Van Whitfield, SPE, COO and executive vice president of Cobalt International Energy will resign from his position in June and will continue as a special adviser to the company for 6 months. Whitfield has 41 years of experience leading oil and gas production operations and marketing activities globally. He joined Cobalt in 2006 as executive vice president of operations and development and was promoted to COO in 2011. Before joining Cobalt, he held several executive positions in other companies, including senior vice president, western operations, at CDS Gas; vice president, power and water, at ExxonMobil Saudi Arabia; senior vice president of BP Global Power; and president and general manager of Amoco Netherlands. Whitfield holds a BS in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the executive program at Stanford University.