Brian Owens is the Occidental President and General Manager of the Rockies business unit which includes responsibilities for the Denver-Julesburg Basin and Powder River Basin. He is responsible for improving operational excellence, developing assets responsibly and with capital efficiency, and ensuring a steadfast commitment to Health, Environment, and Safety.
Brian has three decades of technical and management experience. He previously worked two years in Occidental’s Technical Support team which involved serving as the interim SVP (Senior Vice President) of Technical Support (Drilling and Completions, Production Engineering, Subsurface Engineering, Data Management and Analytics, and Field Operations), while also handling the role of Vice President of Subsurface Engineering. Prior to moving into the Technical Support team, Brian was a Development Director in Permian Resources and part of the early successes in the Delaware Basin in southeast New Mexico. He has worked in numerous roles across California, Qatar and Colombia.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He has served on the CSM Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, and was part of the CSM Petroleum Engineering Visiting Committee (2019). In 2020, he became the vice chair of the newly formed CSM CCUS (Carbon Capture and Underground Storage) Advisory Task Force. Brian has assisted five veterans through American Corporate Partners, which involves a one-year commitment with each veteran to facilitate the transition to civilian life.