Chevron Corporation named David Payne corporate vice president of Health, Environment and Safety, effective May 1, 2018.
Payne is currently vice president of Chevron’s Drilling and Completions organization. He succeeds Wes Lohec who has elected to retire from Chevron after 37 years of distinguished service on June 1, 2018.
In his new role, Payne, 58, will be responsible for leading Chevron’s Health, Environment and Safety function, including strategic planning and issues management, compliance assurance, and emergency response. He will also oversee Chevron’s Environmental Management Company, which manages environmental remediation and abandonment liabilities.
“Under his leadership, our Drilling and Completions organization established a strong culture of safety, performance and accountability,” said Michael K. Wirth, Chevron’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Dave’s ability to deliver superior performance, combined with the breadth of his global leadership experience, makes him eminently qualified to assume this role as we continue to advance our aim of industry-leading safety and environmental performance.”
Payne, who will report to Joe Geagea, Chevron’s executive vice president of Technology, Projects and Services, began his career with Getty Oil Company in Santa Maria, California in 1981. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2006, Payne was the drilling manager in Bangkok, Thailand. He has held various engineering and management positions in California, Louisiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia
, Vietnam and Thailand. Payne graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering and he is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
In commenting on Lohec’s upcoming retirement, Wirth said, “Over the course of his career Wes made many notable contributions, but none more important than the work he did to help advance Chevron to the forefront of our industry in safety and environmental performance. His steadfast commitment to operational excellence has set Chevron on a path for continued industry-leading performance.”
Lohec joined Chevron in 1981 as a drilling engineer and assumed his current role in 2011. Previously, he served as managing director of the Latin America strategic business unit for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration
and Production Company in Caracas, Venezuela. Earlier, Lohec was manager of production operations in Angola.