Robert Palmer

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



Robert Palmer is President of Domestic Onsho​re 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 onshore assets, including the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico and the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado and Wyoming. Occidental is the top oil producer and largest acreage holder in both basins.

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; drilling and completions; and data analytics. 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 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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