Mr. Chazen became President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation in May 2011. Mr. Chazen served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2011 and as President and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2010. Prior to being named President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Chazen was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President from 2004 to 2007, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President-Corporate Development from 1999 to 2004, and Executive Vice President-Corporate Development from 1994 to 1999. Prior to joining Occidental, Mr. Chazen was a Managing Director in Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Chazen is a Director of Ecolab Inc. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Mutual, Inc. Mr. Chazen is Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s Board of Directors and serves on the Boards of Aquarium of the Pacific and Catalina Island Conservancy. Mr. Chazen holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Rutgers College.
Qualifications: Mr. Chazen, as Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for all operations, the financial management of the company and for creating and implementing the company’s strategy. Since joining Occidental, he has recommended and implemented the company’s acquisition and divestiture strategy, which has been a key factor in Occidental’s transformation into a major oil and gas company. Additionally, Mr. Chazen has been a successful executive in the financial services industry. This financial and management expertise, coupled with his more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, demonstrate the valuable expertise and perspective that he brings to the Board.