Founder of PFC Energy Robin West named CSIS Senior Adviser and Resident Affiliate to the CSIS Energy and National Security Prog
October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, October 15, 2013—The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) welcomes J. Robinson (Robin) West as a senior adviser and resident affiliate to the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. Mr. West joins CSIS from PFC Energy, where he was Chairman of the Board and Founder. Mr. West assumes his new position on October 15th.
“Robin West is a stellar addition to CSIS,” said John J. Hamre, President, CEO and Pritzker Chair at CSIS. “His career at the helm of one of the world’s top energy analysis and insight shops, and his vast experience in both public and private sector energy matters will be a great complement to our ongoing work in the energy space.”
As the former Chairman and founder of PFC Energy (1984-2013) Mr. West advised executives of leading international oil and gas companies and national oil companies on corporate strategy, portfolio management, acquisitions, divestitures, and investor relations.
Before founding PFC Energy in 1984, Mr. West served in the Reagan Administration as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Budget and Administration (1981-83), with responsibility for U.S. offshore oil policy. His duties included preparation of the Department's $6 billion budget and general administrative oversight of its 75,000 employees. Mr. West conceived and implemented the five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Leasing Schedule and managed the $14 billion per year OCS policy, the largest non-financial auction in the world at that time. Between 1977 and 1980, he was a First Vice President of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm. Prior to that, he served in the Ford Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic Affairs (1976-77) and on the White House Staff (1974-76). In 1976, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service.
Mr. West has served on many government Boards and commissions in several administrations. In 2003 and again in 2008 he was nominated by the President to be a Director of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and was confirmed by the Senate. In 2004 he was elected Chairman of the USIP Board. Mr. West served as Vice Chairman of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, and also served as a trustee of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability Fund, as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the Industry Policy Advisory Committee on Multilateral Trade Negotiations of the U.S. Trade Representative, and on the National Advisory Committee on Handicapped Children. Mr. West was appointed by the President to the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere in 1977.
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