top of page
Jonno circle (1).png

Thank you to the 1,400 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 questions!
I hope reading

7 Questions with Ricardo A Sarmiento

helps you in your leadership.



Jonno White

7 Questions with Ricardo A Sarmiento

Name: Ricardo A Sarmiento

Current title: CEO

Current organisation: Estrella International Energy Services

Petroleum Engineer with 30 years of experience in both E&P large international and oilfield companies. MBA from the University of Liverpool.

7 Questions with Ricardo A Sarmiento


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Dealing with external factors

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Moved up the ranks rather quickly as I was selected as one of the high potential employees early in my career. Always wanted to lead different teams and I had the opportunity of doing so. My ultimate goal was to lead a large organization and I was very enthusiastic in searching the right opportunity, which I got 6 years ago when I became the CEO of Estrella

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Wake up rather early (5am). I go through my messages and calendar and then I start my training routine (I do ironman). Very strict with punctuality and deliverables especially nowadays where all the meetings are virtual. I freeze some of my daily time to speak to at least 2 people about daily challenges and breakthrough opportunities. One operating practice we have in Estrella is to avoid any meetings after 4:30pm so people have the time to enjoy free time and family.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

You have to listen everyone equally no matter the rank

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Do not read books that much. I am more inclined to movies. Invictus / Coach Carter are examples of movies I like to watch. For me, the power of language (what you declare becomes a promise) is a key ingredient of taking your leadership to a next level

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

The capacity of listening and understanding what people see and how they see things is the way I have been able to transform the way we operate

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

Everything is possible if you, as a leader, say it can be done

bottom of page