Dr. Ray Irani became Executive Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation in May 2011. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2011 and held the additional title of President from 2005 to 2007. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1984 to 1989, and was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Chemical Corporation from 1983 to 1991. He was Chairman of the Board of Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd. (now Nexen Inc.) from 1987 to 1999. Prior to working for Occidental, Dr. Irani was President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Olin Corporation. Dr. Irani serves on the Boards of Directors of The TCW Group, Inc. and Wynn Resorts, Limited. He is a Trustee of the University of Southern California and Chairman of USC’s Board Personnel Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the American University of Beirut.
During two decades as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Irani built Occidental into the fourth-largest oil and gas company in the United States, based on equity market capitalization. His distinguished professional, educational and career experience led him to transform Occidental from a conglomerate of unrelated business entities into a major oil and gas and chemical company, and as Executive Chairman, he continues to motivate superior performance. Dr. Irani has developed extensive personal relationships with government and industry leaders throughout the Middle East/North Africa and around the world. Under his leadership, Occidental has earned respect for its integrity, acuity and capabilities, creating opportunities for growth in the company’s core regions.