Valerie Banner

Valerie Banner

Class of 2019


Valerie Banner is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN) a global systems and process company offering critical midstream infrastructure solutions in the oil, gas, water and power markets in over 25 countries. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN), where she also serves on the Governance Committee. Main Street Capital is a principal investment firm that provides long-term debt and equity capital to lower middle market companies and debt capital to middle market companies. 

Valerie is seeking additional boards where her experience as an independent director of a publicly traded company and executive of a complex global business will add value to a wide range of governance, risk, strategic and commercial areas, both as a board member and as a chair or strong contributor to board committees such as Governance, Risk, Compensation and ESG. 

For more than three decades, Valerie has worked with CEOs, corporate executives and corporate boards across multiple regulated and unregulated industries, primarily in the energy, manufacturing, industrial services and financial services sectors. During many of those years Valerie has been (and currently is) a member of the executive leadership team. She has worked within large integrated companies as well as mid- and small-cap public companies in the United States and globally. As part of her global risk management, Valerie has successfully completed an international arbitration and settlement with the Republic of Venezuela for expropriated business operations and assets valued in excess of US$500 million, and developed a global business risk assessment and management program and a program to protect and maintain the proprietary nature of Exterran’s technical expertise. 

Valerie is a global business leader with board experience, functional experience, and reporting lines that includes risk management, regulatory/compliance, governance, M&A, financial transactions and crisis management. As part of Exterran’s executive leadership team, Valerie is one of five executives defining and implementing the company’s global strategy, running the global business, and overseeing its global operations. In addition, she is responsible for the company’s shareholder engagement program, and founder and champion of its women’s forum, created to develop diverse talent in the energy industry. 

Valerie is a member of the Board of Trustees of Yes Prep in Houston, Texas, and is also Co-Chair of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association ESG Committee. She was selected as a 2018 Trailblazer by the Greater Houston Woodlands Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the World Affairs Council, National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors and Society for Corporate Governance. 

Valerie received her Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The University of Texas School of Law. She and her husband have two adult children and reside in Houston, Texas.