone. “We’re also a family of engineers.”

Delfina earned both her bachelor’s and MBA from Cornell University.

“I am definitely proud of Delfina,” Stephen said. “I’d like to say she’s a chip off the old block.”

The Changing Face of Oil and Gas  

Delfina undoubtedly has an impressive career in oil and gas, but she’s not blind to the fact that the industry still has work to do when it comes to diversity.

“Our industry is going through a critical transformation from an employee perspective. We have not done a good job of diversifying regarding gender and ethnicity, but I will say we have been equally harsh in our industry toward everybody – male, pale and stale,” she said. “It’s not uncommon in our industry to look at somebody and say, ‘I’m only paying you from the neck down.’”


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