Spencer Abraham

Spencer Abraham
Director since 2005

Member of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee; and Executive Compensation Committee

Secretary Abraham, 64, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Abraham Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. As a Senior Analyst for Potomac Research Group, Secretary Abraham provides predictive analysis on energy policy, energy markets and the geopolitics of energy to institutional investors in the energy space. He represented Michigan in the United States Senate prior to President George W. Bush selecting him as the tenth Secretary of Energy in U.S. history. During his tenure at the Energy Department from 2001 through January 2005, he developed policies and regulations to ensure the nation's energy security, was responsible for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, oversaw domestic oil and gas development policy and developed relationships with international governments, including members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Secretary Abraham serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Uranium Energy Corp.; and as a Director of PBF Energy Inc., where he serves on the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees; NRG Energy, Inc., where he serves on the Compensation and Nuclear Oversight Committees; Two Harbors Investment Corp., where he is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; and as Chairman of the Board of Uranium Energy Corp. He was previously a Director of GenOn Energy, Inc. and a Director and a member of the Nominating and Governance and Compensation Committees of ICx Technologies. He also serves on the board of C3 Energy, a private company. Secretary Abraham is a member of the Advisory Board of the Churchill Center, a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology, and is the Chairman of the American Task Force for Lebanon. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and is the author of "Lights Out!:Ten Myths About (and Real Solutions to) America's Energy Crisis."

Qualifications: Secretary Abraham's nearly two decades of experience at the highest levels of domestic and international policy and politics shape the insights he brings to Occidental's Board of Directors. As a former U.S. Senator and former U.S. Secretary of Energy who directed all aspects of the country's energy strategy, Secretary Abraham provides the Board unique insight into public policy and energy-related issues. In addition, Secretary Abraham is a Harvard-educated attorney who, while directing the Energy Department, oversaw a budget of nearly $24 billion (FY 2005) and was responsible for the management of senior department personnel. Secretary Abraham's legal training and his government service managing complex policy, personnel and strategic issues provide Occidental with exceptional knowledge and perspective in the areas of health, environment and safety, strategy and policy, personnel management and community relations.

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