John Mingé has been appointed chairman and president of BP America, Inc. and will serve as BP’s chief representative in the United States. He will succeed Lamar McKay, who has been appointed to head BP’s Upstream business.
"John Mingé has done a superb job in Alaska, where he has led the way in enhancing safety and making BP Alaska a stronger business,” McKay said. "His background prepares him well for the challenges of representing BP in the U.S., which is home to our largest and most diverse portfolio of businesses anywhere in the world."
Mingé has led BP Alaska since January 2009, where he is responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Under his leadership, BP Alaska successfully tested innovative enhanced oil recovery technologies, such as Bright Water and LoSal, which are now used by BP around the globe. In 2012, BP Alaska achieved the lowest recordable incident rate in its history, with a 50 percent reduction from 2009.
During his nearly 30 year career with BP, Mingé has held a variety of executive and engineering posts around the globe. These include assignments as president of BP Indonesia, head of BP’s Asia Pacific Unit, and president of exploration and production for Vietnam and China.
He started his BP career in the Gulf of Mexico as a drilling engineer and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University.
Mingé will take on his new role on Feb. 15, 2013 and will be based in Houston, where BP business units are involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, and alternative energy.
The U.S. is home to the largest concentration of BP employees in the world, more than 23,000, and its business activities support an estimated 210,000 more American jobs. BP’s capital investments in the U.S. over the past five years exceed $52 billion, more than any other company and more than BP invests in any other country.
BP also named Minge's successor, Janet Weiss, as Regional President of BP Alaska, effective Feb. 15.
"BP’s history in Alaska stretches back more than five decades and it is one of the largest and most important businesses in BP’s global portfolio," Mingé said. "Having spent 18 of her 27 years in the industry in Alaska, I am confident that Janet Weiss’ background and experience are what BP Alaska needs to continue thriving as a major global energy producer."
Weiss serves currently in Alaska as Regional Vice President, Resources, accountable for resource progression and subsurface activities, as well as for IT. In her new role, she will be responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. She will continue to be based in Anchorage. Ms. Weiss has held engineering and executive posts in both Alaska and in the Lower 48.
Beginning her career in Alaska in 1986, she has worked there as a process engineer, reservoir engineer, petroleum engineer, and reservoir engineering advisor. Her executive appointments include VP of Special Projects for BP Exploration & Production and VP for Unconventional Gas Technology. She has also led BP’s Western Wyoming businesses and Base Operations for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf.
Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. "BP Alaska is home to some of the most capable people in the industry and I am honored to be asked to lead them," Weiss said. "I’ve seen first-hand what they can achieve in even the most challenging of environments."
BP is one of Alaska’s leading investors, taxpayers and employers, with more than 2,200 employees and over 6,000 contractors. The company operates four fields on the North Slope, including Greater Prudhoe Bay, which together account for about two-thirds of the state’s oil production.