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 P. 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 is 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, including Occidental’s 2019 acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum. During his tenure, he has had accountability 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., Michael 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.
Steven D. Arnold
Steven D. Arnold has served as a director and member of the audit committee of our general partner’s board of directors since February 2019. Mr. Arnold served as a director and as a member of the audit and special committees of the board of directors of Western Gas Partners, LP’s general partner from February 2014 until February 2019. Mr. Arnold served on the board of directors of Spectra Energy Partners, LP’s general partner from 2007 to December 2013, and served on that board’s audit committee as Chairman and on the conflicts committee. Mr. Arnold is engaged in private investment management and consulting services in Houston, Texas through 3 Lights Management Co., serving as its President since inception in 2000. Mr. Arnold has over 10 years of institutional investment management experience with Prudential Financial, Inc. Mr. Arnold brings a strong risk assessment and strategic expertise to the board.
Marcia E. Backus
Marcia E. Backus has served as a director of our general partner’s board of directors since August 2019. She is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Occidental. In this role, she oversees more than 60 lawyers in the U.S. and at Occidental's assets around the world.
Before joining Occidental in 2013, Ms. Backus was a partner at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas, with responsibility for the firm's Energy Transactions/Projects Practice Group. She represented industry and private equity companies in domestic and international corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, project development and other energy transactions.
Ms. Backus is ranked among the leading business lawyers in oil and gas and energy by both Chambers USA and Chambers Global, and was named 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" in mergers and acquisitions by The Best Lawyers in America. In 2016, she was named one of the "Top Women in Energy" by Texas Lawyer magazine. Ms. Backus served in numerous leadership positions with Vinson & Elkins, including on the firm-wide management committee and as co-chair of the corporate department and chair of the partnership admissions committee. She worked on transactions in more than 20 countries.
Ms. Backus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree awarded summa cum laude from the University of Texas, and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif honorary scholastic society. A co-founder of the school's Center for Women in Law, Ms. Backus currently serves as a trustee for the University of Texas Law School Foundation and as a member of the Executive Council of the university's Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business. She is also a member of the Houston Symphony Board of Directors.
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. 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.
James R. Crane
James R. Crane has served as a director and member of the special committee of our general partner’s board of directors since February 2019. Mr. Crane served as a director and member of the audit and special committees of the board of directors of Western Gas Partners, LP’s general partner from 2008 until February 2019. In November 2011, Mr. Crane became the principal owner and Chairman of the Houston Astros Baseball Club. Mr. Crane is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crane Capital Group, Inc., an investment management company he founded. Crane Capital Group currently invests in transportation, power distribution, real estate and asset management. Its holdings include Crane Worldwide Logistics, a premier global provider of customized transportation and logistics services with 54 offices in 20 countries. Mr. Crane was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EGL, Inc., a global transportation, supply chain management and information services company based in Houston, Texas, from 1984 until its sale in August 2007. Mr. Crane also serves on the board of directors of Nabors Industries Ltd., an international drilling contractor and well-services provider. Mr. Crane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Safety from University of Central Missouri.
Thomas R. Hix
Thomas R. Hix has served as a director of our general partner's board of directors since January 2013 and currently serves as Chairman of the audit committee of the board of directors. Mr. Hix has been a business consultant since January 2003, and previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cooper Cameron Corporation from 1995 to 2003. Prior to joining Cooper Cameron, Mr. Hix held several executive finance and accounting positions in the energy industry, and has significant expertise in finance and accounting, as well as experience in mergers and acquisitions. He previously served as a director of El Paso Corporation from 2004 to 2012, as a director of Health Care Services Corporation (a Chicago-based company operating through its Blue Cross and Blue Shield divisions in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) from 2004 to 2017, and as a director of Rowan Companies plc from 2009 to April 2019. Mr. Hix holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Jennifer M. Kirk
Jennifer M. Kirk has served as a director of our general partner’s board of directors since August 2019. She is Senior Vice President, Integration, for Occidental and is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of Anadarko and facilitating the achievement of the company’s $3.5 billion of synergy targets.
Prior to her current position, she served as Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Occidental since 2014. In this role, she was responsible for the direct oversight of all company financial activities, including financial reporting, accounting, compliance and internal controls. Ms. Kirk joined Occidental in 1999, and has served in several financial roles of increasing responsibility and leadership. Prior to Occidental, she was with Arthur Andersen, LLP.
Ms. Kirk received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her MBA from California State University Bakersfield. She is a certified public accountant, accredited petroleum accountant and received her Cyber Risk Oversight Program Certification from Carnegie Mellon.
Ms. Kirk is also a director on the Board for Republic Services Inc. where she serves on the Audit (Chair) and the Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Committees. She has served on several not-for-profit boards, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Houston Area.
Craig W. Stewart
Craig W. Stewart has served as a director of our general partner's board of directors since January 2013 and currently serves as a member of the special committee of the board of directors. Mr. Stewart served as a director of RMP Energy Inc. from 2011 to May 2017, having served as its Executive Chairman from 2011 to January 2017, and as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of a predecessor entity, RMP Energy Ltd., from 2008 until 2011. Mr. Stewart served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rider Resources Ltd. from 2003 to 2008, and prior to joining Rider Resources, held various executive and director positions with companies in the energy industry. Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from the University of Calgary.
David J. Tudor
David J. Tudor has served as a director of our general partner's board of directors since December 2012 and currently serves as a member of our audit committee and as Chairman of our special committee. Mr. Tudor served as a director on the board of directors of Western Gas Partners, LP’s general partner and as Chairman of its audit committee from 2008 through February 2019, and a member of its special committee from 2008 until December 2012.
Mr. Tudor has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including electric generation assets, wholesale commodity trading and utility management. Currently, Mr. Tudor serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Associated Electric Cooperative, a member-owned, member-governed wholesale power provider serving Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma. Prior joining Associated, he held other notable leadership positions, including:
- President and Chief Executive Officer of Champion Energy Services, a retail electric provider serving residential, governmental, commercial and industrial customers in a growing number of deregulated natural gas and electric energy markets throughout the United States.
- President and Chief Executive Officer of ACES Power Marketing, an Indianapolis-based commodity risk management company owned by 21 generation and transmission cooperatives throughout the United States.
- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PG&E Energy Trading.
Mr. Tudor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN.