Pickering Energy Partners Continues its Expansion into Energy Transition and ESG Consulting with New Hires

Daniel Romito, Rachel Racz and Ismail Hammami bring a combined 30+ years of expertise to PEP’s Consulting, ESG and Energy Transition business

HOUSTON – Pickering Energy Partners (PEP), a Houston-based energy financial services firm, today announced the hiring of Dan Romito as a Partner, Consulting in the company’s Consulting business, Rachel Racz as a Director in Business Development and Ismail Hammami also as a Partner, Consulting, specifically for oil and gas. The hires come as PEP continues to lead their clients with smart investment solutions and guidance for today’s energy world.

“Our goal is to continue to invest in our team, grow our offerings, and remain the leader in energy investment and advisory services,” said Dan Pickering, Chief Investment Officer of Pickering Energy Partners. “We could not have selected a more distinguished group of people to join the PEP team and drive our efforts. Dan, Rachel, and Ismail’s combined experience will be invaluable as we continue to help our clients navigate the energy landscape, regardless of which direction it’s going.”

Romito joins the PEP team, from his most recent role leading NASDAQ’s Corporate Advisory business and is a sought-after expert and speaker on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues. While at NASDAQ, Romito launched the investor behavioral analytics platform, the ESG Advisory Service, and the Small Cap Targeting Service. Most notably, he built the company’s ESG program from the ground up and advised numerous global clients on optimizing and implementing ESG initiatives. Romito has shared his experience and research on panels across North America, Europe and Asia, and has been published in Harvard Business Review, CNBC and Bloomberg.

Racz will be responsible for fostering client relationships for PEP’s Consulting business and the recently announced Electric Vehicle infrastructure company, MERGE Electric Fleet Solutions. Romito will lead the consulting team and focus on developing business with clients in relation to energy ESG consulting projects. The new team members will lend their extensive expertise to support PEP’s expanding business capabilities in ESG and the energy transition.

Racz is well-regarded in the energy sector and a leading expert on ESG. Most recently, Racz served as Executive Director at the Energy ESG Council, where she helped launch the non-profit and led partnership efforts between the Council and industry leaders and built a simplified industry-focused sustainability reporting and measurement framework. Before her time at the Energy ESG Council, Racz spent five years at NASDAQ as Managing Director & Head of Energy Listings, Client Retention, and New Business Development where she managed exchange partnerships, established the sector strategy for the NASDAQ and launched the Energy Solutions team.

Hammami will work with corporate, financial sponsor and government clients across the energy value chain to shape strategy and advise on mergers & acquisitions through commercial due diligence. He brings over 15 years of experience in strategy consulting and finance. He joins the firm from Wood Mackenzie, where he was a leader in the firm’s consulting practice. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Mr. Hammami was a Vice President in Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources Investment Banking Division. Mr. Hammami’s consulting experience coupled with his financial and investment banking expertise gives him a unique ability to see problems through his client’s eyes. Mr. Hammami holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSBA in Business and International Studies from the University of Missouri and is a CFA Charterholder.

Romito, Racz and Hammami’s hiring comes as PEP recently announced its merger with SailingStone Capital and following the formal launch of PEP’s consulting practice. PEP’s experienced team provides investment solutions and guidance on traditional energy, the energy transition, and ESG trends to a wide variety of institutional and corporate clients.

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About Pickering Energy Partners
The original Pickering Energy Partners (PEP) was founded in early 2004 by Dan Pickering as an institutional energy research firm before subsequently partnering with Bobby Tudor and Maynard Holt in 2007 to become Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company.  Today’s Pickering Energy Partners takes an entrepreneurial approach to a global natural resources-focused financial services platform with customized asset management strategies and a high impact consulting capability. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, PEP delivers an experienced, opportunistic team that aims to provide guidance and long-term value for clients while having a positive impact on the companies and communities that PEP invests in. For more information, please visit www.PickeringEnergyPartners.com.


PEP is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor located in Houston, Texas. PEP does not provide corporate advisory or investment banking services on energy-related transactions.