Noble Energy names new boss for global operations

U.S. oil and gas firm Noble Energy has named Brent Smolik as its new President and Chief Operating Officer.

Noble Energy said on Thursday that Smolik, who will be joining the company effective November 16, 2018, will be responsible for leadership of Noble Energy’s worldwide operations.

As per Noble’s statement, Smolik will bring more than 35 years of oil and gas experience including significant technical and executive operating experience.

He has held various leadership roles, including as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of EP Energy Corporation; President of the Exploration and Production Company of El Paso Corporation; President of ConocoPhillips, Canada; President of Burlington Resources, Canada; and VP & Chief Engineer of Burlington Resources Inc.

He has also served on the boards of directors of Cameron International Corporation, the American Exploration and Production Council, America’s Natural Gas Alliance and the Producers for American Crude Oil Exports. Mr. Smolik received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

David L. Stover, Noble Energy’s Chairman, President and CEO, said, “I am excited to add Brent to our executive team as he will bring a wide breadth of operational, technical and leadership experience to Noble Energy. Having followed his career, I have been impressed by the results he has delivered and the leaders he has developed. His collaborative leadership style, personal values and industry and executive experience create a great fit for Noble Energy. I look forward to partnering with Brent to generate significant shareholder value.”

Smolik said: “Dave and his team have a compelling strategy and an impressive portfolio of short-cycle opportunities and longer-term projects. The assets are complemented by a proven leadership team, highly-effective organizational capabilities and a strong balance sheet. I am excited about the future of Noble Energy and pleased to join the Noble team.”


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