Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation
John S. Watson is chairman and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation, a position he assumed on January 1, 2010.
Watson was born in California in 1956. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis in 1978 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago in 1980.
Watson joined Chevron in 1980 as a financial analyst. He held financial, analytical and supervisory positions before being elected president of Chevron Canada Ltd. in 1996. In 1998, he was elected a vice president of the corporation, with responsibility for strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. In 2000, he led the company’s integration effort following the Chevron-Texaco merger and then became the corporation’s chief financial officer.
In 2005, he was elected president of Chevron International Exploration and Production, with responsibility for the company’s exploration and production activities outside North America. In 2008, he was elected executive vice president for strategy and development.
Watson is the chairman of the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, The Business Council, Business Roundtable, the J.P. Morgan International Council and the American Society of Corporate Executives.