Darryl Willis is an accomplished, global senior executive with exceptional achievements leading businesses in the oil and gas industry. He has a proven track record of delivering growth and improving profitability for enterprises ranging in size from $1B to $5B in the United States, Russia, Asia and Africa. He has earned the reputation as an inspiring leader who develops people and builds high-performing teams. Darryl’s leadership style, passion and deep knowledge of issues make his talents transferable to companies of various size, in early or mature stage, or reorganizing with new leadership.
Darryl excels leading in crisis environments with acute focus on safety, efficiency, productivity, profitability and growth. He was selected to lead the Deepwater Horizon claims process for BP, became spokesperson for the Company and provided expert testimony before the United States Congress and state legislatures in Florida and Louisiana.
Darryl served most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of BP Angola. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Subsurface for BP. In his distinguished 25-year career, his global technical and management experience includes subsurface, commercial, operations, strategy, safety, ethics and compliance, public affairs, supply chain, drilling, crisis management and technology across North America, United Kingdom, Russia, West Africa and SE Asia.
Darryl earned a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University with concentrations in Managing Global Businesses and Social Responsibility, a Master of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Literature from Northwestern State University.
He has served on the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Houston and has been active with several organizations including the Center for Success and Independence, the Ensemble Theatre, Inroads and Junior Achievement. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a former president of the National Association of Black Geoscientists.
Darryl is the father of two children, a native of New Orleans, and loves cooking, traveling and jazz.