Chairman of the Board
Glenn Vangolen has served as Chairman of the Board of our general partner’s board of directors since August 2019. He is Senior Vice President of Business Support for Occidental. In this role, Mr. Vangolen oversees the Human Resources and Administration; Information Technology; Flight Operations; Health, Environment, Safety and Security; Government Relations and Corporate Secretary functions of the company. Mr. Vangolen is leading the integration of Occidental’s acquisition of Anadarko, and also oversees the company’s innovation and culture efforts to remain ahead of the industry in technology and workforce collaboration.
Mr. Vangolen’s career at Occidental spans over 35 years. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Middle East, Occidental Oil and Gas. Based in Abu Dhabi, he was responsible for managing international business development in Oman, Qatar, UAE, Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait and Libya. Mr. Vangolen also oversaw the company’s producing operations in the Middle East, and represented Occidental on the boards of Al Hosn Gas Development Company (now ADNOC Sour Gas), Dolphin Energy and Tatweer Petroleum.
Prior to that, Mr. Vangolen served as Vice President, International Business Development, in Abu Dhabi and as President and General Manager for Occidental of Oman. He also served as Vice President of Worldwide Engineering. During this time, he was on the board of Occidental’s Vanyogoneft Russian joint venture. Mr. Vangolen has also managed worldwide technical employee development and competency training, and was involved in many of the company’s re-engineering and integration projects, including the company’s redesign of the business from a centrally controlled functional organization to a decentralized asset-focused structure. He played a key role in the integration of the Altura Energy, Elk Hills and Vintage acquisitions. Mr. Vangolen was also Vice President of Operations in Ecuador and managed Occidental’s coalbed methane operations in Virginia.
Mr. Vangolen serves on the board of Houston’s Alley Theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Process Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Michael P. Ure
President and CEO
Michael Ure has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Western Midstream Partners, LP since August 2019.
Mr. Ure previously served as Senior Vice President, Business Development, for Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental. Mr. Ure joined Occidental in 2014 as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, with a leadership role in acquisitions, divestitures, trades and swaps. During his tenure, he was accountable for Occidental’s business development activities in North and Latin America.
Prior to joining Occidental, Mr. Ure had a leadership role with Shell Exploration and Production’s Upstream Americas Business Development organization. A former investment banker most recently with Goldman, Sachs & Co., Mr. Ure has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory transactions throughout the Americas and EMEA regions.
Mr. Ure holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Westminster College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Kenneth F. Owen
Kenneth F. Owen has served as a director of our general partner's board of directors since September 2020 and currently serves as Chairman of the audit committee of the board of directors. Mr. Owen has been a consultant and entrepreneur since March 2018 and previously served as Co-founder, President and CEO of Moda Midstream from 2015-2018. Prior to Moda, Mr. Owen was at Oiltanking Partners, where he served as President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OILT) and Oiltanking North America (OTNA). Mr. Owen originally joined OTNA in 2011 as Vice President and CFO and led the IPO of Oiltanking Partners, later moving into an operations role running the Company's largest global terminal assets before taking on the CEO job.
Before he joined Oiltanking, Mr. Owen worked in the energy investment banking groups at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and UBS Investment Bank, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs and equity and debt transactions primarily for the midstream energy sector.
Ken enjoys serving in the Houston community and is active on the boards of St. Francis Episcopal School, the Houston Dynamo Charities and the Mercury Orchestra. Mr. Owen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University as well as an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
David J. Schulte
David J. Schulte has served as a director of our general partner's board of directors since September 2020 and currently serves as Chairman of the special committee of the board of directors. Mr. Schulte also serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of CorEnergy Infrastructure, Inc., the first publicly traded energy infrastructure real estate investment trust.
Prior to founding CorEnergy, Mr. Schulte was a co-founder and a Managing Director of Tortoise Capital Advisors where, from 2002 to 2015, he served on the investment committee and as a leader of new product development. Tortoise is a pioneer in developing funds focused on listed energy infrastructure debt and equity securities, including the first closed end master limited partnership fund in 2004. Prior to Tortoise, Mr. Schulte had professional experience in private equity and investment banking.
