Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips
Ryan M. Lance is chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips.
A petroleum engineer, Lance has 28 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ARCO.
Before assuming the role of chairman and chief executive officer in May 2012, Lance served as senior vice president, Exploration and Production – International. Previously he was president, Exploration and Production – Asia, Africa, Middle East and Russian/Caspian and senior vice president of technology in 2007, and senior vice president of technology and major projects in 2006. Prior assignments include appointments as president of downstream strategy, integration and specialty functions in 2005 and president of Asia Pacific exploration and production in 2003. He served as vice president of Lower 48 in 2002, upon the merger with Conoco. In 2001 Lance served as general manager of the U.S. Lower 48 and Canadian operations for Phillips.
Earlier in his career, Lance spent 17 years with ARCO, becoming vice president of Western North Slope operations in Alaska, which was acquired by Phillips in 2001. He joined ARCO in 1984 and held various management, engineering and operations positions internationally as well as in Alaska and the U.S. Lower 48.
Lance is the chairman of the Executive Committee for ConocoPhillips and serves on the board of directors for Spindletop International as well as on the Montana Tech Foundation’s board and the University of Houston’s Energy Advisory Board. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Lance earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in Butte in 1984.