University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

Barbara J. Burger

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Barbara J. Burger

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Barbara Burger is president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), which focuses on innovation, commercialization, and integration of emerging technologies within Chevron Corporation. Based in Houston, Texas, CTV serves as Chevron’s technology scout, searching externally for emerging technologies to create new commercial opportunities, reduce costs, and improve performance.

Burger graduated from the University of Rochester in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She went on to receive a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and an M.B.A. in finance, with honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.

She joined Chevron in 1987 as a research chemist and subsequently held positions in commercial management lines of international marketing, chemicals, technology marketing, and lubricants. She also served as vice president of base oils; vice president of Europe, Africa, Middle East; vice president of global supply chain; and vice president of supply chain and base oils. She assumed her present role in June 2013.

Burger mentors several employees within Chevron and is a member of the Chevron Executive Women’s Network. In 2012, she was appointed as a non-executive director for Caltex Australia Ltd., of which Chevron is a 50-percent shareholder. Barbara is also active with foundation work. 

An active University of Rochester alumna, Burger is a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Regional Cabinet and has joined the Texas Regional Cabinet as well. She has served on her 30th reunion committee and is a member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society. In 2012, she established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences to support students pursuing degrees in biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, or physics.

(Fall 2013)