Donald ďDonĒ L. Paul is vice president, technology and environmental affairs, for Chevron Corp.
Paul is responsible for coordinating the work of Chevronís research and technology companies and accelerating the development and application of competitive technology throughout the companyís worldwide activities. He is the corporate officer for Chevronís three technology companies -- Chevron Petroleum Technology Co. (CPTC), Chevron Research and Technology Co. (CRTC) and Chevron Information Technology Co. (CITC), as well as Chevronís worldwide health, safety and environmental compliance function.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., he is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a bachelorís degree in applied mathematics, a masterís degree in geology and geophysics and a Ph.D. in geophysics.
Paul joined the company in 1975 as a research geophysicist with Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (COFRC) in La Habra, Calif.
In 1978, he transferred to Houston as part of a joint project between Chevron and Western Geophysical Co. In 1979, he transferred to Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (CUSA) in New Orleans to work in Gulf of Mexico exploration operations. After a temporary assignment on corporate staff in 1982, he became geophysics manager for CUSAís Rocky Mountain exploration division in Denver.
Following the Chevron/Gulf merger in 1985, Paul returned to COFRC as manager of geophysics R&D. In 1990, he was named COFRCís vice president for exploration research. COFRC was one of five technical organizations that were combined to form CPTC, during the 1992 restructuring, and he was named president of CPTC, headquartered in Houston, in August of that year. CPTC is responsible for research, technology development, and technical services in support of worldwide exploration and production operations.
In November 1994 he was named president of Chevron Canada Resources Limited, an oil and gas exploration and production subsidiary of Chevron Corp., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. He assumed his current position Sept. 1, 1996.
Paul is a director of the San Francisco Exploratorium and a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board and the External Advisory Board for the Energy Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the School of Earth Sciences Advisory Board of Stanford University. Paul is a former member of the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Science.
Paul also served on the board of directors of Dynegy Inc. (formerly known as NGC Corp.), an affiliate of Chevron, from September 1996 until May 1998. He was co-leader of the Chevron team which executed the merger between NGC Corp. and Chevronís natural gas business unit and Tulsa-based Warren Petroleum Co. in September 1996.
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