STEPHEN I. CHAZEN, SPE, Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), was elected chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s board of directors. This elected 1-year position was effective 1 January 2014. He has more than 40 years’ industry experience. Chazen joined Occidental Petroleum in 1994 as executive vice president–corporate development. Since then, he has held numerous positions within the company. He was named COO in 1999 and elected president and chief financial officer in 2007. Three years later, he was named president and COO and elected to the company’s board of directors. He became president and CEO the following year.
Chazen also serves on the boards of directors for Ecolab Incorporated, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Catalina Island Conservancy. Before joining Occidental, he was a managing director in the investment banking group of Merrill Lynch & Co. Chazen earned a PhD in geology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in finance from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Rutgers College.