Archie W. Dunham
Born in 1938, Archie Dunham was raised in
Oklahoma. He was a distinguished graduate of the University of Oklahoma
earning a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. After graduation,
he served his country in the United Stated Marine Corps before returning
to his alma mater for his MBA. Finishing at the top of his class, Dunham
was aggressively recruited by several leading companies, and decided to
join Conoco, reporting to its Houston office in 1966.
Over the next 30
years, Dunham rose through the ranks at Conoco. He was elected president
and CEO in 1996, and was instrumental in orchestrating the separation of
Conoco from its then parent, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. In
2002, after his election to Chairman and CEO of Conoco, Dunham
engineered the merger of Conoco and Phillips Petroleum. The new company,
of which he retained the title of Chairman, is the fifth largest
corporation in the US. Dunham retired in 2004.
Early in his
distinguished career, Dunham recognized the potential of offshore, and
steered his company to a strong position as one of the world’s leading
developers and producers of offshore hydrocarbon resources. Numerous
honorary doctorates and awards attest to his business and civic
leadership, and his counsel is sought on national and local boards,
including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and the
President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure.