Glenn Vangolen is Senior Vice President of Business Support for Occidental Petroleum. In this role, Mr. Vangolen oversees the Human Resources and Administration; Information Technology; Flight Operations; Health, Environment, Safety and Security; Government Relations and Corporate Secretary functions of the company. He also leads Occidental’s innovation and culture efforts to remain ahead of the industry in technology and workforce collaboration.
Mr. Vangolen’s career at Occidental spans over 35 years. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Middle East, Occidental Oil and Gas. Based in Abu Dhabi, he was responsible for managing international business development in Oman, Qatar, UAE, Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait and Libya. Mr. Vangolen also oversaw the company’s producing operations in the Middle East, and represented Occidental on the boards of Al Hosn Gas Development Company (now ADNOC Sour Gas), Dolphin Energy and Tatweer Petroleum.
Prior to that, Mr. Vangolen served as Vice President, International Business Development, in Abu Dhabi and as President and General Manager for Occidental of Oman. He also served as Vice President of Worldwide Engineering. During this time, he was on the board of Occidental’s Vanyogoneft Russian joint venture. Mr. Vangolen has also managed worldwide technical employee development and competency training, and was involved in many of the company’s re-engineering and integration projects, including the company’s redesign of the business from a centrally controlled functional organization to a decentralized asset-focused structure. He played a key role in the integration of the Altura Energy, Elk Hills and Vintage acquisitions. Mr. Vangolen was also Vice President of Operations in Ecuador and managed Occidental’s coalbed methane operations in Virginia.
Mr. Vangolen serves on the board of Houston’s Alley Theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Process Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.