Robert Palmer

​​​ Robert Palmer
President, Domestic Onshore Oil and Gas Operations​
Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation



Robert Palmer is President of Domestic Onshore Oil and Gas Operations for Occidental Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of Occidental. In this role, he is operationally responsible for all of Occidental’s domestic assets, including in the Permian Basin, where Occidental is one of the top oil producers and among the largest acreage holders.

During his more than 40 years with Occidental, Mr. Palmer has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and operations in the United States and internationally, including assignments in Peru, Russia, Oman and Argentina. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Technical Support with global functional responsibility for the following areas: geoscience and domestic exploration; subsurface engineering and characterization; production and facilities engineering; and drilling and completions. He also oversaw global technical training and support for Occidental’s Re-Imagined Oilfield project, which promotes workforce innovation and collaboration. Prior to that, he served as President and General Manager of Occidental de Colombia. While in Colombia, Mr. Palmer was instrumental in securing and advancing a number of significant new growth projects with Ecopetrol, our strategic partner in the country. He was awarded the “Faith in the Cause” medal by the Colombian Army in recognition of his friendship, ongoing collaboration and meritorious service in the benefit of the country.

Mr. Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University and has completed the Program for Global Leadership at Harvard Business School.

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