Mr. Schulte serves on the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Legal Services, a not-for-profit entity, and on the Advisory Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Schulte earned a J.D. from the University of Iowa and a B.S. from Drake University. He is a member of the AICPA, the CFA Institute and the Missouri Bar Association.
Peter J. Bennett
Peter J. “Jeff” Bennett has served as a director of our general partner’s board of directors since August 2019. He is Senior Vice President of Permian Resources, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental.
Under his leadership, Permian Resources has become the recognized leader in well productivity and capital efficiency in the Permian Basin, one of the leading oil-and-gas basins in the world. Mr. Bennett has more than 28 years of industry experience with a strong record of accomplishment in technology, operations and financial leadership. Most recently, he was President and General Manager–Permian Resources New Mexico unit, where he led the business to achieve play-leading performance. Previously, he was Chief Transformation Officer, responsible for aligning technical initiatives, organization and business processes. As Vice President–Portfolio and Optimization, he pioneered advancements in portfolio and development planning, as well as innovative logistical and operational solutions. As Operations Manager–Permian Enhanced Oil Recovery business unit, he oversaw significant improvements in production, operability and cost. Mr. Bennett also served as Vice President–Supply Chain, Western Hemisphere, where his responsibilities included global procurement. He joined Occidental in 2004. Mr. Bennett has also held a variety of strategy, operations, supply chain and finance roles with SAIC, Hess and Texaco.
Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in California. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Oscar K. Brown
Oscar K. Brown has served as a director of our general partner’s board of directors since August 2019 and currently serves as Chairman of the ESG committee of the board of directors. He was an executive at Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 2016 to 2020, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Supply Chain. In this role he was responsible for the company’s global business development functions and supporting its growth by advising and executing on new business models, commercial strategies and acquisition and divestiture opportunities. Mr. Brown also oversaw global supply chain including vendor relationships, service and equipment delivery, inventory management and SAP integration.
Mr. Brown joined Occidental in 2016 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as managing director and co-head of Americas Energy Investment Banking. Previously, he worked at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse First Boston and PNC Bank. He has more than 25 years of energy and industrial banking experience in 25 countries, having advised on more than $200 billion of mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, IPO, convertible, commodities and debt transactions for industrial, exploration and production, integrated oil, chemical, midstream and oil field service companies. From 2017-2019, Mr. Brown served as Occidental’s designated representative on the board of directors of Plains All-American Pipeline’s governing entity, PAA GP Holdings LLC (NYSE: PAA and PAGP).
He currently serves on the board and executive committee of Houston’s Alley Theatre, and is a past director of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and The Children’s Fund, Inc. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing.
Lisa A. Stewart
Lisa A. Stewart has served as a director of our general partner's board of directors since September 2020. Ms. Stewart also serves as Sheridan Production Partners Executive Chairman, a position she has held since April 2020. From the founding of Sheridan in 2006, she served as Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer overseeing all aspects of Sheridan acquisitions and the implementation of Sheridan’s strategy. Ms. Stewart has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in engineering and management positions.
Prior to founding Sheridan, Ms. Stewart served as Executive Vice President of El Paso Corporation and President of El Paso E&P and other non-regulated businesses. Prior to her time at El Paso, Ms. Stewart spent 20 years at Apache, leaving in January 2004 as Executive Vice President with responsibility for reservoir engineering, business development, land, environmental, health and safety and corporate purchasing.
Ms. Stewart holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa, where she is a member of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and serves on the Board of Directors of Cimarex Energy, Inc. and Jadestone Energy.
Nicole E. Clark
Nicole E. Clark has served as a director of our general partner’s board of directors since December 2020. Ms. Clark presently holds the position of Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, having joined Occidental in 2014.
Prior to joining Occidental, Ms. Clark was Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at a private-equity backed industrial distributor to the energy and petrochemical markets. Before that, Ms. Clark was a Corporate Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and corporate governance. She began her legal career with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where she was a Corporate Associate. Prior to entering the law, Ms. Clark was an auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Ms. Clark received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.B.A. degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University. Ms. Clark has been admitted to both the Texas and New York State Bars and is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in Texas. Ms. Clark is also a member of the Advisory Board for Inprint, a literary arts non-profit organization in Houston.