A Conversation with John Watson
The CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted John Watson, Chevron Chairman and CEO, to discuss recent global energy trends, including the rise of shale gas and other unconventional energy sources that are being propelled by advances in energy technology. Mr. Watson shared his views on how U.S.-based multinational corporations can help expand American influence abroad and be a positive force for progress, driving economic growth and development around the world. Frank Verrastro, Senior Vice President and the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics at CSIS. moderated. John Hamre, President, CEO, and the Pritzker Chair at CSIS, provided welcoming remarks.
John S. Watson is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2010. Previously Watson served as vice chairman of the board from 2009 to 2010 and was responsible for business development; mergers and acquisitions; strategic planning; corporate compliance; policy, government and public affairs; procurement; and the Project Resources Company. In 2008, he was elected executive vice president for strategy and development. In 2005, Watson was elected president of Chevron International Exploration and Production Company. In 2000, he led the company’s integration effort following the Chevron-Texaco merger and then became the corporation’s chief financial officer. In 1998, he was elected a vice president of the corporation, with responsibility for strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to being elected president of Chevron Canada Limited in 1996, he held financial, analytical and supervisory positions.