ConocoPhillips said today that Kevin Meyers has been named president of its exploration and production operations in Russia and the Caspian Sea region. James Bowles will replace Meyers as president of ConocoPhillips Alaska. The company said that following “a brief transition period,” Meyers will be based in Moscow and Bowles in Anchorage.
Meyers will be responsible for “executing the company’s strategy as it relates to ConocoPhillips’ newly created strategic alliance and joint-venture agreement with Lukoil,” for the company’s interests in the Polar Lights Co. and the North Caspian Sea Production-Sharing Consortium, which is managing the development of the giant Kashagan field offshore Kazakhstan.
Meyers has been with ARCO, Phillips Petroleum and ConocoPhillips, since 1980 in Texas and Alaska, and has been head of Alaska operations for ARCO Alaska, Phillips Petroleum and ConocoPhillips.
Bowles is rejoining the company after retiring from Phillips Petroleum in 2002 with 28 years of service. He held drilling and production assignments for Phillips, was vice president of the company’s gas gathering and processing subsidiary, deputy managing director of the Norway division, and president of Phillips’ Americas division, which included the company’s Alaska operations prior to the ARCO Alaska acquisition.
As president, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Bowles will have responsibility for all of the company’s operations in the state. ConocoPhillips has a major ownership position in Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk, and operates Kuparuk and Alpine, all on the North Slope. The company also has operations in Southcentral Alaska.
ConocoPhillips said Meyers and Bowles will report to Bill Berry, executive vice president, Exploration & Production.